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Queen Emma
Oyster 45

photo of Oyster 45 under sail
Queen Emma underway
Susie and Lance dancing in the salon
Jitterbug in the Salon
Queen Emma sailing wing on wing with poled out jib
Poled out
galley starboard side
galley looking aft to main cabin
Queen Emma
Starboard side settee
photo of  41' Newport
At anchor
port side of salon, table down
salon looking forward
Oyster 45
under sail

After 7 years in the Eastern Caribbean on Eaux Vives, a 40 ft ex-Moorings charter boat, we were ready for a heavier, blue water boat. The Beneteau was fast and fun and well suited to the Caribbean but it was too light to be truely sea kindly in big seas. What we did not want was a heavy, slow boat to replace her. We looked a number of boats from Hallberg-Rassey, Hylas and Catalina. We came upon an ad for Queen Emma in the Caribbean Compass and fell in love. Unfortunately, she was too expensive. Negotiations were rekindled towards the end of the season when the falling pound, the cost of delivery back to England and the prospect of another hurricane season looming made the price come down within reach. Much to our shock and excitement, we became owners of a proper, blue sea, British yacht.

  • Year: 1996 Built by Oyster Marine, Ltd.
  • Located: Eastern Caribbean
  • Material: Fiberglass w/ Kevlar skin below waterline
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Single Diesel Volvo D2-55 with Volvo 3 blade folding prop
  • Sails: storm jib, reaching jib, genoa, spinnaker, in-mast furling main

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

Builder: Landamores, Norfolk, England Designer: Holman and Pye
LOA: 45' 0 " LWL: 38' Beam: 14'
Displacement: 30,000 lbs Draft: 6' 6 " Bridge Clearance: 57'
Ballast: 9,5861 lbs
Engine: Volvo Engine HP: 55 Engine Model: D2-55
Hours: 1800 Cruising Speed: 6.5 kts @1800 rpm Max Speed: 8 kts @2100 rpm
Fuel: 120 gals Water: 170 gals Holding: 70 gals
Starting most forward there is a V berth with hanging locker and storage. Next aft to port is the "bunkhouse" with upper and lower berths and hanging locker and storage. To starboard is the forward head with shower. Next aft is the main salon with an L-shaped settee on the port side, a large table with liquor and cutlery storage. The table may be opened out to reach the starboard settee. Both port and starboard settee's include under seat storage and lee clothes to serve as sea berths. Aft of the port settee is the forward facing nav station with instrumentation and radios. Aft of that is the "potting shed", a large phone booth size lazerette which opens into the salon and up into the cockpit. Aft of the salon on the port side is a walkthrough galley with stove, refrigerator and inboard sink. Farthest aft is a large master stateroom with ensuite head and shower. Access to the engine is through the potting shed and under the galley sink. Engine driven watermaker pump and primary filters are in the forward part of the engine compartment. The membrane and electronics for the watermaker are behind the port settee. There is plentiful natural light and excellent ventilation from the many hatches and forward facing, opening windows.
  • Frigoboat 12V refrigeration
  • Pressurized fresh water (Cleghorn Waring Pumps)
  • Water heater (8.4 gals – 220V or engine)
  • Force 10 4-burner stove w/oven & broiler
  • (2) Stainless steel sinks
  • Foot pump for backup fresh water pumping
Electronics & Navigation
  • Raymarine C-80 Chartplotter
  • Raymarine ST60+ wind, depth, knotlog
  • Raymarine Autohelm Autopilot ST7002 Controller
  • Major binnacle compass
    (SIRS Navigation Ltd)
  • Wireless remote autopilot controller
  • Icom M422 VHF
  • Icom IC-M710 SSB w/AT120 Tuner
  • Furuno Radar
  • Stereo/DVD player and monitor
Electrical Systems
  • 12 Volt DC electrical system
  • 220 Volt AC electrical system (220 or 110 shore power)
  • Mastervolt inverter/ battery charger
  • 2 Siemens solar panels
  • 2 wind generators: Airmarine & Rutland
  • 6) House batteries (6V Trojan)
  • 12V Engine start battery
  • 110amp alternator
  • 12V windlass/thruster battery
  • Link 10 battery monitor
Sails & Rigging
  • Aluminum keel stepped mast
    (Hood Stowaway)
  • spinnaker gear w single pole stowed vertically on mast
  • Hood sidewinder manual boomvang
  • Harken foresail furling gear
  • Lewmar mainsheet traveler
  • Harken self tailing winches
  • All new SS wire standing rigging 2009
  • All new running rigging
Deck & Hull
  • 45 lb Plastimo Kobra anchor 200' chain
  • 45lb CQR anchor w/ 300 ft rope rode
  • Danforth anchor
  • Lofrans electric windlass
  • Bimini w/side panels, Dodger
  • Propane locker with two tanks
  • Life jackets
  • Lifesling
  • Fresh water shower in transom
  • Vetus Bow thruster
  • Cockpit cushions
  • removable cockpit table
  • Fenders and dock lines
  • Navigation lights, automatic LED Anchor light
  • Swim step w/ladder
  • AB 9.9 dinghy
  • 9.8 hp Tohatsu outboard engine (new 2018)
Mechanical Equipment
  • Electric bilge pumps
  • Sea-Fresh H2O4D engine-driven water maker
  • Whale Gusher manual bilge pump
  • 2 Jabsco manual heads
  • Emergency tiller
  • Manual fire extinguishers
  • Whitlock manual wheel steering


We were sold on this boat by the spacious, light and airy salon. The boat sails very well and has exactly the sea motion we were looking for. Living aboard this boat is no longer like "camping without the dirt", but much more of a life...

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