The availability of this conservatively priced Yacht from Oyster, who are among the Worlds best Yacht builders, results in our being able to offer a very well equiped, center cockpit, pilot house boat of elegance, excellent sailing qualities having a well thought out three cabin six berth interior layout, excelent galley and nav station. In 2011 the sails were replaced by North, the boat has a bow thruster, watemaker and three of the winches are powered.
THE PRICE HAS BEEN REDUCED FROM 460,000 EUROS
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The standard engine is a Perkins Range 4 M 90 four-cylinder diesel rated at 80-horsepower at a satisfyingly low 2,400 rpms. It turns a two-bladed 24-inch bronze propeller by way of a 1.5-inch stainless shaft. The unit sits on flexible mounts in a large, fully lit insulated engine compartment just aft of the main saloon with walk-in access on one side and a series of removable panels all around, depending on the accommodations plan; the 55 we inspected was a mechanic’s dream come true. Sensibly, the engine sump is self-contained to control oil spillage. Sealed limber tubes bypass the area to convey normal uncontaminated bilge water from the after portion of the hull forward to the main sump at the keel.
Typical of many European high-load marine-electrical systems, the one aboard the Oyster is 24-volt DC. Storage for the house bank is in four six-volt 20-hour-rated batteries offering approximately 230 amp-hours at 24 volts, which would translate into 460 amp-hours in our more familiar 12-volt vernacular. The batteries are heavy-duty deep-cycle Varta type. The engine start bank consists of two 12-volt batteries offering an 88-amp-hour 24-volt supply. Primary charging is by way of a 40-amp 24-volt engine alternator (80 amps at 12 volts) and diode isolator.
Onboard AC power is provided by a three-cylinder Westerbeke model BTD 8 220-volt generator located in an insulated compartment beneath the cabin sole just forward of the engine area. This unit is started by and charges its own single 12-volt start battery. It can be used to fortify the DC system through a Victron 50-amp 24-volt battery charger, which is adapted also for dockside juice.