The 68 was the flagship of the Oyster fleet at the time of her launch. Designed by Holman and Pye, the 68 was also the first Oyster to use a HPB or High Performance Bulb keel, which allowed for better stability and performance, whilst maintaining a moderate draft.
Traditional Oyster build quality is evident throughout, the hull is of a single skin GRP construction with stiffness supplied by massive ribs and stringers with a balsa core to the deck for insulation. The mast is keel stepped for maximum strength and the rudder is protected by a full-length skeg.
The 68 was conceived as a semi-custom yacht from the outset, so there is a great deal of variation in the specifications and layouts. Two 68s were launched for sail training with numerous bunks and ketch rigs, while the majority of private owner-specified 68s have simple cutter rigs. Most 68s have between four and five cabins with three or four heads/showers.
Long, strong and elegant, the 68 has been well proven with circumnavigations and well documented cruising among the Patagonian icecaps. Twelve examples were launched between 1989 and 1994. The 68 hull was then extended and a new deck design added to create the Oyster 70 – the 68’s successor.
In The Mood II is hull number 06, and has been in her current ownership for a decade. She has recently completed a circumnavigation of Australia. In The Mood II has a fully battened mainsail for enhanced performance and reliability, whilst her headsails benefit from hydraulic furling.
Below decks she has light oak joinery, which was unusual at the time, and sleeps ten in five cabins. In The Mood II is comprehensively specified and has been very well maintained. Refitted in 1994 by Camper and Nicholson in Gosport, England and having undergone major upgrades and refits in 2005 and 2016/17. She is lying in Sydney and is ideally placed for exploring the south Pacific.
Price AUD $875,000 GST paid
Laid-up GRP, single skin with structural stringers and floors to Lloyd’s approved design specification. Outer hull laminate in Vinylester resin.
White hull with cove line and double boot top lines in standard Oyster blue.
Repainted during 2001/02 refit. Immaculate ‘as new’ finishes.
Moulded in GRP with balsa core.
Teak laid decks with varnished teak capping rail. (Cap rail revarnished 2017).
High performance bulb (HPB) external lead keel.
Fully protected skeg-hung rudder.
‘Sugar scoop’ stern design with bathing platform trimmed with teak slats and stainless steel steps for access to the counter stern.
Built to comply with the requirements for Category A – Ocean.
DECK LAYOUT AND EQUIPMENT
55kg Rocna anchor with 100m of 12mm (½”) chain (new 2017).
Kedge anchor and Admiralty anchor each with chain and warp.
Midship gateway stanchions.
Stainless steel bathing ladder.
Oyster custom drop-down washboard system for main companionway.
Goiot Crystal deck hatches.
All forward hatches resealed 2016/17.
Gebo alloy-framed coaming portlights.
Gebo opening hullports.
Sliding insect screens and blinds.
Bimini, dodger and full awning in grey (all new 2015).
New ‘Southern Ocean’ screen – full height clears, at aft end of dodger provides a weatherproof seal between cabin and cockpit, 360-degree visibility and access to autopilot repeater.
Cover for cockpit table.
Cockpit and deck cushions (new 2015).
A hot and cold freshwater deck shower in transom locker.
Walk-through teak-laid cockpit.
Stainless steel drinks holders to pedestals.
Double folding cockpit table with cover. Revarnished regularly and immaculate.
Wheel with leather cover.
Teak mount on pushpit rail.
Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit.
Stainless steel fairleads, stainless steel/alloy mooring and cockpit cleats.
GRP dorade vents.
Liferaft storage forward of mast.
Stern quarter pushpit seats in teak and stainless steel.
Gas locker for two bottles.
Carbon fibre gas bottles installed (new 2016/17).
RIG AND SAIL HANDLING
MAST and RIGGING
Cutter Rig with triple spreaders.
Proctor spars rigged for fully battened mainsail with lazyjacks, including custom boom.
Stainless steel rod rigging.
Solid rod kicker/vang.
Backstay adjuster hydraulic.
Mast removed and fully serviced and all rigging dye tested and retuned (2016).
Foresail furling – Reckmann RF90.
Staysail furling – Reckmann RF90.
Lewmar Stainless steel, self-tailing winches. (All winches serviced 2016/17).
1 x 56 – Fore deck.
2 x 52 – Mast.
1 x 46 – Mast.
2 x 52.
2 x 700 Electric.
3 x 550 Electric.
1 x 46.
Twin aluminium alloy spinnaker poles stowed vertically on mast. Package includes chainplates, deck fittings, halyard, topping lift, pole lift, single sheet, guy, fore guy and all required blocks.
New Asymmetric spinnaker sheets (2016/17).
New Spinnaker pole adjustment lines and tracks serviced (2016/17).
New Main boom fore guy system and foreguys installed (2016/17).
By North Sails:
Furling yankee and staysail (2016). New head foils for yankee and staysail (new 2016/17).
Storm jib and tri-sail (2005).
Good condition fully battened mainsail by Ian Short Sails.
Mainsail fully serviced, tack, clew reefing points and leech reinforced (2016/17).
2 x Asymmetric spinnakers in excellent condition.
New tack lines for mainsail reefing system installed (New 2016/17).
Frederickson batten car system.
Ten berths in five cabins, excluding the saloon.
Interior joinery finished in light oak with herringbone veneers to all doors.
Designed to be modern and coordinated, whilst remaining practical and durable at sea. Essential features include sculpted fiddles and grabrails and Oyster custom knobs for lockers and drawers.
Cabin sole in teak and holly.
Surfaces in galley and heads in ‘Blue/Grey’ Corian.
Headlining in off-white vinyl.
Upholstery in ‘Blue’ Alcantara.
Curtains/blind system to windows in all cabins.
Oceanair skyscreens to some deck hatches.
Flyscreens to some opening hull and coachroof ports.
FORWARD CREW CABIN
V-berth, hanging lockers, drawers and storage below berths.
Washbasin and access through the large deck hatch to the foredeck.
EN SUITE HEADS/SHOWER
Heads to port and starboard with manual toilet to port and Vacuflush electric toilet to starboard (new 2016).
Shower stall located centrally between both heads.
PORT FORWARD TWIN GUEST CABIN
With upper and lower single berths, drawer space below, wardrobe and dressing table.
STARBOARD FORWARD DOUBLE CABIN
Double berth, hanging locker and chest of drawers.
EN SUITE HEAD/SHOWER
Vacuflush electric toilet, washbasin and shared shower stall (new 2016).
With semi-circular settees upholstered in Alcantara and a revolving elliptical table, which extends into a maple leaf configuration for dining.
Table and counter tops are veneered in birds eye maple and the unit on the port side houses the drinks fridge. Table revarnished during 2004/5 refit and remains immaculate.
Freezer space under saloon seating.
To starboard with sculpted Corian counter surfaces.
Twin sinks with macerator pump.
Force 10 four-burner cooker.
Electrolux – convection grill and microwave.
Full-height Eutectic refrigerator with two opening doors.
(2 x Hermatique 240V compressors fitted during 2005 refit).
Grunert engine driven compressor.
All refrigeration systems serviced and gassed as required (2016).
Single door Eutectic freezer.
Ariston – AML125 washer/dryer.
Well sound insulated with good access from the galley area and guest cabin.
PORT TWIN GUEST CABIN
With upper and lower single berths.
EN SUITE HEAD/SHOWER
Washbasin, shower and Vacuflush electric toilet.
Offset king size double berth to port and settee to starboard.
Double hanging locker, two bookshelves and storage beneath the berth.
EN SUITE HEAD/SHOWER
With washbasin, Vacuflush electric toilet (New 2016) and separate shower stall with
Diffusa glass door.
Bose home entertainment and sound system in saloon and cockpit speakers.
Samsung Smart television (new 2017).
Televisions in master and guest cabins.
Perkins 185C with a Hurth ZF 630A gearbox.
Approximately 4,648 at July 2017.
Maxprop 3-bladed feathering propeller (fully serviced 2016/17).
Spare brand new fixed propeller in Lazarette.
Rope cutter on shaft.
New alternators in 2016/17.
Onan MDL4 16-220V. (Full overhaul 2016/17).
Approximately 382 at September 2017.
Richfield 16Hp hydraulic retractable bowthruster.
Whitlock Mamba rod and gearbox system.
Lewmar Commander 6 winch control system with nine functions.
New 220V Cruisair system fitted and serviced throughout accommodation except crew quarters (2016).
New compressors and control panels (2016).
Reverse cycle air conditioning for heating.
Combo 65 Icemaker.
HEM 20/1200 giving 187 litres per hour.
Desalination system fully serviced with abundant spare filters onboard (2016/17).
New membranes fitted (2017).
2,273 litres approximately (500 Imperial gallons/600 US gallons) in two GRP tanks.
2,273 litres approximately (500 Imp gallons/600 US gallons) in two GRP tanks.
CDEC 2015 hot water system with 12 litres capacity tank under floorboards at mast (fitted 2016/17).
PRESSURISED HOT AND COLD FRESHWATER SYSTEM
Aqua Major MAMFA 80 water pressure system.
Serving owner’s suite and portside aft heads (day heads).
Stainless steel manifolds for seawater inlets to reduce through-hull fittings.
220V ring main with 11 double sockets and 4 razor sockets located as appropriate within the layout.
720Ah domestic batteries.
Engine start batteries.
Generator start batteries.
Batteries replaced 2016.
BEP DCSM Battery monitor.
4000W Magnasine inverter/charger.
24V/80A E Pro Battery charger.
Duel 32A shore inlets and leads.
Downlight type LED lights in white finish.
LED lights and downlights in each heads.
Reading light for each berth.
Red halogen light at chart table.
LED boom light over cockpit table.
Pair of lower spreader lights.
LED navigation lights.
B&G H5000 system.
Multi function display and autopilot at companionway console.
Plotter, multi function display and autopilot at pedestal.
Plotter at chart table.
B&G Zeus 2.
B&G H5000 – 24-mile radar with compass (new 2016).
B&G Zeus 2 with 7” screen by wheel and 12” at navigation station.
New large screen computer with MaxSea TimeZero navigation software –(new 2016).
B&G H5000 (new 2016). Autopilot motor upgraded (2016).
Windex at masthead.
Thrane and Thrane TT3672A.
Intel i5 NUV navigation station PC with touchscreen and MaxSea TimeZero.
Robustel cellular modem - 4G model with Wi-Fi.
Cisco dual WAN data switch for 4G/Satellite data to PC.
360-degree safety audit and upgrade to Category 1, conducted by Genevieve White. Including medical kit, liferaft service, life jacket service and checks. All new safety harnesses, MOB retrieval system, new personal EPIRBS and PLBs, upgraded grab bag and Jon Buoy service (2016).
Seasava 8-person liferaft (last serviced 2016).
New EPIRB (2016).
Firdell blipper on mast.
New main bilge pump (2017).
Engine driven bilge pump.
Horseshoe lifebuoy with light.
Danbuoy fitted with light.
Jonbuoy MOB system (serviced 2016).
Hydraulic stay cutters.
Various including automatic fire extinguisher in engine bay.
BEP Matrix gas detector with sensor in gas locker and galley (new 2016/17).
Bilge alarms (in 3 zones) and float switches (new 2016/17).
OTHER SAFETY FEATURES
Watertight bulkhead aft of crew quarters.
3.2 AB Aluminium hull tender (new 2016).
Yamaha 15Hp outboard (new 2016).
WARPS AND FENDERS
All new warps and fenders (2016/17).
Magma gas BBQ (new 2016).
CROCKERY AND CUTLERY
Two Safes – one forward and one aft.
All new linen 2016/17.
HEYCO AND JENSEN
ASSORTED SPARES AND
NB: All personal belongings and all other items not expressly listed in the above inventory are excluded from the sale.
Inventory verified by Owners representative.
Issue 2 (OO/OB/nc)