73' Sensation Yachts 1997



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73' Sensation Yachts 1997


The 73ft (22.16m) GOLDEN OPUS is a rare find that not only will make you want to go sailing but carries a strong pedigree as well.

GOLDEN OPUS is an ideal blue water cruiser that can be safely operated by a couple. Created as her designer’s personal yacht, Ron Holland drew a head-turning profile, which is instantly recognized as his work. It is evident throughout that GOLDEN OPUS was constructed to very high standards; she was built by Sensation Yachts of New Zealand in 1997 with a hull constructed from high grade 5083 aluminum.

Her current owner, an experienced marine engineer, has taken pride in his ownership of the sailing yacht — the gleaming engine room, perfectly laid out and of a size that one might expect on a larger yacht, is a testament to this. GOLDEN OPUS has exceptionally maintained systems and a Lugger 165HP engine that was rebuilt by her owner in 2015. She showcases a 20Kva Northern Lights generator that runs perfectly and a 9kva generator that was installed new in 2015.

GOLDEN OPUS showcases exceptional deck space. Her foredeck is a clear flush deck, which allows for the tender is stowed in removable chocks. Aft, she features a lovely bathing platform with steps, which allow for easy boarding and provide safe access to the water. Her center cockpit is the perfect place for relaxing remains dry and safe even in heavy weather conditions. The steering position offers a clear view all around and has controls and foot switches positioned to allow single-handed sailing with ease.

Sailing yacht GOLDEN OPUS showcases exceptionally efficient and trouble-free rigging allowing for the joys of sailing to be effortlessly enjoyed. She boasts a noticeably tall mast (33m) and a fully battened Doyle mainsail that is set on luff cars and features single point reefing. The forestay meets the mast at about nine-tenths of its height and the working headsail fills the foretriangle, sheeting down to an athwartships track just ahead of the mast. A single sheet is led back to the cockpit via a concealed tube, appearing at the starboard coaming. The headsail is completely self-tacking so that when the helmsman wants to tack, he just tacks. A hydraulic outhaul, backstay and boom vang complete the package. The mast and boom were removed and repainted and all standing rigging was replaced by the original mast suppliers who flew from New Zealand to complete the work in November 2015.

The luxury yacht features a comfortable, functional layout that was drawn by Andrew Winch. The sailing yacht’s interior showcases beautiful woodwork and a calming ambiance. The sailing yacht’s pilothouse is a highlighting allowing for dining with sensational views and protection from the elements. The yacht is equipped with a proper galley. GOLDEN OPUS offers accommodation for eight guests in four cabins with three heads. She features two double-bed staterooms and two twin-bed staterooms. 

GOLDEN OPUS is a genuinely comfortable ocean cruiser that has cruised both the Pacific and the Caribbean. In addition, she is a fast passage maker with several race wins under her belt and can easily make 10 knots in light winds.


Designer Ron Holland states, “I created Golden Opus to fulfill my design goal of creating the ultimate ‘family cruising yacht’. At 73 feet (22 meters) in length and with a modern high aspect ratio self-tacking rig, I felt this was the largest yacht that an experienced yachtsman could handle (with a couple of paid hands involved to allow limited chartering). With my partners, Howard Kilroy and Andrew Winch, and their families we cruised Golden Opus from New Zealand through the Western Pacific to European waters, well-proving my original design concept. Golden Opus and her sister Volare have many successful ocean miles under their keels.” 



Sensation Yachts


Cruise Speed:

10 KTS

Max Speed:


Range NMI:



18' 34"

Engine Details:

Lugger L668T

Engine 1:

10170.00 HRS 165.00 HP

Engine 2:

10170.00 HRS 165.00 HP

Engine Fuel:

Inboard Diesel

Fuel Capacity:

467 GAL

Water Capacity:

422 GAL


BUILDER: Sensation Yachts NZ   


INTERIOR DESIGNER: Andrew Winch Design Ltd 

MODEL: Opus 73    

YEAR: 1997 refitted 2015    


DECK MATERIAL: 22mm teak laid over deck (2015)

FLAG: British    


LOA: 72’ 7” / 22.16 M   

BEAM: 18’ 3“ / 5.59 M   

DRAFT: 9’ 5” / 2.90 M

Cruising speed: 10 knots   

ENGINE: Lugger L668T rebuild 2015   

GENERATORS: Northern Lights M884L 20kW generator and Paguru 9000 9kW generator (2013)

DISPLACEMENT: 38 tonnes half load

LOA: 72.70 FT / 22.16 M   

BEAM: 18.34 FT / 5.59 M   

DRAFT: 9.50 FT / 2.90 M

FUEL CAPACITY: 2 x 800 litres tanks + 170 litre day tank

WATER CAPACITY: 2 x 800 litres tanks



4 Guest cabins consisting of

1 aft double owners cabin

1 port side double guest cabin

1 fwd starboard bunk cabin

1 fwd port bunk cabin

ENGINE: Lugger L668T 165 HP


ENGINE YEAR: 1997 rebuild 2015

GENSET MODEL: Northern Lights M884L 20kW generator and Paguru 9000 9kW generator (new 2013)

AIR CONDITION: Marine Air Compact Model CHC24SZ/1 air conditioning system  with 2 x compressors, 5 x condensers – total output 48,000BTU – 2013

THRUSTER: Lewmar 200 SVT hydraulic retractable bow thruster - reconditioned 2015

AUTO PILOT: 2 x p70 auto-pilot heads

RADIO: Raymarine 2 x handheld VHF radios 1 x RAY218E fix mount VHF radio set 1 x RAYMIC remote handset (helm) for fixed VHF

GPS: Raymarine 2 x 130 GPS antennae

INVERTER: 2 x Victron Phoenix 24V 3000W

TV: 39” 4K TV / monitor

STEREO: Yamaha RS202D 2 zone receiver / amplifier with Bluetooth, Acer i5  Windows 8.1 PC with DVD

BATTERY CHARGER: 2 x Victron Skylla TG 24V 100A

• Novurania 12’ RIB with new Yamaha 40HP 4 stroke outboard

• Inflable dinghy (new) with Yamaha 2.5HP 2 stroke outboard

• Gas BBQ

• Hobbie Mirage sailing kayak with pedal drive, outriggers trampolines and 6m windsurfer rig.

LIFE JACKET: Full set adult and child life jackets

FIRE EXTINGUISHER: Various hand held fire extinguishers. SeaFire automatic FM 200 auto/manual engine room system

ANCHORS: Galvanised Bruce anchor, Aluminium mud anchor

CHAIN: 80m anchor chain

HEADSAILS: Furling and Self tacking headsail


SPIN POLE: Carbon spinnaker pole, stowed on Harken track at front of mast

SELF-TACKING JIB: North Sail 88%

GENOA: 130%

WINCH SYSTEM: Lewmar winches

• 2 x hydraulic primaries

• 1 x hydraulic mainsheet

• 1 x hydraulic self-tack jib sheet

• 1 x manual traveler control

• 1 x halyard close to mast, (1 manual, 1 electric) 

• 1 x captive reel winch for main halyard

• 1 x hydraulic anchor windlass

• 2011 Hull taken back to bare metal (5083 Aluminium) and repainted.

• 2013 Full overhaul - Whitlock steering system.

• 2013 Mast and boom removed and repainted. Standing rigging replaced.

• 2015 Deck and superstructure repainted.

• 2015 Decking replaced with 22mm Teak.

• 2015 Navtec hydraulics serviced.

• 2019 New antifoul and anodes.

The company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change or withdrawal without notice.

This listing is presented to you courtesy of a member of the International Yacht Brokers Association and may be centrally listed with another broker. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey direct representation of a particular vessel.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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