Glass Slipper | Oyster 53 2002

Annapolis, MD

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Yacht Name: Glass Slipper
Builder: Oyster
Year: 2002
Location: Annapolis, MD
Designer: Rob Humphreys
Hull Material: Fiberglass

The Oyster 53, Glass Slipper, is an exceptional example of this very successful, high quality, raised salon, center cockpit design. The owner selected the Oyster 53 because of the superior design and construction, the excellent reputation of the builder, and superb post delivery services. Her attractive raised saloon styling and spacious interior with exquisite joinery are Oyster features established Oyster as a premier semi-custom builder of performance ocean cruising yachts.Glass Slipper's systems and engineering are extraordinary.

The current owner who built Glass Slipper is very involved in her maintenance and no expense has been spared to keep her in top cosmetic and mechanical condition. The comprehensive list of equipment includes electric stoaway mainmast, electric winches, dinghy davits, liferaft, bowthruster, 7.5 KW 220v generator, inverter, reverse cycle air conditioning and custom double leaf cockpit table.

Glass Slipper was built in Oyster's Landamore's Yard in England and commissioned at their Fox Yard in Ipswich, UK. Glass Slipper is fully commissioned in Fort Lauderdale and ready for her new owners to begin cruising with the confidence that they have one of the world's finest cruising yachts.

Builder: Oyster
Designer: Rob Humphreys
LOA: 55 ft 0 in
Beam: 15 ft 3 in
LWL: 45 ft 7 in
Maximum Draft: 7 ft 4 in
Displacement: 51257 lbs
Ballast: 14234 lbs
Bridge Clearance: 72 ft 0 in
Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Engine Model: 4JH2-DTBE
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 4100
Propeller: 3 blade propeller
Engine Power: 100 HP
Fresh Water Tanks: (198 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (210 Gallons)

Interior Accommodations

The interior woodwork is Satin varnished quarter sawn teak with selected high gloss trim(Millennium styling). The joinery styling details are designed to be modern and co-ordinated whilst remaining practical and durable in use at sea, and feature sculpted fiddles and grab rails; shadow-gap joints between joinery panels; solid, shaped teak and stainless steel grab handles plus Oyster custom fittings for lockers and drawers. All drawers use metal runners which give extremely smooth operation. Custom teak parquet style cabin soles with cream avonite inlay and edge-sealed with epoxy and coated on both sides with satin varnish. The sole boards seat on a rubber gasket, are removable and fitted with flush lifting rings. 

The interior arrangement allows for a maximum of 7 berths in 4 cabins, without using the saloon for sleeping, with 2 heads and showers. All sea berths have lee cloths and Oceanair "skyscreens" with shades on all deck hatches.

The aft cabin is configured with a centerline queen berth, a curved settee and berthside table with bookcase above, dressing table and a large hanging locker, abundant drawer and locker space, and en suite head with separate shower stall. The owner's aft island queen berth is fitted with a high quality proprietary battening system beneath the sandwiched foam mattresses. Lee cloths are fitted down the center and both sides of the berth. A four brick safe is in the clothing closet.

The forward guest accommodation includes a spacious double cabin with centerline berth, upholstered seat with vanity table, plentiful clothes lockers and a hanging locker. A watertight bulkhead and door separates the forward cabin from the rest of the vessel. 

Aft of the forecabin to starboard is a second guest cabin with upper and lower berths, lockers  and tall hanging locker. 

The forward guest cabins share a large head to port, accessed from the passageway, incorporating a toilet, washbasin, and shower stall. 

A fourth cabin, aft of the navigation center on the port side has one sea berth and excellent storage with custom built locker that houses the Racor fuel filtering system and Sea Fresh water maker for easy monitoring and maintenance. 

The saloon features a large oval settee area to starboard with a pair of lockers and a central bookshelf outboard, the custom expandable oval table top with madrona burner inlay and integrated grab rail. The salon table is designed to form, in its closed position, an occasional table which is mounted on a very substantial pedestal incorporating a bottle locker in its base and opens to form a large dining table. Built in WVF 2401 Bosch washer/dryer. The saloon lockers have been customized for the entertainment equipment. To port is a straight settee with two drawers under. A custom bar unit accommodates glass and bottle stowage in the forward upper locker. The salon is extremely light and airy with seven windows of which two of the three forward open all with custom sliding curtains. 

The chart area is at the aft end of the port side of the saloon, and allows all instruments to be mounted in the optimum viewing position. The table can accommodate a half folded Admiralty chart and a bookshelf is built in outboard. 220 AC and 24v DC electrical breaker panels are located aft of the navigator's seat. The generator start/stop and meter sub-panel are located aft of the helm seat. 

The impressive passageway galley is located to starboard aft of the saloon, and is the access to the aft cabin. There is excellent counter space and storage for extended cruising and liveaboard.

Grabrails are located at the companionway, the saloon deckhead and other locations to give secure hand holds when moving through the yacht. In addition the saloon, aft port cabin and aft cabin have shaped grabrails. Six hull ports, 2 large and 4 standard, have pleated curtains. In the deck salon curtains are pleated on rods. 

The interior lighting is designed to be discreet whilst ensuring that the light is directed where it is required. There are 43 halogen overhead lights and 10 cabin reading lights. Saloon and galley lights are double-switched, and all overhead lights are remotely switched. Berth reading lights are self-switched.


Both heads are fitted with Jabsco Electric Quiet-Flush toilets, which are known for their ease of operation and reliability. The vanities have Swanstone white washbasins set into Avonite counters. A mirror is installed on the vanity doors. A hidden paper roll holder is provided in each head. Hansgrohe quality mixer taps and showers are installed together with matching towel rail.

Each head and shower compartment is fitted with a GRP lower molding with well radiused corners for ease of cleaning and hygiene. The aft shower cubicle is fitted with hinged doors, the forward shower has a curtain to separate it from the toilet and vanity.


Glass Slipper's passageway galley design is preferred by most offshore sailors because it is a very secure working area offshore with wonderful storage and wide long counters. All galley work surfaces are Avonite. A large trashcan is fitted inside a fold-down locker door adjacent to twin stainless steel sinks. Stowage is provided for standard crockery. A custom spice closet that incorporates a custom knife holder on door. A harbor lock and stove bar are fitted on the stove; the freezer lid is insulated and finished with matching Avonite counter top.  Box construction incorporates closed cell PVC foam with a vapor barrier and 4" of insulation.

  • Force 10 FT 63451 PR stainless steel Gourmet Galley Stove, 3 burners which can accommodate a pressure cooker, grill and oven protect by a flame failure gas cut-off device.
  • Electronic ignition system for all stove functions
  • Frigomatic 24 volt DC keel cooled refrigerator, front-opening built in to the galley aft
  • Seagull water filter with separate faucet for fresh water
  • Two large US propane cylinders
  • AEG duo223 microwave/oven with turntable 
  • Large rubbish bin inside locker door adjacent to sinks


The Oyster 53 hull and deck structure are molded in GRP (fiberglass) to the designer's specification in a Lloyd's approved facility using a Lloyd's approved gelcoat and laminating resin. Built to comply with Union Recreation Craft Directive (EURCD) to meet category A. The exterior hull gelcoat is a special Isophthalic resin and the outer laminates incorporate a vinylester resin and powder-bound matts with conventional longitudinal stringer construction above and below the waterline. The deck flange is upward bolted to the hull flange with 6 mm diameter bolts at 300 mm centers with sealant between the flanges and bonded underneath with 4 x 600 gM fiberglass providing a very secure watertight bond. 

Underwater surfaces are all primed and finished with 2 coats of Interlux Ultra. Standard hull and deck color is white with a medium blue for the cove line and double boot top lines. The engine room bilges are coated with grey Flocoat. All other accessible bilge areas are coated with Blakes grey bilge paint. Bilges throughout the vessel are limbered into one deep central bilge sump. 

The Oyster 53 keel features a shapely, low center of gravity, bulb type, lead ballast keel, that provides optimum stability and performance. The ballast keel is a lead casting with approximately 2% antimonial hardening externally bolted to the GRP keel stub with nickel-aluminum bronze bolts. The GRP keel stub incorporates a wide footprint area to facilitate secure attachment of the ballast keel. 

The fully protected skeg hung rudder has a substantial GRP blade, foam filled, bonded to a solid stainless steel rudderstock. Steering is a Whitlock cable system, installed with a remote Athena pedestal, incorporating a 42" diameter stainless steel wheel and friction brake. The steering wheel is covered with brown suede leather. 

All seacocks are Oyster DZR copper alloy quarter-turn ball valves with bronze through-hull fittings.


The deck is molded in GRP with a core for strength and insulation, featuring Oyster's renowned Deck Saloon profile with eyebrow detail and front opening windows providing excellent ventilation. Side decks, forward and aft coachroof, cockpit seats, sole and helmsman's seat are trimmed with laid teak. Full length teak cap rail on bow to stern bulwork (recently refinished) All load-bearing fittings have stainless steel backing plates. The foredeck has a divided recessed locker for anchor chain stowage. Within the aft deck there is a large locker which will allow the stowage of Propane type or other bottled gas cylinders. This locker drains overboard and has a flush hinged lid. Very large full beam lazarette (aft deck) full depth locker. Three pairs of internal scupper drains which allow the deck to be washed off without staining the topsides. 

An eyebrow detail is incorporated within the deckhouse roof, which, combined with recessed windows lowers the apparent visual height of the main salon. As previously mentioned, the hull and deck are joined with mechanical fastening as well as a GRP bond between the flanges. In addition, the natural teak caprail is mechanically fastened through the flange for additional strength. Built into the aft coachroof (aft of the cockpit) there is an additional good size self-draining stowage locker. 

The stern design incorporates a integral swim platform trimmed with teak slats. Includes deck from aft deck and drop down stainless swim ladder.

The cockpit pedestal is a Whitlock model incorporating the engine start/stop controls, together with the gear and throttle shift lever and flush mounted SIRS Major 150 mm diameter compass. The stainless wheel is finished in leather and has a Sunbrella cover. A custom fold up cockpit table. 

  • 1 CQR 75 lb anchor
  • 1 Fortress FX-37 anchor
  •  Custom 330' galvanized chain
  • Lewmar Ocean 3 vertical capstan type 24v electric anchor windlass, two way with foot switch
  • 6 Gebo alloy framed opening ports in aft coachroof sides
  • 7 alloy framed, custom made, black powder-coated deck salon windows in toughened, smoked, 12 mm glass, 2 forward windows open
  • 6 alloy framed Gebo opening hullports in cabins, heads and galley
  • Alloy framed silver anodized Lewmar deck hatches
  • Teak cap rail
  • Stainless steel stemhead fitting with one bronze roller and one delrin roller
  • Stainless steel bow pulpit
  • Stainless stern pushpit with gate for boarding
  • Whittall stainless steel dinghy davits rated at 200kg
  • Pair of gateway midship stanchions and side gates for boarding
  • Stainless steel guard rails over forward & aft dorade boxes
  • Stainless steel grabrails on coachroof 
  • Mug rack/grab rail forward of helm
  • Foldout cockpit table
  • Divided anchor locker
  • Stern swim platform
  • Fold down stainless steel bathing/boarding ladder with custom teak steps on transom
  • Stainless steel socket to support 3 meter Besenzoni Passerelle; this system incorporates a passerelle halyard
  • Hot/cold freshwater shower
  • Two stern quarter pushpit seats
  • 5 GRP Dorade boxes with flexible cowls and removable covers
  • 2 stainless steel granny bars at the mast
  • 1 boathook


Yanmar 100hp diesel engine (4100hrs). The engine is fitted with twin alternators; the standard Yanmar unit is a 55 amp 12 v alternator that is wired to charge the engine start batteries. The second unit is a high output 150 amp 24 v Mastervolt alternator that charges the domestic battery bank. The engine instruments include alarms for low oil pressure and high water temperatures plus a rev counter, hour meter oil pressure and water temperature gauges. The Aquadrive engine/shaft coupling in the engine room is fitted with a remote greaser at the aft end of the engine room. Fuel supply is from a 200 gallon GRP tank. Fuel is filtered by a Racor system. 

The engine room is insulated with a composite of foam and high density polymer sound absorbing materials and has 24v lighting and a 24v extractor fan installed, switched at the DC electrical panel.

  • Racor water separators are installed for main engine and generator in addition to the standard engine filter
  • Ambassador AM15 rope cutter on shaft
  • Automatic engine room fire extinguisher
  • Engine mounts replaced 2012
  • Engine room insulation renewed 2012
  • Max prop, 3 blade feathering prop

  • Side Power Bowthruster 
  • Seafresh Watermaker capable of producing 60 litres (16 gallons) of fresh water per hour
  • 16,000 BTU reverse cycle air conditioning in saloon,12,000 BTU air conditioning in aft cabin and 16,000 BTU unit in forward cabin. 
  • A Seagull charcoal filter supplies pressurized drinking water
  • Electric Jabsco Maxi 3000 puppy bilge pump with Par hydro air-tube float switch
  • Showers or washbasins discharge into two sump tanks, one forward and one aft. These tanks are then evacuated by a dedicated electric Whale Gulper pump directly overboard. The galley sink also empties via an electric Whale gulper pump. These three pumps are each operated by waterproof rocker switches.
  • Showers discharge into sump tanks
  • Holding tanks - gravity and deck discharge
  • Bilge high-water float switch mounted high up in the bilge as a water emergency alarm connected to an audible alarm
  • 2 Jabsco ITT Par heads
  • Pressurized hot and cold water- 198 gal


  • Frigomatic 50F single compressor and evaporator plates in fridge.
  • Frigomatic 50F twin compressor and evaporator plates in galley under counter box to provide fridge or freezer capability with digital control box.
  • Stainless steel evaporator plates added in New Zealand.
  • New insulation added above reefer (2013)


24V DC electrical supply by way of 3 banks of 4 x 6v, 230AH Sonnenshine Gel Cells batteries. Providing a total of 690AH total capacity. Three Odyssey AGM batteries are devoted to engine starting and are charged via the standard 55 amp engine alternator. Charging for the domestic supply batteries from the engine is via the Mastervolt high output 150 amp 24v alternator, coupled with a Mastervolt Alpha Pro regulator.

  • Westerbeke BTD 220v 7.5 kW generator in soundproof compartment under companionway steps
  • 2 220 VAC outlets under chart table, 2 in salon (behind port settee), 2 in forward passage way, 4 galley, 2 in forward cabin and 4 in owner's cabin
  • 50 amp dockside power cord for 220 v 50 Hz operations, 60' long
  • MasterVolt 24V/2500W inverter
  • Additional 150 Amp 24 volt heavy duty alternator
  • 220 volt ring main with two dockside power cables

Electronics & Navigation
  • ICOM IC M710 MF/HF Marine Transceiver with AT130 antennae tuner and a new GAM antenna (2013) (no insulators)
  • ICS Nav6 Navtex
  • Raymarine RN 300 GPS
  • Raymarine RL80C Pathfinder Color Chartplotter/Radar with 4kw dome; slave chartplotter in Navpod under dodger.
  • Raymarine ST60+ autopilot at helm with second control at chart table with 400G Course Computer
  • Raymarine ST60 Multi at helm and chart table
  • Clarion stereo with cockpit speakers 2012 and salon speakers built in overhead.
  • Sharp VT-1448M 34cm TV built into salon cabinet with worldwide VHF player built in to TV. 

Mast & Rigging
  • Cutter Rig
  • Hood stoway mast (with extra conduit to masthead); leatherwork on spreader ends (2012)
  • Cap shrouds and mast bonded to keel with heavy cooper cable
  • Harken manual furlers for staysail and headsail 
  • Solid rod kicker/vang
  • Backstay tensioner
  • Wide cooper strip from ATU with twin grounding plates
  • No Strike' ion dissipator at masthead 
  • Windex
  • Tri-white nav light at masthead; deck flood; first spreader down lights
  • MPS gear with single pole fitted to mast, halyard, sheets, guys & blocks
  • Padeye added to boom end for preventer
  • Complete standing rigging refit (replacement) in Annapolis 2012/13 including Awl Grip paint on spar, boom and spinnaker pole
  • Custom Anemometer with mast head mount (2013)
  • Adjustable genoa tracks with line controls
  • Spectra running backs (2012)

  • Quantum Main (Australia 2008)
  • Doyle Headsail & Staysail (Palma 2012)
  • 15oz Dolphin MPS multicolor sail
  • ATN Snuffer (2012) on Cruising Chute

  • 2 x Lewmar 64 CST two speed self tailing chrome, electric primary sheet 
  • 2 x Lewmar 54 CST two speed self tailing secondary 
  • 1 x Lewmar 48 CST self tailing electric mainsheet
  • 1 x Lewmar 54 CST two speed, self-tailing main halyard on mast 
  • 1 x Lewmar 54 CST two speed, self-tailing genoa halyard on mast 
  • 2 x Lewmar 16 ST two speed, self-tailing mainsheet traveler control winches 
  • Lewmar winch handles

  • Sunbrella Sky Blue Spray Hood to main companionway with stainless grabrail fitted to aft end and covered in leather
  • Sunbrella Sky Blue cockpit Bimini 
  • Sunbrella Sky Blue covers for cockpit table, pedestal and wheel
  • Sunbrella Sky Blue covers for winches and windlass
  • A&F Sails Custom Awnings in Silver Sunbrella with textelene mesh panels for sunshade aft deck
  • Sunbrella covers for all hatches 
  • Windscoops for opening ports in hull
  • Sunbrella covers for salon cushions
  • Flyscreens (custom) for salon opening windows

  • Inflatable life raft in hard valise on starboard transom pushpit
  • Jon Buoy (2012)
  • Lifesling on transom pulpit
  • Heavy duty block and tackle set up at transom for MOB retrieval
  • Raymarine MOB at helm
  • Henderson MKII manual bilge pump in cockpit
  • Henderson MKII manual bilge pump built into salon settee
  • Stainless footrest in cockpit stows deck locker lid
  • 5x Winchard padeyes
  • Hailer on mast
  • Drogue and rode
  • Fortress anchor
  • Line cutters on shaft
  • 40 Meters Additional chain (100 meters total)
  • Extensive medical kit including Defibrilator
  • High water alarm at panel with light and audible alarm at helm
  • 2nd GPS antennae as backup on pushpit mount 
  • Spotlight, 24v 5,000,000 Candlepower
  • Fire blanket inside galley locker door
  • Watertight bulkhead and door to forward cabin with custom stainless catches on door frame
  • Stainless "Granny" bars at mast

Additional Equipment
  • Partially deflated fender to protect transom when launching tender
  • Worldwide paper charts
  • Interluc Ultra bottom paint
  • Dive tank holders in lazarette


Personal effects


Length: 53
Beam: 15' 3
Draft: 7'4
Engine Hours: Bernie Jakits