Designed by Holman and Pye to replace their legendary Oyster 435, the 45 did so with aplomb. With greatly enhanced interior volume, the 45 feels a lot more spacious, whilst retaining the Oyster rugged offshore trademarks of single-skin hull construction, keel-stepped mast, and full length rudder skeg.
Perhaps the best feature of the 45 is full width saloon, which has a lovely light and open feel due to the large Oyster deck saloon windows, two of which open to provide superb ventilation. The straight saloon seating provides two excellent sea-berths. When opened up, the wonderful saloon table connects the two settees, and enables a large number of guests to be entertained. The aft end of the saloon is open to the galley, so the cook is also fully involved socially.
Just aft of the navigation station is a large walk-in locker, which can also be accessed from the cockpit. A hugely popular feature among 45 owners, this space can be used for storage, a workshop and location for an aft holding tank.
A great performer under sail, the 45 nonetheless has a gentle motion offshore thanks to her balanced hull, fine entry, and the stiffness provided by her external lead bulb keel. The 45 is a proven circumnavigator, long distance blue-water cruiser and liveaboard, but due to her compact overall length she is also a great local family cruiser, as she is simplicity itself to handle.
‘Free Mind’ is still in her original ownership, and has enjoyed relatively light use by her caring owner. She is the standard three cabin layout, offering six berths in three cabin, with a further two seaberths possible in the saloon. Her hand crafted joinery is in the popular light oak, giving a bright and airy feel below decks. Her simple sloop rig with in-mast furling mainsail and furling genoa, all handled from the cockpit, make her easy to handle for the shorthanded crew.
Laid-up GRP, single skin with structural stringers and floors to Lloyds approved design specification.
White hull with cove line and double boot top lines in blue.
Moulded in GRP with balsa core.
Teak laid decks and laid teak on coachroof fore and aft, anodised alloy toerail.
High performance bulb (HPB) external lead keel.
Fully protected skeg-hung rudder.
The stern design incorporates a bathing platform trimmed with teak slats and stainless steel steps for access to the stern deck.
Built to comply with the requirements for Category A – Ocean.
22kg CQR anchor with 60m of 10mm short link, calibrated galvanized chain; fastened at its bitter end to a through-bolted padeye with substantial lanyard.
15.9kg CQR kedge anchor 50m 12mm warp and 4m 8mm chain tail.
Lewmar Ocean 2, 12V vertical type electric anchor windlass, controlled by adjacent deck-mounted foot switches.
Pair of stainless steel gateway stanchions and side-gates for boarding.
Gate to pushpit.
Stainless steel hinged ladder and two rungs / steps on transom.
Tinted acrylic companionway washboards, top one with louvre and retaining lanyard.
Lewmar alloy-framed deck hatches.
Lewmar opening portlights in aft coachroof sides.
Custom made, alloy-framed deck saloon windows in toughened smoked glass.
Two forward deck saloon windows open.
Alloy-framed, opening Gebo long hullports in the saloon.
Opening Lewmar hullport in the galley.
Large acrylic fold-down sprayhood with stainless steel grabrail on aft sprayhood hoop.
Bimini, including zip-up including stowage cover.
Cockpit cushions, dark blue acrylic, white vinyl piping.
Hot and cold freshwater deck shower in transom locker.
Whitlock mugrack for Premiere pedestal – varnished.
Whitlock folding teak cockpit table – varnished.
Premiere pedestal, incorporating a 914mm (36”) diameter, destroyer type stainless steel wheel and friction brake.
Whitlock wheel steering with leather wheel cover including spokes.
Small outboard bracket.
Stainlesss steelpulpit and pushpit.
Alloy fairleads in the toerail, alloy mooring cleats, cockpit cleats.
Foredeck stowage locker with Lewmar Ocean 60 hatch.
Liferaft storage built into pushpit.
Quarter pushpit seats in teak and stainless steel.
MAST and RIGGING
Rig – sloop. Hood in-mast furling.
Solid rod kicker/vang.
Continuous 1 x 19 stainless steel wire and Dyform rigging.
Hood “Seafurl” 3250 headsail furling gear, toggle at lower end.
The furling control line leads aft to the cockpit, through a Spinlock Express rope clutch mounted on the port side deck.
By Harken -
2 x 56.2 STECH electric primary winches.
1 x 32.2 STC two speed mainsheet winch, under sprayhood.
1 x 32.2 C two speed main halyard winch on mast.
1 x 40.2 C two speed genoa halyard winch on mast.
1 x 16.2 C reefline winch on mast.
By Dolphin Sails -
150% Furling genoa, including a foam luff and UV stripes.
Six berths in three cabins, and two in the saloon.
Interior joinery finished in American white oak.
Sculpted fiddles and grabrails. ‘Shadow-gap’ joints between joinery panels. Oyster custom knobs for lockers and drawers. The joinery styling detail is designed to be modern and co-ordinated, whilst remaining practical and durable in use at sea.
Cabin sole in teak and holly.
Surfaces in galley in Formica laminate colour ‘Champagne Haze Stucco, and heads in Avonite colour ‘Almondine’.
Headlining in off-white vinyl.
Upholstery – Alcantara colour blue.
Dacron lee-screens on six sea-berths.
Oceanair skyscreens to all deck hatches.
Flyscreens to all opening hull and coachroof ports.
Black Hella fan in galley.
Forward with V-berth in the bows, provided with an infill piece and cushion, under-berth stowage and a hanging locker.
To port with upper and lower berths, clothes lockers and a hanging locker.
To starboard incorporating a Par Brydon Boy large bowl toilet, washbasin, mirror, stowage lockers and a shower area with curtain and teak-planked Naval grating.
To port, with ample drawers and stowage lockers.
Twin sinks in stainless steel.
Force 10 FT 645PR cooker in stainless steel with 4 burners, grill and oven.
Details to be confirmed.
Front-opening Frigomatic DC refrigerator with stainless steel door.
Frigomatic DC refrigeration in insulated cool box.
Featuring an L-shaped settee area and table on the port side. To starboard a two-seater settee extends beneath the forward counter top into a ‘trotter box’, forming a useful sea-berth with lee-cloth. The table, which forms an occasional table when closed, has a matching foldover leaf, supported by a removable strut, that allows both sides of the saloon seating to be used for dining. Stowage for bottles and a single drawer are incorporated into the pedestal. Bar with stowage for glasses in locker above the ‘trotter box’ for the starboard side sea-berth.
Saloon grabhandle in headlining – recessed.
Forward facing at the aft starboard end of the saloon. Chart table can accommodate a half-folded full size chart. Bookshelf.
WORKSHOP / STOWAGE
With 5 hooks for hanging oilskins beneath the starboard cockpit seat lid, with access via door from navigation area.
With a double berth offset from centerline, lee cloths, a curved settee and dressing table, hanging locker with drawer and locker space.
EN SUITE HEADS
With Par Brydon Boy large bowl toilet, washbasin, mirror, stowage lockers and shower area with curtain and teak-planked Naval grating.
SOUND SYSTEM Pioneer stereo AM / FM radio tuner / CD player with a pair of saloon speakers and a pair of water resistant cockpit loudspeakers.
Grundig TVR 3710TT combined TV / VHS video recorder.
Communications ‘Clarity’ aerial / TV antenna.
Volvo MD 22, 4-cylinder 59hp diesel engine.
17” 3 bladed Maxprop feathering propeller fitted with saildrive.
Alternator, 60A 14V.
Second, 60A 12V alternator.
Air Conditioning by Marine Air 9,000 BTU for aft cabin with 1 outlet.
454 litres approximately (100 imp/120 us gallons) in GRP tank.
636 litres approximately (140 imp/164 us gallons) in GRP tank.
TANK TENDER GAUGES
Fuel and water tank gauges – Tank Tender.
From an insulated approximately 34 litres (7.5 imp/xx us gallons) grade 1 copper tank heated by the engine’s heat exchanger. A thermostatically-controlled 220V, 2kW immersion heater element is installed, to run off AC shore power, when connected.
PRESSURISED HOT AND COLD FRESHWATER SYSTEM
Mains 220V AC ring main with four double, 2-pin European type, beige Clipsal sockets, located in aft cabin, galley, saloon and chart table.
Extra panel of 6 circuit breakers.
OTHER ELECTRICAL SOCKETS
12V 10A cigar–type plug.
Domestic: 6V heavy-duty, ‘deep-cycle’, ‘Varta’ cells.
Engine start: 88Ah 12V battery.
Heart Interface Combi 130A / 2.5 kW charger / inverter, including Heart remote panel to
Link 2000 control panel.
30A dockside power cable. Hubbell socket in the coaming.
Accent / mirror lights.
Aquasignal mini spot berth reading lights in white.
Osram flexible chart light.
Refrigerator auto-door light.
Light in engine room.
Aqua Signal 41 bicolour bow and stern navigation lights.
Tri-white light at masthead.
Sestrel Major 152mm (6”) compass, fitted with lighting and stainless steel guard, binnacle mounted.
Autohelm ST80 Instrumentation
Multiview and analogue wind in instrument pod.
Extra ST80 Masterview at instrument pod (GPS repeater).
ST80 remote control.
Masterview at chart table.
Philips AP Mark9 GPS (aerial on pushpit) and groundplate, interfaced to autopilot and
Raytheon R40XX radar on a scanstrut.
Raytheon Raychart 600 at chart table.
Autohelm ST80 Autopilot with pilot keypad only.
Windex at masthead.
Icom IC-M 58 VHF radio telephone, with fist microphone.
Avon 6-person liferaft in canister – Double floor and E pack.
Firdell ‘Blipper’ radar reflector on mast.
Electric bilge pump – Jabsco Maxi Puppy 3000 – with FS20 float switch.
Whale Gusher 10 MkIII manual bilge pump, operated from the cockpit and fitted with a metal deck plate.
Webbing jackstays and shackles.
Various including engine room inert gas fire extinguishing system – Firemaster GT 700.
WARPS AND FENDERS
Oyster customised Wedgwood bone china crockery.
Oyster customised Sheffield stainless steel cutlery.
HEYCO MARINE TOOL KIT
ASSORTED TOOLS, SPARES AND MANUALS
NB All personal belongings and all other items not expressly listed in the above inventory are excluded from the sale.
Viewing through Oyster Brokerage
Inventory not yet verified by the owner.
NB Name ‘Free Mind’ to be retained by the Vendor.
Draft Issue 3 (GK/OK/lh)
In this transaction we are acting as Brokers only. We are informed that this sale is not related to the Owner’s business, trade or profession. Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The particulars are intended only as a guide and they do not constitute a term of contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate to have the vessel fully surveyed and inspected, sea trialled and opened up.
Ipswich, Suffolk IP2 8NJ