Mark Cameron Yachts

Oyster 68




Lying: Argyll, United Kingdom

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelOyster 68
NameMoonshadow of Lorne
DesignerHoleman & Pye
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable
LyingArgyll, United Kingdom


Hull ConstructionGRP hull with external ballast keel
Keel TypeFin Keel


EnginePerkins T6.3544. 6 cylinder, turbo charged, indirectly cooled marine diesel. 185hp. Full rebuild 2009
Fuel Capacity2000l


Drinking Water Capacity2000l


A well presented example of this eye catching Holeman & Pye design, the flagship of the Oyster fleet at the time of her launch. The Oyster 68 proved to be a huge success for the company, offered on a semi-custom basis no two boats built were identical. Just 12 boats were built before the design was revised and launched as the Oyster 70.
MOONSHADOW OF LORNE was subject to a major re-fit in 2008/09 which included topsides and superstructure re-finishing, new teak decks, complete machinery overhaul prior to purchase by the current . She has been in the current ownership for almost a decade and during that time has been lovingly maintained and upgrade.
Currently MCA CAT 2 Coded for 12 guests and 2 crew MOONSHADOW OF LORNE is operating as a highly successful luxury skippered charter business on Scotland’s west coast. She offers 11 berths over 5 separate cabins, all with en-suite heads. The business is available to purchase by separate negotiation.

Moonshadow started life as a private yacht, cruising extensively throughout the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and northern Europe. We acquired her after she had benefitted from a major refit in 2009 and have maintained her to MCA compliance standards. We have found her to be a safe, swift and reliable yacht that is easily handled, under sail or power, by two people. She has provided our charter guests with a comfortable and spacious home-from-home, both at sea and at anchor.

The Oyster 68 has proven success as a world class cruising yacht. Each of these yachts has had a different layout and equipment selection and this experience enables us to offer future owners an unrivalled choice. Rounding Cape Horn or cruising the Patagonian Icecap, the Oyster 68 has exceeded her owners' expectations.
It is the first yacht in our range to use a computer generated high performance keel aimed at maximising stability and sailing performance while maintaining moderate draft.
The Oyster 68 is a fine example of British boatbuilding quality and is competitive in every way.

Designed by Holeman & Pye the Oyster 68 was the flagship of the Oyster Marine range at the time of her introduction in 1989. The boats were built on a semi-custom basis and no two examples were finished in the same manner.

RCD Status
Our understanding is that the yacht is exempt from compliance with the requirements of the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) having been built and placed in use within the EU prior to 1998.

Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction
Single skin GRP moulded hull.
Hull stiffened internally with glassed in floors, frames and stringers.
Sandwich construction balsa cored GRP mouldings for hull and deck.
Full preventative epoxy treatment below waterline. Hamble Yacht Services (2009)
Topsides painted with AwlGrip two-component paint system (2008)
Superstructure painted with AwlGrip two-component paint system (2008)
Traditional teak laid decks, foredeck, side decks, coachroof & cockpit. Completely replaced with 16mm Burmese teak. (2008)

Keel & Rudder
Bolt on external, full fin, lead ballast keel.
Ballast keel displacement 11,158kgs.
Skeg hung, semi-balanced rudder.
Rudder stripped and re-laminated. (2009)

Engine & gearbox
Perkins T6.3544 185hp marine diesel engine.
6 cylinder, turbo charged, indirectly cooled.
Hurth HSW-630a hydraulic marine gearbox.

Maintenance & Performance
Full summary of re-fit works available on request
Engine professionally overhauled 2009
Last routine service spring 2018
Engine oil and ATF hoses replaced 2018
Prop shaft drawn and PSS shaft seal bellow and O-rings replaced 2018
Aquadrive shaft coupling overhauled 2009
Max-Prop propeller overhauled 2009
Maximum speed 8 knots
Cruising speed 7.5 knots

Propulsion & Steering
Aquadrive shaft coupling.
Stainless steel propeller shaft.
Max-Prop 3 blade feathering propeller.
Edson pedestal & quadrant, chain/cable drive.
Wagner hydraulic linear drive ram direct to quadrant for autopilot. Overhauled 2009

Autohelm ST7000 hydraulic system.
Single control station on pedestal.
Wagner hydraulic linear drive ram.
New hydraulic pump, motor, spool valves and hoses 2009.

Bow Thruster
Richfield 300R retractable hydraulic bow thruster
Powered by engine driven hydraulic pump.
Joystick type control on pedestal.

Voltage systems
Single 32amp shore power connection.
Hardwired, RCD protected 240v AC mains
13amp sockets in each cabin powered by invertor from domestic batteries.
24v DC system supplying – lighting, domestic, sheet winches and capstan winch.
12v DC system supplying – navigation instrumentation, gas alarm and VHF.

Onan 11.5 kVA generator
Four cylinder, indirectly cooled diesel engine.
Housed in sound insulated casing within dedicated space beneath saloon sole
Remote control panel at nav station
Providing 240v supply for shore power circuit
New alternator fitted (2018)

Battery Banks
Engine bank – 24v comprising of 2 x 12v type 663cells (2018).
Generator bank – 12v single 12v cell, 110ah (2018).
Domestic bank – 24v comprising of 12 x 6v cells, total capacity 720aH (2014)
Instrument bank – 12v comprising of 2 x 12v cells, total capacity 196aH (2013)

Charging / Inverter
Victron Energy Phoenix combination charger/invertor, operating on domestic bank only. 24v/70aH battery charger. 3KW invertor. With remote control unit. (2017)
Instrument bank charged from 24v domestic bank via OSCA 24v-12v charge controller.

Twin engine mounted alternators.
Charge controlled by Adverc smart alternator controller with splitting diode.
50amp alternator
100amp alternator

Battery Monitor
Domestic & Engine Banks (24v). Merlin Powerguage Pro.
Instrument Bank (12v). NASA BM1 Compact.

Other Electrical
Galvanic isolator system on 240V system.

Fresh Water
Fully pressurised hot and cold water system.
Hot and cold faucets provided in Galley and all heads.
Showers provided in each heads (5 in total).
64 ltr capacity hot water tank, heated from engine or 240v immersion heater element.
Fresh water deck wash outlet in cockpit.
Fresh water deck shower on stern at bathing platform

HEM Series 25
Compact, heavy duty unit
2.2kw drive motor
Low speed (700RPM) high pressure pump
Currently in a pickled, winterised condition, not used during current ownership

Bilge Pumps
Engine driven high capacity pump with electric clutch. Change over manifold to double as sea water deck wash pump.
Electric Jabsco bilge pump with auto and manual switching
Henderson MKV double action manual bilge pump, located in saloon
High water level bilge alarm

Gas System
Fully system annually test and certified by Gas Safe engineer
Current GasSafe certificate issued spring 2018
4 x 10kg GRP (BP GasLite) Propane cylinders.
Solenoid shut off valve with on/off switch in galley.
Nereus gas and carbon monoxide alarm system, with sensor heads below galley range and on bulkhead

Total tank capacity 2000ltr
2 GRP tanks 1 x 1500ltr, 1 x 500ltr
Tanks both drained and cleaned 2016

Fresh Water
Total tank capacity 2000ltr
2 GRP tanks 1 x 1500ltr, 1 x 500ltr

Holding Tanks
Grey water – 2 gravity fed tanks. Auto switched electric pump discharge overboard
Black water – 1 stainless steel tank with manually switched electric pump discharge overboard

Fuel – Tank Tender pneumatic system
Fresh Water – Tank Tender pneumatic system
Holding Tanks – WEMA electric gauges with float type in-tank transducers


On Deck
Raymarine E120 Multifunction display. Providing Radar/Chartplotter/AIS functionality. Navionics chart cards. Mounted starboard side of companionway.
Raymarine 4kW, 24” RayDome radar scanner, mounted on mast.
Raymarine 240DSC VHF commandmic
Brookes & Gatehouse (B&G) Hydra 2000 system. Log/Wind/Depth displays on pedestal and companionway
Autohelm ST7000 autopilot, control station on pedestal
Plastimo binnacle mounted Olympic 135 compass (2008)

At Chart Table
Raymarine E120 Multifunction display (2018). Providing Radar/Chartplotter/AIS functionality. Navionics chart cards.
Raymarine 240DSC VHF commandmic
Brookes & Gatehouse (B&G) Hydra 2000 system. Log/Wind/Depth displays on pedestal and companionway
Clock & Barometer

Communications Equipment
Raymarine 240 DSCVHF radio. Black box type with twin control stations.
Raymarine 650 AIS transponder.
NASA Clipper Navtex

Eno Chef gas range. 4 burners, grill and oven
Panasonic combination microwave oven (240v)
Siemens dishwasher (240v)
Waeco upright domestic, front loading fridge. (24v)
Fridge 170ltr & freezer 170ltr, top loading under galley worktop with eutectic holding plates, 24v compressor. Serviced winter 2016.
Twin stainless steel sinks
Churchill crockery, 12 settings.
Cutlery and Utensils

En-suite heads discharge overboard, day head can be discharged to holding tank or overboard.
4 x ITT electric marine toilet
1 x ITT manual toilet – forward cabin.
5 showers
Fresh water deck shower with hot and cold water.

Heating & Ventilation
Condaria 48,000 BTU (240v) reverse cycle air-conditioning/heating system (2008)
Digital thermostatic controller
7 fan matrix box outlets. 1 in each cabin, 2 in saloon, 1 in galley.

General Domestic Equipment
Indesit combination washing machine & tumble dryer
Duvets & pillows
Bed linen & towels
Fitted cockpit cushions
Ship’s safe

LED lighting throughout the living accommodation
Tube lighting in engine space.

Stereo Radio/CD/MP3/Aux with Bluetooth, speakers in saloon and cockpit.
Stereo Radio/CD in master cabin
Philips Cindos high definition 31” LCD TV in saloon with HDMI connectivity

Summary of Accommodation:
Comfortable accommodation to sleep a total of 11 people over 5 cabins.
Light and spacious main saloon with natural light flooding in from portlights.
Excellent headroom throughout living space.
Each cabin with en-suite toilet, including shower.
All bunks of approximately 6’ 5” in length.
Guest cabin mattresses replaced 2007.
Saloon cushions replaced 2017

Accommodation Finish
Joinery work constructed of solid teak and teak veneered plywood, finished in a satin varnish.
Soleboards through the boat are plywood finished with the traditional teak and holy veneer.
Fitted carpets with bound edges in saloon (2017) and guest cabins (2013).
Headlinings in saloon finished with off-white foam back vinyl panels with teak inlay between. Linings in all other areas of off-white vinyl panels.
Where visible hull sides are lined with teak strip planking with moulded edges.
Galley work surfaces finished with porcelain tiles.
Heads all finished in the same manner with white melamine faced plywood and varnished teak trims with a bare teak sole grating.

Description of Accommodation from Forward
Accessed from the cockpit companionway the saloon occupies the central area of the below deck accommodation space. Access to the forward cabins is via a passageway leading from the saloon forward. The master cabin aft is accessed via the walk-through galley to starboard.

Forward Cabin
Accessed at the forward end of the passageway forward.
Two single berths in traditional V-berth layout.
Bow thruster housing located centrally between the bunks.
Combination washing machine/dryer located in locker at port aft end of cabin.
En-suite heads to starboard with Jabsco manual marine toilet, wash hand basin, shower tray and vanity unit.

Port Guest Cabin
Accessed to port of the passageway forward.
Single bunks in an over and under layout outboard at the aft end of the cabin
Hanging locker, drawers & mirrors with in cabin.
En-suite heads with electric quiet flush marine toilet, wash hand basin, shower tray and vanity unit.

Starboard Guest Cabin
Accessed to starboard of the passageway forward.
Single bunks in an over and under layout outboard at the aft end of the cabin.
Hanging locker, drawers & mirrors with in cabin.
En-suite heads with electric quiet flush marine toilet, wash hand basin, shower tray and vanity unit.

Main Saloon
Occupying the central area of the below decks living space, open to the portlights in the raised section of the superstructure.
Wrap around U-shaped settee to starboard around a teak drop leaf table.
Philips High Definition LCD TV and book case outboard of settee to starboard.
2-seater bench type settee to port with coffee table inboard.
Drinks bar with fridge below
Wine bottle and bespoke glass storage.

Chart Table
Port side of saloon, aft of settee.
Aft facing navigators seat and chart table with storage built into table.
Raymarine E120 MFD, DSC VHF Commandmic station and B&G Hydra repeater.

Aft Port Guest Cabin
Accessed from a door to port of the companionway steps, aft of the chart table.
Single bunks in an over and under layout outboard at the aft end of the cabin.
Hanging locker, drawers & mirrors with in cabin.
En-suite heads with electric quiet flush marine toilet, wash hand basin, shower tray and vanity unit.

To starboard aft of the main saloon the walk through galley also serves as the passageway to access the master cabin aft.
Marbled white counter tops.
Twin stainless steel sinks with hot and cold faucets
Top and front loading fridge.
Top loading freezer.
Combination microwave oven.
Storage with a selection of lockers outboard of worktop, drawers and locker beneath.

Master Cabin
Occupying the aft end of the below decks living space the cabin is accessed through the galley. The cabin also has its own companionway with compact sprayhood providing direct access on to the deck.
Double bunk to port with single bunk to starboard.
Hanging locker, drawers & mirrors with in cabin.
En-suite heads with electric quiet flush marine toilet, wash hand basin and separate shower cubicle accessed from heads
Vanity unit.

Masthead cutter rigged sloop
Hood Stoway mast with electric in-mast furling (repainted 2008)
Hood boom. (stripped and repainted 2017)
Reckmann hydraulic furling gears for foresail and staysail (new 2006), powered by 24v pump system
Standing rigging – 1x19 Dyform lowers (2009). 1x19 Cap shrouds, intermediate shrouds, baby stay and tie strut (2010). Rod fore and cutter stays (2017).
Hydraulic Seaway backstay tensioners
Hydraulic Seaway boom vang
Seaway Rig hydraulic system manually controlled from single station at starboard side of helm
Spinnaker pole with all gear to fly, pole stowing on mast.
Granny bars at mast
3 deck floodlights at spreaders

All winches are from Lewmar with chrome finish.
Primaries – 2 x 65 CST electric, controls on cockpit coamings
Secondaries – 2 x 56 CST manual
Mainsheet / Traveller – 2 x 52 CST manual
Mainsail Outhaul – 1 x CST electric, port side of companionway with control below.
Mast Halyards – 1 x 56 CST manual, 2 x 52 CST manual

Sails removed and professionally serviced annually during current ownership.
Furling Dacron mainsail with short vertical battens and Duraseam. (2004)
Furling “Hydra Net” (dyneema) high performance genoa. Owen Sails (2013)
Furling “Hydra Net” (dyneema) high performance staysail. Owen Sails (2014)
Asymmetric spinnaker in sock.

Lewmar Ocean deck hatches
13 Gebo opening hull ports (2008)
Sliding Perspex hatch to aft companionway
Varnished teak cockpit table
Folding aluminium passerelle with rails
Teak covered bathing platform with H&C shower
Folding stainless steel bathing ladder on transom
Deck wash pump outlet in cockpit
Pushpit quarter seats (2008)
Guardwire gates port and starboard
Large lazerette stowage
Deck stowage locker

Anchoring & Mooring
Lewmar 3000 electric windlass (2008). Plug in remote control at bow.
Rocna 55kg bower anchor (2010)
CQR 48kg kedge anchor
Anchor chain – 110m, 12mm calibrated, galvanised chain (1 x 80m length, 1 x 30m length)
Anchor warp – 110m, 28mm octaplait warp
High pressure salt water deck wash pump at bow
2 x fender skirts
4 x large fenders
2 x large inflatable fenders
4 x Dyneema mooring lines
Wooden fender board
Selection of other warps

Canvas Work
Sprayhood on stainless steel frame. (2017)
Full cockpit cover, zipping onto cockpit sprayhood frame forward with stainless steel frame aft. Roll up side and aft panels. (2010)
Cockpit table cover. Padded on top surface to protect table.

Stowed on Simpson davits.
Honwave T40 AE inflatable dinghy, alloy floor with soft bottom (2018).
Yamaha Enduro, 25hp, 2-stroke outboard.

General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.

Navigation Lights
Port & Starboard & Stern running lights
Steaming light at first spreaders
Anchor light at masthead
Additional anchor light (LED) with 600mm dia. anchor ball, for hoisting on babystay
Day Shapes – 2 further anchor balls and 2 cones
“Not under command” light array for hoisting on babystay

Life saving
EPIRB, Ocean Signal ‘RescueMe’, class 2 (2018)
2 Life belts (1 with danbuoy, light and drogue, 1 with floating line, light and drogue)
Plastimo Rescue Line, throw bag heaving line in pushpit holder
Oscar Man Overboard Rescue Sling, mounted on pushpit
Two deck mounted 8 man Liferafts, on hire from Norwest marine
Search light

Fire control
1 x Sea-Fire MD-250 manual fire suppression system in the engine room
1 x 1 kg Clean Agent automatic extinguisher in the Genset compartment
4 x 4 kg Dry powder extinguishers
4 x 1 kg Foam extinguishers
1 x 2 kg CO2 extinguisher
1 x Fire Blanket in galley
Smoke detectors in all cabins

Other / additional safety equipment
Currently coded to MCA CAT2 for 12 guests and 2 crew
Emergency tiller
MCA compliant Window blanks
Technical manuals and design drawings
MCA compliant Cat 2 Flares pack
MCA compliant Cat 2 First Aid Kits

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