The Oyster 55 is an Oyster classic and one of our bestselling models. Designed by Holman and Pye and introduced in 1986, the first sixteen hulls were launched at 53 feet and featured a counter stern. The addition of a sugar scoop with bathing platform stretched the design to 55 feet and around half of the 53s were later extended to match the newer models. Her traditional moderate freeboard, attractive shear and generous overhangs give the 55 a timeless elegance, whilst her balanced hull form and robust construction make her a surefooted sea boat in any conditions, especially upwind in a gale.
We launched 48 examples between 1986 and 1998 when she was replaced in our range by the Oyster 56. In that time there were a number of variations, most were cutter rigged with in-mast furling, but three were launched at ketches. The standard 55 has an encapsulated keel, but a handful were launched with shoal draft, and we launched one with a pilothouse. The interiors usually have either four cabins or three plus a workshop, and most are finished in teak, although there are some in cherry or light oak. The 55 is a proven world cruiser, and consummate ocean going liveaboard.
Scirocco is the penultimate 55 launched, hull number 47, delivered in 1998 and is in her original ownership. Her owners cruised the Mediterranean and Black Seas. In 2012 she sailed west to the Caribbean where she has remained. Rigged as an in-mast cutter she is simple to handle, with electric furling to her mainsail and genoa. Down below she sleeps six in three cabins with an additional workshop, her teak joinery gives her a strong and traditional feel. Maintained by caring owners she is now ready for a circumnavigation.
*Available for co-brokerage only on request*
Laid-up GRP, moulded to the designer’s specification in a Lloyds approved facility, under controlled conditions and all laminating carried out by hand to a high standard.
Produced using a Lloyds approved gelcoat and laminating resin. The gelcoat and three outer laminates incorporate a special isophthalic resin and powder bound matts.
Bow reinforced with Kevlar.
‘White’ hull with cove line and double boot top lines in standard Oyster ‘Blue.’
Special anti-osmosis treatment guaranteed for 10 years (renewed 2009) – hull is osmosis free.
Moulded in GRP with balsa core.
Deck features Oyster renowned deck saloon configuration with modern ‘eyebrow’ and forward opening windows.
Teak laid decks and perforated aluminium alloy toe rail.
Encapsulated, moderate draft fin design.
Fully protected skeg-hung rudder.
‘Sugar scoop’ stern design with bathing platform trimmed with teak slats and stainless steel steps for access to the stern deck.
42kg Bügel anchor, which can be operated from the cockpit.
34kg (75lb) CQR anchor.
100m of 13mm calibrated stainless steel chain, to match windlass, fastened at its bitter end to a through-bolted padeye with substantial lanyard.
Recessed locker within the foredeck for anchor chain stowage, fitted with hinged lids and Timage chrome flush-fitting type locker devices.
Lewmar Ocean 3 vertical capstan type 24V electric anchor windlass (2010) installed on deck, so that the anchor chain will self-stow in chain locker located forward.
The windlass is two-way and operated by adjacent foot switch controls.
Remote anchor windlass switches at pedestal.
Pair of gateway stanchions and side-gates for boarding.
Gate to pushpit.
2.4m folding aluminium boarding ladder.
Oyster custom drop-down washboard system for main companionway.
Lewmar alloy-framed deck hatches.
Lewmar alloy-framed coaming portlights.
Pair of Lewmar short portlights into cockpit, from galley and workshop, including curtains and flyscreens.
Gebo opening hullports.
Large fold down companionway sprayhood in UV resistant Sunbrella, colour ‘Turquoise’ with leather covered stainless steel grabrail to aft end. The hood incorporates see-through panels in its forward portion.
Bimini in UV resistant Sunbrella, colour ‘Turquoise’ with zippered stowage bag. Additional sun awning extending over side decks and aft deck, in Sunbrella colour ‘Turquoise’.
Additional set comprising sprayhood, bimini and sun awning over side decks and aft in colour light beige – hardly used.
Cockpit cushions (closed cell foam) in UV resistant Sunbrella, colour ‘Turquoise’.
Hot and cold freshwater deck shower in transom locker.
Saltwater anchor/deck wash pump and hose.
Teak-laid, self-draining cockpit.
Pair of waterproof loudspeakers mounted within the coamings either side of the pedestal.
Dark acrylic panel mounted on GRP console housing instrument repeaters to companionway hatch garage.
Varnished teak folding cockpit table.
Whitlock ‘Premiere’ remote steering pedestal, incorporating a 900mm diameter stainless steel steering wheel, friction brake, engine start/stop controls, together with gear and throttle shift lever.
Leather covered wheel, partially covering spokes.
Reinforced teak outboard motor bracket on pushpit, to starboard side aft, for 15hp motor.
Whittall ED18GW davits (130kg each maximum load).
Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit.
Stainless steel fairleads.
Alloy mooring and cockpit cleats.
Grab rails on cabin top and forward coachroof.
GRP dorade boxes with flexible cowls. Stainless steel guard rails over forward dorade boxes.
Large full-width lazarette locker with twin stainless steel gas struts.
Two built-in self-draining deck stowage lockers at aft end of coachroof, suitable for stowage of deck gear and liferaft. The liferaft locker has a stainless steel U-bolt for the liferaft static line.
Stern quarter pushpit seats in teak and stainless steel with single fender stowage beneath.
Gas locker for two bottles.
Ensign staff socket to port on davit.
MAST and RIGGING
Cutter rig with in-mast furling. Complete new rigging (November 2013).
Hood ‘Stoway’ mast system – white painted. Mast, boom and spinnaker boom repainted (November 2013).
Double spreader rig.
Continuous wire rigging.
Extra conduits in mast.
Hood solid rod kicker/vang.
Mechanical Harken B503 backstay adjuster.
Three folding mast steps at masthead.
Reckmann electric genoa furling (new motor 2016).
2 x Harken 66.2 STECH electric two speed self-tailing primary winches.
2 x Harken 53.2 STC self-tailing secondary winches.
2 x Harken 46.2 STC self-tailing tertiary winches forward of main genoa sheet winches.
1 x Harken 48.2 STECH electric self-tailing mainsheet and outhaul winch.
2 x Harken 48.2 STC two speed, self-tailing main and yankee halyard winches fitted on mast.
1 x Sidewinder heel control winch for single spinnaker pole.
3 x winch handle pockets – two in cockpit and one on mast.
Single spinnaker pole stowed vertically on mast.
Package includes halyard, sheets, guys and blocks, topping lift and downhaul and all deck fittings.
By Hood Sailmakers UK:
Hood staysail – StarCruiser, bi-radial cut (1998).
Storm staysail in high visibility orange.
By Doyle Sails, Barbados:
Stoway mainsail – Dacron crosscut with UV protected clew, Duroseam and custom clew block (2014).
Furling yankee Dacron (2014).
By Ocean Sails:
Tri-radial MPS cruising chute in 1.5oz nylon with spee-squeezer.
Six berths in three cabins, excluding the saloon.
All berths are sea berths and have fitted Dacron lee screens with lanyards to through-bolted eyes.
Interior joinery finished in teak.
Designed to be modern and coordinated, whilst remaining practical and durable at sea. Essential features include sculpted fiddles and grabrails, ‘shadow-gap’ joints between panels and Oyster custom knobs for lockers and drawers.
All drawers use metal runners, which give extremely smooth operation.
Door furniture by Timage with chrome hinges and handles.
Door retaining straps to all locker doors.
Cabin sole in teak and holly.
Galley countertops in ‘Almondine’ Avonite with upstands and stainless steel basin inserts.
Each head compartment is fitted out with a Tapmate white enamel washbasin set into an Avonite ‘Almondine’ work surface with upstands, plus matching towel rail, pair of toothbrush holders, soap dish and toilet roll holder.
Par Brydon Boy manual toilet with a large porcelain bowl in each head, which discharges directly overboard.
Quality Berglen chrome mixer taps with matching thermostatically-controlled shower controls.
Headlining in light grey vinyl.
Removable mast cover in headlining vinyl with Velcro.
Upholstery to forward cabin seating and surrounds, saloon settees, navigator’s seat, aft cabin seating, berth surround and headboard in Alcantara. New saloon Alcantara (2009).
Curtains to windows in all cabins.
Oceanair skyscreens to all deck hatches.
Flyscreens to all opening hull and coachroof ports.
‘Black’ Hella (24V) fans.
FORWARD DOUBLE CABIN
Spacious double centreline berth in the bows.
Vanity table and upholstered seat.
Hanging locker and overhead clothes lockers.
Access to deck via fore hatch.
FORWARD PORT SHARED HEAD/SHOWER
Large head compartment to port, shared by forward cabins and accessed from the passageway.
Incorporating a toilet, washbasin and separate shower stall.
Lockers for wash bags, cleaning materials and linen stowage.
FORWARD STARBOARD TWIN CABIN
Aft of the forward cabin, to starboard with upper and lower berths.
Vanity unit, hanging locker and clothes lockers.
Oilskin hanging locker.
Accessed from the cockpit via a set of teak and stainless steel steps, with teak and stainless steel handrails, the saloon is extremely light and airy with seven windows, of which two of the three forward ones open.
Featuring a dining area to starboard with fixed rectangular table and seating.
Further seating to port with fixed armrest.
The saloon table has a substantial fixed top mounted on a square pedestal, incorporating a storage compartment and a bottle locker in its base.
The tabletop has a burr elm wood inlay with black Avonite perimeter line. Grab rail to fore and aft inboard edge.
Pair of folding ‘director’ chairs provide additional seating for dining.
Lockers outboard and central shelf to hullport. Bookcase rails in each hullport recess.
Drinks locker providing glass stowage.
Aft port locker.
Daewoo – new December 2018.
The navigation area with forward facing chart table and seat is situated to port at the aft end of the saloon. Customised around the flush-mounted electronics and navigational equipment set into a matt black, manmade leather fascia.
The chart table with spring stay fitted to the lid, can accommodate half-folded Admiralty charts.
Bookshelf outboard and stowage for almanacs and navigational books.
AC and DC electrical panels located overhead, above the navigator’s seat.
Cabin fitted out as a workshop with work bench. No hullport.
Two drawers and lockers both above and below.
Plentiful shelves in lockers for spares stowage.
Located to starboard of the cockpit in the passageway to the aft cabin, where panels also give access to the engine compartment.
Avonite countertops with upstands and stainless steel basin inserts.
Hardwood chopping board and wire drainer basket.
Large rubbish bin fitted inside locker door.
Stowage for crockery and cutlery.
Twin stainless steel sinks.
Gimballed Force 10 FT 645PR stainless steel cooker with 4-burners, grill and oven.
Protected by a flame failure gas cut-off device.
Heavy gauge fiddle rail fitted around top of cooker, which incorporates a pair of adjustable clamping pan holders. Harbour lock and cooker crash bar fitted.
Grunert DC50 (24V) eutectic holding plate refrigeration system to cool the front opening galley refrigerator, fitted with shelves and automatic door light. Wood décor panel to door.
Grunert DC50 (24V) eutectic holding plate refrigeration system to cool the top opening freezer box, fitted out with baskets. Small stainless steel strut to support lid.
New Grunert compressor and motor (2016).
Insulated with a foam and lead insulation and accessed via removable panels fitted with rubber sealing strips to minimise noise and secured by positive catches.
24V lighting and extractor fans switched at DC electrical panel.
Configured with a double berth offset from centreline. The berth is fitted with a high quality proprietary battening system beneath the foam mattress to give good ventilation, comfort and flexibility.
Curved settee, dressing table and large hanging locker.
Abundant drawer and locker space.
2-brick key safe under sole.
Access to en suite head/shower. Door to galley.
EN SUITE HEAD/SHOWER
Incorporating a toilet, washbasin and separate shower stall.
Lockers for wash bags, cleaning materials and linen stowage.
AUDIO VISUAL SYSTEMS
CD/Radio stereo unit in saloon.
Perkins 4-cylinder (82hp) diesel engine.
Separ double fuel filter and water separator system.
Grasslin vibratory engine hour meter fitted on port side.
Approximately 2,500 at August 2019.
Max-Prop 3-bladed feathering propeller.
Spare 2-bladed 600mm (24”) diameter fixed bronze propeller.
Ambassador AM15 rope cutter on shaft.
40A (24V) engine alternator.
Second Bosch 120A/24V alternator.
Side-Power bowthruster 10hp.
Control panel with buttons on pedestal.
Whitlock cable system.
Webasto DW80 heating system with 5 x fan coil units.
220V AC Seafresh 204A watermaker (approximately 63 litres per hour).
1050 litres approximately (231 Imp gallons/277 US gallons) in a GRP tank.
800 litres approximately (176 Imp gallons/211 US gallons) in two GRP tanks.
TANK TENDER GAUGES
Tank tender system for fuel and water tanks.
Backup dipsticks and calibration chart.
From an insulated approximately 54 litres (12 Imp gallons/14 US gallons) grade 1 copper tank heated by the engine’s heat exchanger, or by thermostatically-controlled 220V, 2kW immersion heater element powered by the generator or dockside power.
PRESSURISED HOT AND COLD FRESHWATER SYSTEM
The yacht's hot and cold pressurised freshwater system is based on a Par CW83 pump with pressure accumulator tank and Acorn polypropylene pipework and fittings.
Charcoal filter system on galley cold freshwater supply.
One stainless steel (gravity discharge) toilet holding tank for aft cabin head, one PVC for forward head.
Deck pump out and rinse fittings.
Showers or washbasins are selected by a diverter valve then evacuated by an electric Whale ‘Gulper’ pump, which discharges directly overboard.
The galley sink also empties via an electric Whale ‘Gulper’ pump, operated by rubber toggle switches.
Twin manifolds for seawater inlets to reduce through-hull fittings.
220V AC ring main with double, Schuko type outlet sockets located as appropriate within the layout.
Extra block of 5 circuit breakers.
2 x 12V Dri Plugs – one under sprayhood and one at chart table, including droppers (maximum 5A).
2 x extra 220V AC Schuko double sockets – one in workshop and one in fore cabin.
Domestic: 450Ah batteries (November 2018).
Engine start: 200Ah battery bank.
Generator start: 60Ah batteries.
All batteries are positively secured against inversion in case of a knockdown.
Victron 60A battery charger (November 2018).
Magnetronic DCC4000 monitor for domestic batteries.
Mastervolt MASS 24V/2500W inverter.
30A dockside power cable.
Hubbell socket in the coaming.
INTERIOR LIGHTING ‘
White’ halogen overhead Cantalupi lights throughout.
4 x gold ‘Pillar’ Cantalupi berth lights.
2 x gold ‘Rassy’ Cantalupi berth lights in aft cabin.
Gold ‘Astor’ Cantalupi light to forward starboard saloon overhead (to act as a picture light).
Aqua Signal mini spot reading lights.
4 x white halogen overheads, outboard in saloon, fitted with individual switches.
Dimmer switches for saloon overhead and window halogen lights.
Hella 150mm overhead engine room lights.
Osram flexible chart table light.
ECS automatic refrigeration door light.
Two red overhead halogen nightlights – one at chart table and one at galley.
Red ‘courtesy’ foot lights at deck saloon steps.
Aqua Signal 41 bow and stern navigation lights.
Tri-white anchor/navigation light at masthead.
Sestrel Major 150mm (6”) diameter compass with internal lighting and stainless crash bar.
Autohelm ST50 Plus system:
Depth, wind and speed displays.
Close hauled wind/VMG display.
GPS/RADAR AND CHART PLOTTER
Raymarine C7 radar/GPS chart plotter (2013).
Plotter GPS Interface 11 (2010).
Radome on mast.
VHF with AIS receiver.
Autohelm 7000 automatic pilot system with twin linear ‘Grand Prix’ drives and a control head fitted into the coaming adjacent to the pedestal. This unit is installed quite independently of the steering system and affords a backup to the main steering system.
Furuno FAX-207 weather fax with active antenna at pushpit (2016).
Barograph – Räber Meteograf.
Pochon VHF radio-telephone. Handset at chart table and cockpit.
Icom 810 SSB radio/telephone.
Wide copper strip from chart table to lazarette and twin large ground plates as SSB earth.
Autoflug Modula 6-person liferaft in canister with double floor and E-pack. Service due 2019.
‘Visiball’ radar reflector on mast.
Jabsco Maxi 3000 Puppy electric bilge pump with par hydro air switch (rated at 2,640 litres per hour).
Henderson MkV manual bilge pump (rated at 135 litres per minute).
Each bilge pump is fitted with a Whale type filtered strum box.
4 x stainless steel U-bolts for safety harness attachment in cockpit.
Various including automatic fire extinguisher in engine bay.
Gas detector with two sensors – one under cooker and one in bilge.
Halyard Marine HG200 exhaust gas high temperature alarm on both engine and generator exhaust pipes.
OTHER SAFETY FEATURES
Electric gas solenoid shut-off valve, in addition to manual tap.
Watertight bulkhead and door to forward cabin.
Lifelines port and starboard.
AB 3m dinghy.
Toshiba 5hp outboard motor.
WARPS AND FENDERS
Porcelain dishes in blue, green and yellow.
Cutlery in blue, green and yellow.
2-brick key safe.
HEYCO MARINE TOOL KIT
Proxxon marine tool kit and many spare parts.
SPARES AND MANUALS
NB: All personal belongings and all other items not expressly listed in the above inventory are excluded from the sale.
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Inventory verified by the owner.
Issue 5 (GO/YG/lh)
In this case we are acting as Brokers only. 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 any contract. A prospective Buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate, at their own 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. Life-saving appliances do not form part of the inventory and it is for the buyer to ensure they are in date and suitable for their purposes.