DUET II was originally built for Richard Matthews the CEO of Oyster Marine. She was built with a tall carbon spar and rod rigging which offers great sailing. It is also easily handled by a crew of 2 and her current owners have sailed literally thousands of miles aboard her together, with some trips being undertaken by only one of them. The Oyster 56 is a capable and comfortable blue water cruising yacht and it is not unusual to see these yachts in all corners of the planet. DUET has been thoughtfully equipped for practical and easy passage making and offers the perfect platform for crossing oceans. Whilst her accommodation allows for 8 people to sail aboard her in comfort, shorthanded sailing is also a reality should you prefer.
We were looking for a yacht that was well designed and built. She would have to have a sea-kindly hull to be comfortable as well as fast and above all, she had to be easy to handle and a yacht that could cope with any weather situation. We wanted a yacht that we could live aboard for months at a time and still have space for family and friends. Accommodation that gave ourselves and our guests’ privacy.
We loved Duet her for her generous accommodation and feeling of space. We loved her for her ease of handling in whatever conditions. She was comfortable and fast so passage making was a joy as the miles slipped away under her keel. 200 mile a day passages were not uncommon. We also loved her because she is such a beautiful yacht to look at.
We bought her in New Zealand and circumnavigated both North and South Island several times. We sailed up to Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and all around New Caledonia. We sailed to Australia and down to Tasmania. We sailed up to Norfolk Island and out to the Chatham Islands. Simon and I happily cruised together and sailed her mostly two-handed and never had a moments’ worry.
The slab reefed mainsail is reliable, simple and safe. There is never the fear that something might jamb. Simon sailed her single-handed from Fiji to New Zealand and from Stewart Island to North Island New Zealand. We never felt the need of crew.
For ease of handling we added a forth reef to the mainsail so that in severe weather we could reduce sail to a trysail size.
We added a permanently rigged preventer so that the boom was always controlled from the comfort of the cockpit. We added zip on sections to the spray hood so that we could keep the cockpit dry.
Kitty has been working on the 3rd edition of The Pacific Crossing Guide for the last two years.
This will be published by Bloomsbury in September 2016. We have sailed to the majority of the places in the book and many of the photographs feature Duet.
Duet was first owned by Richard Mathews the previous owner of Oyster Yachts. He always took hull number 2 of each line. He raced her very successfully in Antigua before sailing her across the Pacific to New Zealand for the 2002 Americas Cup. Here she was the host boat for the new line of Oyster 53 that was to be built in New Zealand. She was sold to an American couple who had seen her in the States and they had a few years with her before selling her to us.
Duet has been our home for 12 years and has been maintained to the highest standards.
RCD Status: The yacht conforms with the essential safety requirements of Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) and is categorised A – “Ocean”
Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:
· Laid-up GRP, single skin with structural stringers and floors to Lloyds approved design specification.
· White hull with cove line and double boot top lines in standard Oyster blue.
· Deck moulded in GRP with balsa core.
· Teak laid decks.
· ‘Sugar Scoop’ stern design with bathing platform trimmed with teak slats and stainless steel folding ladder.
· Deck saloon profile with eyebrow detail.
Keel & Rudder:
· High performance bulb (HPB) keel.
· Fully protected skeg-hung rudder.
Engine & Gearboxes:
· 1 x Yanmar 4LH-TE, 4-cylinder diesel engine of 110hp.
· Aquadrive couplings.
· Twin Racor 500FG fuel filters and water separator.
Maintenance & Performance:
· Engine Hours: Approximately 5,450 as at June 2016 and injectors recently serviced.
Propulsion & Steering:
· Whitlock 1200mm diameter stainless steel steering wheel, including leather cover.
· 3-bladed 24” diameter feathering Max-prop.
· Lewmar 24V 200 SVTAE retractable bowthruster.
· Whitlock cable system.
· 24V ship’s supply.
· Mains AC ring main with 3 double, 3-pin Clipsal sockets, in beige finish, located in the salon, aft cabin and galley.
· Additional double Clipsal sockets to galley, each forward cabin and chart table.
· 2 x 12V cigar lighter type sockets; one at chart table, one on companionway display.
· Domestic: 8 x 6V 20-hour, rated at 225 amp/hr, heavy duty ‘deep-cycle’ Endurant R232 batteries (2014) give 450 amp/hr with Rite Flow water fill system.
· Engine Start: 12V, 88 amp/hr (2016)
· Generator Start: 12V, 88 amp/hr (2016)
· Separate charger for the 12V starter batteries for engine and generator, when on mains and generator power.
· Mastervolt MASS 24/100 amp battery charger.
· Magnetronic DCC 4000 battery control system.
· Twin alternators – 55 amp/12V to charge the engine start battery and a high output 175A/24V to charge the domestic battery bank.
· Westerbeke BTD 7.5kW.
· Generator Hours: Approximately 3,753 hours at June 2016
· 18m (60’) dockside power cable.
· Hubbell socket in transom.
· Additional 220V/50A shorepower cable and socket for air-conditioning loads.
· Mastervolt 24V/2500W inverter.
· Separate inverter for printer.
Fresh Water & Water Heating System:
· From an insulated 76 litres (16 imp / 20 US gallons) tank heated by the engine’s heat exchanger, or by thermostatically-controlled 220v, 2kW immersion heater element powered by the generator or dockside power.
· Jabsco Twin Max water pump.
· Sea Recovery Aqua Whisper 208l/hr (55 US gallons) – new 2010.
· Electric Jabsco Maxi 3000 puppy bilge pump with Par hydro switch.
· Henderson MkV manual bilge pump.
· Engine driven bilge pump.
· Tank tender for both fuel and water.
· Total capacity of 1,050 litres approximately (230 imp / 277 US gallons) in a GRP tank.
· Total capacity of 950 litres approximately (210 imp / 250 US gallons) in a GRP tank.
Grey/Blackwater holding tanks:
· Gravity discharge stainless steel holding tanks including Wema gauges to each WC.
· Showers and washbasins discharge into two sump tanks.
· Dedicated Whale ‘Gulper’ pump, with operates directly overboard.
· Twin seawater manifolds, with twin 2” inlet seacocks and large filters.
· One dedicated to engine and heads, the other to watermaker, air-conditioning, fridge/freezer and anchor deck wash pump.
· Sestrel Major 150mm compass.
· Autohelm ST60+ plus instrumentation, integrated with Raymarine E80 navigation system.
· Display units at companionway and chart table.
· Leica Mk10 GPS (original unit which is maintained onboard as a spare)
· Raymarine E80 chart plotter with charts for Austrailia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
· Comar CSB 200 AIS.
· Robertson AP22 autopilot with 2 x Rams – new 2009 and 2 x control heads, one on pedestal and one at companionway.
· Windex at masthead.
· Uniden RT 1400 VHF with speaker in cockpit.
· Uniden handheld VHF.
· Raytheon 430 loudhailer.
· Iridium pilot telephone with 2 x handsets.
· Stainless steel pole mount for stabilized mini antenna on transom.
· Icom IC-M 710 SSB.
· Wide copper strip from lazarette and ground plates and insulated backstay.
· Sharp microwave oven (2014).
· Twin stainless sinks.
· Charcoal filter on galley dedicated Penguin faucet for drinking water supply.
· Force-10 gimballed cooker in stainless steel with 4-burners, oven and grill.
· Glacier Bay fridge and freezer system.
· Oyster customised Wedgwood bone china crockery – 12 x place settings.
· Oyster customised Sheffield stainless steel utlery – 12 x place settings.
· 2 x Vacuflush fresh water WCs.
· Hot and cold freshwater deck shower in transom locker.
Heating & Ventilation:
· GRP dorade vents.
· 24v engine room extractor fan.
· Marinair reverse cycle throughout 44,000 BTU, 1 x 12,000 and 2 x 16,000.
· Clarion VB476 CD/DVD sound system – speakers in saloon, mast cabin and cockpit.
· 3 x Amps.
· Sharp flatscreen TV.
· iPod connectivity.
· Claris aerial for TV at masthead.
· Halogen and LED overhead lights.
· Reading lights for each berth.
· Automatic refrigeration door light.
· 24V engine room lighting.
· Aqua signal 41 port, starboard and stern LED lights.
· Tri-white LED anchor/navigation light at masthead.
· Boom light.
Summary of Accommodation:
· 8 berths in 4 cabins, excluding the saloon.
· Interior joinery finished in American White oak. The main saloon table has a burr finish and avonite inlay.
· Designed to be modern and co-ordinated, whilst remaining practical and durable at sea.
· Essential features include sculpted fiddles and grabrails, ‘shadow-gap’ joints between panels and Oyster custom knobs for lockers and drawers.
· Cabin soles in teak and holly stripe.
· Surfaces in galley and heads in blue Avonite.
· Headlining in white vinyl.
· Upholstery new in 2008 with crew covers.
· Curtains to windows in all cabins.
· Oceanair ‘Skyscreens’ to all deck hatches.
· Flyscreens to all coachroof ports.
· 2-brick combination safe in aft cabin.
· Acrylic drop-down washboard system for main companionway.
· Lewmar alloy-framed deck hatches.
· Gebo Econoline alloy-framed opening ports in aft coach roof sides, with flyscreens.
· Gebo long cockpit port lights x 2 – to galley and workshop/cabin.
· Additional Lewmar size 30 hatch to forward cabin.
Description of layout from forwards:
In the bows, with centerline double berth, upholstered seat with vanity table, plentiful lockers and a hanging locker. The deck is accessible via the fore hatch.
Twin Guest Cabin:
To port, with upper and lower berths, clothes locker, a vanity unit and a hanging locker.
To starboard, shared between both forward cabins, with Vacuflush WC, washbasin and separate shower stall. Blue avonite counter tops.
Featuring an oval table in oak with burr wood inlay and Avonite perimeter line. Bottle stowage in table’s pedestal. Settee to port and a small one to starboard with 2 large drawers below. Indesit 7kg load washer/dryer.
At the aft end of the saloon on the starboard side. The table is a half Admiralty chart size with a bookshelf outboard. AC & DC electric panels overhead.
To the aft end of the saloon on the port side. Galley work surfaces in Avonite, colour blue with upstands. Plentiful stowage.
Starboard Guest Cabin:
Aft of the saloon on the starboard side with upper and lower berths and plenty of storage.
Double berth offset from centerline with a curved settee, dressing table, large hanging locker and abundant drawer and locker space.
En Suite Head/Shower:
Large heads accessed directly from the aft cabin with Vacuflush WC, washbasin, separate shower stall and blue avonite counter tops.
- Cutter headed mast head sloop
- Hood fully battened carbon spar rig with additional 1.37m (4’6”).
- Selden, keel-stepped mast with lazy jacks with stack pack and RCB Aqua batten fitting for a fully-battened mainsail, complete with stack pack to lazy jacks.
- Navtec hydraulic vang adjustable from the cockpit.
- Harken car system with 5 batten cars.
- 4 x Extra rope clutches on mast.
- Navtec A250-SE-030 hydraulic backstay tensioner.
- Folding mast steps at masthead and mast foot.
- Reckmann RF90 hydraulic headsail furling
- Reckmann RF45 hydraulic staysail furling
- Twin spinnaker poles stowed vertically on mast.
- Jockey pole with on-deck stowage.
- Spinnaker gear; package includes chain plates, deck fittings, halyard, topping lift, pole lift, single sheet, guy, fore guy and all required blocks. Spinnaker sail not supplied.
- 10 x Lewmar self-tailing:
- 66 electric primaries.
- 48 electric mainsheet and main halyard winch on bridge deck.
- 55 electronic secondaries.
- 3 x winches at mast.
- Manual ST 48 x 2, ST44 x 1 and ST16 x 2 for mainsail track and preventers.
- Doyle Stratis 75sqm fully battened mainsail – new 2012.
- Doyle Stratis 86sqm yankee – new 2012.
- Doyle Stratis 30sqm staysail – new 2010.
- Midship gateway stanchions, which close up to form the side-gates.
- Gate to pushpit.
- Stainless steel bathing ladder.
- Saltwater anchor deck wash and pressure hose in bow.
- Stainless steel drinks holder to cockpit pedestal.
- Varnished, refrigerated cockpit table in teak with stainless steel frame.
- Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit.
- Stainless steel fairleads, stainless steel/alloy mooring and cockpit cleats.
- Lazarette locker.
- 2 x Deck stowage lockers suitable for the stowage of deck gear, liferaft or diving gear.
- Anchor locker partition in forward end of locker.
- Stern quarter pushpit seats in teak and stainless steel.
- Gas locker for two bottles.
- Combined mugrack and grabrail on pedestal.
- Granny bars.
- Lewmar Commander 20 hydraulic system located in sail locker.
Anchoring & Mooring Equipment:
- 40kg (88lb) Rocna with 100m (328’) of 12mm chain.
- Spare anchor chain.
- Bruce anchor.
- Kedge anchor with warp and chain.
- Sea anchor.
- Lewmar Ocean 3 24v electric anchor windlass.
- 6 x Fenders.
Covers, Canvas & Cushions:
- Sprayhood with leather covered stainless steel grabrail.
- Bimini with stainless steel frame.
- Cockpit cushions.
- Canvas bags for fenders.
- Covers to cockpit table, pedestal and steering wheel.
Tender & Outboard:
- Reinforced teak outboard bracket on pushpit.
- Crane lift for outboard engine.
- Swift dinghy 2.6m Hypalon (wheels fitted to dinghy).
- RFD Seasava 6-person liferaft – new 2011.
- ACR sat 406 EPIRB.
- 8 x Lifejackets.
- Emergency tiller.
- Boom adapted for hoisting over side.
- Bilge alarm.
- Watertight bulkheads and doors to fo’c’sle.
- 4 x Powder fire extinguishers.
- Halyard exhaust alarm on engine and generator exhaust.
- BEP marine 24V, 2 x sensors gas alarm.