Mark Cameron Yachts

Oyster 37


Classic IOR racer. Recent sails.



Lying: Argyll, United Kingdom

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelOyster 37
NamePrime Cut
DesignerHoleman & Pye
Sale StatusAvailable
LyingArgyll, United Kingdom


Hull ConstructionGRP hull with external lead fin keel
Keel TypeFin Keel


EnginePerkins 4.108 marine diesel engine. 45hp @3000 RPM. 4 Cylinder, naturally aspirated, indirectly directly cooled. Mechanical, reversing marine gearbox.



The Holeman & Pye Oyster 37 is a true cruiser-racer, not to be confused with the cruising orientated Oyster 37 Heritage. Designed in the era of IOR rules the hull shape is classic of its time with nipped in ends, a generous beam aft of midships and the tumbleholme topsides. All designed to maximise performance under the IOR rating system. With her powerful masthead rig, featuring hydraulic tensioners the Oyster 37 was at the cutting edge of technology during the brief production run between 1979 and 1981.

PRIME CUT is understood to have been built by the company to compete in the tragic 1979 Fastnet event. The boat built from new with the optional hydraulic tensioners, larger winches and wheel steering. Sadly for sale due to bereavement, she is in need of some TLC to bring her back to full crusing or racing trim. She does benefit from significant investment in recent years with her inventory including:

2017 Owen Sails Pentax Dacron mainsail

2018 #2 Genoa, Owen Sails.
New halyards and mainsheet 2018/19.
Rudder stripped and professionally re-built 2017.
New water tank fitted 2016.
Icom DSC VHF fitted in 2016.
Engine stripped and overhauled 2013/14.
New Gori 2 blade folding prop fitted 2017.

PRIME CUT would make an excellent and highly-capable cruiser/racer for somebody with some time to invest. Lying ashore in North Argyll she is available to view by appointment



Single piece GRP moulded hull.
Hand consolidated polyester laminate.
GRP floors and stringers.
Plywood bulkheads laminated to hull and deck.
Bolt-on fin ballast keel of lead construction.
Spade rudder. Stripped and professionally re-built 2017.
Hull finished in white with blue sheer band.

Single piece GRP moulded hull incorporating low profile coachroof and self-draining cockpit.
Hand consolidated polyester laminate.
Deck moulding finished in white with blue non-slip painted decks.
Cockpit seating finished with hardwood slats secured with screws.

Keel stepped, double spreader, masthead sloop rig.
Anodised alloy mast and spars.
Spinnaker pole.
Standing rigging of 1x19 stainless steel.
Hydraulic system with backstay, babystay, head and vang tensioners.
New halyards fitted 2018.
Mainsheet replaced 2019, not yet fitted.
Spinlock rope clutches on mast for halyards.

Primary Winches - x2 Lewmar 55, self-tailing, two-speed.
Secondary Winches - x2 Lewmar, two-speed.
Coachroof Winches (aft) - x2 Lewmar, two-speed.
Coachroof Winches (forward) - x2 Lewmar, two-speed.

Mainsail - White Pentax Dacron. Slab reefing. Owen Sails 2017
Genoa #2 - Hank-on type. Racing laminate. Owen Sails 2018.
Genoa - Hank-on
Genoa - Hank-on
Spinnaker - x3

Sprayhood - Blue canvas, windows forward. (2016)
Mainsail Cover - Blue, stackpack type cover.

Bower Anchor - CQR plough type anchor on chain rode.
Mooring Warps - Selection
Fenders – Selection

Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit rails.
Stainless steel toerail mounted stanchions supporting double stainless steel guardwires.
Single stemhead roller.
Alloy toerail running length of deck edge with inset fairleads forward, midships and aft.
Alloy mooring cleats forward and aft.
Below deck level anchor locker with single opening hatch.
Spinnaker pole downhaul track on foredeck centreline.
Babystay with hydraulic tensioner on coachroof deck.
Halyard winches mounted on coachroof port and starboard, immediately aft of mast.
Forward #3 pin-stop genoa tracks secured to deck inboard of chainplates.
Pin-stop genoa tracks running aft from chainplates to cockpit.
Halyard/Reefing winches mounted outboard of companionway port and starboard with Spinlock rope clutches for lines port and starboard.
Moulded coaming protecting cockpit.
Primary winches mounted on coamings outboard forward.
Bench seating port and starboard forward of mainsheet track.
Pedestal mounted at aft end of cockpit with stainless steel wheel.
Curved helmsman's seat aft of wheel.
Cockpit lockers beneath seating port and starboard forward.
Recessed storage for horseshoe buoys below deck level aft of cockpit.

Depth - B&G Hydra system, 2 multi-function displays in cockpit.
Log - B&G Hydra system, 2 multi-function displays in cockpit.
Wind - B&G Hydra system, analogue 360degree and close-hauled displays in cockpit.
GPS - B&G Network Plus display at chart table, info displaying on Hydra 2 displays in cockpit.
Plotter - Raymarine C80 classic with Navionics cartography.
VHF - Icom IC-M323 DSCVHF (2016)

Freshwater System - Pressurised hot and cold water system, not currently operational. Manual system only with faucets in galley and heads. Freshwater tank replaced 2016. Hot water and the pressurised system could be re-instated, components aboard. Showerhead fitted in heads.
Galley Stove - Plastimo Neptune 2000, two-burner gas cooker, grill and oven.
Fridge - Built in coolbox converted to fridge with a cooling plate and compressor.
Heads - Lavac manual marine toilet.

Joinery work below decks made from teak faced plywood with solid teak trims, finished in a varnish. Headlining and bulkheads finished in an off-white vinyl. Plywood soles.
Description of accommodation from forward:
Forepeak - Two single berths in traditional V-berth configuration. In-fill section to create double berth. Shelves running length of berth outboard, overhead. Bin type storage lockers beneath berth. Single large opening deck hatch.
Heads - To starboard, aft of forepeak. Compartment finished in laminate faced plywood with varnished hardwood trims. Manual Lavac marine toilet outboard. Countertop with inset wash hand basin forward. Vanity lockers below wash hand basin and outboard. Two generous hanging lockers are provided opposite the heads to port.
Saloon - Bench settee to port with a U-shaped settee to starboard. Both settees convert to single berths. Infill section can be fitted to create a double to starboard. Lockers outboard, overhead of the starboard settee forward and aft with fiddled bookshelf between. Locker outboard, overhead of the port settee, forward with open storage area aft. Seatback panels are removable to allow access to cave lockers behind.
Galley - To port of the companionway. U-shaped galley. Double stainless steel sinks forward. Gimbal mounted gas cooker outboard. Built-in top-loading fridge outboard, aft of cooker. Storage lockers outboard of worktop and beneath.
Nav Station - Forward facing chart table with navigators seat. B&G GPS and Raymarine plotter mounted forward of table. Chart storage within table and bosuns drawer and locker beneath. Additional storage provided outboard and aft of navigators seat.
Quarter Berth - Accessed through small opening aft of Nav station.

Perkins 4.108 marine diesel engine.
45hp @3000 RPM.
4 Cylinder, naturally aspirated, indirectly directly cooled.
Mechanical, reversing marine gearbox.
Engine removed, stripped and overhauled 2013/14.
Single lever morse controls mounted within coaming cave locker.
Stainless steel propeller shaft.
GORI bronze, two-blade folding propeller. (2017)

Single 12VDC bank.
The boat is reported to require re-wiring. The circuits providing power for the water pump, navigation instrumentation and fridge are all currently inoperative.

In this case we are acting as brokers only.
The Owner is not selling in the course of a business. whilst every care has been taken in their preparation , the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at their expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.
This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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