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53' Oyster
Newport, Rhode Island
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For Sale

Sales Rep: Richard Jordan
Telephone: 1-954-296-2687

ICW friendly, 6 ' draft, the raised salon Oyster 53 Moondance is currently cruising in New England. 

Created by the Oyster Design Team, with hull lines by Rob Humphreys, the Oyster 53 emulates her larger sister, the 56, setting new standards of performance, style and comfort. Moondance is hull 46 built by McDell Marine in Auckland New Zealand 

She is in excellent condition and has been continually upgraded. No expense has been spared in her maintenance. For the last eight years Moondance had been captain maintained and used only in the summers in New England. She is hauled winterized and covered for eight months of the year.  A personal inspection is highly recommended !


The American red cherry joinery styling is designed to be modern and coordinated whilst remaining practical and durable at sea. Essential features are: sculpted fiddles and grab rails, shadow gap joints between joinery panels, Oyster custom knobs for lockers and drawers.

Four cabins and two heads

Seven berths

Deck saloon and coach roof curtains in white. 

Four Hella fans

Forward Stateroom

Centerline double berth and watertight bulkhead door

Drawer storage under berth, hanging locker and overhead lockers. Hatch with blind and screen.

Hella fan

AC controls

Seat on portside

Starboard Guest Stateroom

To starboard with upper and lower berths with lee cloths.

Lewmar hatch with blind and screen

Hanging locker, drawers and cabinets

Hella fan

Forward Head

To port with Quietflush electric toilet 2014, washbasin, it has a curtain for the shower area.


Featuring an opening table with glass and bottle stowage underneath and mat finish. Large dining area to starboard, outboard of which are a pair of lockers and a central shelf to the hullport.  To port is a settee.  Forward is locker door with Splendide slim line washer /dryer.  Above the washer/dryer cabinet is the wine glass cabinet.  Also above the locker mounted on the bulkhead is a Sharp 22" Aquos TV which swings out for viewing.  Forward facing saloon windows open for ventilation.

Navigation Station

To port with opening desk top, drawers, computer and electronics

Raymarine ST 600 R wireless smart controller for AP

Sirius weather

S3G AP compass with MARPA function on radar

SSB ready with ground plate and insulated aft stay

HP computer with Nobeltec Nav software, Garmin GS17 GPS built in LCD monitor at nav station

Raymarine 260 VHF 2015

New VHF antenna 2015

Raymarine E 120w radar chart plotter at nav station 2012

Raymarine E 140w in cockpit navpod 2012

Raymarine 4 kw color radar 2012

AIS send and receive 2012

Raymarine RN 300 GPS

Raymarine ST 6002 smart pilot control 2011

Raymarine type 2 dual linear arm AP drive units rebuilt 2016

Raymarine ST 60 wind and close hauled wind instrument

Raymarine ST 60 depth

Raymarine ST 60 speed

Raymarine multi instrument at nav station

KVH M5 TracVision satellite TV 2011

Iridium Sat phone

Fusion MS AV 700 stereo system 2012

New cockpit stereo speakers 2012

Weems and Plath brass clock and barometer 2016

2 Direct TV receivers


Sharp Aquos 22" LCD TV in saloon

Sharp Aquos 20" LCD TV in aft cabin

Fusion stereo system for saloon and cockpit

Pioneer stereo with CD DVD for aft cabin


Avonite galley counter tops

Storage in lockers for pots and pans. Drawers for cutlery and lockers for food.

Oyster Wedgwood china, Sheffield stainless steel cutlery

Sea Recovery 40 GPH water maker rebuilt 2017 including new membranes and boost pump

Force 10 FT645PR propane stove 4 burner 2015

New Frigoboat air cooled refrigeration system 2011

Frigoboat dual compressor freezer system with keel cooler and variable speed controllers

Whale Gulper 220 galley sump pump

Dual stainless steel sinks

Sharp carousel microwave oven  

New galley faucet 2014

Propane solenoid switch with Red LED in galley

Magma Catalina propane stainless BBQ 2011 mounted on stern rail

New aluminum propane tanks 10lbs each 2017

Raritan ice maker with in line water filter 2018 (in crew cabin)

Port Aft Crew Cabin/ Workshop

Drawers and locker storage, great access to port side of engine

Single berth or work counter top

Aft Stateroom and Head

With double berth offset from the centerline with lee cloths. Dressing table and large hanging locker, with abundant drawer and locker space. Large Lewmar hatch with blind and bug screen 20"  Sharp Aquos TV mounted at end of bed

Ensuite head on port with Quietflush electric toilet new 2014, washbasin, and separate shower stall

Both forward head and aft heads can be switched via 3 way valve to be fresh or salt water flushed.

Hella fan

AC controls


Cockpit table in stainless steel and teak

Cockpit table cover 2011

Cockpit cushions 2011

Spray hood with front opening window

SS grab rail and drink holder on pedestal

Sestrel Major 6" compass

Wheel and pedestal cover 2011

Dodger 2011 new eisenglass 2017

Bimini with side curtains 2011

Mast and Rigging

White painted aluminum Formula spar with double spreaders

Sloop rigged with electric in mast furling

ICW compatible rig

Main halyard winch and clutch

Removable inner fore stay for cutter rig on ratchet

Harken MK 3 headsail furling gear

Harken backstay adjuster

Wichard folding pad eyes for pole downhaul

Basic spinnaker gear, with single pole, halyard, topping lift and sheets

Second spinnaker halyard and clutch

Lewmar ST 64 electric primaries

Lewmar ST 48 electric main sheet

Lewmar ST 48 manual secondary winches

Two Lewmar ST 48 manual halyard winches

Lewmar ST16 traveler winches

Windex at masthead

Deck light on mast

Tri color light on masthead with LED bulb

Anchor light with LED bulb


Doyle 2009

Tri radial cut mainsail

Tri radial cut genoa

Dolphin Pentex Tri radial cut staysail

Dolphin storm jib

UK sail makers: 165% MPS and ATN sock

Sails are cleaned,inspected, and stored at North Sails, RI yearly

Engine and Mechanical Equipment

Yanmar 4JH3 HTE 4 cylinder 100hp diesel engine

Maxprop 3 blade 22" feathering propeller

Ambassador rope cutter

Twin Racor filters and changeover system to engine fuel supply

Twin alternators: 55amp 12v alternator that is wired to charge the engine start battery and second unit is a high output 175amp 24v alternator that charges the domestic battery bank

Steipner tunnel bow thruster

Cruisair Turbo air conditioning  three units, 2 x 16000BTU and 1 x 12000 BTU, with SMX digital controls 2012

Henderson MKV double action manual bilge pump

Heyco tool kit

Various spares

Thrust bearing

New injectors for Yanmar 2014

Walker WF 5000 fuel Seps for Yanmar and generator 2016

Jabsco engine room blower with custom sound insulation 2016

Westerbeke BTD10kw generator with 2340 hrs

New heat exchanger for generator 2016

New injectors for generator 2015

New water pump for generator 2016

New hush box insulation for generator 2016

New engine room door insulation 2016

Shaft and rudder post lubbers

Tankage and Plumbing

206 gallons fuel in GRP tank

175 gallons water in GRP tank

Tank tender for fuel and water tanks, in addition to standard dipsticks

Gravity discharge holding tank to forward and aft heads with Wema gauges

Nautic 10.5 gal hot water heater 2014

Jabsco Dual Sensor max water pressure system 2014

Whale Gulper 220 shower sump pumps 2015

Whale Grey sump pump tanks with solid state float switches

Flojet Quad II 4.5 gpm wash down pump in anchor locker with 3 way valve to change from salt to fresh water 2011

Rule 2000 GPH automatic bilge pump 2016

Jabsco 260 GPH automatic bilge pump

Whale Gusher 10 MK3 manual bilge pump

New sanitation hoses 2012

Wema holding tank monitors rebuilt 2012

Hull Construction

GRP hull is laid up single skin with structural stringers and floors to Lloyds approved design specification. Deck structure molded in GRP with balsa core for strength and insulation, featuring Oyster's renowned deck saloon profile with eyebrow detail.

Sugarscoop transom trimmed with teak

Fold down stainless steel boarding ladder

Whitlock Lewmar wheel steering

Emergency tiller steering

Watertight bulkhead to forward cabin for use as a collision bulkhead

Fin keel with modified bulb with externally attached lead ballast

Teak deck and varnished cap rail


24 v electrical ships supply

Mastervolt Alpha alternator regulator

Mass Sine inverter 24/1500 for computer and icemaker

Mass Sine inverter 24/2500 for general 110 use

50 amp  240v shore power inlet in aft deck locker

240 volt / 120 volt AC electrical system with volt and amp meters

AC/DC electrical panel

120 volt outlets in every cabin

Eight 6 volt Lifeline AGM house batteries totaling 440 amps at 24 volts

Two 12 volt AGM starting batteries for Yanmar

12 volt AGM starting battery for generator

Battery parallel switch between engine and generator batteries

Two Mastervolt mass 24/100 60 hz chargers

Mastervolt Masterlink MICC inverter /charger control with battery monitoring system

Xantrex Truecharge 2 TC4012 40 amp 12 volt battery charger for engine and generator batteries

Two 50‘ 240 volt 50 amp shore power cords

All lightbulbs were replaced with LED bulbs 2013

Deck Equipment

75lb CQR anchor

190’ G4 chain 2017

Fortress FX 55 anchor with 25’ of chain and 200’ of rode

Lewmar Ocean 3 vertical capstan type 24v electric anchor windlass

Lewmar deck hatches with Ocean Air Skyscreens

Gebo opening hull ports with screens

Teak quarter pushpit seats

Freshwater hot/cold deck shower

Lazarette with twin stainless steel gas struts

Simpson Series 7 S300 tall electric davits

SS mooring cleats and cockpit cleats

Additional aft fairleads

Docklines and five fenders including two Avon inflatable fenders with air pump

Maine point fleece fender covers 2013

Fenderboards and passerelle

Boat hook

Bosun chair

Deck brush

BBQ cover 2011

Life sling cover 2011

Mast boot cover 2011

Winter boat cover with frame

Tender and Outboard

Walker Bay 310 Rib with 20hp Honda 2013

Dual bridle system for lifting on to davits




6 man Winslow life raft (recent inspection/certification)

Life raft has EPIRB (recent inspection/certification) in aft deck locker

Ditch bag with EPIRB 2012 in aft deck locker

ACR Epirb 2012 mounted on stern rail with hydrostatic release (recent inspection/certification)

8 Life jackets

2 Safety harnesses

Jon Buoy MOM 2012 mounted on stern rail (recent inspection/certification)

4 ABC fire extinguishers

Automatic fire extinguisher in engine compartment

Life sling mounted on stern rail

Medical kit

Flares including new battery operated flare

Air horn

Hydraulic bolt cutters

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.
Specifications, with Equipment and Information:
- Length: 53' 0"
- LOA: 53' 0"
- BEAM: 15' 3"
- DRAFT: 6' 0"
- Engine(s): Yanmar 4JH3 HTE
- Hours: 3069
- HP: 100
- Fuel: 206 gallons
- Water: 175 gallons
- Hull Construction: Fiberglass
- Manufacturer: Oyster
- Model: Oyster 53 Raised Salon
- Designer: Rob Humphreys
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629 NE 3rd Street
Fort Lauderdale, Dania Beach, FL 33004
Telephone: 954-522-8650
Fax: 954-736-1648

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