The Oyster 46 Ketch, designed by Holman and Pye and produced by Oyster in the 1980's is held in high regard by serious offshore cruisers. The ketch rigged configuration provides an easily handled rig for short handed cruising, keeping the boat well balanced in all conditions. Semi custom in their design no two versions of the class are identical with the original owners having tweaked the layout to suit their own personal requirements.
Hull number 8 of the class JUST TIP TOP is with only her second owner since being built in 1983. She is fitted out below decks providing accommodation for 8 over 4 separate cabins with a large galley and saloon area. Bought by the current owner in 1988 she has been professionally maintained and upgraded throughout her life and her inventory features a new teak deck (2002/03), comprehensive sail wardrobe and recent replacement of standing rigging. Wintering afloat in Mid Argyll viewing is by appointment.
Forward of the deck house structure the deck is largely flush with the only obstructions forward of the main mast step being 3 deck hatches, leaving crew lots of clear deck space. with wide side decks running to the aft deck.
The cockpit is well protected with a high moulded coaming running the length of the cockpit port and starboard. Cockpit seating and sole finished in laid teak panels with the sole lifting in sections to provide access to a large self draining locker. The pedestal is mounted well aft in the cockpit with the mainsheet crossing the cockpit immediately forward. All winches mounted on the raised coaming surface outboard of the cockpit.
The Oyster 46 Ketch was offered with a variety of internal layouts which commissioning purchasers then customised to suit their needs, no two hulls were fitted out identically. As would be expected from a premium British boatbuilder the finish below decks was to a very high standard for its day and has stood the test of time well. Throughout the interior the internal fit out has used high quality solid teak and teak faced plywoods to construct a robust and practical interior.
Forecabin - Fitted out with a large double V-berth forward with lockers running the length of the berth overhead. Access provided to the chain locker forward via a heavy weight hinged door. Light comes into the cabin through a large opening deck hatch, wooden steps are provided on the bulkhead aft to allow use of the hatch as a fire escape. Originally fitted out with a work bench and tool storage locker to port at the aft end of the cabin this has been converted to a small dresser with mirror and storage provided beneath. A hanging locker is provided to starboard.
Forward Heads - Located off the port side of the passage way between saloon and forecabin. Linear type compartment with manual Lavac type heads at the forward end of the compartment and a dedicated shower enclosure aft. A linear vanity unit runs the length of the compartment with a porcelain basin set into the work surface. Storage lockers are provided outboard and beneath,
Forward Bunk Cabin - Located opposite the forward heads compartment the cabin provides two generously sized bunks running fore and aft. Storage lockers are provided outboard of the bunks at both levels with a small dresser unit and mirror at the forward end of the cabin and a hanging locker aft.
Saloon - With the raised coachroof windows pouring light into the main living space the saloon is a bright and spacious area by any standards The sole of the area is elevated above the levels of the sole as you move forward or aft in the boat. A large drop leaf table opens out to a large circular table, located to starboard with a wrap around settee. The port side of the space being occupied with the forward facing nav station. Storage is provided throughout the saloon with lockers beneath and behind the settee; a generous drinks locker is also provided within the central part of the table.
Nav Station - Located on the port side of the saloon the area provides a large forward facing chart table with dedicated swiveling seat. Storage for charts is provided within the table and an additional bosuns locker beneath the main table. Outboard to port the VHF and Furuno NavNet display are mounted within easy reach, cavernous storage is provided here also for the likes of pilot books etc.
Galley - The linear galley runs along the port side of the boat as part of the passageway through to the aft cabin. Fitted out with life at sea in mind the worktops are fitted with stout fiddles and there is a substantial stainless steel crash bar in way of the Force 10 galley stove. Below the aft section of worktop is a dedicated wine chiller compartment with the main refrigerator being located beneath a double lifting section of worktop forward. At the very forward end of the galley the twin stainless steel sink lies on the worktop island athwart ships with a shelf over head. Storage is provided in a selection of drawers beneath the works surface with locker outboard, additional storage lockers for crockery and utensils is provided opposite the galley units inboard.
Aft Bunk Cabin - Running along the starboard side aft of the saloon the cabin again provides two generous proportioned single bunks. At the aft end of the cabin direct access if provided to the aft heads which is shared in a 'Jack and Jill' arrangement with the aft cabin.
Master Cabin - Occupying the aft end of the boat the master cabin is generous in every way. Traditional style bronze portlights in the transom in combination with those overhead allow plenty of natural light into the cabin. A full size double bunk lies athwart ships at the aft end of the cabin with cave locker storage provided above bunk level aft. Forward of the bunk to starboard a dresser unit with removable seat is provided, storage provided within the dresser and outboard. Running forward on the port side a short bench settee provides seating within the cabin. Large lockers are provided outboard and beneath the settee. A hanging locker is provide at the forward end of the settee with a large storage locker opposite inboard.
Aft Heads - Accessible from either the master cabin aft or aft bunk cabin. The compartment is appointed with porcelain basin mounted in a vanity unit, manual Jabsco heads and dedicated shower enclosure at the forward end of the compartment outboard.
The engine is located in a dedicated engine space beneath the saloon sole board and accessible by lifting the sole boards.
Located within its own dedicated space beneath cockpit. Access to the compartment via opening doors in the galley.
Ships on board electrical systems are 24V with independent 24/12V dropper units fitted for systems where required.
In this case we are acting as brokers only. The Owner is not selling in the course of a business. whilst every care has been taken in their preparation , the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at their expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.
This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.