Building upon his experience with his earlier Oyster 56 and 53 designs, Rob Humphreys was given a straightforward design brief - to draw a yacht of just under fifty feet with three cabins, whilst offering outstanding performance and a generous load carrying capacity for bluewater cruising.
Compared to the Holman and Pye designed 485 which she replaced, the 49 is a much ‘bigger’ yacht, with greatly enhanced interior volume, a longer waterline, increased sail area and displacement, all of which combine to give great confidence in all sea and weather conditions.
We launched fifteen examples between 2001 and 2007, so the 49 remains a rarity on the brokerage market. Nonetheless she is an excellent proposition for those whose cruising areas are better suited to a yacht of less than fifty feet, or those who prefer the simpler handling and lower maintenance costs of this size of yacht.
Ellen Mae is a late model 49, with a beautiful dark blue hull, and simple sloop rig with in-mast furling mainsail and furling genoa, all controlled from the cockpit. Below decks she has hand crafted American light oak joinery and sleeps up to six in three cabins. Her generous saloon is enhanced by the Oyster deck saloon, which gives a light and airy feel.
Her first owner sailed her around UK waters, and sold after just three years, the second owner based her in the Mediterranean, but has sailed Scottish waters more recently. Ellen Mae is a great example of a 49, and would repay an early viewing.
We have now owned Ellen Mae since 2006. The first six years we sailed around the Mediterranean, exploring Spain, France, Italy, Greece and all the island groups. We generally spent five idyllic months each summer meandering; a great start to our retirement. We have now sailed back to the UK and have spent the last two years sailing the highlands and islands of Scotland, a truly wonderful sailing ground.
Ellen Mae has been a wonderful yacht to explore these amazing places and has always looked after us in many challenging situations. She has been a delightful, comfortable, very safe home but we are now ready to move on to new pastures and it is with a heavy heart we are selling her.
We hope Ellen Mae’s new owners will have as many wonderful experiences with her as we had.
Steve & Bunty
HULL NUMBER Oyster 49/11.
HULL CONSTRUCTION Laid-up GRP, single skin with structural stringers and floors to Lloyds approved design specification.
HULL FINISH Hull colour dark blue with gold cove line and white double boot top.
DECK CONSTRUCTION Moulded in GRP with balsa core.
DECK FINISH Fully laid teak decks, with teak capping rail.
KEEL High performance bulb (HPB) external lead keel.
RUDDER Fully protected skeg-hung rudder.
STERN DESIGN Stern design with bathing platform trimmed with teak slats.
EURCD Built to comply with the requirements for Category A – Ocean.
2. DECK LAYOUT AND EQUIPMENT
ANCHOR CQR 27kg (60lb) anchor with 80m (260’) 10mm chain.
WINDLASS Lewmar Ocean 3 vertical capstan type 24V electric anchor windlass.
DECK ACCESS Gateway stanchions and gates to port and starboard. Pushpit with gate for boarding. Fold-down stainless steel bathing / boarding ladder and two stainless steel steps for access to stern deck. Removable passerelle.
HATCHES Drop-down tinted acrylic washboard. Lewmar hatches. Gebo opening hull ports including long ports to galley.
CANVASWORK Sprayhood with stainless steel grabrail to aft edge. Covers for cockpit table, pedestal and steering wheel.
DECK PLUMBING Deck shower with hot and cold fresh water.
COCKPIT TABLE Cockpit table.
STEERING Whitlock wheel steering with 90cm (36”) stainless steel wheel on a “Royale” pedestal. Leather cover to wheel and spokes.
OUTBOARD BRACKET Teak outboard bracket.
DAVITS Whittal 160kg davits.
GENERAL Stainlesss steelpulpit and pushpit. Stainless steel fairleads and stainless steel cleats. Stainless steel guards to forward dorade boxes. At the aft end of the coachroof is a large built-in, self-draining, deck stowage locker. Large lazarette locker with a pair of stainless steel gas struts. Quarter pushpit seats in teak and stainless steel. Locker for stowage of two 6kg Propane gas cylinders.
3. RIG AND SAIL HANDLING
MAST and RIGGING Rig – sloop. Selden keel-stepped mast with in-mast furling, anodized.Preventer lines. Selden solid strut kicker. Backstay adjuster, manual. Stainless steel standing rigging.
MAINSAIL FURLING Harken mainsail furling.
HEADSAIL FURLING Harken headsail furling gear.
WINCHES Lewmar Ocean winches – all self-tailing, chrome finish:
2 x 64 CEST 2-speed, electric primaries.
1 x 44 CEST 2-speed, electric mainsheet winch.
2 x 40 CST 2-speed halyard winches.
1 x 30 CST 2-speed reefing line winch.
SPINNAKER GEAR Spinnaker package – pole, vertically stowed on mast, with butt hoist winch pole topping lift, foreguy, sheets, blocks and fittings.
SAILS By Dolphin Sails -
Furling mainsail, Dacron crosscut.
Furling genoa, Dacron crosscut with foam luff and UV strip.
Cruising chute with squeezer.
GENERAL Six berths in three cabins, excluding the saloon. Interior joinery finished in American white oak. 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 joinery panels, solid, shaped oak and stainless steel grabhandles and Oyster custom knobs for lockers and drawers. Cabin sole in ‘chequer-board’ style teak with perimeter line inlay. Surfaces in galley in mica laminate and heads in “Sandpiper” Avonite. Headlining in off-white vinyl fabric. Upholstery in green Alcantara. Crew covers. Lee screens on sea berths. Curtains to windows in all cabins. Oceanair screens to all interior deck-hatches. Flyscreens to all opening hull and coachroof ports.
FORWARD CABIN Provides a spacious double cabin in the bow with V-berth with infill, which converts to a double berth. Plentiful clothes lockers and a hanging locker. The deck is accessible via the forehatch.
STARBOARD CABIN To starboard with upper and lower berths, lockers for clothes, a vanity unit and hanging locker.
HEAD To port with Jabsco manual toilet, washbasin, and separate shower stall with curtain.
SALOON With L-shaped settee to starboard and expandable table providing comfortable dining for six. Settee to port. A locker is incorporated into the table pedestal, providing stowage for bottles.
NAVIGATION AREA To starboard with forward-facing chart table and seat. Bookshelf.
GALLEY Gas solenoid switch. Ample storage lockers. Food stowage and oilskin / drying hanging locker.
SINKS Twin stainless steel sinks.
HOB Force 10 four burner cooker with grill and oven.
MICROWAVE Intellawave LG microwave oven.
REFRIGERATOR Front openingTechnautics Cool Blue fridge and top loading freezer.
ENGINE ROOM With 24V lighting and 24V extractor fan.
OWNER’S STATEROOM With double berth offset from the centerline, settee and a large hanging locker, with abundant drawer and locker space.
EN SUITE HEAD With Jabsco manual toilet, washbasin, and shower stall with hinged doors.
SOUND SYSTEM Pioneer Stereo FM radio / CD player with twin speakers in the saloon headlining. Pair of water resistant speakers in cockpit.
ENGINE Yanmar 4JH3-TE, 4 cylinder diesel engine of 75hp. Aquadrive couplings.
ENGINE HOURS 2,728 at December 2015.
PROPELLER MaxProp 3-bladed 55cm (22”) diameter feathering propeller.
ROPE CUTTER Rope cutter on shaft.
ALTERNATORS Yanmar alternator – 55A 12V for engine start battery.Second Mastervolt alternator – 150A 24V charging domestic battery bank.
BOWTHRUSTER Sleipner 10hp tunnel bowthruster.
HEATING Webasto heating system.
WATER MAKER Dessalator D60 water maker.
WATER FILTER Seagull IV drinking water filter system.
7. TANKAGE AND PLUMBING
FUEL 880 litres approximately (193 imp / 232 US gallons) in GRP tank.
WATER 830 litres approximately (182 imp / 219 US gallons) in GRP tank.
TANK TENDER GAUGES
HOT WATER From an insulated approximately 76 litres (16 imp / 20 US gallons) tank heated by the engine’s heat exchanger, or by thermostatically-controlled 220V, 2kW immersion heater.
PRESSURISED HOT AND COLD FRESHWATER SYSTEM
HOLDING TANKS Holding tank with gravity discharge in each head.
SHIP’S SUPPLY 24V electrical ships supply.
RINGMAIN Mains 220V AC ring main with 3 double Clipsal sockets.Extra block of 5 AC circuit breakers and 2 x extra blocks of 5 DC circuit breakers.
OTHER ELECTRICAL SOCKETS Cigarette socket.
BATTERIES 6 x 6Vdomestic batteries giving 230Ah, and additional 230Ah deep-cycle batteries. 2 x 12V batteries dedicated to engine start giving 88Ah.
BATTERY MANAGEMENT Mastervolt 220V MASS 24/75 battery charger including temperature sensor.Monitor. Mastervolt Alpha regulator. Masterlink MICC battery control unit.
INVERTER MASS 2500W sine inverter.
SHOREPOWER Shorepower – 15m (50’) cable with Hubbell socket.
INTERIOR LIGHTING Downlight type halogen lights in polished chrome finish, with downlighters. Reading light for each berth. Automatic light to drinks locker. Red halogen light at chart table.
EXTERIOR LIGHTING Aqua Signal navigation lights. Steaming / deck floodlights. Stern deck floodlight. Tri-white anchor / navigation light at masthead. Led masthead light.
9. NAVIGATION AND COMMUNICATION
COMPASSES S.I.R.S. Major 150mm (6”) diameter compass. Hand compasses.
SAILING INSTRUMENTS Raymarine ST60 instruments including: Boat speed, wind speed / direction, depth displayed in cockpit console with Multifuntion display at chart table.
GPS RayNav 300 GPS interfaced to autopilot.
RADAR / CHART PLOTTER Raymarine colour radar / plotter with 10” screen RL80CRC plus 7” repeater in cockpit.
AUTOPILOT Raymarine autopilot with Type 2 long 24V linear drive unit, Type 400G 24V course computer and ST6001+ control head.
WINDEX Windex at masthead.
NAVTEX Details to follow.
VHF RADIO Raymarine Ray 230E Class D0DSC VHF radio. Furuno dual VHF radio at chart table and in cockpit.
SATELLITE PHONE Details to follow.
LIFERAFT Lifeguard Forties 6 person liferaft.
EPIRB McMurdo G5 Smartfind plus 406, new in 2015.
RADAR REFLECTOR Firdell blipper on mast.
BILGE PUMPS Jabsco Maxi 3000 puppy electric bilge pump. Whale Gusher 10 MkIII manual bilge pump.
DECK SAFETY Horseshoe lifebuoys with lights. Lifesling. Jackstays. Mob button. Emergency tiller.
FIRE EXTINGUISHERS 4 x Fire extinguishers, automatic fire extinguisher in engine room.
ALARMS Gas alarm.
RIB/DINGHY Avon RIB. Yamaha 8hp outboard motor, new in 2007. Dinghy engine outboard hoist in stainless steel.
WARPS AND FENDERS
CROCKERY Oyster customised Wedgwood bone china crockery.
CUTLERY Oyster customised stainless steel cutlery.
HEYCO TOOL KIT
SPARES AND MANUALS
Suite B, Orwell House
Ipswich, Suffolk IP2 8NJ