Bullet-proof aft cockpit blue water cruising yacht from Ocean Yachts. One of only two 56.1’s built exclusively for private usage and benefitting from a fantastic owner’s layout. Displayed at Southampton Boat Show ‘06/’07. Professionally maintained throughout her life, with over £30k spent in recent seasons, this stunning high-spec yacht needs to be viewed to appreciate the true quality of build.
Ocean Yachts were launched seven years ago by brothers Emmanuel and Costas Anargyrou. After running a successful yard in Brazil building powerboats, the brothers returned to Greece and set up Ocean Yachts in premises just outside Athens. The company now build 14 yachts a year, many for the domestic charter market… Recently they have been looking at the owner market.
The building process is in stark contrast to the mechanized efficiency of the German or French mass production yards. There is a maximum of five boats in production at any one time - it takes 5,800 man hours to build a 51.2 Exclusive (smaller sistership to the 56.1). All boats are built to order, which means semi-custom requests can easily be accommodated.
The boats are laid up in a split mould allowing a large internal flange to be formed for the hull to deck join. The hulls are a solid laminate below the waterline with Coremat used above while the decks use balsa core. But laminated into the hulls while still in the mould is the most elaborate stiffening grid I've ever seen. It stretches from the forward watertight bulkhead to a metre or two short of the transom and is almost 2ft deep in places. Overkill? Maybe, but the hull is certainly stronger for it.
Words courtesy of Yachting World Review of Ocean Star 51.2 – May 2005
YACHTING PRESS REVIEWS:
From first descending the wide, flat and solid companionway steps to seeing if I could make the interior doors rattle in their frames, I was impressed. Seriously impressed. Detail throughout is good, the general construction substantial and sturdy, the layout appealing and the finish attractive.
The saloon makes maximum use of the beam and the layout. Our test yacht had a large, fixed dining table to starboard, with wraparound seating, including a curved bench settee amidships, and comfortable upholstery. To port was a further seating area, with a bench settee and a smaller coffee table. The tables and midships settee are solidly fixed, providing useful and sturdy handholds when passing through the yacht while underway.
Drawers are all wood and in general the finish is excellent. Throughout the interior the detailing is fine.... The white deckhead panels and extraneous trim are screwed in rather than relying on velcro and the cherry ceiling strips add to the sense of class. Doorways are wide and the solid doors feature two top hinges for extra strength.
Perhaps most telling was the attitude of the Anargyrou brothers and technical manager Kostas Rendas to my visit. They asked repeatedly if I thought anything should be changed, particularly to the interior. Builders who are keen to seek the views of a third party, and willing to take on board criticisms and make changes, are a rare breed these days. And it's a testament to the interior's quality that I couldn't think of any significant alterations.
The deck layout is fairly standard, with a large cockpit dominated by the table (good for bracing) and a separate twin-wheel steering area. The coachroof moulding around the companion way features a moulded recess to take the cockpit canopy flush when stowed. The helm positions feature slightly contoured seats and foot stops for bracing, and primaries and windlass controls are within easy reach.
On the wind, she seemed comfortable at about 40° to the true wind, making a steady 7.6 knots to windward. Cracking off the sheets and pointing her down to a close reach, the speed quickly jumped to the low 8s and on a beam reach she charged along happily at over 9 knots. Moving around down below was easy on all points of sail and despite putting her through a series of manoeuvres - and some reasonable chop - there was not a crack, crash, squeak or groan. She really is solidly built below - she is solid, acceptably quick, smooth, seaworthy and should be comfortable on long offshore passages.
All Ocean Star yachts are hand-built and the laminates are generally 30 per cent thicker than the design drawings specify… Overall, the build, from surface finish to deep under the skin, looks top-quality, strong and reassuringly solid.
Yachting World – June 2003
- The boat is CE certified for category A (unlimited ocean voyages).
Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:
- Hand-built GRP construction with over-specified laminate thicknesses for maximum strength and robustness.
- Dark blue gelcoat with white style lines. Hand-applied to the mould.
- Blue antifouling
- Hull constructed in two halves allowing a flange to be moulded for the hull/deck join and lamination of the two halves in a relatively flat area on the fore and aft mid-points of the hull.
- Solid laminate construction below waterline with use of Coremat, plus with further reinforcements via foam-cored longitudinal hull stringers.
- Two-piece laminated inner moulding grid.
- Bulkheads laminated top and bottom.
- 15mm steel plate on each side takes the load from the chainplates and is laminated into the hull sides, gaining additional support from being bonded to one of the longitudinal hull stringers.
- As well as flange and lamination, the hull/deck join is also bolted every 15cm.
- Balsa-cored deck laminate for low weight, stiffness and insulation against heat and sound.
- Teak on Side Decks, cockpit seats, sole & bathing platform
- Teak capped bulwark
Keel & Rudder:
- Lead keel with high ballast bulb bolted to GRP stub with acid-resistant stainless steel bolts.
- Spade GRP rudder blade with stainless steel stock and Jefa self-aligning roller upper and lower bearings
Engine & gearbox:
- Yanmar 4LHA-HTP 4-cylinder 4-stroke direct injection turbo-charged marine diesel engine producing 160hp (118kw) at 3,300rpm
- Yanmar reduction gearbox
- Vetus single-lever throttle at helm
- Engine room blower
- Engine room lighting
Maintenance & Performance:
- Engine hours: Approximately 2,562 hours as of August 2016
- Date of last engine service: April 2015
- Cruising speed – approx. 8 knots
- Max speed – approx. 10 knots
- Range – approx. 900Nm
Propulsion & Steering:
- Twin steering pedestal in GRP reinforced polyester with 40” ‘Mini Maxi’ leather covered stainless steel wheels, compass and single lever control for the engine
- Goiot cabled steering system
- Emergency steering on rudderpost by tiller
- Shaft drive with stainless steel prop shaft
- 24vDC 160kgf bowthruster
- Max-Prop 3-bladed feathering propeller - 2013
- 24vDC domestic system plus 12vDC services with 230v AC via generator, shorepower or inverter
- 1x 12vDC engine start battery
- 1x 12vDC generator battery
- 2x 12vDC bowthruster batteries joined in parallel and series to supply 24vDC -2015
- 4x 12vDC domestic batteries joined in parallel and series to supply 24vDC
- Quick SBC1250 24vDC/220vAC 55Amp automatic battery charger for service batteries
- Quick SBC250 14vDC/220vAC 24Amp automatic battery charger for charging 12v batteries
- Fischer Panda 10kw 220vAC generator
- Generator hours: approx. 1,479 as of August 2016
- Date of last generator service: April 2015
- 80amp 12vDC alternator on engine
- 80amp 24vDC alternator for charging service batteries
- Mastervolt galvanic isolator
- Shorepower supply with ring main and 230v AC sockets in interior
- 12v sockets
- 230vAC Power supply to master cabin wired from inverter maintaining AC supply at all times via shore, generator or battery.
PLUMBING & GAS SYSTEMS
- 24vDC pressure system with calorifier tank and 230vAC immersion heater powered by shorepower or generator
- Tecnicomar Sailor 1000 230vAC 140lph watermaker
- Watermaker serviced – Feb 2015
- 1x Manual and 2x electric bilge pumps with override switches at DC panel
- Gas system overhauled October 2013
- 600 litres fuel capacity in 2x stainless steel tanks
- Analogue fuel tank gauge at helm
- 1300 litres fresh water capacity in 3x stainless steel tanks
- Analogue water tank gauges at chart table
- Black water holding tank servicing all heads connected via 3-way valves.
- Holding tank level gauge at chart table
- 24vDC electric macerator pump
- Pump out point on deck
NAVIGATION & COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT
- Raymarine ST60+ Speed, Depth, Wind and Tridata instruments
- Raymarine Raychart 435 colour GPS chart plotter
- Closed array radar scanner on post at stern
- AIS receiver - 2013
- Garmin Radar scanner and bracket for GPS chart plotter radar display in cockpit
- Raymarine GPS receiver
- Raymarine ST6001 autopilot with Type 2 linear drive
- Ritchie steering compass at aft end of cockpit table
- West Marine VHF850 VHF with DSC at chart table - 2014
- Icom AT-130E antenna tuner for SSB (SSB radio not presently installed)
- Twin sinks with single lever mixing tap.
- ENO Twin burner gimballed gas cooker with oven
- 200 litre top-opening refrigerator with Frigoboat 24vDC keel-cooled compressor
- Front-opening freezer - 2013
- U-Line Ice maker in saloon
- Rohnsa microwave oven
- Haztec remote gas solonoid
- Electric heads to owner’s ensuite
- Jabsco manual heads in other heads compartments
- Showers in all heads compartments.
Heating & Ventilation:
- Clima 220vAC reverse-cycle air conditioning / heating throughout with 25,000BTU and independent cabin controls – serviced Feb 2015
- Ventilation consisting of opening skylights, dorade and opening portlights
- Halogen deckhead lighting
- Bulkhead reading lights at settees and berths.
- Stereo radio / CD player with GME speakers in saloon
- CRT TV in saloon with amplified aerial at masthead
Summary of Accommodation:
- Aft cockpit layout with owner’s version interior comprising of owner’s suite forward with ensuite heads, crew accommodation in forepeak accessible from deck with twin berths and ensuite heads, saloon aft of owner’s cabin, u-shaped galley aft to port, forward facing chart table aft to starboard and mirrored twin aft cabins each with ensuite heads.
- Interior joinery finished in a warm Burmese teak veneer with solid wood capping
- Saloon seating trimmed in white Conolly hide
- Galley and heads counters moulded in Corian
- Teak & holly inlay soleboards
Description of Accommodation from Forward:
Crew Cabin & Crew Heads:
- This is accessed from the deck via a large opening deck hatch & stainless steel steps.
- There are 2 individual berths & an en-suite heads with wash basin & shower.
- Access is provided below the berths for maintenance of the bow thruster & batteries.
- Spacious owners cabin with a central full size double berth fitted with lee cloths.
- Reading lights are fitted beside the bedside storage units.
- Headboard has been finished in white Conolly hide.
- On the starboard side there are storage lockers & a large hanging locker.
- Corner vanity unit with fixed stool provides additional storage in drawers and cupboards.
- The port side has more hanging & shelving space.
- Natural lighting is from a large opening deck hatch as well as 5 opening ports in the coachroof.
Owner’s Ensuite Heads:
- Spacious en-suite that is constructed from white GRP moulding and finished with a green marble effect counter surface surrounding the wash basin.
- Cupboards and shelving are provided as well as a large cupboard under the sink.
- The shower area is curtained off, has an electric pump out under a teak grating & an adjustable height shower with mixer unit.
- There is ample natural lighting and ventilation provided from the opening deck hatch.
- The toilet is moulded in with a discreet cover that doubles as a seat.
- The large dining area to starboard has seating for 8 including 2 individual "Captains chairs" around a
- large saloon table.
- To port there is another area with coffee table.
- Adjacent to the port side seating is a purpose built teak storage unit that has storage for glasses & also
- houses the ice maker.
- 2 large opening deck hatches provide ample natural light & ventilation as well as the opening coachroof ports.
- The galley is a tradional "U" shape layout with twin sinks moulded into a marble effect worksurface.
- There are storage cupboards above with a microwave oven built in.
- The cooker has a removable matching worktop.
- Top loading refrigerator with front-loading fridge beneath countertop.
- Forward facing chart table area position aft of the saloon seating to starboard.
- Full-sized chart table with chart stowage beneath.
- Dedicated upholstery chart seat.
- Space for mounting navigation instruments facing forward.
- AC/DC switch panels and battery switches outboard.
- Further stowage in drawers beneath chart table.
- These are similar in that they mirror each other.
- Situated at the aft of the yacht they are fitted with large double berths & have a removable section that can convert them back to 2 single berths when required.
- Both have hanging lockers with cupboards & shelving. Natural lighting & ventilation is from opening deck hatch and coachroof port.
Aft Cabin Heads:
- Both guest cabins are ensuite with shower wash basin & toilet.
- The storage cupboards are fitted above & below the sink.
- Units are finished in a green marble effect counter surface.
- There is an opening port in each heads.
- Sparcraft aluminium anodised spars
- Deck-stepped mast with 2-sets of spreaders
- Facnor C54 genoa furler with twin groove forestay
- Facnor C46 staysail furler
- Harken self-tacking staysail track on foredeck
- In-mast furling system
- Mast-mounted spinnaker pole with bell and slider
- Stainless steel wire standing rigging with aluminium rigging screw protectors – 2005
- Harken adjustable mainsheet track on coachroof
- Split fixed backstays
- 2x Harken 64EST electric 2-speed self-tailing primary winches forward of helm
- 1x Harken 48EST electric 2-speed manual control line winch at companionway
- 1x Harken 48STmanual 2-speed self-tailing control line winch at companionway
- 1x Harken 48ST manual 2-speed self-tailing mast-mounted halyard winch
- Elvstrom Dacron in-mast furling mainsail – 2005
- Elvstrom Dacron furling genoa – 2005
- Dacron furling staysail - 2013
- Stainless pulpit and pushpit.
- Mid ship boarding gates.
- Stern boarding ladder with teak treads
- Dorade ventilators with stainless steel guards/grab rails
- Hot & cold shower at bathing platform
- GRP moulded cockpit table with folding leafs, ice box, light and grab rail
- 220vAC deck wash pump
- Stainless steel radar and antenna post at stern
- Stainless steel & teak folding passarelle mounted at stern.
- Teak liferaft cradle on coachroof
Anchoring & Mooring:
- Delta-type 40kgs anchor with 100m of 12mm chain
- Lofrans 24v electric anchor windlass with remote control at helm and at forepeak
- Mooring and spring cleats
- Fore and aft mooring lines
Tender & Outboard:
- Outboard bracket on pushpit
Covers, Cushions & Canvas:
- Fold away deck spray hood with removable screens.
- Bimini cover to provide total cockpit protection.
- Wheel covers
- Navigation lights with steaming light, deck floodlight and spreader lights.
- ACR Global Fix EPIRB
- 2x lifebuoys
- Webbing jackstays on sidedecks and in cockpit
- Throwing line
- Radar reflector on mast
- Fire extinguishers throughout including engine space - 2013
- Fire extinguishers serviced – October 2014
- Fire blanket in galley