Name: Iona Bess
Builder: Oyster Yachts
Model: Oyster 45
Length: 45' 1" (13m)
Beam: 14' 0" (4.27m)
Year Built / Refit: 2001
Engines: 0 x Volvo MD22
Staterooms: 3
Flag: N/A
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Designed by Holman and Pye to replace their legendary Oyster 435, the 45 did so with aplomb. With greatly enhanced interior volume, the 45 feels a lot more spacious, whilst retaining the Oyster rugged offshore trademarks of single-skin hull construction, keel-stepped mast, and full length rudder skeg.


Perhaps the best feature of the 45 is the full width saloon, which has a lovely light and open feel due to the large Oyster deck saloon windows, two of which open to provide superb ventilation. The straight saloon seating provides two excellent sea-berths. When opened up, the wonderful saloon table connects the two settees, and enables a large number of guests to be entertained.  The aft end of the saloon is open to the galley, so the cook is also fully involved socially.


Just aft of the navigation station is a large walk-in locker, which can also be accessed from the cockpit. A hugely popular feature among 45 owners, this space can be used for storage, a workshop and location for an aft holding tank.


A great performer under sail, the 45 nonetheless has a gentle motion offshore thanks to her balanced hull, fine entry, and the stiffness provided by her external lead bulb keel. The 45 is a proven circumnavigator, long distance blue-water cruiser and live aboard, but due to her compact overall length she is also a great local family cruiser, as she is simplicity itself to handle. Oyster launched twenty-three Oyster 45s in an eight-year production, run between 1996 and 2004.


Iona Bess is a late model 45, which her current owner bought in 2003 through Oyster Brokerage. She has been used for cruising in north west European waters, and has been upgraded and specified for ocean cruising. Simple sloop rig with electric in-mast furling and electric furling to her genoa, her removable inner forestay allows a storm jib to be flown. Comprehensively equipped, she also benefits from the traditional teak interior joinery below decks, where she sleeps six in three cabins. 


HULL NUMBER                    

Oyster 45/25.



Laid-up GRP, produced using a Lloyds approved gelcoat and laminating resin. The gelcoat and three outer laminates incorporate a special Isophthalic resin and powder-bound matts.


HULL FINISH                      

White hull with cove line and double boot top lines in ‘7005’ dark blue.

Hull professionally epoxied and Copper coated. (2012).



Moulded in GRP with balsa core.


DECK FINISH                      

Teak laid decks and perforated aluminium alloy toe rail.

Two teak dolphins in decking just forward of pushpit seats.



High performance bulb (HPB) external lead keel.



Fully protected skeg-hung rudder.


STERN DESIGN                   

‘Sugar scoop’ stern design with bathing platform trimmed with teak slats and stainless steel steps for access to the stern deck.



Built to comply with the requirements for Category A – Ocean.



33kg Rocna anchor and 70m of Bradney G40 calibrated chain (barely used).

Fortress FX37 anchor with 15m of chain and 25m of warp.

Spare 20kg Bruce anchor with 20m of chain and 40m of warp.



Lewmar Ocean 2, 12V vertical type electric anchor windlass complete with capstan and gypsy.

Remote windlass controls in cockpit.


DECK ACCESS                     

Port and starboard midship gateway stanchions.

Gate to pushpit.

Stainless steel bathing ladder.



Two part Plexiglass washboard for main companionway.

Lewmar alloy-framed deck hatches.

Lewmar opening coaming portlights.

Gebo opening hullports.

Lewmar opening port into cockpit.

7 x custom-made, alloy-framed, black powder-coated deck saloon windows in toughened smoked 8mm glass. Two forward deck saloon windows open, whilst central forward window is fixed.



Large fold down companionway sprayhood in Sunbrella Plus ‘Aquamarine’ acrylic with stainless steel grab rail to aft end and see-through forward panel (2015).

Bimini in Sunbrella Plus ‘Aquamarine’ acrylic, including zip up canvas stowage cover.

Cockpit cushions in Sunbrella Plus ‘Aquamarine’ acrylic (2015).

Pedestal and steering wheel cover in Sunbrella Plus ‘Aquamarine’ acrylic (2015).

Tender cover to fit over 3.1m Avon tender while on the davits in Sunbrella Plus ‘Aquamarine’ acrylic (2015).

Hatch covers in Sunbrella Plus ‘Aquamarine’ acrylic (2015).

NB: Sunbrella Plus ‘Aquamarine’ fabric is no longer available in Europe so a 60yd roll was specially imported from the USA to match original canvaswork. Sufficient fabric remains to make a new bimini, cockpit enclosure, etc. This fabric was also used for the UV strip on the new mainsail and genoa at the recommendation of Sanders Sails.



Walk-through teak-laid cockpit.

Extended Whitlock instrument repeater pod.


COCKPIT TABLE                  

Folding teak cockpit table in natural finish – (New 2015)



Whitlock ‘Premiere’ steering pedestal.

Stainless steel 910mm diameter ‘Destroyer’ steering wheel with friction brake.

Whitlock leather steering wheel cover (partially including spokes).



Reinforced outboard bracket in teak.


OUTBOARD CRANE              

Forespar Nova Lift deck crane (250lbs lift capacity).



Simpson/Cooney 125kg swivelling davits with manual winches (2013).



Scandinavian style pulpit with open front and teak step.

Custom-made removable teak helm step.

Stainless steelpushpit.

Alloy fairleads.

Alloy mooring and cockpit cleats.

GRP dorade vents.

Liferaft storage built into pushpit.

Stern quarter pushpit seats in teak and stainless steel.

Gas locker for two 6kg bottles.



MAST and RIGGING             

Seldén furling anodised mast and rod kicker.

MPS rigging package, including halyard, 2 x clutches, pair of deck plates, blocks andsheets.

Storm jib package, including removable forestay and adjuster, 2 x Wichard deckplates, halyard, 2 x clutches, sheets and cars.

Glomex aerial mounted at masthead.

Comprehensive upgrade in 2014(All rig work carried out by Allspars Limited in Plymouth - Seldén main agents):

Seldén electric in-mast furling system – Selden R290.

Seldén illuminated push button furling controls fitted in new binnacle at the wheel for genoa furling, mainsail furling, windlass and spare.

Seldén wireless remote furling control system.

Full overhaul of mast - new wiring, new LED deck flood, new LED tri-colour, new radar.

Twin pole system on mast track for twistle rig (new pole and bayonet fittings in 2014).

All electrical systems professionally installed.

Extensive new running rigging supplied in 2014 (some of which is still unused).

Seldén removable prodder/bowsprit for use with furling cruising chute.



Seldén electric furling system fitted for genoa - new forestay and twin track foil – Selden Furlex 300E



2 x Lewmar 64 CST two speed self-tailing primary winches.

Lewmar 46 CST two speed self-tailing secondary winches (2014).

1 x Lewmar 30 CST two speed self-tailing mainsheet winch under sprayhood.

1 x Lewmar 30 CST two speed self-tailing main halyard winch on mast.

1 x Lewmar 40 C two speed genoa halyard winch on mast.

3 x Winch handle pockets - 2 in cockpit and 1 on mast.


SPINNAKER GEAR               

Twin ‘Whisker poles’ stowed vertically on mast.



By Sanders Sails (2016):

New Vectron mainsail (less than 500NM use).

New Vectron genoa 143% genoa with three short battens (less than 500NM use).


By Ratsey and Lapthorn:

Twin Ratsey and Lapthorn high-cut 135% genoas for use with Twistle rig (checked by Sanders Sails in 2015).


By Ocean Sails:


Furling 150% genoa.

(these are the original sails which have been valeted and stored in the dry – they are serviceable but shape no longer ideal)

Storm sail – orange, hanked on for use on inner forestay.

Cruising chute (hardly used and in excellent condition)

Cruising chute on Karver top-down furling system (furler, torsion line and endless furling line plus associated blocks).


Six berths in three cabins, excluding the saloon. Using the two saloon settees can provide an additional two berths.

Eight sea berths have lee screens fitted with lanyards to through-bolted eyes.

Interior joinery finished in quarter cut teak with styling specially designed for Oyster by Dick Young Designs to celebrate the new Millennium.

                                           Designed to be modern and coordinated, whilst remaining practical and durable at sea. Essential features include sculpted fiddles and grab rails, ‘shadow-gap’ joints between panels, solid shaped-teak and stainless steel grab handles and Oyster custom knobs for lockers and drawers. All drawers use metal runners, which give extremely smooth operation.

Cabin sole in Millennium teak ‘chequerboard’ style with black margin.

All horizontal galley work surfaces are covered with Formica laminate in ‘Champagne Haze Stucco #1793’.

Heads countertops finished in ‘Almondine’ Avonite.

Heads compartments fitted Hansgrohe quality mixer taps and pressure-balanced showers. Matching towel rail, toothbrush holders and toilet roll holders. Finished in teak with white GRP and ‘Buttermilk’ Formica laminate.

Headlining in off-white vinyl.

Upholstery in ‘Beige’ Alcantara.

Foam-backed vinyl mast cover.

Curtain system to windows in all cabins.

Oceanair skyscreens to all deck hatches.

Flyscreens to all opening hull and coachroof ports.

Opening ports in the Saloon upgraded to Teak surrounds.

5 x 12V Hella fans in black.





Double cabin with V-berth in the bows, provided with an infill piece and cushion.

Under berth stowage, hanging locker and overhead lockers.

Fiddled shelves port and starboard above berths.


PORT FORWARD TWIN CABIN                      

Aft of the forward cabin to port is the twin guest cabin with upper and lower berths.

Clothes lockers and hanging locker.

Fiddled shelf in aft lower level locker.

Fiddled shelf in lower locker under hanging locker.


The two forward cabins share the head compartment to starboard.

Jabsco manual toilet, white GRP laminate washbasin and stowage lockers for wash bags and cleaning materials.

Shower area with curtain and teak-planked naval grating.

Mirror with light above.



Access to the saloon from the companionway is down a removable set of teak steps, which are shaped and fitted with stainless steel handrails.

The deck saloon is extremely light and airy with seven windows, of which the forward outboard pair is opening. A feature opening hullport each side allows visual contact with the outside whilst seated and contributes to the great feeling of space and light in the saloon.

Featuring an L-shaped settee area and table on the port side with fixed fiddle around saloon table upper surface.

To starboard is a two-seater settee, which extends beneath the forward counter top into a trotter box, forming a useful sea berth with lee cloth.

The saloon table is designed to form, in its closed position, an occasional table, which is mounted on a very substantial pedestal base. Stowage for bottles and a single drawer are incorporated into the pedestal. This table has a fold over upper leaf, which opens onto a removable support strut to allow both sides of the saloon to be used for seating whilst dining.

The saloon includes a fully equipped bar. Stowage for glasses is provided in a locker above the trotter box.

The port shelf, outboard of the settee is fitted out as a bookcase.

Stainless steel bookshelf rod in starboard hullport recess.

Incorporated into the accommodation are a number of grab rails, including one overhead in the saloon and one on the inboard fore and aft edge of the saloon tabletop.

NAVIGATION AREA              

The chart table area is forward facing at the aft starboard end of the saloon and is customised around the flush-mounted electronics and navigation equipment.

Provision for a retractable flat screen.

Within the chart table there is provision for stowage of half-folded Admiralty charts. Beneath are two drawers.

A bookshelf provides stowage for navigational books and almanacs.



A rubbish bin fitted inside locker door by the cooker.

Stowage for crockery in the locker at the aft end of the port saloon settee.

Plentiful storage.



Twin stainless steel sinks that discharge directly overboard.

Manual freshwater foot pump.



Gimballed Force 10 FT60451 cooker in stainless steel with 4 burners, grill and oven.

Electronic ignition system, protected by a flame failure gas cut-off device.

Fiddle rail around the top of the cooker, which incorporates a pair of adjustable clamping pan-holders.

Harbour lock and cooker crash bar.



Frigomatic 12V DC refrigeration unit to front opening refrigerator with stainless steel door and removable wire shelves.



Waeco CFX40 freezer fitted to workshop.



Located under the cockpit and galley sinks, the engine area is fully insulated.

Access for inspection and maintenance is via a large hinged door in the starboard utility workshop and a removable panel to port, beneath the galley sinks. These are all fitted with rubber sealing strips to minimise noise and are secured by flush fitting closers with fold down handles.

Service light and extractor fan.Extra engine fan fitted.



A door inboard of the navigator’s seat connects aft to the utility workshop/gear stowage locker beneath the starboard cockpit seat lid. Within this locker are six hooks for hanging oilskins.

Fitted ‘fixed’ shelves.



This aft cabin features a double berth offset from centre, a curved settee and dressing table with mirror. Vanity unit recess converted to front opening lockers and removable mid-height shelf. Additional drawer under berth for chart stowage.

Stainless steel rod bookshelves in port and starboard hullport recesses.

Hanging locker with drawer and locker space.

Access to the en suite head and shower cubicle.


EN SUITE HEAD/ SHOWER                      

Jabsco manual toilet, white GRP laminated washbasin and shower cubicle with curtain

and teak-planked naval grating.

Stowage lockers for wash bags and cleaning materials.

Mirror with light above.



Pioneer multi-changer stereo system MCD5900RDS with Aux input to play TV/DVD sound through overhead speakers.

Panasonic 24” Smart TV.

Sony DVD player.



Volvo MD22, 4-cylinder 44kW/59Hp naturally aspirated diesel engine with 120 S-Drive gearbox.

Sea strainer for engine inlet.


ENGINE HOURS                   

Approximately 1500 at August 2017.



17” Volvo 3-bladed folding propeller.(New 2010)


ROPE CUTTER                      

Ambassador rope cutter on shaft.



60A/14V alternator.

40A high output alternator to main engine for domestic charging.



Watt and Sea Cruising 600W hydro generator plus converter/regulator with solar input (installed and tested in 2014, but never used). Solar panel 135W coachroof mounted and connected to the Watt and Sea regulator (2016).



Zero hours at August 2017 – never been used.



Vetus 75Kgf bowthruster.


STEERING SYSTEM              

Whitlock cable system.



Webasto DW Thermo 90 water heating – two in saloon and one in each cabin.



Spectra 380C watermaker.




636 litres approximately (140 Imp gallons/168 US gallons) in a GRP tank.



454 litres approximately (100 Imp gallons/120 US gallons) in a GRP tank.


TANK TENDER GAUGES         Dipsticks for fuel and water.


HOT WATER                        

From an insulated approximately 54 litres (12 Imp gallons/14 US gallons) tank heated by the engine’s heat exchanger, or by thermostatically controlled 220V, 2kW immersion heater element powered by dockside power.



This system includes a Par Max 4 pump installed with a pressure accumulator tank

and Acorn polypropylene pipework and fittings.



HOLDING TANKS                

Two stainless steel holding tanks.

Pump out.

Wema gauges.


GREY WATER                       

Each heads compartment is fitted with an electric Whale ‘Gulper’ pump, which is operated by a rubber toggle switch and evacuates water from washbasin and shower directly overboard.

The galley sinks discharge directly overboard, by gravity, via a seacock.


 SHIP’S SUPPLY                  




220V AC ring main with 3 double, 3-pin Clipsal outlet sockets located as appropriate within the layout.



12V cigar type socket (10A maximum). – (New 2015)

3 x USB charger sockets at Navstation ( 1 x Double- for phones, 2 x Single – I pad charging)

Extra panel of 6 circuit breakers. Additional set of 3 circuit breakers.

Reverse polarity-warning alarm with switch and light.

1 x 12v heavy duty, 50 amp socket in the cockpit.



675Ah domestic battery bank - 6 x Trojan T-105 6V, 225Ah.

Gel cell battery dedicated to engine start giving 80Ah.

All batteries are positively secured against inversion in the case of a knockdown.


BATTERY MANAGEMENT                             

Batteries are charged by the 60A alternator (engine start battery) and the 140A alternator (domestic and bow thruster batteries). Charging is also provided by the hydrogenerator and solar panel via the Watt & Sea regulator/converter.

Mastervolt MASS 12V/60Hz charger.

Emergency link.



Mastervolt Combi 50A charger/1.2kW inverter with remote panel.

Fixed Victron inverter for PC, TV and DVD player.



30A dockside power cable.

1 x 20m extension power cable.

1 x 30A to 60A adapter.

1 x Electricity meter to monitor shore power consumption.

Hubbell socket in the coaming.



LED overhead lights.

LED accent/mirror lights.

LED reading lights.

LED chart table Light.

Refrigerator automatic door light.

LED dome lights in engine room.

Red LED ‘courtesy’ footlights at deck saloon steps.



LED Boom light over cockpit table.

Aqua signal 41 bow and stern navigation lights.

LED steaming/deck floodlight (2014).

Aqua Signal LED light at masthead (2014).



Binnacle mounted S.I.R.S Major 150mm compass fitted with lighting and a stainless steel guard.

Mounted hand held compass.


SAILING INSTRUMENTS                            

Raymarine c95 multifunction displays mounted in Scanstrut pod at wheel (2014).



The main navigational GPS (for autopilot) is the internal unit in the Raymarine c95 MFD.

Garmin 128 GPS. Is kept as a back-up unit that can be switched-in if the Raymarine unit fails. The Garmin 128 can also be used as an anchor drag alarm without needing to power-up all of the ship's main instrumentation.


RADAR/CHART PLOTTER                      

Raymarine RD418HD 4kW 18” HD Radome digital radar (2014).

Yeoman chart plotter system at chart table.All new radar/plotter cabling (2014).



Comar AIS.



Autohelm ST7000 autopilot with ST6000+ control.



Windex at masthead.



ICS Navtex 4 with GPS interface and ACT-4 aerial.


VHF RADIO                         

Icom M423 fixed Class D VHF/DSC with HM-125 Command Microphone (2015).

Second station fitted at wheel binnacle (2015).


SSB RADIO                         

Icom IC-M710 SSB radio telephone at chart table.

Wide copper strip from chart table to lazarette and twin large ground plates as SSB earth.

Backstay insulator.


SATELLITE PHONE               

Motorola Iridium fixed handset with aerial.



Fully adjustable mount for iPad at the navigation station. iPad used for remotely controlling and viewing the c95 radar/plotter using the c95 wireless network.



Onboard Wi-Fi using Mailasail RedBox system connected to Wi-Fi, satellite phone and 3G (2014). NMEA 0183 instrument data available over Wi-Fi via the RedBox.

Mailasail Wi-Fi Bat active Wi-Fi booster antenna (2014).

Huawei (Mailasail supplied) 3G USB cellular dongle (2014).

Communications pole with antennas for Wi-Fi, Iridium Smartphone, AIS VHF, AIS GPS and Navtex.




Forties ISO9650 Type A - 6-man self-righting liferaft.

Last serviced September 2017, next service due 2020.



McMurdo G5 Smartfind Plus 406MHz GPS EPIRB

SEPRE-ISEM Rescuer 9-2-9.5GHz SART.


RADAR REFLECTOR              

Firdell blipper on mast.


BILGE PUMPS                     

Jabsco Maxi Puppy 3000 electric bilge pump with FS20 float switch, rated at 2640lph at 3m total head. A 3-position switch is fitted to allow Off/On/Auto operation.

Whale Gusher 10 Mk III manual bilge pump, operated from the cockpit and fitted with a metal deck plate.


DECK SAFETY                      

Webbing jackstays and shackles – (New – 2016)

Emergency tiller.


Horseshoe lifebuoy with light.



MOB button – Raymarine C95 MFD.

Manual Fog horn.



Various including automatic fire extinguisher in engine bay.



Gas alarm.

Burglar alarm.



3.1m Avon tender.

Outboard motor – Honda BF2.3D/2.30Hp.





Oyster customised Wedgwood bone china crockery.



Oyster customised Sheffield stainless steel cutlery.



2-brick safe with key.







NB: All personal belongings and all other items not expressly listed in the above inventory are excluded from the sale.


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