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Oyster 56

The Oyster 56 is one of the most successful yachts in Oyster's history with over 70 built to date. A world-class cruising yacht, the 56 was the first yacht with an ergonomically designed cockpit, the result of working with Loughborough University's Ergonomics department, making relaxing and entertaining a true pleasure, while maintaining all the essential qualities you expect of a serious seagoing yacht.

Performance under power and sail is first class, demonstrated by the 56 easily winning her class in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers

and also winning Cruising Class 1 at Antigua Sailing Week, beating a number of more serious racing competitors.

The standard layout offers a choice of an en-suite owner’s stateroom aft with three guest cabins, or two guest cabins and a walk-in machinery room alongside the engine.
Oyster 56Well proven over tens of thousands of ocean miles, many live aboard owners have confirmed, the Oyster 56 is easily handled with just two on board, while the yacht is spacious enough for six or even eight people to cruise in comfort.


Length Overall (including pulpit):17.49m 57' 4"
Length of hull:17.07m 56' 0"
Length of waterline:14.97m 49' 1"
Beam:4.95m 16' 3"
Draft HPB keel (standard):2.52m 8' 3"
Draft HPB keel (shoal):1.99m 6' 6"
Standard rig and spar type:Masthead sloop with fully battened main
Available rig options:In-mast furling, cutter gear
Ballast keel type:High Performance Bulb (HPB)
Displacement (standard keel):26,500 kgs 58,422 lbs
Typical engine:Yanmar 4LHA-HTP 118kW (160hp)
Tanks - fuel:950 litres, 210 Imp gals, 250 US gals
Tanks - water:950 litres, 210 Imp gals, 250 US gals


Hand lay-up GRP hull and deck - Outer hull laminate in Vinylester resin
One year warranty - 3 years GRP below waterline
Hull style lines - 1 x cove and 2 x boot top lines
Anti-foul - 2 coats
High Performance Bulb external lead keel
Fully protected skeg-hung rudder
EURCD Design Category 'A' Ocean

Deck Layout and Equipment:

Oyster Deck Saloon with single centre cockpit layout and single wheel steering
Cored deck and coachroof laid with teak
Self-draining teak-laid cockpit
Whitlock pedestal with cable steering and SIRS compass
Leather wheel cover 1
Reverse stern with bathing platform, and stainless steel transom ladder
Large lazarette in stern deck with teak laid GRP hatch
Vertical, sliding acrylic washboard for main companionway hatch
Hull to deck joint with teak cap rail
Stainless steel mooring cleats 8
Varnished cockpit table in stainless steel frame, with insulated GRP box and padded acrylic cover 1
Sprayhood with stainless steel frame over main companionway
Stainless steel stern pushpit seats
Self-draining aft deck life raft locker
Self-draining aft deck locker 2
Midship boarding gateways
Stainless steel grabrails atop deck saloon
Stainless steel mast guards
Stainless steel dorade guards 4
Dorade box ventilation 6
Lewmar deck gear including racing blocks
Lewmar deck hatches 4
Opening hull and coachroof ports 16
Oyster deck saloon windows – 2 forward windows open with gas strut supports 7
Lewmar electric anchor windlass
Stainless Steel grab handle to aft hoop of sprayhood frame with leather cover


Oyster deck saloon with seating and dining area utilising full width of hull
Alternative layout choices available
American white oak interior joinery (optional choice of cherry, teak or maple)
Shadow Gap joinery style
Flush/concealed hinges on locker doors
Grain matched locker doors and joinery fronts
Oyster custom locker door fittings
Galley worktops in Avonite finish
WC counter tops in Avonite finish
Sole boards - Oyster custom - in teak
Sole boards - rubber mounted for sound insulation
Lee screens on all sea berths
Custom composite foam mattress to owner's aft double berth
Alcantara upholstery in saloon
Oceanair blinds to all overhead accommodation deck hatches
Oceanair blinds to all deck saloon windows
Curtains to all hull and coach roof ports (except hull port near cooker)
Exposed hull surfaces below waterline - grey
Exposed hull surfaces above waterline - white
Interior varnish - deep satin
Storage lockers above waterline fully lined


Engine Yanmar 160hp (118kW)
4-bladed folding - Brunton 'Varifold' propeller
Drive train - shaft drive, coupling by Aquadrive
DC Alternator - dedicated to charging engine start batteries
Mastervolt DC Alternator 150A/24v with Mastervolt Alpha Pro 3 stage regulator - dedicated to charging domestic batteries
Electric engine room fan 1
Automatic engine room fire extinguisher system with remote light
Bowthruster - electric tunnel
Tank Tender fuel and water tank gauge
Racor fuel filter and water separator with remote warning light, for engine
Manual bilge pump operated from cockpit
Electric bilge pump with 3-way control - auto/on/off with high level alarm
Zinc anode electrical protection system
DZR (bronze) seacocks

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