53' 10" (16.41m)

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SOLAN - 2004 53' 10" OYSTER MARINE LTD 53 Deck Saloon
Annapolis Maryland United States
$409,000 USD

The 2004 53' 10" OYSTER MARINE LTD 53 Deck Saloon Cruising Sailboat SOLAN is a sail yacht for sale located in Annapolis, Maryland, USA. JUST REDUCED ON 6/26 BY $30,000! Please contact me for a FaceTime live walk-thru showing of this boat!The second Oyster model to be designed by Rob Humphreys, the Oyster 53 is very much a little sister to the 56 and outstanding success in her own right. With fifty-two launched between 1999 and 2008, she has proven herself to be easy to sail by a couple. Comfortable in heavy seas, well balanced and fast, she is a pure joy to sail. The design brief for the Oyster 53 was to create a yacht with a center cockpit Deck Saloon configuration that offered many of the features of the larger Oyster 56, but still maintained a stylish, well-proportioned outboard profile. Rob Humphreys designed the hull, deck, and rig, while Holman & Pye designed the interior layout and provided the technical and structural specification. The Oyster in-house team has coordinated the styling and overall details of the yacht, and as with the Oyster 56, they also integrated the ergonomically-designed cockpit whose technical specification originated from the Department of Ergonomics at Loughborough University. This design team approach, linked with the use of powerful integrated CAD design computers, has created a yacht that will set standards in design excellence for a yacht of this size.Oysters are renowned the world over as one of the premier builders of performance ocean cruising yachts. Built on a reputation of over twenty million blue water ocean miles and ninety circumnavigations, their experience goes into the build quality, exquisite joinery, and well thought out engineering. The 53 is also the smallest Oyster that offers a four-cabin layout. The fourth cabin was available either as a twin cabin, a single/workshop, or full workshop, offering great versatility, and potential autonomy for long-distance cruising. SOLAN has the full workshop version, which comes with an unbelievable amount of storage space.SOLAN’s owners are very experienced sailors and active racers. As such, they hold their boat to a demanding standard and their upkeep has been consistent with that standard. SOLAN has numerous upgrades, one of the nicest being the self-tailing Anderson winches, of which the primaries and control winches are electric. Solan was constructed in Oyster's Landamores Yard in England. She was further commissioned at their Fox Yard in Ipswich, England.If a world-class yacht with the pedigree of an Oyster is in your sights, you can’t go wrong with SOLAN. She is certainly worthy of your personal inspection. Call and make an appointment to see her today! Contact the yacht broker to receive more information or schedule a showing of this yacht for sale in today!

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LENGTH 53' 10" (16.41m)
BEAM 15' 3" (4.65m)
LOCATION Annapolis, Maryland, USA
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Sail locker: The sail locker is located between the anchor locker and the forward head. Access is through a Lewmar hatch on deck. The sail locker bulkheads are watertight, creating two zones of protection and can be drained from inside the boat if necessary.


Forward head: Just aft of the sail locker and behind the second watertight bulkhead is the forward head. Entry is shared from both forward cabins. The unitized construction of the compartment provides for easy wipe-down maintenance and features a very nice non-skid sole. The fresh water flush electric toilet is to starboard. On port the sink has a locker beneath it and a mirrored door medicine cabinet above it. A wrap-around shower curtain and spray wand on an adjustable-height bar are centrally located between the sink and head. Lighting is provided by three overhead lights and an overhead hatch. Headroom in this space is 6’1” in the central area beneath the hatch and 5’10” on either side.


Starboard forward stateroom: Entry to this stateroom is off the shared corridor wall with the other forward stateroom. The 77” x 54” x 33” double berth lines the hullside and has four large dresser drawers beneath it along the corridor. Additionally, the entire area beneath the berth is a huge storage area and has been the primary spare parts location for the current owners. The bunk cushions are split in the middle and have lee clothes along the corridor and in the middle of the berth if desired for comfortable sleeping during passages. There is a small fiddled nightstand counter by the head of the bed with storage beneath it. At the forward end of the cabin is a hanging locker on starboard and a dressing mirror to port. Outboard and above the bunk is an opening porthole framed by a pair of drop-front door lockers. An overhead hatch and a Caframo fan provide additional ventilation, while a pair of reading lights and three ceiling lights keep the space well-lit and inviting. Headroom in this cabin is 6’4”.


Port forward stateroom: As you enter this stateroom, the bunk beds are to your left. Both berths are 6’5” long and have lee clothes. The upper berth has a pair of drop-down door lockers at either end framing an opening porthole. The lower berth has three drop-down door lockers above the bunk and two lockers below it. There are two reading lights, three overhead lights and a Caframo fan. Headroom is 6’2”.


Saloon:  Moving aft from the forward guest cabins, you step up to enter the saloon.  Immediately on port is a large locker with two shelves, a drawer and a fiddled counter space above that. Above the counter and along the hull is a liquor cabinet.  Next aft of that is a loveseat, with storage beneath and behind it.  Above and behind that is a shelf space with an opening hullside port. To the left of the shelf is another locker with shelves.  


The C-shaped dinette on starboard has comfortable seating for six.  There are storage and machinery spaces behind and beneath the seating.  The large custom cherry dinette table has a black ribbon inlay, is pedestal mounted and has a liquor cabinet storage beneath the pedestal.  A cherry grab bar is mounted on the table for a good hand hold moving through the space and the table leaf unfolds to provide dining space on the port settee.  Above and behind the dinette are lockers on either side of a shelf space with a custom fiddle.  There is an opening port in the hullside between the lockers.  The deck and saloon space have panoramic tinted windows all around.  With opening windows on the forward portion on port and starboard.  Lighting and ventilation are provided by 8 LED overhead lights, two reading lights located on port and starboard, 2 opening ports, 2 opening forward windows and 5 fixed lights. Headroom in the saloon is 6’7”.

Nav station:  The nav station is one step down from the salon on port.  Forward facing, there is an ultra-suede seat and cushioned back rest. The chart table is spacious and easily accommodates a chart book, while beneath the table are three nice-sized drawers; above and forward is a fiddled shelf.  Electronics and numerous convenience receptacles are all within easy reach and mounted on custom fabric accent panels.  Beneath the seat is electrical equipment; outboard of the seat is a locker with a drop-down door panel and above that a cubby with a custom fiddle.  230V AC and 24VDC distribution panels are located behind plexiglass panels behind the helm seat. Headroom at the nav station is 6’8”. 


Workshop:  The Oyster 53 has several options for this space, including a fourth cabin for crew quarters or a workshop configuration, which Solan has. Located just aft of the nav station on port, there is a bench-height workbench with a non-skid rubber surface and two pad eyes, should you need to secure a piece of equipment while underway.  There is a full width drawer below the workbench surface. Below that in the forward half is a washing machine, while aft of that is a drawer and an enormous storage locker that goes all the way to the hull.  Above the workbench on the aft end are two more storage lockers approximately 3’ deep.  The bench lip extends far enough to permit attachments of clamps and a vice if desired.  There is a fiddled grab rail the length of the cabin along the hull.    

At the aft end of the cabin is a locker containing the Racor filters, which makes changes a breeze.  There are two tall sound insulated door panels which provide wonderful access to the engine room.  Additional engine access is from the galley side of the boat.  


Lighting and ventilation are provided by one overhead light, one wall mounted light and two opening port holes.  Receptacles are provided for both US and Euro power. Headroom in here is 6’1”.



The galley is located on starboard in the corridor leading aft to the master stateroom.  Along centerline is a double stainless steel sink with a single lever water mixer.  There is fiddled counterspace on either side of the sink and shelf storage with sliding doors above the counter.  Beneath the counter top is a large pull-out drawer, a tip out trash bin locker and an access panel for the engine compartment.  Next aft is a tall utility locker with assorted hanging hooks and another locker above that.  


Along the hullside of the galley is a large top loading freezer with dual condenser plates.  Next aft is a four-burner stove and oven. Beneath the stove is storage space for flat items and a drop-front door locker beneath that.  Continuing aft, there is more counter space, with a pair of drawers and a pair of cabinets with shelves beneath that.  Behind the stove is a small fiddled shelf for spices and an opening port in the hullside.  On either side of the window are a pair of lockers with selves, the aft one containing peg and mug organizers for the Oyster Wedgewood.  Next aft is a large front-loading fridge, with lockers beneath and above it.  Lighting and ventilation are provided by five overhead LED lights, and three opening ports. Headroom is 6’1”.


Master stateroom: Entry into the master stateroom is on starboard aft of the galley.  The 77” x 62” island berth is offset to starboard and has a padded headboard.  The entire space beneath the berth is storage, including two full-width drawers at the foot of the bed.  Along the starboard hullside is a double doored hanging locker followed by a fiddled nightstand shelf. Below the shelf are double sliding door lockers and one locker above it.  The port side of the stateroom has a curved seating area and a fiddled end table, with two drawers and a hinged door locker above it.  Both sides have opening ports, with custom fiddles built for storage of gear during passages on the shelf spaces beneath them.  Additionally, there are three opening portholes on the housetop and a large overhead hatch.  Either side of the berth has a Caframo fan, providing wonderful cross ventilation.  There is a reading light on either side at the head of the bed.  Including the center section, there are three lee cloths for the berth.  On the forward wall of the cabin there are two bookshelves, with a large locker with shelf storage beneath the bookshelves. Entry to the ensuite head is on port; that door has a full-height dressing mirror.  Lighting and ventilation are provided by the two LED reading lights, seven overhead lights, an overhead hatch, five opening ports, two fans and two dorade vents. Headroom is 6’2”


Master stateroom head: Looking into the aft head, the radiused sink and counter is directly ahead.  There is a locker beneath the sink and a mirrored door medicine cabinet above.  There is a second laminate front locker with shelves to the left of the medicine cabinet.  The toilet is to your left and a separate stall shower with a bi-fold door is to your right.  Lighting and ventilation are from one opening porthole and three overhead LED lights. Head room is 6’1”.


Satin rubbed finish cherry interior

Sculpted solid cherry fiddles and grabrails 

Radiused corners on fiddles and tables for safer movement about the boat when underway

Shadow gap joints between wood panels create a modern feel

Arched cherry doors with black ribbon inlay

All hinged locker doors have springs to hold doors open when in use and positively latch closed

Ventilation hole discs in all lockers

Oyster custom knobs for lockers and drawers

Drawers have enameled metal track suspensions for smooth operation 

Oyster custom Wedgewood bone china dishware

Oyster custom Sheffield stainless steel cutlery

Lee clothes on all berths

Off white padded vinyl headliner on removable panels

Alcantara “Cream” upholstery

Teak and holly cabin sole

Retention screws for securing cabin sole during passages

Lewmar Low Profile deck hatches throughout

Ocean Air Skyscreen shade/screens for all hatches 

Curtains on all portholes 

Screens for most portholes

Caframo fans and LED cabin lighting throughout

Cabin Denmark wall lamps throughout


Force 10 four burner stove with oven and broiler

Two 10# Aluminum LPG bottles

Dedicated LPG compartment vented overboard

Double stainless steel sink

Hansgrohe single lever H/C water mixer

Frigomatic 24V water cooled refrigerator

Frigomatic 24V water cooled freezer with twin compressor and evaporator plates

Refrigerator evaporator plate replaced (’17)

Refrigerator and freezer serviced (‘18)

Tip-out rubbish bin adjacent to sinks

Paper towel holder

Drink holders (3)


Forward head

Unitized fiberglass construction for easy wipe-down

Textured two-tone non-slip floor

Par Quiet Flush fresh water flush electric head

95l (25 gallons) plastic holding tank with gravity discharge and deck pump out

Wema holding tank monitor

Avonite countertop with undermounted Swanstone white oval sink

Hansgrohe single lever stainless steel water mixer

Wrap-around shower track and curtain 

Hansgrohe single lever stainless steel shower mixer

Shower wand on height adjustable bar with soap dish 

Whale Gulper electric grey water sump pump for sink and  soles

Cherry grab rail 

Mirrored medicine cabinet

Stainless steel towel bar, toothbrush holders, soap dish and wash cloth holder


Aft Head

Textured two-tone non-slip floor

Par Quiet Flush fresh water flush electric head

Avonite countertop with undermounted Swanstone white oval sink

Hansgrohe single lever stainless steel water mixer

Mirrored medicine cabinet

Separate stall shower with bi-fold glazed shower door

Shower wand on height adjustable bar with soap dish 

Grohe single lever stainless steel shower mixer

Whale Gulper electric gray water sump pump for sink, shower and head area soles

Cherry grab rail

Stainless steel towel bar, toothbrush holder, soap dish and wash cloth holder


Spectra Newport 400 GPD water maker- rebuilt and membrane replaced (’17) 

Spectra MPC5000 controller for water maker at nav station

GRP fresh water tank with 1756l (approx. 463 US gallons) capacity 

Freshwater tank dip stick

Hot and cold pressure fresh water system

Fresh water filtration system

Par Max-3 3.6 gpm fresh water pump

Amtrol 2 gal. accumulator tank

Seaward 54l/ 14 US gallon 220V hot water heater with engine heat exchanger

Hot and cold deck shower in starboard transom locker

Euronova 220V combi washing machine (runs off Euro power or genset)

Hart Systems Tank Tender for water and fuel at nav station

Jabsco Maxi 3000 electric bilge pump

Jabsco Hydro Air bilge pump switch

Henderson Mk V manual bilge pump in cockpit


Laid-up GRP single skin hull with structural stringers and floors

Built to Lloyd’s approved design specification

High performance bulb keel 

Skeg hung rudder 

Solid bronze thru-hulls below the waterline with quarter-turn ball valves

Bottom paint (’19)

Two watertight bulkheads at bow; drain can be opened to drain secondary compartment into the bilge 

Molded in GRP deck with balsa core for strength and insulation

Deck reinforcement backing in high load areas 

Epoxy-laid 10mm teak weather decks, coach roof, cockpit seats and sole (Teak on deck should be evaluated for update or repairs.)

Solid teak cap rails refinished (’19)

Cap rail mounted stainless steel fairleads (8)

Stainless steel 12” mooring cleats (10)

Stainless steel bow pulpit and stern pushpit rails

Double 27” high stainless steel wire lifelines

Port, starboard and stern rail boarding gates

Stainless steel and teak stern rail seats with upholstered cushions and bolstered back rests

Stainless steel and teak steps from deck to sugar scoop

Integral sugar-scoop transom with teak treads and fold-down stainless steel swim ladder

Double Stainless steel anchor roller

Lewmar CQR type 75# anchor with 328’ (100m) of 3/8” stainless steel chain

Lewmar Ocean 3 vertical capstan 24V electric windlass

Up and down windlass foot switches and cockpit remote

Recessed anchor locker with hinged lids

Dedicated sail locker aft of anchor locker

Large locker on aft end of house deck for life raft, 50A shore power connection and other gear

Full beam lazarette with stainless steel gas-assist struts, gasketed and guttered lid 

Lewmar Low Profile alloy framed deck hatches (4)

House top hatches are recessed to flush mount with deck

Gebo alloy framed opening portholes (14)

Additional Gebo porthole from galley to cockpit 

Deck Saloon profile with signature Oyster eyebrow

Alloy framed powder coated saloon windows with smoked, hardened 12mm safety glass

Two forward saloon windows opening for good flow-through ventilation

Fiberglass dorade boxes with flexible cowls and stainless steel guards (5)

Stainless steel grab rails on coach roof (2)

Simpson 225kg stainless steel electric davits

Magnetic stop override switch for davits

Oyster custom drop-down washboard system for main companionway

Full cockpit bimini with 1 ¼” stainless steel pipe

Fold-down dodger with opening center window

Strataglass connector between dodger and bimini

Sunbrella side cockpit panel

Phifertex side cockpit shade panel

Wichard pad eyes in cockpit (4)

Varnished teak drop-leaf cockpit table with insulated fiberglass box

Sunbrella cockpit table cover

Disp./length ratio: 233.0


Hood Stoway electric in-mast furling keel-stepped double spreader aluminum mast

Custom drill fitting for mainsail furler as backup to electric winch

Mainsail furler seal replaced (’19)

Harken Mark 3 genoa furler

Harken staysail furler (’17)

Rig pulled and inspected by M Yachts (’17)

Standing rigging replaced by M Yachts (’17)

1X19 wire shrouds with open turnbuckles

Insulated backstay antenna

Harken manual back stay adjuster

Baby stay 

Spectra adjustable running back stays

Selden Rod Kicker boom vang

Adjustable spinnaker pole car and track

Antal sidewinder heel winch spinnaker car adjuster

Aluminum spinnaker pole mounted on mast

Spinnaker halyard, topping lift sheets and guys 

Lewmar staysail cars and tracks on housetop

Lewmar genoa tracks and cars on weather decks

Lewmar mainsheet track and car with aft-boom sheeting

Lewmar turning blocks on raised fiberglass pads

Turning blocks serviced (’19) 

Anderson #12 self-tailing traveler control winches (2)

Anderson #46 two speed self-tailing halyard winches on mast (2)

Spinlock line clutches on mast (8)

Spectra adjustable running backs

Anderson #46 two speed self-tailing electric house top winch

Spinlock line clutches on house top (4)

Anderson #68 two speed electric self-tailing primary winches (2)

Anderson #46 two speed self-tailing secondary winches (2)

Second genoa halyard


Dutchman boom break

Asymmetrical cruising chute with snuffer sock

Mainsail (’15)

150% Genoa (’07)

Staysail (’10)

Storm jib

Sail area/disp. Ratio: 19.29


Yanmar 4JH3HTE 4 cylinder 100HP diesel engine with turbo

Engine hours 5652 as of 7/19

Fuel injectors replaced (’19)

Water pump replaced (’19)

Removed heat exchanger and oil cooler, serviced and reinstalled (’19)

Inspected and replaced fuel, oil and exhaust hoses as required (’19)

Replaced forward starboard engine mount (’19)

Replaced exhaust elbow and exhaust wrap (’19)

Aquadrive anti-vibration shaft coupling with remote greaser

Max-Prop 3-blade 24” feathering propeller

Ambassador AM15 rope cutter     

Prop Speed and new zincs (’19)

211-gallon fuel capacity in GRP tank with dipstick gauge

Hart Systems Tank Tender for water and fuel at the nav station

Racor 500 fuel filter/water separator for the engine with vacuum gauge and water alarm

Racor 500 fuel filter/water separator for generator with valves to allow use as a backup engine filter

HMI water separator

High-density polymer and foam sound absorbing engine room insulation

Engine room blower

Seafire automatic fire extinguisher system

Engine room lights (2)

Oil change pump

Whitlock “Athena” steering pedestal

Whitlock Mamba rod and gearbox steering system

Single lever engine control

42” stainless steel destroyer wheel leather-wrapped

SIRS Major compass with internal lighting

Sleipner 11HP bow thruster with control at helm

Bow Thruster Prop Speed and new zincs (’19)

Cruisair 9000 BTU reverse cycle heat/air conditioning in guest cabins

Cruisair 10,000 BTU reverse cycle heat/air conditioning in the master stateroom

Cruisair 10,000 BTU reverse cycle heat/air conditioning units in the saloon (2)


50A shore power connection and 50’ cord

Isolation transformer with voltage adjustment

BEP Marine DCVR voltage converter

230V 50Hz AC panel with volt and amp meters

Mains 220/240V 50hz AC ring main with various receptacles

Mains 110/120V 60hz AC ring main with GFCI protected receptacles

Mastervolt 240V 50hz 2500W inverter

Mastervolt 120V 60hz 2500W inverter

24V DC system with exception of electronics

LG 315w solar panel mounted on dinghy davits

LG 75w solar panels mounted on lifeline rails (4)

Victron Energy Blue Solar MPPT 100/30 charge controller

Victron Energy Blue Solar MPPT 75/15 charge controllers (2)

Victron Energy Bluetooth smart dongle

Mastervolt Alpha alternator producing 150A at 24 volts for charging house batteries

Yanmar 85A 12v alternator for charging starting batteries

Mastervolt 220V/240V battery charger

Mastervolt BTM-1 battery monitor

Mastervolt Charge controller

Emergency parallel link for engine start

Mastervolt battery temperature sensor

Eight Trojan T-105 6v. house batteries (’16)

Banner 80 AH AGM starting battery for generator (’16)

East Penn 7549XE starting batteries (2)

Onan MD-KAV generator switchable (9 Kw @ 60hz, 7Kw @ 50hz)

Generator soundproofing replaced (’19)

LED lighting throughout interior

Deck, panel and spreader light controls on the steering pedestal 

LED navigation lights

LED steaming light

LED spreader and deck lights

LED masthead tricolor/anchor light

12v receptacles at nav, helm and aft cabin


Raymarine RD418HD 4kw radome (’16)

Raymarine E125 HybridTouch 12” multifunction display at nav (’16)

Raymarine E95 HybridTouch 9” multifunction display at helm (’16)

CMap 4D charts for the US East Coast, Bahamas, Caribbean and South America

USB connection to link laptop or tablet with the chartplotter at nav

Vesper XB8000 AIS transceiver with Wi-Fi passes AIS and other navigational data to mobile devices 

Raymarine Raystar 130 GPS antenna 

Raymarine ST7000 autopilot system

Raymarine ST6001+ autopilot control head

Raymarine ACU400 Actuator Control Unit

Raymarine Smart Controller wireless autopilot control

Raymarine i60 wind (’16)

Raymarine i60 close hauled wind (’16)

Raymarine i50 speed and log (’16)

Raymarine i50 depth (’16) 

Airmar transducers for speed, log & depth (’16)

Two Raymarine i70 multi and graphic displays (’16) 

Raymarine i70 multi and graphic display at nav (’16) 

ICOM IC-M802 SSB radio

ICOM AT-140 auto tuner (’17)

ICOM SP24 external speaker

Copper strip and copper grounding plate for SSB earth

Backstay SSB antenna

Navtex GPS/VHF antenna

Standard Horizon Matrix VHF radio with DSC and AIS 

Standard Horizon RAM mic at helm 

Wave EC-HP WIFI range extender with Linksys router, which created onboard wireless network

Wired for an Iridium sat phone or Iridium Go, including fixed mount antenna on davits (phone/Iridium Go not included)

Sirius satellite radio antenna

Pyle flip-down 19” TV

Supersonic DVD player

Fusion MS-UD650 stereo with Bluetooth, Pandora and Sirius XM ready (’17)

Sirius XM receiver (subscription required)

Ceiling mounted speakers in saloon (2)

Fusion cockpit stereo speakers (‘17)

Blue Sea Systems USB jacks at nav (2)


The amount of spare parts on board this boat is incredible. The owners wanted to ensure that they could be prepared for almost any system failure by having the parts they would need on board. There are spare pumps of every kind, hoses, stove parts, toilet rebuild kits, water maker parts, belts, engine hoses, filters, pumps, injectors and other engine and generator parts, hatches and porthole parts and frames, electrical wire, breakers, lights, nav lights, windlass and winch parts, door and drawer parts, loads of hardware… it’s amazing. 


AB 11’6” RIB dinghy (’17) 

Yamaha 25HP outboard motor

Plastimo Transocean 6-person life raft (inspected 2/2019)

Florentino Para anchor (self-adjusting, fluorescent orange)

1” yacht braid Para anchor bridle

Lifesling 2 overboard rescue system

Rescue throw rope

ACR Global Fix EPIRB (recertified 2018)


Firdell Blipper radar reflector


Dock lines

Boat hook

Stainless steel emergency tiller

2 ¾” thick closed cell foam cockpit cushions

Sunbrella hatch covers for all hatches

Toe rail covers

Delivery covers for seats and back in saloon seating

Wempe stainless steel ships clock

Wempe stainless steel hygrometer and thermometer

Masthead windex

1st Alert carbon monoxide detector

Smoke detectors

Edson boarding step

West Marine Bosuns chair

Winch handle holders (3)


Owner’s personal effects and any items not specifically described in this listing

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Dave van den Arend, CPYB
Crusader Yacht Sales
7078 Bembe Beach Road Annapolis, Maryland, USA

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