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Re: Interesting Sailboats
Yes, the general opinion is that the Alizé Opium had good quality but that Wauquiez Opium has a better quality (hull and interior). The Wauquiez interior is nicer and better, the keel position (or the bulb?) was slightly modified by the boat designer (a bit aft if I remember correctly) and the new Opium has a nice integrated bowsprit.
Maybe Anders can say more about it
Have not followed this thread now for several hundred pages so time to catch up from the cockpit of the opium. Regarding build quality difference between Alizee and Wauquiez I can not tell, but my experience of the Wauquiez is good. It had had these minor things that all new boats have but besides that we are very happy with the boat. Currently in Aarhus in Denmark enyoing a fantastic summer.
Only drawback here is the width of the boat compered with box sizes in danish harbors. During a summer like this no problem, we are at anchor all the time but extended sailing season with smaller family in the future might motivate a switch to something smaller.