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The 56 was the first Oyster design to be drawn for us by Rob Humphreys, beginning a partnership that continues to this day. The 56 is perhaps the quintessential Oyster design and was the undisputed class leader at this size for more than a decade. Rob certainly got it right first time – the 56 is currently our bestselling model, with seventy-five launched between 1998 and 2010.
The key to her success is her size; large enough for rapid ocean cruising, and to accommodate her crew in comfort and style when living aboard, but also compact enough to be handled by a couple without crew. The 56 retained earlier success-ful Oyster design features; the single skin hull construction, with stiffness provided by massive ribs and stringers, the keel stepped mast, and the full-length rudder skeg protecting the entire rudder. The 56 was also the first yacht to gain from an ergonomically designed cockpit, Oyster worked with Loughborough University to design a space which makes relaxing and entertaining a true pleasure, whilst maintaining all the essential qualities you would expect of a serious oceangoing yacht.
The 56 is a proven performer, with many ocean crossing and circumnavigations to her credit. She is has had class wins in the ARC and has also won Cruising Class 1 at Antigua Sailing Week, beating a number of more serious racing yachts. She is a superb sea boat and remains very well regarded by all her fortunate owners.
Raya is a 2001 example , hull number 22, with the popular light oak joinery giving a bright and spacious feel below decks, where she sleeps six in three cabins. Her master cabin has been extended to include an office space, larger head and better access to the engine room . Raya is easy to handle with push button furling to her mainsail, genoa and staysail. Although an unashamed ocean cruiser, Raya is a fast yacht, having won her class in the ARC 2015 finishing 12th overall. She has benefitted from a comprehensive refit before embarking on her latest circumnavigation, so would make an excellent buy for anyone planning a similar adventure.
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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 standard Oyster blue.
Hull professionally surveyed with refurbishment carried out to the keel and skeg in 2015.
Moulded in GRP with balsa core.
Teak laid decks, bulwark finished with natural teak capping rail. Total deck refurbishment, all caulking removed and replaced and deck sanded in 2015.
High performance bulb (HPB) external lead keel.
Fully protected skeg-hung rudder. Rudder removed and serviced. New bearings and seals in 2015.
‘Sugar scoop’ stern design with 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.
33kg (75lb) Rocna with 100m (328’) of 12mm chain - New in 2012.
Lightweight folding fortress FX55 kedge anchor.
Lewmar Ocean 3 vertical capstan type 24v electric windlass with switches at bow.
Stainless steel midship gateway stanchions. Gate to pushpit.
Stainless steel bathing ladder.
Passerelle socket in top rung of steps in transom.
Drop-down acrylic washboard system for main companionway.
Lewmar ‘Ocean’ alloy-framed deck hatches.
Lewmar coaming portlights. All hatches and portlights replaced in 2015.
Gebo opening hullports.
Fold down sprayhood over companionway in Weathermax ‘silver’. Stainless steel grabrail to aft end.
Bimini sockets for frame and pole.
Sprayhood and Bimini replaced with new in September 2018.
Dolphin tensile awning covering boat from mast to backstay in WeatherMax ‘silver’ (2015).
Hot and cold freshwater deck shower in transom locker.
Stainless steel drinks holders to pedestals.
New cockpit table in traditional Oyster style installed in 2015.
Whitlock Athena steering pedestal with Whitlock Maxi wheel with leather cover.
Steering cables replaced in 2015.
Whittall davits for 200kg load.
Stainless pulpit and pushpit. Oyster deck saloon with G4 styling.
Teak capping rail with stainless steel fairleads. Additional stainless steel mooring and cockpit cleats for stern-to mooring
Stainless steel grab rails on top of deck saloon. Liferaft stowage in pushpit for 2 x 6 man liferafts. Stern quarter pushpit seats in teak and stainless steel.
Stowage compartment, with removable partition, at forward end of the anchor locker for kedge warp and chain stowage.
Lazarette locker. Gas locker.
MAST AND RIGGING
Hood white painted Stoway mast. Mast, boom and spinnkaer pole removed and bare metal resprayed in 2015.
All fittings and furniture replaced with new in 2015.
Navtec single function panel and remote backstay ram with hydraulic reservoir. Stainless steel standing rigging 1x19mm wire, replaced as well as new rod backstay in 2015.
Additional rope clutch for staysail halyard.
Chainplates removed, serviced and replaced under tension in 2015. New upgraded gooseneck pin.
Running rigging all replaced with high specification equivalents in 2015.
Hood Stoway hydraulic in-mast furling.
Reckmann hydraulic genoa furling.
Reckmann hydraulic staysail furling. - Both furlers removeed and shipped to factory in Germany for full service in 2015.
Lewmar 2 speed self-tailing –
2 x 66 CEST electric primaries.
2 x 54 CST secondaries.
1 x 48 CEST electric main sheet.
2 x 48 CST main and genoa halyard on mast.
2 x 16 CST mainsheet traveller controlline.
Sidewinder heel control winch for spinnaker pole.
Single aluminium spinnaker pole stowed vertically on mast. Halyard, sheets, guys and blocks, topping lift and downhaul. Extra rope clutches for halyard and pole lift.
Mainsail – new in January 2014.
Tri-radial genoa – new in 2015.
Staysail – new in 2010.
Six berths in three cabins, excluding the saloon.
Interior joinery finished in White American Oak. 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.
Cabin doors in Millennium style with panelled straight grain margin rails and crown cut centre with Avonite line between.
Cabin sole in teak ‘chequer-board’ millennium style with Avonite line routed into boards. Surfaces in galley in grey Mica and heads in Brazilian blue Avonite.
Headlining in off-white vinyl. Upholstery – Alcantara blue. Curtains/blind system to all cabins.
Oceanair “skyscreens” to all deck hatches.
Hella fans x 6.
FORWARD GUEST CABIN
Centreline berth, upholstered seat with vanity table, plentiful clothes lockers and a hanging locker. Lee cloths fitted.
TWIN GUEST CABIN
Forward to port with upper and lower berths, lockers for clothes, vanity unit and hanging locker. Lee cloths fitted.
Shared between both forward cabins with Jabsco delux silent flush toilet (new 2015), washbasin and separate shower stall.
The saloon features an oval table with foldover leaf and bottle stowage. There is a curved laminated grabrail on the edge of the table with a burr wood inlay and black Avonite perimeter line. There is a settee area to port with lockers and shelf outboard. To starboard is another settee. Glasses locker. Stowage drawers for directors’ chairs.
Penguin 130-litre drinks fridge, hull plate cooled and proven in Equatorial climates.
At the aft end of the saloon on the starboard side. The table is a half Admiralty chart size with a bookshelf outboard. AC and DC electrical panels overhead.
To the aft end of the saloon on the port side. Plentiful stowage. Additional Hella fan and fluorescent light over the sink. Space for microwave oven.
Franke twin stainless steel sinks, which pump directly overboard with Hans Grohe ‘pull- out shower head’ type tap. Dedicated faucet for drinking water with charcoal filter.
Ocean Chef GN Espace stove, new in 2015.
Glacier Bay holding plate for fridge and freezer. Front opening fridge and top opening freezer, renewed in June 2016 with Frigoboat plant and hull cooled plates.
Second ‘drinks’ fridge insaloon.
New washing machine in2017..
Double berth offset from the centreline with a vanity chair, dressing table and large hanging locker. Additional desk and chair. Bookcase.
EN SUITE HEAD/SHOWER
Large heads accessed directly from the aft cabin and main saloon with Jabsco delux
silent flush electric toilet (new 2015), washbasin and separate shower stall.
AUDIO VISUAL SYSTEMS
CD/tuner system in aft cabin.
Pioneer stereo FM radio/CD with BT936 separate volume controls for saloon and cockpit.
Pioneer stereo FM radio/CD with BT936 separate volume controls.
Waterproof speakers in cockpit.
Yanmar 4LH 4-cylinder diesel engine 80.9kW (110hp) with Yanmar reduction gearbox. Total engine overhaul in 2015, all new pipes and hoses, injector heads etc. Head gasket replaced Dec 2015, new injector heads 2017, injector pump refurbished 2017.
Always serviced properly.
Approximately 7100 at August 2019.
MaxProp 3-bladed feathering. Propeller and shaft sent to Maxprop for service in 2015 and 2017, Shaft re-balanced 2015 and 2017.
Ambassador Marine rope cutter on propeller shaft.
Twin alternators – 85A 12V to charge the engine start battery, and a 175A 24V to charge the domestic battery bank. New 2017.
Onan 8 MDKBL, new 2006. Total overhaul in 2015 with all new pipes etc, water cooling system dismantled, new injectors, pump overhauled, new fuel pump, water pump and manifold in 2017.
Approximately 4770 at August 2019.
Sleipner 10hp tunnel bowthruster including eyebrow. Bowthruster removed and refurbished in 2015 and 2017.
Lewmar Commander 200-2 for main and headsail furling, upgraded to include additional function for staysail.
220V Cruisair reverse cycle system, comprising of three BTU units to give a total of 48,000 BTU’s.
Webasto DW Thermo 90.
Seafresh 206A watermaker 220V producing 95 litres per hour.
TANKAGE AND PLUMBING-
1340 litres approximately (294 imp/354 US gallons) in 2 GRP tanks.
Additional tank on port side giving 317 litres (70 imp/ 84 US gallons).
950 litres approximately (210 imp/250 US gallons) in a GRP tank.
TANK TENDER GAUGES
From an insulated 76 litres (16 imp/19 US gallons) tank heated by the engine’s heat exchanger, or by thermostatically-controlled 220V, 2kW immersion heater elements powered by the generator or dockside power. New in 2015.
PRESSURISED HOT AND COLD FRESHWATER SYSTEM
New water pump in 2017.
New custom-made in 2015. Gravity discharge holding tanks for both heads, including
gauges, deck pump-out and rinse fittings.
2 x small GRP tanks, each with float switch and pump giving automatic evacuation of all showers and washbasins.
All domestic pumps and pipework replaced in 2015.
24V domestic electrical system.
Mains AC ring main with five double, 3-pin outlet sockets located as appropriate within the layout, using Clipsal sockets. Extra block of three circuit breakers.
OTHER ELECTRICAL SOCKETS
220V supply to forward and aft cabins.
24 to 12V dropper to supply 12V socket at chart table plus 2 x USB charging ports.
Domestic: High quality Rolls AMG 8 x 6V 36Ah rated deep cycle batteries, giving a total
720Ah at 24V, new in 2015.
Engine/Generator start: 2 x 12V Rolls (2017) and 1 x 12V (2017).
Mastervolt 220V MASS 24/100 battery charger. Generator/engine 12V starting batteries emergency link.
Alpha regulator fitted to main engine.
Mastervolt 24V/2500W Sinewave inverter to run 240V domestic systems.
Second inverter to power additional systems as required.
30A dockside power cable.
Hubbell socket in transom.
Additional Hubbell socket for aircon loads.
Cable and sockets all replaced in 2016.
Downlight type LED lights in polished chrome finish, with downlighters over reading
Red LED night light in both heads. Reading LED light for each berth.
Red LED “courtesy” footlights at deck saloon steps.
Self-switched LED fluorescent light at the galley to be used as a night light. - All lights
new in 2015.
LED Boom light x 2 over cockpit table with dimmer switch. Pair of LED lower spreader lights.
LED Deck floodlight.
LED Tri-white anchor/navigation light at masthead.
LED Stern light on starboard davit. - All lights new 2015.
NAVIGATION AND COMMUNICATION
SIRS Major steering compass.
Raymarine i70 multifunction displays x 5 programmable for all functions. Raymarine i60 wind pack with analogue close haul display - All new 2015 including new wiring.
I70’s replaced in 2018.
Raymarine HD Digital radar/plotter.
Raymarine E120w touch screen GPS X 2.
Raymarine Evolution course computer/autopilot with p70 control Head and ACU400. New 2015. New twin (push-me-pull-you) long shaft linear drive units for auto helm installed 2015. All wiring replaced 2015.
Windex at masthead.
ICS Fax 4 Navtex.
Raymarine M423 VHF and DSC unit with twin antennas and cockpit command mic (2015).
Icom M801E transceiver with backstay antenna. Insulated backstay.
Iridium Pilot Marine unit with multi phone interface and data link (2015).
2 x Lifeguard Forties A 6 man with E packs. Serviced 2017.
Kannad registered with Falmouth MRCC.
Firdell Blipper on mast.
Electric Jabsco Maxi 3000 puppy bilge pump. Henderson MkV manual bilge pump.
Horseshoe lifebuoy x 1 with light. Jon bouy.
Floating life line.
Various including upgrade to automatic fire extinguisher in engine bay to FM200 system
with auto and manual release. All new 2015.
Gas detector with 2 sensors.
Gas solenoid valve at cooker.
Engine room fire alarm Kahlenberg T-1, triple air horn on mast, with compressor at mast base and switch on pedestal.
Brigg Falcon 360 rib with 20hp Yamaha outboard. New 2015.
WARPS AND FENDERS
6 x large Plastico, 2 x large inflatables, 3 x small Plastico type.
ASSORTED TOOLS, SPARES AND MANUALS
Spares held for all critical system elements. Assorted tools and manuals for all equipment.