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post #1586 of Old 09-06-2011
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Originally Posted by Chimbatete View Post
Hi Paulo and Anders,

While reading up on all these performance cruisers it seems like the Opium 39 has the best combination of upwind and downwind performance for 40 footers.

From some of the numbers, it seems to point better than a Pogo and better downwind than narrow boats like the Luffes ,Xs, Salonas. Interior seems better from the pics than the Js. Seems like a perfect racer/cruiser.

Am I making sense with regards to this boat?
Hi Chimbatete,
always difficult to evaluate performance since so many facors influence this. But from what I have observed now after sailing my Opium for a while is that when in non favourable conditions it is as good as other performance cruisers (Dehlers, Arcona, etc) while the advantages are still there: very light so good speed in light winds between 40-120 TWA, very quick to surf, fun to sail. Huge cockpit, twin aft cabins and big storage space and still full control due to twin rudders. And still a "normal" interior.

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