Robert Clark 32 launched in 1966, built to Lloyds 100A1 teak on oak. Opus achieved a creditable 6th place in the 1968 OSTAR race, and has been in the same ownership since. She appears to be in sound condition, and the exterior varnishwork has been redone together with a fresh coat of antifouling. The interior is full of period charm, with plenty of natural light from a lovely skylight, with sleeping accommodation for up to six crew. She would benefit from some refit work, but such a lovely old lady would look great with some TLC spent on her.
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Robert Clark design built by RF Austin in 1966 to Lloyds 100A1 of teak on oak
Long keel and round bilge
The deck is constructed from longitudinal swept teak planks laid on plywood over substantial oak beams and beam shelves. The deck is fastened with screws which have been dowelled. Coach roof is constructed in teak and is varnished.
Internally the hull is panelled or lined throughout and the deck head is lined.
The single wooden fully trailing rudder blade is supported on a steel rudder stock. Steering is by a laminated timber tiller
As a result of corrosion of the keel bolts in June 2007, there was an ingress of water well over the cabin sole. As a result a major refit took place over the next 23 months which included:
1. Removal of keel, cleaned up and refitted with new purpose made Maxi Mag bolts.
2. Cockpit sole removed, cleaned up re-sealed, new drains fitted.
3. Engine removed and overhauled.
4. Starter and alternator overhauled
5. Steel engine beds removed, cleaned and refastened.
6. Stern tube, shaft and propeller removed, serviced and re-fitted.
7. Skeg removed, cleaned new bearing fitted refastened and tested.
8. All skin fittings and seacocks removed, Blakes type serviced and re-fitted, ball type valves renewed.
This refit was carried out under the supervision of Mr R G Heasell of RH Marine Surveys Ltd. He concludes his report:
“Following my final inspection of “Opus”, I formed the opinion that this vessel is of a robust construction built to a good standard. The refit completed in May 2009 has maintained the structure of the vessel.
“Opus” is, in my opinion, an attractive and well built vessel and, with considerate on-going maintenance will give good service for many years to come”.
The whole survey (and an earlier survey carried out in 2000) are available for inspection.
In June 2016, the exterior varnishwork was recoated as neccessary, and the hull was faired and antifouled.
Sabb 20 hp inboard naturally aspirated twin cylinder diesel engine
Completely rebuilt in 2009, including new pistons
Variable pitch propeller offering fore and aft propulsion.
Alternator and starter motor - overhauled 2009
12 volt DC throughout
240 volt shore power system
Two heavy duty batteries, battery switch and modern switch panel
Small wind generator fitted to the pushpit.
Two stainless fuel tanks in lazarette
GRP fresh water tank under cabin sole
Masthead rigged bermudan sloop
Keel stepped aluminium mast and spars
Stainless steel standing rigging with twin forestay - all new in 2008
Two berths in forepeak
Heads compartment with Blakes marine WC and handbasin
Saloon with four berths
Saloon floor newly laid in teak and holly
Folding saloon table stored against bilkhead
Galley with Plastimo Neptune cooker with two burners and grill
Quarter berth - currently used for storage
Clock & barometer
Wind speed & direction
Depth and log
Manual anchor windlass
35lb Plough type anchor with 25 fathoms of 8mm galvanised chain
35LB plough anchor as a spare.
Fenders and warps
Inflatable dinghy with oars
Two automatic electric bilge pumps
Munster Simms heavy duty manual pump
Bursledon Bridge, Bursledon
Southampton, Hampshire SO31 8AZ