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The design brief for the Oyster 53 was to create a yacht with a center cockpit Deck Saloon configuration that offered many of the features of the larger Oyster 56, but still maintained a stylish, well-proportioned outboard profile. Rob Humphreys designed the hull, deck and rig, while Holman & Pye designed the interior layout and provided the technical and structural specification. The Oyster in-house team has coordinated the styling and overall details of the yacht, and as with the Oyster 36, they also integrated the ergonomically designed cockpit whose technical specification originated from the Department of Ergonomics at Loughborough University. This design team approach, linked with the use of powerful integrated CAD design computers, has created a yacht that will set standards in design excellence for a yacht of this size.

Orinoco currently is in a beautiful and very affordable fresh-water marina near Venice, Italy. She is close to the best cruising grounds in the world with the clear, warm waters of Croatia with 1200+ islands about 150 miles away and then the Greek isles and cruising grounds of the Mediterranean further south. 

Orinoco has been gently cruised throughout the Mediterranean by her American owners during the summers and stored in the freshwater marina during the winters.  The teak decks have been refurbished, the Dolphin DYS Dynema tri-radial sails are new-near, the Oyster construction and design is world-class.  Sound interesting? Orinoco is ready and in turnkey condition for her next adventure!

New Equipment added May 2019

  • Mastervolt 75/24 charger in addition to the Master 50/24
  • Mastervolt EasyView 5 & MasterVolt Master Shunt 500 with MasterBus
  •   Bamar Top down Spinnaker furling system
  •   Reverso fuel polishing system with Separ filter and Racor double filter system with changeover switch.
  •   Highfield CL360 dinghy with steering console and 15hp Mercury 2  stroke outboard.  
  • Two Spectra 380c watermakers providing 17 gph each  
  • New Raymarine electronics including: -Two Raymarine e127 hybrid touch 12 inch chartplotters – Raymarine i50,i60 and i70 digital instruments – Raymarine 24 inch digital radar
  •   -Vesper Watchmate AIS transponder
  •   -Icom SSB radio.
  •   KVH satellite internet V3-IP

 Teak decks refinished July 2019

Easy to visit; just 2km from International Airport






Engine Brand Yanmar
Year Built 2001
Engine type Inboard
Engine power 100 HP
Boat Name Orinoco
Boat Condition Used
Boat Class Cruisers
Hull Material Fiberglass
Keel Type Bulb Keel
Flag of Registry US
LOA 53
Beam 15.25
Maximum draft 7.25
Displacement 49600
Water Tank 200 Gallons
Water Tank Material GRP
Fuel Tank 225 Gallons
Fuel Tank Material GRP
Holding Tank Gallons

General Description

  • Seven berths in four cabins (including utility room)
  • Maple interior cabinetry
  • Sculpted fiddles and grabrails
  • Custom knobs for lockers and drawers
  • Avonite Quarry Black galley counters
  • Avonite Almondine in heads
  • Upholstery Alcantara in dark blue
  • Oceanair skyscreens to all deck hatches
  • Screens on all opening ports
  • LED lighting throughout
  • Refinished and refurbished teak decking
  • Webasto forced air diesel heat
  • Air conditioning and heat
  • Lead keel
  • Aquadrive shaft connection system


  • Oval table with oak burr wood inlay and cream perimeter 
  • Settee area  to starboard with storage lockers and bookshelf at hullsides
  • Forward bar unit with glass and bottle storage
  • Salon is light and airy with 7 windows, 2 opening
  • Two opening hull portholes with screens

Owner’s Cabin

  • Double berth offset from centerline
  • Curved settee
  • Dressing table
  • Large hanging locker
  • Abundant drawer and locker spaces
  • Ensuite head with full amenities

Forward Cabin

  • Double cabin in the bow with centerline berth
  • Upholstered seat with vanity table
  • Hanging lockers
  • Escape hatch to foredeck

Twin Cabin

  • Aft of forward cabin to starboard
  • Upper and lower berths
  • Storage lockers
  • Vanity
  • Hanging locker

Navigation Station

  • Flush-mounted instrument panel
  • Chart table
  • Locker for laptop computer
  • Bookshelves
  • Navigator’s seat
  • AC and DC electrical panels

Forward Heads

  • To port, shared by forward cabins
  • Marine toilet
  • Washbasin
  • Shower with curtain
  • Storage lockers
  • Matching towel rail and mirror

Workshop/Fourth Cabin

  • Aft of salon on the port side
  • Workbench
  • Tool drawers
  • U-line icemaker
  • Inverter
  • Berth

Entertainment Systems

  • Pioneer 7900 RDS with CD change
  • TV antenna

Deck Equipment

  • Whittall Davit rebuilt and reinforced
  • Highfield CL360 dinghy with steering console and 15hp outboard
  • Dodger, bimini and full enclosure made of WeatherMax
  • Covers for cockpit table and pedestal
  • Solid teak cockpit table with stainless steel frame
  • Stainless steel grab rail at pedestal
  • Teak outboard motor bracket
  • Swim ladder
  • Hot and cold shower at transom
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Teak decking
  • Stainless steel fairleads with teak caprail
  • Stainless steel pulpit
  • Midship stanchion gates for boarding
  • Guard rails over dorade boxes
  • Lazarette locker
  • 2- #64 electrimary winches
  • 1- #48 electric mainsheet winch
  • 2- #48 halyard winches on mast
  • 2-#16 mainsheet traveller winches
  • 1-#54 secondary winch for cutter rig
  • 75# CQR anchor with 200′ chain
  • Fortress FX55 anchor
  • Lewmar V5 anchor windlass new
  • Swim platform with teak slats and stainless steel steps for deck access
  • Stainless steel swim ladder
  • Cannister style liferaft
  • 8 alloy mooring cleats
  • Stainless steel stanchions with lifelines and port & starboard entry gates
  • 3 dorade boxes with cowl vents
  • Stainless steel handrails along cabin top and on either side of mast

Sails and Rigging

  • Hood aluminum with electric furling, keel-stepped 
  • Cutter rig
  • Doyle sails: Main, staysail with foam luff, genoa with foam luff, cruising chute with snuffer
  • New Dolphin DYS dynema tri-radial sails
  • Bamar top-down spinnaker furling system
  • Hood Stoway mainmast with electric in-mast furling
  • Harken manual backstay tensioner
  • Reckmann hydraulic genoa furling
  • Reckmann manual staysail furling
  • Spinnaker gear: pole, halyard, sheets, guys, blocks, topping lift and downhaul
  • 10mm & 12mm Dyform baby stays
  • (2) Lewmar 64ST two-speed 24volt primary winches
  • (1) Lewmar 48ST two-speed 24volt halyard winch
  • (2) Lewmar 54ST two-speed manual secondary winches

Interior Materials

  • Maple cabinetry with solid wood trim with custom catches and fittings
  • Hullsides are lined with vinyl cloth panels
  • Teak cabin sole
  • Alcantara upholstery
  • Canvas lee cloths

Contact Information

53′ Oyster 53 2001


Status: Inactive