The Oyster 49, designed by Rob Humphreys and the Oyster Design Team, is a natural successor to the successful Holman & Pye designed Oyster 485 and offers a slightly smaller alternative to the Oyster 53.
From the design view point the Oyster 49 has been fully optimised, incorporating all the lessons learnt with the Oyster 56 and Oyster 53 projects that preceded her. This is not to say the 49 is simply a scaled down Oyster 53, since she is subtly different in design and character.
One of the major differences featured in the 49 is the subtle use of curves and contours throughout her superstructure. True, the 49 still features the ergonomically designed cockpit, first developed for the Oyster 56 in conjunction with the University of Loughborough Ergonomics Department. It is also true that great emphasis has been placed on the cockpit and deck layout to give generous space for comfortable dining and relaxing. However, careful examination of the Oyster 49 deck reveals a number of sophisticated curves and contours, which blend subtly together to produce a really slick superstructure incorporating the Deck Saloon feature that Oyster first brought to the world of cruising yachts well over 20 years ago.
The hull of the 49 undoubtedly benefits from the development of her larger sisters, not forgetting that the Oyster 56 and 62 are already ARC and Antigua Sailing Week class winners. The racing performance in itself is not important, but it does provide a good indication of the relative sailing performance that can be achieved in a Rob Humphreys/Oyster Design Team yacht compared to other cruising yacht alternatives. Great sailing performance is not only more fun but it allows for faster passages with all the benefits that that implies. Oyster 49/01, SUNBIRD, took part in the UBS Oyster Regatta out of Antigua in April 2002 and showed amazing speed on every point of sailing and in every wind speed.
One of the features that make the Oyster 49 unusual against her peers is the sheer volume of her accommodation. The living space and headroom throughout the yacht compares favourably with a number of much larger yachts. The Oyster 49 is an excellent live-aboard blue water proposition for owners preferring to remain in the under 50 ft. size range from the handling and maintenance viewpoint.
The quality of GRP construction and myriad of engineering details make the Oyster 49 a really special yacht. Add to this the very high specification and the style and quality of interior joinery, all finished to a standard befitting much larger vessels, and the serious cruising yachtsman will see why the Oyster 49 is in a class of her own.
Construction: Hand lay-up GRP hull and deck Outer hull laminate in Vinylester resin, powder-bound mat One year warranty - 3 years GRP below waterline Hull cove line and double boot-top Antifoul - 2 coats HPB (High Performance Bulb) external lead keel Fully-protected skeg-hung rudder
Deck layout and equipment: Whitlock ’Royale’ steering pedestal, SIRS compass Leather wheel cover Self-draining teak-laid cockpit Self-draining liferaft locker Reverse stern bathing platform Lazarette locker in stern deck Stainless steel transom ladder Sprayhood Cored deck and coachroof laid with teak Teak capping rail - natural finish with Oyster custom stainless steel fairleads Stainless steel mooring cleats: 6 off Gateway midship stanchions Lewmar self-tailing primary winches: 64 CST, two speed Lewmar electric anchor windlass - capstan on deck: V-4 Stainless steel grabrails atop deck saloon Stainless steel mast guards Lewmar hatches and deck gear Gebo opening hullports in topsides: 8 off Oyster deck saloon - 2 forward windows open ’Eyebrow’ feature on deck saloon roof
Rig and sail handling: Seldén spars, keel-stepped, sloop-rigged, silver-anodised finish Slab reefing, fully-battened mainsail, and lazyjacks Headsail furling system Mainsail and furling genoa: Dolphin Sails Alloy vang strut, solid kicker and tackle: Seldén Lewmar racing blocks
Interior: American white oak interior joinery Optional choice of cherry, teak or maple joinery Oyster custom locker door fittings Mica laminate to galley worktops Avonite finish to heads and WC counter tops ’Chequer-board’ style teak cabin sole Lee screens on sea berths Quality upholstery on all berths Custom composite foam mattress in owners aft cabin Alcantara upholstery in saloon - buttoned finish Curtains, including Oyster deck saloon pleats with rods system
Domestic systems: Pressurised hot and cold water Hot and cold shower with electric discharge: 2 off Jabsco ITT WC: 2 off Force 10 stainless steel gas cooker, 4 burners, grill and oven Electric solenoid gas safety shut-off valve, switched at galley Fire blanket:1 off Frigomatic 24v DC refrigeration in front-opening box Top opening cool box
Engine and engineering: Yanmar turbo-diesel engine: 4JH3-TBE, 75hp Maxprop, 3-bladed feathering propeller Aquadrive engine coupling system and mounts Racor (Separ) water separator with remote light Fuel tank 12v dedicated engine start batteries and 55 Amp alternator, 176 Amphours Electric engine room fan: 1 off Automatic engine room fire extinguisher with remote light: 1 off Manual bilge pump Electric bilge pump with 3-way control
Electrics: 24v DC for ship’s domestic electrical systems Additional 150 Amp, 24v heavy duty alternator Mastervolt Alpha Pro regulator ’Deep-cycle’ batteries, in 4 x 6v cells, 230 Amphours Stereo CD/FM radio, 2 saloon and 2 cockpit speakers 220v ring main with dockside power cable 220v dual system hot water heating
Loose equipment: Heyco marine toolkit Fire extinguishers: 4 off 4 fenders and 2 docklines Anchor and chain Boathook, scrubber, ensign staff Oyster custom Wedgwood bone china dinner service: for 8 Oyster custom Sheffield stainless steel cutlery set: for 8 Set of high quality tumblers and wine goblets: for 8 Hydrometer - battery tester: 1 off Owner’s manual with set of schematic drawings Commissioned Fox’s Marina, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK Take a close look at the Oyster 49 and you will see how she really can make the World your Oyster.
Length overall: 50 ft. & 6 in. Length of hull: 48 ft. & 11.75 in. Length of waterline: 43 ft. & 10 in. Beam: 15ft. Draft HPB keel (Standard): 7 ft. & 3 in. Draft HPB keel (Shoal): 6ft. Displacement in sailing trim: 45,745 lbs Sail Area (150% foretriangle): 1,460 sq ft Typical engine: Yanmar 4JHE-HTBE, 73.6kW 100hp Tanks - fuel: 210 gal Tanks - water: 156 galPrice: 950,000 USD