1998 OYSTER 42

£199,000 tax paid

Hull no.4 of 7 Oyster 42's built

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelOyster 42
DesignerHolman and Pye
Boat NameCeltic Oyster
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable
Tax/VAT StatusTax paid
LyingOban, Argyll, United Kingdom


LOA13.26m (43'0")
LWL10.29m (33'0")
Beam3.91m (12'0")
Draft1.83m (6'0")
DisplacementNo data
Hull ConstructionGRP
EngineVolvo Penta MD22 (59hp)
Keel TypeFin Keel

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Mark Cameron
Broker - Grabau International Scotland

+44(0)7988 763254

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    Fabulously well-presented 1999-launched example of this very rare Holman & Pye designed aft cockpit deck saloon bluewater cruiser from Oyster.


    With just seven built between 1996 and 2002, the Holman & Pye designed Oyster 42 aft-cockpit deck-saloon is a rare and highly sought after by bluewater cruiser.

    CELTIC OYSTER is hull number 4 and is now in only her third ownership since new, and in her current ownership she has proven herself to be an immensely capable offshore cruiser; venturing as far afield as Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands and France.

    Below decks the cherry wood interior creates a modern bright interior with a traditional feel. She has her master cabin forward with en-suite heads, a spacious saloon and galley with a dedicated navigation station and an aft cabin and separate heads.

    Reluctantly offered for sale she comes with a comprehensive inventory including :
    • Topsides finished in white gelcoat, polished and waxed spring 2022
    • Underwater hull finished in navy antifouling applied spring 2022
    • Volvo Penta MD22, 59hp marine diesel engine, serviced March 2022
    • Volvo Penta sail drive with 3 blade, bronze folding propellor fitted 2013
    • Vetus bow thruster, 50kgf
    • Rolls Surette 6 FS-GC-HC Domestic Battery Bank (4x 6v Cells, 460Ah combined) installed new May 2022
    • MasterVolt Combi charger/invertor 12VDC/50amp 230Vdc/1200W
    • Raymarine ST60+ Depth/Speed/Log/Wind Navigation instrumentation
    • Raymarine E90w MFD with chart plotter and radar functionality x2
    • Raymarine 2kW radome scanner, mounted on mast
    • Raymarine AIS Transciever
    • Raymarine smartpilot autopilot system
    • Raymarine RAY240E DSCVHF with handsets at chart table and in cockpit
    • SMEV 7000T, 4 burner, grill and oven gas cooker, gimbal mounted.
    • Daewoo microwave oven
    • Webasto Airtop Evo 5500 diesel-fired blown air heating system
    • Deck stepped, double spreader, masthead sloop rig with in-mast roller reefing mainsail
    • Mainsail, Genoa, Yankee, cruising chute and storm jib
    • 2x Lewmar 54, electric, self-tailing, two-speed manual primary winches
    • Zodiac cannister liferaft, 6 person.
    • Raymarine Lifetag MOB system

    Lying afloat on her mooring at Creran Marine (a short drive from Oban) the Oyster 42 CELTIC OYSTER is available for viewing strictly by prior appointment.


    The only aft cockpit deck saloon Oyster design, the 42 moved the owner’s stateroom forward, resulting in an attractive low profile hull, and deep, safe aft cockpit. Oyster launched seven 42s between 1996 and 2002.

    'The 42's natural advantage starts with the fact that her cockpit is well laid out. Add to this the positive and direct action of the helm, and her well balanced feel under sail, and you have a sweet, well behaved yacht which is a doddle to handle'. Yachting World.

    'The whole interior has a satisfying feeling of quality.' Yachting Monthly.



    Hull Construction:
    • Single piece GRP moulded hull
    • GRP formed internal structure fully laminated to hull
    • Plywood bulkheads glassed to hull and deck
    • GRP stub keel providing additional form stiffness to hull shape
    • Topsides finished in white gelcoat, polished and waxed spring 2022
    • Underwater hull finished in navy antifouling applied spring 2022

    Deck & Superstructure Construction:
    • Single piece GRP moulded deck incorporating self-draining aft cockpit and pilothouse superstructure
    • GRP moulded pilot house roof
    • Laid teak decks to finish side and foredecks
    • White gelcoat with moulded non-slip texture to finish coachroof
    • Laid teak panels to finish cockpit seating and sole.

    Keel & Rudder:
    • Fin profile keel with bulb
    • Lead construction with stainless steel keel bolts


    • Volvo Penta MD22
    • 59hp @ 3,500rpm
    • 4-cylinder, naturally aspirated, indirectly cooled.
    • Volvo Penta saildrive gearbox.
    • Single lever morse type cockpit controls with ignition panel.
    • Engine space blower

    Maintenance & Performance:
    • Engine last serviced March 2022
    • Sail drive -gear oil changed March 2022
    • Timing belt replaced 2020
    • Sail drive diaphragm replaced 2015
    • Recorded engine running hours 3,130hrs approximately
    • Set of cruising spares aboard. Including pump service kits, previous freshwater pump, engine belts, old impellers, immersion heater for Calorifier.

    Propulsion & Steering:
    • Vetus 12vDC 50kgf bowthruster with rocker switch type control panel at the pedestal
    • Volvo Penta 3 blade, bronze folding propellor (2013)
    • Rope cutter
    • Whitlock steering pedestal
    • Stainless steel wheel with leather covering.
    • Rod linkage steering system
    • Emergency tiller


    Voltage systems:
    • 12VDC onboard power system
    • 230VAC shore power system

    Battery Banks:
    • Domestic Battery Bank – 4x 6v Cells. 230Ah each, 460Ah combined - Rolls Surette 6 FS-GC-HC, installed new May 2022
    • Engine Battery Bank – 1x 12VDC 90Ah, Varta lead-acid.
    • Emergency battery link system fitted, allowing use of domestics for engine starting.

    • Dual engine driven alternators
    • Standard Volvo Penta unit, 14VDC, 60amp, charges both banks
    • Secondary alternator, 14VDC, 60amp, charges domestic banks only

    Battery Charger/Invertor:
    • MasterVolt Combi 12VDC/50amp 230Vdc/1200W
    • Remote MasterVolt Combi control panel

    Battery Monitoring:
    • MasterVolt Combi system control panel with battery status monitoring

    Shore Power:
    • Single 16 amp connection
    • Extension lead to connect to shore supply
    • RCD protected system
    • Ring main, battery charger, water tank heater
    • Galvanic isolator

    • 12VDC charging socket at chart table
    • 12VDC charging socket under spray hood


    Fresh Water:
    • Pressurised hot and cold water systems
    • Mixer tap in galley and both heads
    • Eco Shower fitting in both heads
    • Deck shower on transom
    • Hot water from calorifier heated by engine cooling water or 230VAC immersion heater

    Bilge Pumps:
    • Manual Bilge Pump (serviced March 2022, fitted with new strum box)
    • Electric Bilge Pump (serviced March 2022, fitted with new strum box)


    • Single GRP tank
    • Approximate capacity 450ltrs

    Fresh Water:
    • Single GRP tank
    • Approximate capacity 590ltrs

    Black Water:
    • Single holding tank for aft heads.
    • Discharging overboard by gravity or via deck suction outlet.

    Tank Monitoring:
    • Tank Tender gauge system monitoring both fuel and water tanks
    • Analogue gauge for holding tank


    On Deck:
    • Depth – Raymarine ST60+
    • Speed – Raymarine ST60+
    • Wind – Raymarine ST60+
    • Repeater – Raymarine ST60+ Graphic
    • Plotter/Radar – Raymarine E90w with chart plotter and radar functionality
    • Radar – Raymarine 2kW radome scanner, mounted on mast
    • Autopilot - Raymarine ST6002 Control head with Raymarine SmartPilot course computer and quadrant drive
    • Magnetic compass

    Below Decks:
    • Plotter/Radar – Raymarine E90w with chart plotter and radar functionality
    • Repeater – Raymarine ST60+ Graphic
    • Chartplotter Repeater – LCD flatscreen monitor in aft cabin, repeating plotter display from cockpit
    • GPS #1 – Geonav 4C XS
    • GPS #2 – Phillips AP Naviagtor Mk9 DGPS

    Communications Equipment:
    • DSCVHF – Raymarine RAY240E DSCVHF with handsets at chart table and in cockpit
    • AIS - Raymarine AIS transceiver


    • Galley Stove – SMEV 7000T, 4 burner, grill and oven gas cooker, gimbal mounted.
    • Microwave Oven – Daewoo
    • Fridge – Front loading Isotherm fridge with icebox
    • Double stainless steel
    • Mixer tap

    • Heads – Jabsco manual marine toilets x2 (new service kits fitted 2020)
    • Dedicated shower fitting x2
    • Wash hand basin x2
    • Mixer tap x2

    • Webasto Airtop Evo 5500 diesel-fired blown air heating system
    • Thermostatic cabin controller
    • Outlet in saloon, forward heads, aft cabin
    • Air circulating fans in cabins and galley

    • Overhead downlighted throughout interior
    • Reading lights in saloon and cabins

    • Pioneer Radio/CD head unit
    • Speakers in saloon and cockpit
    • Toshiba flatscreen TV/DVD player


    Summary of Accommodation:
    • 6-berths in two double cabins plus saloon settee berths. Both cabins have ensuite heads.

    Accommodation Finish:
    • Interior joinery work of cherry veneered plywood with solid cherry trims
    • Soleboards finished with teak and holly veneer
    • Avonite worktop in galley
    • Corrian countertops in heads
    • GRP moulded heads compartments
    • Alcantara ‘aquamarine’ upholstery in saloon and master cabin forward
    • Fitted mattresses in forward cabin with memory foam topper
    • Oceanair fitted screens/blinds for deck hatch iin forward cabin
    • Curtains for all portlights

    Description of Accommodation from Forward:

    Forward Cabin:
    • Double berth forward
    • Alcantara bumper cushions around forward end of bunk
    • Central lee cloth to create sea berth.
    • Corner shelfs in way of storage lockers at aft end of bunks
    • Countertops outboard of aft end of bunks, below bunk level.
    • Storage lockers outboard port and starboard aft.
    • Standing room aft of bunk, leading to en-suite heads and saloon
    • Single bench seats outboard port and starboard aft of bunk
    • Countertop aft of starboard seat with hanging locker aft
    • Storage drawers beneath aft end of bunk
    • Sail bin storage locker beneath midsection of bunk

    Forward Heads:
    • Accessed from forward cabin
    • Inboard facing manual marine toilet located outboard forward
    • Countertop with inset wash hand basin outboard aft
    • Vanity locker outboard of countertop
    • Dedicated shower fitting on inboard bulkhead, aft.

    • Bench settee to starboard
    • U-Shaped wrap around settee to port
    • Both settees converting to single berths with lee cloths.
    • Saloon table offset to port with drawer and bottle locker beneath
    • Single folding leaf on table opening out to starboard
    • Pipe cot fitting above starboard settee
    • Lockers above and outboard of settee backs forward and aft with bookshelf storage between lockers on port side.
    • TV fitted between outboard lockers on starboard side.
    • Storage lockers beneath settee bases and outboard of settee backs

    • L-Shaped galley to port of companionway
    • Worktop section inboard forward with front-loading fridge built-in below
    • Double stainless steel sink inboard forward
    • Worktop extending outboard and aft from sink
    • Gimbal mounted gas cooker aft
    • Microwave oven mounted outboard of cooker overhead
    • Selection of drawer and locker storage beneath worktop
    • Double doored locker outboard of worktop forward

    Nav Station:
    • Forward facing chart table located to starboard side of companionway
    • Dedicated navigators seat aft with table forward.
    • Chart storage within the tabletop
    • Bosuns drawers below tabletop forward
    • Chartplotter, repeater, GPS displays, VHF and heater control unit mounted above table forward and outboard
    • Ships switch panel aft of navigators seat
    • Storage lockers below navigators seat and below chart table inboard
    • Hanging locker aft of navigators seat with countertop above.

    Aft Heads:
    • Forward facing manual marine toilet fitted inboard aft
    • Countertop running the length of the heads compartment outboard
    • Inset wash hand basin forward with mixer tap
    • Dedicated shower fitting mounted inboard forward
    • Vanity unit outboard of countertop


    • Deck stepped, double spreader, masthead sloop rig.
    • Silver anodised alloy mast and spars
    • Stainless steel wire standing rigging
    • Removable inner forestay with Wichard tensioner
    • Harken MkIII roller reefing system on forestay
    • Spinnaker pole stowing on mast track forward of mast
    • In-mast roller reefing mainsail
    • Rod kicker
    • Backstay tensioner
    • Lewmar pin-stop genoa tracks and cars
    • Lewmar end of boom mainsheet system, securing to pedestal
    • Spinlock rope clutches for halyards and lines lead aft to cockpit

    • Primary Winches – 2x Lewmar 54, electric, self-tailing, two-speed manual
    • Halyard Winches - 2x Lewmar 30, self-tailing, two-speed manual
    • Mast Mounted Halyard Winches – 2x Lewmar 30, self-tailing, two-speed manual

    • Mainsail – In-Mast roller reefing
    • Genoa – Roller reefing with white UV strip
    • Yankee
    • Cruising Chute, with snuffer and ATN tacker
    • Storm Jib (new, unused)
    • Double bow roller
    • Anodised alloy toerail with inset fairleads, forward, midships and aft
    • Stainless steel pulpit and split pushpit rail for scandanvian mooring
    • Deck mounted stainless steel stanchions supporting double tier guardwires
    • Guardwire gates port and starboard
    • Stainless steel grabrails running length of deck house aft to sprayhood.
    • Moulded cockpit coamings with primary winches mounted outboard of coamings
    • Lines lead aft to rope clutches and winches port and starboard sides of the companionway
    • Stepped bench seating on port and starboard sides of cockpit with elevated sections forward under sprayhood
    • Cockpit seating wrapping around the pedestal and across transom aft
    • Custom made folding cockpit table fitting to front of pedestal
    • Cockpit locker beneath aft section of starboard cockpit seating
    • Pushpit gate to access transom offset to starboard
    • Folding swimming ladder
    • Swivelling tubular davits

    Canvas Work:
    • Sprayhood
    • Bimini – Covering cockpit with extension section to join sprayhood forward
    • Fitted cockpit cushions

    Anchoring & Mooring:
    • Bower Anchor – 33kg Rocna on 60m chain
    • Kedge Anchor – Stainless steel plough anchor
    • Electric Anchor Windlass – Lewmar Ocean 1 electric windlass with chain gypsy and warping drum. Foot button controls on foredeck.
    • Stern Anchor Windlass – Electric windlass mounted in steering space with self stowing chain rode
    • Fenders – Selection
    • Mooring Warps - Selection


    General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.

    Navigation Lights:
    • Masthead Tri-colour (LED)
    • Steaming light (LED)
    • Navigation lights
    • Anchor light (LED)
    • Deck flood light

    Life saving:
    • Liferaft – Zodiac cannister raft, 6 person. Next service due July 2022
    • Raymarine Lifetag MOB system - bracelets linked to plotter
    • Horseshoe buoy with light
    • Jon Buoy inflatable Danbuoy module
    • Electronic gas and carbon monoxide alarm
    • Visibel radar reflector at masthead

    Viewing arrangements

    Lying, Oban, Scotland

    Available to view strictly by appointment

    Office Hours Mon- Fri 0900 – 17.00
    Saturday by prior appointment

    For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact us.

    Please Note: Due to the varying locations of our yachts, your travel time and the distances that may be involved, we recommend that you only make arrangements to view if you are actively considering purchase.

    Lead Broker: Mark Cameron
    Tel: Mobile: +44 (0)7988 763254
    Email: mark@grabauinternational.com

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