2007 Oyster 49

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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.

Oyster 49

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.

Oyster 49

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.


Oyster 49

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
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

Oyster 49

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

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

Oyster 49

Navigational electronics:
Autopilot - Raymarine Linear drive
Sailing instruments - Raymarine ST60
VHF telephone - Raymarine 240
Chart plotter/GPS, interfaced with Autopilot - Raymarine C80

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.


Oyster 49

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

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