55' Oyster 1996



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55' Oyster 1996 ESCAPADE


ESCAPADE is one of the later Oyster 55’s produced. It features the modern raised-saloon design with opening windows, fin keel underbody and the shadow gap interior joinery style still used by the builder today.

The Oyster 55 is credited as the boat that put Oyster Marine on the World Cruising Stage. Its success as an offshore sailing yacht is legendary in rallies and cruising circles.

ESCAPADE has a tremendous amount of storage space and room for three couples, plus a workshop. The hull design is fast and seakindly, while still being an excellent load carrier for needed spares, stores and equipment.

ESCAPADE has benefited from significant updating in the last four years, bringing nearly all the boat’s equipment to current standards.

Some of the more notable upgrades are:

  • New standing wire rigging
  • Mast, boom, and spinnaker pole repainted
  • New sails
  • New generator
  • New solar panels
  • New batteries
  • New electrical panel
  • New LED lighting
  • New navigation electronics
  • New communication equipment
  • New electric headsail furling
  • New water maker
  • New custom dodger/bimini with full enclosure
  • New windlass
  • New anchor and chain
  • New teak and holly sole boards
  • New memory foam mattresses

…and more.






Cruise Speed:


Max Speed:


Range NMI:



15' 9"

Engine Details:

Perkins 4-M90

Engine 1:

1996 82.00 HP

Engine 2:

1996 82.00 HP

Engine Fuel:

Inboard Diesel

Fuel Capacity:

228 GAL

Water Capacity:

215 GAL



  • GRP hull is laid-up single skin with structural stringers and floors to Lloyds approved design specification
  • Kevlar in hull lay-up in forward crash zone
  • Hull color white with boot top line and cove line in Norpol Blue
  • Stainless steel and teak rubrail
  • Epoxy barrier coat hull (2012)


  • Boat measured for ORR rating, Bermuda Race Ready


  • Bolt-on bulb lead keel


  • Fully protected skeg-hung rudder


  • Deck structure molded in GRP with balsa core
  • Teak laid decks using epoxy, no fasteners
  • Oyster Deck Salon profile with ‘eyebrow’ styling
  • New tinted, tempered glass in main saloon windows (2013)
  • New tinted Acrylic hatch and portlight lenses (2013)
  • Stainless steel pulpit, pushpit, and gateway midship stanchions
  • Quarter pushpit seats in teak and stainless steel
  • Removable divider in anchor locker to partition off forward end for kedge rope stowage
  • Antenna pole on pushpit fitted with antennas for nav electronics
  • Huge locking lazarette locker with twin stainless steel gas struts
  • Stern bathing/boarding platform trimmed with laid teak
  • Steps in transom
  • Hot/cold water shower
  • Gas storage locker for two propane/butane tanks
  • Two deck lockers, one fitted for life raft


  • Six berths in three cabins, excluding the salon


  • Two double cabins, and one twin cabin


  • Interior joinery finished in American white oak
  • Cabin sole of teak and holly (new 2013)


  • Oyster white vinyl (2013)


  • Ultrasuede upholstery in saloon, forward and aft cabins (2013)
  • Curtains for all ports and windows (2016)

Double Cabin

  • With V-berth, forward and port clothes lockers
  • Custom full-length hanging locker and bureau
  • The deck is accessible via the forehatch
  • Watertight bulkhead and door
  • Lee cloth
  • Memory foam mattress (2013)

Twin Cabin

  • To starboard, with upper and lower berths, lockers for clothes, bureau, a vanity unit and hanging locker
  • Lee cloths
  • Memory foam mattress (2013)


  • To port, with Jabsco manual flush toilet, shower, and wash basin


  • Featuring a fixed table to starboard with extendable top, outboard of which are a pair of lockers and a central bookshelf to the hullport. To port is another settee, which makes a perfect sea berth, forward of which is another storage cabinet.
  • Window curtains new in 2016

Navigation area

  • To port with extra large chart table, (2) 12-volt outlets, (4) USB power ports, and 110 volt AC outlet. Storage in two drawers and a deep compartment.


To starboard

  • Force 10 3-burner cooker with grill and oven (2015)
  • Upright fridge and chest freezer
  • Daewoo microwave oven (2017)
  • Worktops in Almondine Avonite with upstands
  • New faucet (2017)
  • Customized teak spice rack and towel holder

Owner’s Cabin

  • With a double berth offset from the centerline with a curved settee, dressing table, bookshelves, and a large hanging locker
  • Abundant drawer and locker space
  • Lee cloth
  • Memory foam mattress (2013)

En-suite head

  • With Vacuflush electric flush toilet, separate shower with acrylic door, tops in Almondine Avonite.

Sound system

  • Pioneer audio system with Bluetooth and USB input and JVC amplifier (2013)
  • Speakers in the saloon and cockpit (2013)

Television and device charging

  • Samsung flat screen 32” TV (2016)
  • GE Amplified antenna for TV reception (2016)
  • (5) Dual USB charging ports in each cabin and at nav desk (2016)


  • Spade M180 anchor, 99 lbs. 400’ of 3/8” HT chain. (Chain new 2016)
  • Bruce Kedge 44lb. anchor has 300’ of rope rode


  • Maxwell VWC 3500 24V electric anchor windlass with foot switch controls (2016)
  • AutoAnchor 560 windlass controller and rode counter at pedestal (2016)


  • Lewmar alloy-framed deck hatches (new glass 2013)
  • New Lewmar forward hatch (2016)
  • New Lewmar aft hatch (2017)
  • Gebo opening hullports
  • Lewmar Atlantic portlights (new lenses 2013)
  • Portlights into cockpit from galley and workroom
  • Oceanair “Skyscreens” on all deck hatches (2013)


By Harken: (All winches professionally serviced 2017, by Harken dealer)

  • (2) #66 electric two-speed self tailing primary winches
  • #48ST electric two-speed self tailing mainsheet and outhaul winch
  • (2) #48ST two-speed self tailing winches for staysail
  • (2) #42ST two-speed self tailing winches for traveler
  • Harken mainsheet and primary winch control switches inside cockpit.


  • Whitlock wheel steering with leather cover (2017)


  • Customized folding teak cockpit table
  • Oyster colored ‘C Cushion’ custom cockpit seat cushions (2016)
  • Smoked 14mm Lexan washboard (2013)


  • Custom dodger with Lexan panels forward (2016)
  • Custom bimini with roof window panels with Velcro closing (2016)
  • Full cockpit enclosure with removable clear Eisenglass panels (2016)
  • Screened cockpit enclosure panels (2016)
  • Aft roll-up sun screen (2017)


  • Pair of Whittall ED18GW (130 kg) davits, with raked pushpit and solar panels

Outboard Bracket

  • Reinforced teak outboard motor bracket on pushpit for 15hp outboard motor

Deck Shower

  • Hot & cold freshwater deck shower in transom locker

Deck Wash

  • Deck wash hose in anchor locker, powered by salt water pump

Bathing Ladder

  • Fold-down stainless steel boarding/bathing ladder on transom
  • Additional boarding ladder for midships


  • Timage aluminium 3.5m folding passerelle with socket in transom rung, flute stopper halyard, stainless steel spreader bar, guy wires etc.

Mast and Rigging

  • Cutter rigged
  • Hood Stoway mast, painted white, with electric drive in-mast furling
  • Mast, boom, and spars removed and Awlgripped (2012)
  • Standing rigging (new in 2012)
  • Harken backstay adjuster
  • (3) Folding mast steps at masthead
  • Granny bars at mast
  • Custom preventer in boom with cockpit control
  • Spreader and foredeck LED lights (2012)
  • LED Tri-color at masthead (2012)
  • Lightning Protection: No Strike dissipater at mast head and mast and stays grounded to keel
  • Scanstrut radar bracket (2012)
  • Chain plates removed and inspected (2016)
  • Lewmar traveler car (2016)

Headsail Furling

  • Harken electric genoa furler (2012), serviced with new motor (2017)
  • Hood Seafurl staysail furling gear

Spinnaker Gear

  • Spinnaker gear with pole, on mast stowage, track and car
  • Sidewinder heel control
  • Harken pole car and track (2016)
  • Cruising chute rigging package

Running Rigging (all 2016)

  • Sta-set spin halyards
  • Sta-set spin sheets with Tylaska shackles
  • Sta-set spin pole topping lift
  • Sta-set boom topping lift
  • Sta-set boom preventer
  • Sat-set traveler control lines


By Hood Vectran :

  • Mainsail with vertical battens (2012)
  • Yankee (2012)
  • Staysail (2012)
  • Hood MPS cruising chute
  • North Sails mainsail used one week (2014)
  • Storm jib (2016)
  • Storm trysail with Antal mast track (2016)


  • Perkins Range 4 M90, 4-cylinder diesel engine, 82 hp
  • Refurbished exhaust elbow (2016)
  • New starter motor (2017)
  • New exhaust riser (2017)


  • New HBW Transmission with cooler kit and damper plate (2017)


  • 22” Maxprop 3-bladed feathering propeller (2008)
  • Ambassador rope cutter


  • Alternator - 40amp, 24v
  • Second alternator - 100amp, 24v - dedicated to charging domestic batteries


  • Northern Lights 9.0/kW 240V/50Hz generator with sound shield (2016)

Bow Thruster

  • Sleipner 10 hp tunnel bow thruster with controls at pedestal
  • Serviced with new seals (2012)
  • Side Power joystick control at helm (2016)
  • System serviced and wiring updated (2017)

Air Conditioning/Heating

Marine Air dual 50/60 hz system including digital controls and thermostats for each unit:

  • 16,000 BTUs
  • 12,000 BTUs
  • 9,000 BTUs


  • Grunert 240V AC upright fridge and chest freezer, 50/60Hz

Microwave Oven

  • Daewoo (2017)


  • Dometic Sea Exchange 600 water maker, 25 gph (2016)

Hurricane Diesel Heater

  • In salon and aft cabin with thermostats and fans


  • 228 US gallons in GRP tank
  • Dual Racor filters for engine and single Racor filter for generator
  • Philippi System Monitor (2016)


  • 215 US gallons in (2) GRP tanks
  • Hot water from 12 gallon grade-1 copper tank. Heated by 2 kW immersion heater or by engine
  • Sea Gull filtered water outlet in galley
  • Saltwater outlet in galley
  • Philippi System Monitor (2016)


  • Jabsco toilet forward and Vacuflush aft

Holding Tanks

  • (2) Holding tanks

Ship’s Supply

  • 24V DC
  • 240V - 110V AC, 50/60 hz
  • 240V - 110V stepdown transformer
  • Paneltronics electrical panel (2013)


  • Mains AC ring main with (4) double outlets
  • 110V socket at nav station and (1) in utility locker
  • 12V sockets: (1) in cockpit and (2) at nav station


  • Lifeline AGM batteries dedicated to domestic system: (8) 6V batteries giving 480 Ah (2016)
  • Lifeline AGM engine start batteries (2) giving 88 Ah (2016)
  • Lifeline AGM generator start battery (2016)

Battery Management

  • Mastervolt MASS 24V/75A battery charger
  • Mastervolt Ultra 24/3500 watt inverter/charger (2016)
  • Blue Seas Systems heavy duty battery switches for house battery bank, engine starter batteries, generator starter battery, in-mast furler and bow thruster (2016)
  • Philippi System Monitor (2016)

Solar Panels

  • (2) Solara solar panels on davits (2016)


  • Mastervolt Inverter 24V/3500W 220 volt 60HZ to power all sockets and microwave


  • SmartPlug socket (2013); (1) 50’ 50 amp power cable
  • 50A primary
  • Fail Safe 60A Galvanic Isolator (2016)

  • LED interior recessed overhead lighting (2013)
  • (6) Imtra LED reading lights (2016)
  • (2) LED overhead engine room lights (2016)
  • Osram flexible chart table light
  • Red courtesy lights at interior steps


  • 6” diameter Ritchie


  • Raymarine E90W Hybrid Touch chart plotter (2013) in NavPod on pedestal (2016)
  • Raymarine E120W Hybrid Touch chartplotter at chart table (2013)
  • (2) Raymarine i70 multifunction displays: (1) at helm and (1) at companionway (2016)
  • Boat speed, wind speed/direction, depth, log, DTW, and multifunction displays at companionway console


  • (2) Raymarine P70s: (1) at helm and (1) at companionway (2016), with Raymarine dual electric rams (2017)

Navigation Lights

  • Aqua Signal LED bow and stern lights (2016)
  • LED steaming light (2012)
  • LED white foredeck light (2012)
  • LED blue mast lights (2012)
  • LED white/blue spreader lights (2012)
  • LED tricolor masthead light (2012)


  • Windex at masthead

VHF Radio

  • ICOM M604A VHF with DSC at nav desk (2016)
  • ICOM HM162B Command Mic at helm (2016)

SSB Radio

  • ICOM 802 at nav desk with ICOM AT-140 tuner (2016)


  • ICOM MA-500 TR AIS at nav desk and helm (2016)

Iridium Phone

  • Iridium 9575 Extreme sat phone at nav desk in docking station (2016)


  • Ocean Signal EPIRB (2016)

Radar Reflector

  • Firdell “Blipper” on mast

Bilge Pumps

  • Jabsco Maxi 3000 puppy electric pump
  • Henderson MkV manual bilge pump
  • Jabsco engine-driven bilge pump
  • Whale manual bilge pump in cockpit (2016)
  • High water alarm

Deck Safety

  • Lifesling (2016)
  • Jacklines (2016)
  • Rescue rope throw bag (2016)
  • Galerider sea drogue with 300’ line (2016)
  • Stainless steel grabrails to aft coachroof
  • Stainless steel dorade guards for handholds
  • Emergency tiller

Fire Extinguishers

  • (5)  Handheld fire extinguishers. Halotron in galley
  • Automatic Halon fire extinguisher in engine bay
  • Fire blanket in galley


  • Diagram of all through-hulls, fire extinguishers, and medical equipment posted in forward hallway (2016)
  • All seacocks serviced (2016)

  • Warps and fenders
  • Clock and barometer
  • Magma Catalina II propane grill (2016)
  • (7) Caframo Sirocco fans in saloon, galley, nav station and cabins (2016)
  • Assorted spares and manuals
  • 3-brick safe in aft cabin
  • Extensive range of cruising spares(roughly $5,000.)
  • Large variety of blocks, sheets, boom preventers etc.
  • Viewing pane into engine compartment

Any personal items or inventory not specifically included in this listing are reserved for the Seller.

This listing is presented to you courtesy of a member of the International Yacht Brokers Association and may be centrally listed with another broker. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey direct representation of a particular vessel.

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.

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