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2002 Oyster Oyster 56

Annapolis, Maryland


The Oyster 56 'Liberty' is a superb example of Oyster's most successful Oyster 56 series and fully equipped for long distance offshore sailing. Her experienced owners have maintained the boat well and added extra upgrades such as wind generators and solar panels to make her even more self-reliant. All navigation systems have been upgraded in 2017 - 2022.

Liberty, originally named 'Avolore,' was built in 2002 and is the 25th example of Oyster's iconic model. The current owners are the fourth owners who purchased her in 2017 through They spent four years updating the boat, learning her systems and finding their sea legs in preparation for their 2022-2023 Oyster World Rally around-the-world cruise. After completing their journey in March 2023, Liberty returned to Annapolis and now awaits her new owners who would like to enjoy the cruising lifestyle and endless adventures as they sail offshore.

Liberty is a proven offshore cruising boat, sensibly priced and ideally equipped for anyone planning on short-handed sailing on either long distant offshore or coastal cruising passages. With a wealth of updated equipment and plenty of spare parts on board, Liberty is ready to put to sea again. If you are planning your next adventure in the near future, Liberty should be on the top of your list.

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: "Liberty"
Make: Oyster
Model: Oyster 56
Year: 2002
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Designer: Rob Humphreys
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: OYM0250XC202
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Other Keel
Range: 749.16 mi


Length: 56 ft
Length Overall: 57'4 ft
Waterline Length: 47'7 ft
Beam: 16'3 ft
Max Draft: 7'10 ft
Displacement: 57,320 lb
Bridge Clearance: 74'6 ft
Dry Weight: 57320 lb
Single Berths: 4
Cabins Count: 3

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Yanmar
  • Model: 4LHA-HTE
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 150hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Year: 2002
  • Engine Hours: 6,943
Cruising Speed: 6.5 kn
Maximum Speed: 9.4 kn


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 264 gal
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 264 gal
Holding Tank Count: 2
Holding Tank Capacity: 25 gal


Heads Count: 2
Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Center Cockpit, Cutter


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Annapolis, Maryland, US, 21403
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

LOA:  57'4" LWL:  47'7" Beam:  16'3" Draft:  7'10" Displacement:  57,320 lbs Fuel Tank #: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 264 gallons (1,000L)
Fuel Tank Material: GRP
Water Tank #: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 264 gallons (1,000L)
Water Tank Material:  GRP Holding Tanks #:  2 Holding Tank Capacity:  25 gallons Number of Berths: 6
Number of Cabins: 3
Number of Heads: 2

Engine Make:  Yanmar Engine Model:  4LHA-HTE  Engine Type:  Inboard diesel Drive Type:  Direct Drive Engine Year:  2002 Hours: 6,943 (as of July 2023) Power:  150hp Propeller Type:  Max-Prop 3-bladed 24" diameter feathering propeller Propeller Material:  Bronze Rope Cutter:  Prop Protector rope cutter on shaft
The interior is designed to be modern and coordinated, while remaining practical and durable at sea. There are six berths in three cabins, excluding the saloon. Essential features include sculpted fiddles and grabrails, 'shadow-gap' joints between panels, and Oyster custom knobs for lockers and drawers. Additional features:
  • Interior joinery finished in cherry wood.
  • Sole boards in teak and holly.
  • Surfaces in heads in Avonite (color 'porcelain white').
  • Headlining in off-white vinyl.
  • Lee cloths in all berths.
  • Curtains to windows in all cabins.
  • OceanAir skyscreens for all deck hatches.
  • Caframo 24V DC fans in all cabins, saloon, heads, and galley.
The forward double cabin is a spacious double cabin in the bow with centerline double berth, an upholstered seat with vanity table, plentiful clothes drawers and hanging locker. The deck is accessible via the forehatch. The port forward twin cabin has upper and lower berths, lockers for clothes, a vanity unit and hanging locker, laundry bin, and extra custom-made cupboards to increase storage. The forward cabins share a forward head, a large WC compartment to starboard, accessed from the passageway, incorporating an electric Jabsco Quiet flush toilet, washbasin and separate shower stall. The aft cabin owner's stateroom is configured with a double berth offset from the centerline, a curved settee, dressing table and a large hanging locker, with abundant drawer and locker space and a Gardall safe. From this cabin there is access to the aft head, and through to the galley to port. The en suite head/shower incorporates an electric Jabsco Quiet flush toilet, washbasin, and separate shower stall.

The galley is to port, in the companionway to the aft cabin.  Countertops are in scratch resistant laminate.  Galley includes:
  • Franke stainless steel large and small sinks, with custom cutting board for filleting fish.
  • Force 10 propane 4-burner stove with grill and oven. Removeable worktop to fit onto stovetop for increased worksurface in galley.
  • Amana 60Hz microwave (2002).
  • Seafrost refrigeration and freezer systems (2020).
  • Splendide 99W WDC6200-CCE clothes washer/dryer.
  • Horizon Reverse Osmosis Systems watermaker, Horizon Seafari. Membrane changed to Seamak 5" diameter in 2014, giving up to 58 gallons per hour. In-line UV sterilizer installed.
  • Selection of Oyster branded crockery and cutlery.

The saloon features an oval table and semi-circular settee area to port, outboard of which are a pair of lockers and a central shelf to the hullport. To starboard is another settee. There is ample space for glass stowage forward of the starboard settee and bottle stowage below the saloon table. Leather seating in Connolly Leather Blue Wentworth.
The navigation area is at starboard aft end of the saloon, with a forward-facing chart table. The table can accommodate a half-folded Admiralty chart and there is a good bookshelf outboard of this. AC and DC electrical panels are located overhead, above and behind the navigator's seat.
The aft starboard cabin (sized for 2 berths) has been converted to a workshop with a stainless steel workbench with tool drawers, bench vise, storage spaces, and a paper chart drawer. This area has direct and large access to the engine room.
Audio visual systems include:
  • Fusion stereo (2017 - integrated with B&G chartplotters).
  • Subwoofer amp.
  • 40" Samsung flat screen TV in saloon and masthead antenna (2018).
  • JL audio speakers in the saloon and cockpit. Subwoofer fitted under companionway steps.
  • Custom-made wooden speaker housings in the saloon.
  • Stereo amp.
Deck Layout and Equipment
  • 85lb Mantus anchor (2021) (carried in the chain locker and never used).
  • 80lb Manson Supreme with 100m, 300ft 12mm chain.
  • Fortress FX-37 anchor.
  • Fortress FX-35 stern anchor with 25ft 3/8" G4 chain and 5/8" X 250' three strand.
Lewmar Ocean V5 vertical capstan type 24V electric anchor windlass; control buttons on deck at bow and at cockpit helm station (June 2014).
Deck Access
  • Stainless steel stanchions and bases with double stainless steel wire guardrails.
  • Pair of gateway stanchions and side gates for boarding.
  • Gate to pushpit.
  • Stainless steel bathing ladder.
  • Scoop arch/transom.
  • Oyster custom drop-down washboard system for main companionway. Companionway screens.
  • Lewmar alloy-framed deck hatches.
  • Gebo Econoline opening ports in aft coachroof sides with screens.
  • Gebo opening hullports in cabins, WCs and galley with screens.
  • Custom-made, alloy-framed, deck saloon windows in toughened, smoked 12mm glass with screens.
  • Blue bimini and dodger, including side and aft mesh sunshades. Canvas replaced in 2019.
  • Custom window to fit between bimini and dodger.
  • Hard solar panels installed over dodger (2).
  • Cockpit cushions.
Deck Plumbing
  • Hot and cold freshwater deck shower in transom locker.
  • Seawater outlet for 5-gallon bucket bait tank on aft deck.
  • Forward deck anchor saltwater washdown.
  • Teak-laid cockpit.
  • Stainless steel drinks holder on pedestal.
  • Custom-made removable cockpit crossbench at companionway for comfortable watch keeping on long passages.
  • Varnished cockpit table with stainless steel frame, new sunbrella cover (2023), folding leaves and Frigoboat refrigerated GRP box.
  • 48" diameter Whitlock Maxi stainless steel wheel and friction brake.
  • Whitlock cable system with a remote "Athena" pedestal.
  • Leather cover to wheel and partial spokes.
  • Rail-mounted Magma propane barbecue grill with cover.
  • Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit.
  • Stainless steel fairleads, mooring and cockpit cleats.
  • GRP forward dorade boxes with flexible cowls (4).
  • Stern quarter pushpit seats in teak and stainless steel.
  • Stainless steel arch at stern for navigation/communications antennas and wind generators.
  • Gas locker for two propane tanks (new tanks 2021).
  • Yeti coolers for extra deck storage (2) (new 2019).
  • Fixed davits.
  • Kato outboard motor davit.
Rigging and Sail Handling
Mast and Rigging
  • Replaced standing rigging with Dyform-Compacted wire and most running rigging (M-Yachts Annapolis fall 2018).
  • Rig: Cutter.
  • Hood Stoway in-mast, hydraulic drive furling.
  • Solid rod kicker/vang and tackle.
  • Navtec hydraulic backstay adjuster.
  • Rigging checked in July 2022.
Headsail Furling
  • Genoa: Reckmann hydraulic.
  • Staysail: Reckmann manual.
  • 2 x Lewmar 66 EST two speed self-tailing electric primary winches.
  • 2 x Lewmar 54 CST secondary winches.
  • Lewmar 48 CEST self-tailing mainsheet winch under dodger.
  • 2 x Lewmar 48 CST two speed, self-tailing main & genoa halyard winches fitted on mast.
  • 2 x Lewmar 16 CST two speed, self-tailing mainsheet traveller control line winches.
Spinnaker Gear
  • Evolution asymmetric spinnaker and ATN sock (2021).
  • Additional Tri-radial spinnaker 1.5oz nylon with sock.
  • Pole stowed vertically on mast.
  • Package includes halyard, sheets, guys and all required blocks, topping lift and downhaul with deck fittings to match.
  • Doyle SBVB Hydranet battened mainsail (433/393) with vertical battens (2011).
  • Elevestrom Hydranet battenless mainsail (2021).
  • North Sails 3Di Genoa (2022).
  • Evolution carbon laminate genoa (2017).
  • Evolution carbon laminate staysail (2020).
Electronics and Navigation
Upgraded navigation system (2017 - 2022):
  • 3 x B&G Zeus3 chartplotters with Navionics charts (1 at helm, 1 at companion way, 1 at navigation table).
  • 8 x B&G Triton displays (4 at companion way, 2 at navigation table, 2 at helm).
  • 2 x B&G Autopilot controls (at helm and navigation table).
  • B&G Wind/depth sensors.
  • B&G Halo Radar (2022)
  • Navico AIS (2022).
  • Icom IC M-506 VHF radio with AIS (2021).
  • Icom IC M802 SSB with P4 pactor modem.
  • Thales Vessellink Iridium Satphone (2021)
  • Navroc M7 Marine PC computer with worldwide CMAP charts and Timezero software (2021).
S.I.R.S. Major 150m diameter compass with internal lighting.
Foghorn/loud hailer on mast (2022).
The ship's electrical supply is 24V; the main 24V electrical panel and system is equipped with toggle style vapor-proof battery selector switches. 
110V AC electric supply with 3 dual 3-pin U.S. outlet sockets located as appropriate within the layout and GFCI receptacles in both heads and galley.

Leece Neville Alternator 8ASC3009ZA, s/n 200113 110-258, 24V 175A.

Northern Lights 12kw Generator (August 2022). Generator hours - 447 (July 2023).

Sleipner 10hp tunnel bowthruster.

Whitlock cable steering system.

Lewmar Commander 2002-2 two-function hydraulic system to power mainsail and headsail furling.

2 Victron solar panel controllers (2019).

Wind generators Eclectic Energy D400 (2) (servicing in progress).

220V Cruisair reverse cycle air conditioning/heating system, comprised of 3 x 16,000 BTU units to give a total of 48,000 BTUs.

Other Electrical Sockets
  • 12V DC and 24V DC sockets at chart table.
  • 24V socket for spotlight (2) at helm and forward deck.
  • Domestic: Lifeline GPL - 4CT AGM 6v (8) (new September 2021).
  • Engine start: Lifeline GPL - 2700T AGM 12v (2) (new September 2021).
  • Generator start: Lifeline GPL - 2700T AGM 12v (new September 2021).
Battery Management
  • 24V 100A alternator for charging of domestic batteries.
  • Mastervolt 220V MASS 24/100 battery charger.
  • Generator/engine 12V starting batteries "emergency link" switch.
Mastervolt Inverter 24V/2500W 110V AV 60Hz to run TV, microwave, sockets, etc.
Shore Power
  • 50A dockside power cable.
  • USA style Marinco Marco #6364CRN socket in transom.
  • 110-220V shore power transformer (50/60 Hz).
Interior Lighting:
  • LED overhead lights.
  • LED cabin reading lights.
  • LED exterior dome lights in engine room.
  • Flexible chart table light.
  • Automatic LED refrigeration door light.
Exterior Lighting
  • LED boom light over cockpit table.
  • Pair of LED lower spreader deck lights.
  • Aqua Signal LED bow and stern navigation lights.
  • Steaming light.
  • Tri-white anchor/navigation light at masthead.
Hull Number Oyster 56/25.
Hull Construction
  • Hand lay-up GRP, single skin with structural stringers and floors to Lloyds approved design specification.
  • Outer hull laminate in Vinylester resin.
Hull finish - Flag Blue colour with cove line and double boot top lines in white.
Deck Construction - Moulded in GRP with balsa core for strength and insulation.
Deck Finish - Teak laid decks, teak capping rail.
High performance bulb (HPB) external lead keel.
Fully protected skeg-hung rudder.  Rudder bearings/seals replaced in 2022.
'Sugar scoop' stern design with bathing platform trimmed with teak slats and stainless steel steps for access to the stern deck.  Wind generators Eclectic Energy D400 (2) (servicing in progress).
EURCD - built to comply with the requirements for Category A - Ocean.
Tankage and Plumbing
Fuel - 1,000 litres approximately (220 imp/264 US gallons) in 1 GRP tank.
Water - 1,000 litres approximately (220 imp/264 US gallons) in 1 GRP tank.
Tank tender gauges for fuel and water tanks.
Hot water from an insulated approximately 76 litres (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 (November 2019).
Pressurised hot and cold freshwater system - Par CW 320 Twin Max pump.
Holding tanks for forward and aft heads with Wema gauges and gravity discharge or deck pump out.
Grey water - Showers or washbasins discharge into two sump tanks, one forward and one aft (replaced 2021). These tanks are evacuated by a dedicated electric Whale "Gulper" pump directly overboard. The galley sink also empties via an electric Whale "Gulper" pump. These three pumps are each operated by rubber toggle switches.
New Viking RescYou 8-man liferaft (new June 2021, recertified by Viking May 2021).

ACR RLB-35 GlobalFix 406 p/n 2742 EPIRB 406, serviced January 2019.
Radar Reflector - Firdell blipper on mast.
Bilge pumps
  • Jabsco Maxi puppy with Par hydro air switch and float switch.
  • Manual Whale hand bilge pump operated from cockpit.
  • Auxiliary electric Rule bilge pump with electrical connection plug and hose.
Deck Safety - Webbing jackstays.
Various fire extinguishers including automatic fire extinguisher in engine bay.

Assorted flares and signals.
  • Bilge pump HSE Alarm SMB 12V DC buzzer.
  • 8" Chrome Seafarer Nautical Brass Fog Bell SEA0708088
Other Safety Features
  • Sea anchor Para-Tech 24ft s/n 85776.
  • Solar light switch - anchor night light watchman photosensitive.
  • Lifesling mounted on pushpit.
  • Horseshoe buoy.
  • USCG approved PFDs (6).
  • Air horn.
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed 2021.
  • Self-inflatable SOS Danbuoy mounted on pushpit (May 2017).
  • Ditch bag.
Recent Service
  • Antifoul, propspeed and new zincs (January 2023).
  • Replaced PYI dripless seal (October 2021).
  • Brightwork refinished (March 2023).
  • New Lifeline AGM batteries (8 house and 3 starting) (September 2021).
  • 25hp Yamaha 2-cycle outboard with 6-gallon fuel tank (2022).
  • 2.4m Swift Marine RIB with custom chaps and beach wheels (2022).
  • Mantus dinghy anchor.
  • Mantus dinghy light.
Warps and Fenders.
Extensive inventory of spares (nearly all spares used on the rally have since been replaced).
Comprehensive inventory of tools - most excluded from the sale but negotiable.
Assorted manuals.
Paper charts for circumnavigation - excluded from the sale but negotiable.
NB All personal belongings and all other items not expressly listed in the above inventory are excluded from the sale.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.