Oyster 45 for sale

Cygnus III


Oyster 45, Cygnus III for sale

This is probably the hardest post I have ever written. Our home and part of our family for the last seven years, Cygnus III is now for sale.

Cygnus III is an Oyster 45 built by arguably the best boat builders in the world, Holman and Pye.

Oyster have a well-deserved reputation for outstanding quality and being one of the best boats money can buy.

When you own an Oyster, you become part of the family. That family is there to help you with whatever you may need where ever you are in the world.

They are made to not only live aboard as we have done but take you safely across any sea in comfort.

Our blog shows not only how Cygnus III has looked after us on the sea but the fun, enjoyment and amazing adventures we have had together. As a family we had a dream to sail around the world. We may not have seen it all but no one can ever take away the memories we have of places we have been or the lifelong friends we have met along the way. Our journey may be ending but yours may just beginning on one of the best boats ever made, the Oyster 45.

You will find more photos of Cygnus III under the images heading at the top of this page or clicking here.


Oyster 45 specifications


Dimensions (approximate)

LOA:                    13.51m           (44’4”)

LWL:                    11.58m           (38’0”)

Beam:                 4.27m              (14’0”)

Draft:                  1.98m              (6’6”)

Displacement:  15,873 kg        (35,000 lbs)

Ballast:               5,256 kg          (11,590 lbs)

Designed and built by Holman and Pye.

Launched: 1997.

Hull number: 05.





Asking £210,000 VAT paid

Lying Greece.

Construction of an Oyster 45



The GRP hull is a laid up single skin with structural stringers and floors to Lloyds approved design specification.

The hull is white with a cove line and double boot top lines in standard Oyster blue.

The stern design incorporates a bathing platform trimmed with teak slats and stainless-steel steps for access to the stern deck.

Cygnus III was fully dried in 2010 when she was slurry blasted below the water line. She was then taken indoors at Fox’s where she was professionally epoxied below the water line.


High performance bulb keel.


Fully protected skeg-hung rudder.


Deck structure moulded in GRP with balsa core.

Teak laid deck

Extra teak laid at build on coach roof and stern.

Oyster deck saloon profile with “eyebrow” styling.

Stainless steel pulpit, pushpit and gateway midship stations. Gate to pushpit.

Grabrail on deck saloon roof in stainless steel.

Life raft stowage built into pushpit.

Quarter pushpit seats in stainless steel and teak.

Extra aft cleats for stern to mooring.

Stainless steel “A” frame with dinghy davits, solar panels and engine hoist (new 2015).


Whitlock steering wheel covered in leather.

Premiere pedestal.

Navpod housing containing chart plotter (new 2011).


Oyster 45 layout


General Description.

Six berths in three cabins.

Interior joinery finished in teak.

Cabin sole of teak and holly.

Joinery style is designed to be modern and co-ordinated whilst remaining practical and durable in use at sea.  It features sculptured fiddles and grabrails, “shadow” gap joints between the joinery panels; solid, shaped teak and stainless grab handles.

Upholstery in Alcantara mid-blue. Berth material in blue check.

Oceanair blinds.

Hella two speed fans fitted in all berths.

Lee cloths to all berths.

From Forward –

Forward cabin.

With “V” berth, infill piece and cushion, under berth stowage, hanging locker and draws.

Twin Cabin.

To port with upper and lower berths. The upper berth is wider than the standard. Lockers, hanging locker and draws.


To starboard with marine toilet, washbasin, mirror, stowage lockers, shower area with teak planked naval grating.


Featuring an “L” shaped settee area and table on the port side. The teak table folds open to cover the width of the boat. A drinks cabinet is built into the table pedestal. To starboard is a two-seat settee which extends beneath the forward locker top into a “trotter box”. This forms a sea berth with built in lee-cloth.

Navigation area.

In the aft starboard area of the saloon. It is forward facing to allow the navigator to be comfortable without intruding into the saloon space.

Work room.

Behind the navigation area in a separate room. Contains small work bench, holding tank, storage for tools, Mppt controls for solar power, access door to engine room.


Aft of the saloon and to port. It has a gimbaled Force 10 four burner cooker with oven and grill. It has a large front opening refrigerator, twin stainless-steel sinks, filtered drinking water and fresh water hot and cold taps along with ample storage space.

Owners stateroom with en-suite heads.

Featuring a double berth offset from the centre, a curved settee and dressing table, a hanging locker with draws and lockers.

En-suite heads with WC, washbasin, mirror, storage lockers, shower area with curtain and teak planked naval grating.


Hi quality Panasonic music system with too many features to mention. Hi quality saloon and cockpit speakers. (new 2016)

Sony Bravia flat screen TV with built in DVD player.

Deck Equipment


Manson Supreme 26kg oversized main anchor with 80m of chain (new 2015).

Genuine CQR 22kg (45lbs) spare anchor.

Fortress 10kg (22lbs) kedge anchor with 3.8m of chain and 50m Octoplait warp.

Lewmar V-1000 12v vertical electric windlass.

Remote anchor and bow thruster control at helm. Foot anchor control switches on foredeck (all new 2017).


Lewmar deck hatches.



56.2 x 2 STETCH two speed electric primary winches with manual override.

42.2 and 44.2 STC secondary winches fitted to the cockpit coaming (new 2000).

32.2 STC two speed mainsheet winch under spray hood.

32.2 STC two speed main halyard winch on mast.

40.2 C two speed genoa halyard winch on mast.

32.2 C reefline winch under spray hood.


Sprayhood in navy blue with opening front panel for ventilation.

Bimini in navy blue including zip up canvas stowage cover.

All canvas work supported on adjustable stainless-steel hoops.

Full cockpit navy blue Phifertex covering from the sun and for privacy. Each side rolls up into bags attached to the Bimini for simple stowage when sailing. Removable in winter.

Navy blue fully waterproof sunbrella winter tent to fully enclose the cockpit. Each side has built in windows and gives an extra room in winter and added protection from the elements. Removable in summer.

Full made to measure cushions for the cockpit and aft seats.

All canvas work is made to measure in navy blue and was new in 2016.

Deck equipment – General.

Passerelle, 2.5m folding in aluminium.

Stainless steel and teak drop down bathing ladder.

Freshwater deck shower.

Outboard bracket.

Whitlock folding teak cockpit table.

Whitlock mug rack on Premiere pedestal.

Stainless steel drum with webbing longline for stern too mooring. (new 2016)

Stainless steel guard for dorado vents. (new 2015)

Rig and sail handling.

 Mast and Rigging.

Masthead sloop rig with double spreaders.

Selden in mast furling.

Solid rod vang.

Standing rigging in stainless steel (new in 2011)

Radar conduit in mast.

Headsail furling

Hood “Seafurl” headsail furling system.

Spinnaker gear.

Spinnaker pole stowed vertically on mast.

Cruising chute package – inc halyard, clutch, two sheets, two blocks and two aft winchard deck plates. Clew lines control from cockpit. (new 2005)


By Sanders Sails:

Mainsail crosscut and interwoven with spectra thread. Vertical battens. (new 2011)

Furling 140% Spectra genoa with white UV sacrificial strip. (New 2011)

Cruising chute

Storm jib. (new 1999)



Volvo MD22-PB 4-cylinder 59hp, naturally-aspirated diesel engine.

Engine hours: This is not accurate as the engine hours meter only work intermittently but a good guestimate is between 3,000 and 3,500 hours.

The engine has been fully maintained beyond normal requirements.

It has just had a head skim, new head gasket and a full set of new injectors and been fully serviced and checked ready to go.

Volvo 130 sail drive with ambassador rope cutter. (all new 2011)

The engine room is fully insulated.

All engine gauges on panel in cockpit.


3 bladed folding variprofile propeller. (new 2011)


60A 14V

Second alternator 70A 12V including engine power take-off.


Vetus 80 kgf bowthruster. (new 2003)

Air conditioning.

Marine air reverse cycle air conditioning/ heating system providing 16,000 BTU.


Frigomatic DC refrigeration in upright chest, water cooled compressor.

Tankage and Pluming.


454 litres (100 imp/120 US gallons) in GRP tank.


636 litres (140imp/168 US gallons) in GRP tank.

Tank tender gauges.

For fuel and water

Hot water.

34 litre (7.5 imp/ 9 US gallons) tanks heated by the engines heat exchanger, or by thermostatically-controlled 220V, 2KW immersion heater elements.

Pressurised hot and cold hot water system

Seagull water filter with separate pressurised tap for drinking water. (new 2012)

Holding Tank.

Stainless steel holding tank for aft WC, Wema gauge and deck pump out.


 Ships supply.


Ring main.

Mains 220V AC ring main with 3 double Clipsal sockets. Additional double socket at chart table.

Other electrical sockets.

Hubbell deck socket.

12V plugs in cockpit, chart table and forward cabin.

USB sockets at chart table and saloon.


6 Trojan T-105 6 V deep cycle batteries (two additional to original spec) dedicated to domestic use (new 2013). Batteries are charged from alternator, solar panels, shore power.

Battery 12V dedicated to engine start (new 2015). Battery charged via alternator or dedicated solar panel.

Solar panels.

Approx 400 watts of solar panels on coach roof and dedicated arch. These are managed through a Morningstar 60A mppt controller with digital readout.

Battery management.

Link 2000 control panel.


Heart interface combi 50A /1 kW charger/inverter.

Shore power.

30-amp dockside power cable and extension (plugs for large and small outlets). External Hubbell socket on boat.



Designed to be discreet whilst ensuring the light is directed where it is required.

Timage overhead lights.

Timage accent/mirror lights

Aquasignal mini spot berth reading lights in white.

Osram flexible chart light.

Refrigerator door light.

Engine room light.


Aqua signal 41 Nav lights.

Aqua signal 41 stern light.

Tri-colour light at masthead.

Steaming light.

Deck floodlight on mast.

Navigation and Communication.



Sestrel Major 152mm (6”) compass.


Autohelm ST 60 +:

Speed / log / wind / depth at companionway console.

Multi-function display at chart table. (all new 2010)


GPS interfaced to autopilot and chart plotters.

Radar/ Plotters

Two Raymarine C90W chart plotters at the nav station and at the helm. (new 2010)

Raymarine RD418D digital radar mounted on mast and interfaced to chart plotters. (new 2010)


Raymarine autopilot (EV-200) computer. (new 2017)

Raymarine P70 autopilot control head. (new 2017)

Raymarine gyro compass. (new 2017)

Wireless auto pilot control (new 2005)


At masthead


NASA clipper weatherman at nav station (new 2005)

VHF Radio

Raymarine 55E digital radio with fist mike linked to chart plotter (new 2013)

V-Tronix VHF R/T cockpit speaker and switch.


Raymarine AIS receiver linked to chart plotter. (new 2010)




Six-person liferaft in stainless steel launching cradle on pushpit.

Radar reflector.

Firdell “Blipper” on mast.

Bilge pumps.

Jabsco maxi puppy 3000 electric bilge pump.

Whale gusher 10 Mk111 manual bilge pump.

Deck safety


Danbuoy with light.

Webbing jackstays in white (new 2014)

MOB button on steering pedestal for GPS.

Emergency tiller.

Fire extinguishers.

Automatic extinguisher in engine bay.

Various fire extinguishers and fire blanket throughout the boat.


Remote control gas shut off.

Engine overheat

Alternator not charging



Numerous warps, fenders, fender covers and mooring springs.

Oyster Wedgewood crockery, cutlery and glasses.

Numerous tools.

Numerous spares and full set of Oyster 45 and equipment manuals.

Cruising guides and maintenance books.

Numerous assorted bits and pieces (such as chart plotter cards, weather station, clock, barometer etc).


By separate negotiation.

 AB 9.0 lamina AL aluminium bottomed rib with bow locker. (New 2016)

Mercury 8hp outboard motor.

We have done our best to make this account as accurate as possible. As can be seen we have continually serviced and updated Cygnus III when she needs to be and often well before. She is our home and part of our family so we have looked after her as much as she has looked after us.

There will be more than a few tears when she goes.


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