Creating Ravenous II was both a joy and the result of a lot of experience. She was to be our third large fast cruising boat. Having just owned and sailed an Oyster 70 for seven years we knew what we wanted.
I was completely satisfied with the basic design of the Oyster 82 as a sailing machine and we were going to make it better. It was meant to be a boat that would allow us to cruise with friends and our very large family. Twin beds and extra berths in each guest cabin was a must. Hot water and air conditioning systems that exceeded any normal specs. We chose the carbon fiber boom and mast because it was both the best sailing option and its lightness would compensate for the shoal draft at 8.5 feet. Growing up in New England and living in the Chesapeake area having a shallow draft was a necessity without compromising the boats sailing ability. We have won more than our share of races and have been named the winner of the Concourse de Excellence on many occasions.
Since the boat was based in Annapolis and spent every winter in the Caribbean we build the boat with a fuel capacity to motor the whole way from Annapolis to Antigua if necessary. With the right winds we use hardly any substantial fuel at all.
The inside of the boat is the inspired work of my wife. We had to travel to South Africa while we were building Ravenous II and she took inspiration on wood treatments from the Mandela suite at the Saxon Hotel just outside J-town. The use of mahogany inset in every drawer or door that opened was a fabulous touch. Along with Jo Humphrey’s design help she added all the warm and charming touches you see today. The craftsmen in Southampton were impressed with both the special design of the woodwork and that an owner could get involved to that level if detail. It made for a very attractive interior.
The design of the galley and the placement of the washer and dryer forward were all my wife’s significant contribution to the building of the boat and have made our life on board all the years better.
She was intended to be our beautiful and very upscale cruising boat that could work for the two of us or when we added parts or our large family. She succeeded.
The boat turns heads in every port – just one beautiful classic cutter.
Laid-up GRP, single skin with structural stringers and floors to Lloyds approved design
Awlgrip Flag Blue hull with silver cove line
Moulded in GRP with balsa core for strength and insulation, featuring Oyster’s renowned Deck
Saloon profile with eyebrow detail
Teak laid decks, gloss varnished teak caprail with stainless steel fairleads
Decks sanded and caulked 2013 and caprail re-varnished 2015
Shoal draft high performance bulb (HPB) keel – lead casting bolted to GRP keel stub
Fully protected skeg-hung rudder
‘Sugar scoop’ stern design with bathing platform and steps for access to the stern deck or
Built to comply with the requirements for Category A – Ocean
CQR 66kg (140lb) stainless steel anchor with 100m (328’) of 14mm (1/2”) chain of stainless
Bruce kedge anchor
Lewmar 4000 hydraulic windlass with footswitches and control at pedestal
Midship gateway stanchions with stainless steel hinged boarding ladders which close up to
form the side-gates
Gate to pushpit
Stainless steel bathing ladder
Oyster custom drop-down washboard system for main companionway
Lewmar alloy-framed deck hatches
Gebo alloy-framed coaming portlights
Lewmar opening hullports
Rondal deck prisms
Fold down companionway sprayhood in Sunbrella color: ‘Oyster’ with leather covered
stainless steel grabrail to aft end
Hot and cold freshwater deck shower in transom locker
Freshwater wash-down outlet at bow with anchor outlet near cockpit
Freshwater outlet on deck at the bow, including hose, for freshwater wash-down
Walk-through teak-laid cockpit
Stainless steel drinks holders to pedestals and at companionway
Varnished cockpit table with stainless steel frame, folding leaves, and refrigerated GRP
Whitlock Mamba rod and gearbox system, installed with twin remote pedestals, each
incorporating stainless wheels and leather covers
Stainlesss steel pulpit and pushpit
Stainless steel fairleads, stainless steel/ alloy mooring and cockpit cleats
Stainless steel dorade vents
Lazarette locker with twin stainless steel gas struts
Liferaft storage built into pushpit for liferaft stowage to port and starboard
Stern quarter pushpit seats in teak and stainless steel
Antenna pole at stern for navigation/communications
Gas locker for x 2 bottles