Oyster 56

Sailing cruiser from the year 1998 - 16,8m length - in Antigua (Antigua and Barbuda)

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418.946 €
(VAT not included )

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OYSTER 56 KUDU The 56 was the first Oyster design to be drawn for us by Rob Humphreys, beginning a partnership that continues to this day. The 56 is perhaps the quintessential Oyster design and was the undisputed class leader at this size for more than a decade. Rob certainly got it right first time – the 56 is still our best- selling Oyster model, with seventy-five launched between 1998 and 2010. The key to her success is her size; large enough for rapid ocean cruising and to accommodate her crew in comfort and style when living aboard, but also compact enough to be handled by a couple without crew. The 56 retained earlier successful Oyster design features; the single skin hull construction, with stiffness provided by massive ribs and stringers, the keel-stepped mast, and the full-length rudder skeg protecting the entire rudder. The 56 was also the first yacht to gain from an ergonomically designed cockpit, Oyster worked with Loughborough University to design a space which makes relaxing and entertaining a true pleasure, whilst maintaining all the essential qualities you would expect of a serious ocean-going yacht.

The 56 is a proven performer, with many ocean crossings and circumnavigations to her credit. She has had class wins in the ARC and has also won Cruising Class 1 at Antigua Sailing Week, beating a number of more serious racing yachts. She is a superb sea boat and remains very well regarded by all her fortunate owners. Kudu is the very first of the iconic 56s to be launched. She is equipped with the classic Oyster shorthanded bluewater rig; in-mast furling mainsail and furling genoa and staysail all furled by hydraulics at the touch of a button. Electric primary secondary and mainsheet winches further enhance her easy handling under sail. Down below she sleeps seven in four cabins, her hand finished joinery is in crown cut American light oak, which gives a bright and open feel, while her cabin soles are teak and oak.

Her current owner bought her through Oyster Brokerage in 2018 and has engaged in a comprehensive programme of continuous maintenance and upgrades. A four-year maintenance log is available on request.

Very much in commission, Kudu is ideally located in the sailor’s playground of the Caribbean, close to the start of the next Oyster World Rally! Please do just ask if you’d like any further information on Kudu, or if you wish to arrange a viewing.  

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Features of Oyster 56:

Basic data

  • Type: Sailing cruiser

  • Year : 1998

  • Length: 16.8 m

  • Location: Antigua (Antigua and Barbuda)

  • Name: KUDU

  • Flag: -

  • Shipyard: Oyster

  • Material: Fibreglass


  • Beam: 4.88 m

  • Draft: -

  • Ballast: -

  • Displacement: 26000 Kg


  • Maximum number of passengers: -

  • Cabins: -

  • Berths: 4

  • Heads: -

  • Water capacity: 864 L


  • Number of engines: 1

  • Power: 110 HP

  • Fuel capacity: 1000 L

  • Motor type : Inboard

  • Fuel type : Diesel

  • Make of the motor: Yanmar 4JH4-THE

  • Engine usage (hours): 2100

More information on the boat

  • Monohull

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This Sailing cruiser's equipment


Navigation center, Radar, Vhf, Cd player, Autopilot, Gps, Log speedometer, Wind speed and direction, Tv set, Plotter, Cockpit speakers, Radio, Depthsounder, Compass

Electricity/ Motor Oyster 56

Shore power inlet, Generator

Deck equipment

Swimming ladder, Teak sidedecks, Bimini top, Wind generator, Steering wheel, Spray hood, Spinnaker pole, Tiller, Teak cockpit, Cockpit table, Radar reflector, Cockpit shower, Cockpit cushions, Liferaft, Tender, Hydraulic winch

Comfort / Interior

Air conditioning, Oven, Deep freezer, Bow thruster, Fresh water maker, Battery charger, Manual bilge pump, Hot water, Heating, Electric head, Refrigerator, Electric bilge pump, Microwave oven


Furling mainsail, Furling genoa, Storm jib

KUDU Specification


HULL NUMBER - Oyster 56/01.
HULL CONSTRUCTION - Laid-up GRP, single skin with structural stringers and floors to Lloyd’s approved design specification. Outer body laminate in Vinylester resin.
HULL FINISH - White body with cove line and double boot top lines in basic Oyster blue. White body with cove line and double boot top lines in basic Oyster blue.
Epoxy preventive coating applied in 2011Epoxy preventive coating applied in 2011.
DECK CONSTRUCTION - Moulded in GRP with balsa core.
DECK FINISH - Teak laid decks, bulwark finished with teak capping rail.
KEEL - High performance bulb (HPB) external lead keel.
RUDDER - Fully protected skeg-hung rudder.
STERN DESIGN - The rear design incorporates a bathing floor trimmed with teak slats and stainless steel steps for access to the rear deck
EURCD - Built to comply with the requirements for Category A – Ocean.

ANCHOR - Rocna 40kg main mainstay with 80m galvanised chain. Kedge warp 100m (328’) 18mm (0.7”), Octoplait and 10m (32’8”) chain. 20kg (44lb) Bruce mainstay. 15kg (33lb) Rocna mainstay.
WINDLASS - Lewmar Ocean 3 vertical capstan type 24V electric mainstay gustlass, remote control in cockpit.
DECK ACCESS - Midship gateway stanchions. Fold-down boarding / bathing ladder in stainless steel on transom. Gate to pushpit.
HATCHES - Lewmar alloy-framed deck hatches. Lewmar dimensions 31 foredeck hatches. Gebo opening bodyseaports. Gebo long cockpit seaportbeams x 2 – to galley and workshop/compartment. Standard coachroof seaportbeams upgraded to Gebo, with flyscreens.
CANVASWORK - Dolphin Sprayhood, navy, in Weather Max Xtreme fabric. Bimini Canvas, silver grey, in Weather Max fabric, fresh 2021. Awning, silver grey, in Weather Max fabric, fresh 2021.
COVERS - Covers to direction wheel, pedestal and cockpit desk in navy. Dolphin dinghy cover, navy, in Weather Max Xtreme fabric. Cockpit padding, fresh 2018.
DECK PLUMBING - Hot and chilly freshwater deck shower in transom safe. Saltwater mainstay deck wash pump and hose in front.
COCKPIT - Teak-laid cockpit.
COCKPIT TABLE - Teak with stainless steel frame, refurbished 2019.
STEERING - Whitlock wheel direction. Lewmar folding leather covered wheel. Premiere central pedestal crashbar pod.
DAVITS - Whittall ED18DGW 200kg (440lb) maximum load.
GENERAL - Stainless steel pulpit, pushpit, and gateway midship stanchions. Twin stainless steel rubbing strips to capping rail – in three gates. Alloy mooring and cockpit cleats. Dorade vents. Lazarette safe with pair stainless steel gasoline struts. Life raft stowage in seaport aft safe. Quarter pushpit chairs in teak and stainless steel. Gas safe for 2 x 6kg bottles.


MAST AND RIGGING - Selden Furling mast with white paint finish. Hydraulic goose-neck navigate, reconditioned by manufacturer in 2012. Navtec water potential back stay tensioner, reconditioned in 2021, with remote panel. Navtec water potential vang, reconditioned 2021. 8 x rope clutches on mast, fresh 2012. Pair of “No Strike” passive ion dissipaters. Standing and running rigging.
HEADSAIL FURLING - Selden water potential quantityail furling unit, reconditioned by manufacturer agent in 2021. Selden water potential staysail furling unit.
WINCHES - #66 electric self tailing primaries. #54 electric self-tailing secondaries, serviced 2022. #48 electric self-tailing mainsheet winch, serviced 2022.
SPINNAKER GEAR - Single spinnaker pole stowed vertically on mast.
SAILS - Doyle mainsail, fresh 2019. Kemp furling genoa, refurbished 2021. Kemp staysail, refurbished 2021. Tri-sail in high visibility odiameter. Storm staysail in high visibility odiameter.


GENERAL - Seven docks in four compartments, excluding the bar. Interior joinery of crown trim beam American oak. Designed to be modern and co-ordinated, whilst remaining practical and durable at sea. Essential special include s

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Basic Technical Data

  • Shipyard: Oyster

  • Model: Oyster 56

  • Year of manufacture: 2005

  • Type of boat: Sailing cruiser

  • Construction material: Fibreglass

  • Displacement: 26500 Kg

  • Length: 17,4 m

  • Beam: 4,95 m

  • Draft: 2,44 m

Oyster 56

You can buy this Oyster 56 of 1998 located in Antigua (Antigua and Barbuda) for 418.946€. It is a sailing cruiser with 16,8m of length and 4.88m of beam.

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