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Name: Moana

Type: Oyster 56 

Designer: Humphreys Yacht Design

Rig: Cutter

Builder: Landamores, Wroxham

Year of Build: 2003, (OY 56/31)

Major refit & upgrade work at Fox's Ipswich in 2015 & 2018

Hull : Mono 

Flag of Registry: Guernsey

MCA Category A – Ocean.

Length : 17.49m 

Beam: 4.95m

Draught: 2.44m

LWL: 14.97

Air draught  23.80m (masthead) + 1m*nominal (for masthead equipment)

Displacement Sailing: 31,900kg

Displacement Empty: 27,260kg


Hull Colour: White with cove line and double boot top lines in olive green

Hull : Laid-up GRP, single skin with structural stringers and floors to Lloyds
approved design specification

Deck Construction: Moulded in GRP with balsa core

Deck Finish: Teak decks (new in 2018), bulwark finished with a teak capping rail (refurbished in 2018)

Teak decking also added to Saloon roof in 2018

Keel: High Performance Bulb (HPB), and hull Coppercoated in 2018



Furling Main - In-Mast Dyneema Sail by Doyle (new 2015, washed and serviced 2021) & new motor in 2015

Twin Reckmann Furling Head Sails:

Yankee - Radial cut SRP 95/75 Dyneema Spectra, North Sails (washed and serviced 2021)

Staysail - Dyneema Spectra by Doyle (new 2015, washed and serviced 2021)

Additional Sails: Radial Cruising Shute with Squeezer, Spare (old) Yankee and Staysail 

Headstay – Reckmann RF 90-3 hydraulic furling.
Staysail – Reckmann RF 90-2 hydraulic furling.
Both hydraulic drive motors fully serviced at Reckmann Germany, April 2015.

Mast: Carbon, Hood Stoway carbon GTI (Inspected in 2018, with ultrasound check at foot and gooseneck plates inspected and reconditioned in 2019)

Rigging: Standing and running rigging replaced 2015 at Fox's

Engine: 110hp Volvo Penta D3-110 (New October 2018), with engine room refurbished and bilges repainted

Propeller: Maxprop 24",  3 blade feathering with variable pitch, set at 18 degrees RHR
Fuel: 1130 litres
Water: 1050 litres

Ground tackle:

Main Anchor: Galvanised 40kg Rocna Vulcan (new in 2018) with 60m of 12mm chain

Lewmar Ocean 3 Electric Windlass, 24v - bow mounted foot switches & binnacle operation (new Lewmar motor in 2022)

Spare Anchor:  Galvanised 34kg CQR

Kedge: Aluminium Fortress and 18mm Octoplait nylon warp 

Tender: 2012 AB RIB with centre console, aluminium hull, Sunbrella 'dune' cover, davit fittings and 20HP Mariner, with engine cover.

Davits : Simpson/Cooney electric davits, 300kg, with webbing straps for RIB

Hull, shaft and propeller anodes replaced August 2019, 2021, along with a new electronics grounding plate & 2022, bowthruster, fridge disc and Maxprop anodes.


The Oyster 56 is an iconic, classic, bluewater sailing boat. Moana is a fabulous example. She has been fitted with brand new teak decks in 2018, including 10mm teak on the upper saloon deck. Also in 2018 the saloon windows were stripped, grit-blasted, treated, seals replaced, fully refurbished and repainted black, along with the window mullions, and finished with black gloss Awlgrip. Windows re-inspected under warranty in 2021. The hull has been grit-blasted, cleaned and new Coppercoat applied in 2018, and rechecked throughout by Fox's in 2021. She has a Hood carbon mast with 2015 standing and running rigging, Dyneema sails, hydraulic furling foresails and electric in mast furling mainsail. She has a Dolphin Sails sprayhood (Osea laminated windows replaced by Dolphin Sails in 2021), Bimini (acrylic Skylights replaced in 2020) complete with 2018 zip-on Dune fabric/white mesh 'sun shield' side and aft covers, dorade vents with blanking plates, LED underwater lights and Sleipner Side-Power bow thruster with 8kW, 24v motor reconditioned in 2018 and fitted with new SE170 leg (2018), 5 blade propeller & Side-Power controller at binnacle (replaced 2018). She has a feathering Maxprop with the cutlass bearing and shaft coupling inspected and reconditioned at Fox's in 2015.  The Westerbeke diesel generator was also replaced new in 2017. The  D3-110 Volvo Penta engine/gearbox (new in October 2018) is equipped with twin alternators, one 12v Volvo unit dedicated to the engine and generator start batteries, the other a Mastervolt 24v/110A Alpha unit (new in August 2022) with a Mastervolt Alpha Pro Three Stage Regulator for charging the 24v 480Ah domestic battery bank comprising new Rolls AGM domestic batteries (all batteries fitted new in 2020). The Westerbeke generator has its own alternator to charge the dedicated 12v generator battery. There’s also a Mastervolt automatic Three Stage 75 amp 24v power charger for the domestic 24v supply and a separate 12v charger (new in 2018) for the engine and generator batteries. The engine and generator batteries are configured with a changeover facility for secure back up. In addition, shore and generator changing can be configured via separate breakers to enable concurrent, or separate, 12v and 24v system charging.


Navigation, Communication & Electronics: 

Full set of 2015 Raymarine intregrated electronics, including touchscreen chart plotter, AIS, radar, cockpit instruments, EV-400 Sail autopilot controlled from the pedestal, chart table and remotely via Bluetooth. 2018 Navionics Gold & Platinum+ charts sets installed. On board Wifi is provided via Redbox with wireless and local Wifi boost facilities. Entertainment is provided by a Linn Surround Sound System which plays DVD/CD's and links to Smart phone/tablet via Wifi/Bluetooth. The Linn system is connected to the saloon surround speakers and a Samsung flat screen smart TV (linking to the on board Wifi for TV/Film streaming). There is also a separate CD radio/CD player with waterproof cockpit speakers and a second Samsung flat screen Smart TV in the aft cabin.

Companionway console:  Raymarine i60 instruments, including speed, depth and analogue wind, and multi function display. Raymarine i60 Graphics, new in 2015.  Raymarine i60 wind display E70061 with two i70 displays, new in April 2015.

Pedestal: S.I.R.S. Major 150mm compass &  Raymarine A77 MFD E70167-EU Touch screen display and waterproof housing, new in April 2015. 

Chart table: Raymarine E165-ROW Hybrid MFD E70025 with 15.5” colour monitor, Touchscreen, new in April 2015.

Owner’s stateroom:  Raymarine A77 MFD, Touch screen display new in April 2015.

GPS Raynav 300 GPS, Raystar 120 EGNOS/WAAS Satellite GPS receiver.

RADAR/Plotter: Raymarine chart plotter RL-70 at pedestal. Raytheon RL80C Plus colour with 4kW radome at chart table. Raymarine 24” HD radar scanner, new in April 2015.

Mast mounted Radar Reflector

AIS: Raymarine AIS, new in April 2015.

Autopilot: EV-400 Sail autopilot, controlled from pedestal and chart table as well as remotely via Bluetooth, new in April 2015.

Ray430 Multifunction 30W Loudhailer/Listener, 6 programmed foghorn patterns. Masthead speaker/listener replaced new in 2023

Raymarine Wind Transducer, new in 2019

Windex: at masthead.

NAVTEX: ICS Nav6 Plus at chart table

              VHF Radio: 2018 Icom IC-M605 Multi-Station VHF/DSC fixed radio at the nav. station, with a binnacle mounted command-mic handset. This unit has Active Noise Cancelling, a ‘last call voice recording function’ and an integrated AIS receiver allowing monitor real-time AIS vessel traffic information. 

Handheld Icom VHF unit at companionway.

SSB Radio: Sailor HC-4500, Wide copper strip from chart table to lazarette and twin large ground plates as SSB earth. Backstay insulators.

Satellite Phone: Iridium by Sailor.

 On Board Wifi and Booster: Redbox with Spreader mounted Antenna (2018).

Computer connections and Display Screen at chart table and connections in aft cabin.

Design Features & Other Equipment:

Moana has a number of standout features, notably the blend of excellent accommodation and superb sailing performance, as well as the build quality, craftsmanship and high standard of equipment. Aft she has an enlarged owners cabin and shower/heads with a clever 'flow through' layout giving dual access, from either port or starboard, to the saloon area. This is an extremely practical and useful feature for long range cruising and liveaboard situations, avoiding a 'dead end'  in the aft quarters. Forward, there is a guest double bed to port and twin bunk beds, starboard. A large shared heads & shower lie forward adjacent to the water tight bulkhead and huge sail-locker. While she retains the hallmark Oyster features including a protective skeg-hung rudder and emergency tiller arrangement. Moana has a cutter headed rig with an efficient heavy weather jib on a furler and a spacious deck. The saloon is also superbly spacious and well lit. There is an impressive galley, with a Quooker boiling water system (new in 2018), microwave (2015), a five-burner gimbaled cooker, front opening galley fridge, separate large chest freezer, large stainless steel drinks fridge, excellent Avonite worktops and generous stowage space. A set of Oyster branded crockery and cutlery completes the galley inventory. Other useful items include, a complete set of protective 'crew ' covers for the Alcantara saloon seats and navigation sea & Passmore fitted sun lounging cushions for the aft deck.


For planning longer voyages, there is generous tankage and stowage, and she has a superb load carrying ability.  She has  an array of spares geared for long term cruising, including an Oyster World Rally recommended 'Rigging Repair Kit'. The starboard bunk room can be used as a workshop with a removable vice fitting for the top bunk. There is also keel cooled air conditioning with separate thermostats controlling fore & aft, insect  mesh plates for portlights, sun protection covers for the saloon windows, Webasto heating, 100 l/h Seafresh Watermaker (with 50 & 10 micron prefilter system) and a built in SOBA 1150 Washing Machine (new in Oct 2018). All of this, along with an extensive array of spares for long distance cruising, living on board for long periods is extremely comfortable, efficient and organised.

During the original design the University of Loughborough’s Department of Ergonomics was engaged to help with the cockpit design, with the aim of setting new standards for safe and effective sailing both at sea, and in port. As a result there is a good level of deck hardware, including electric primary and mainsheet winches, with key sail controls positioned close to the helm. The on deck stowage includes a large lazarette and a superb large deck entry sail/bosun’s locker with watertight bulkhead located at the bow. She also has a 3.2 metre carbon passerelle.

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