The 56 was the first Oyster design to be drawn for us by Rob Humphreys, beginning a partnership that continues to this day. The 56 is perhaps the quintessential Oyster design and was the undisputed class leader at this size for more than a decade. Rob certainly got it right first time – the 56 is still our bestselling model, with seventy-five launched between 1998 and 2010.
The key to her success is her size; large enough for rapid ocean cruising and to accommodate her crew in comfort and style when living aboard, but also compact enough to be handled by a couple or family, without professional crew.
The 56 retained earlier successful Oyster design features; the single skin hull construction with stiffness provided by massive ribs and stringers, the keel-stepped mast, and the full-length rudder skeg, which protects the entire rudder. The 56 was also the first yacht to gain from an ergonomically designed cockpit, Oyster worked with Loughborough University to design a space, which makes relaxing and entertaining a true pleasure, whilst maintaining all the essential qualities you would expect of a serious oceangoing yacht.
The 56 is a proven performer, with many ocean crossing and circumnavigations to her credit. She is has had class wins in the ARC and has also won Cruising Class 1 at Antigua Sailing Week, beating a number of more serious racing yachts. She is a superb sea boat and remains very well regarded by all her fortunate owners.
Hullabaloo is a 2004 example, which is only in her second ownership. Her rig was specified for maximum ease of use, with hydraulic furling to her mainsail and genoa, allowing push button sail handling from the security of the cockpit. Below decks she has the versatile four-cabin layout, the fourth cabin being a combined single cabin and workshop with extra storage space.
Her current owners bought Hullabaloo from Oyster Brokerage UK in Ipswich in 2013, carried out a re-fit and have then sailed her out to Australia, where they are currently cruising. They have carried out a constant programme of maintenance, upgrades and improvements, so Hullabaloo is ready to sail away, with the Pacific islands just over the horizon.
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