Mon 27 Sep 2010 12:49









Carelbi is an Oyster 53/55, seen here basking in the lovely Pacific waters of the Île des Pins in New Caledonia…


…racing  from Darwin to Kupang in Indonesia..




The following photos take you on a walk around Carelbi, below decks…


Carelbi has a spacious saloon with a beautiful inlaid table which unfolds to double the space seen on the right. There are 7 good-sized lockers for food and tools under the blue Alcantara wipable upholstery. The desalinator water maker is behind the seats by the porthole. Six can be seated around the table with comfort, and many a good meal has been enjoyed there with friends.



The navigation desk is to the left of the small sofa. The GPS, SSB radio and AIS feed into a laptop. There is also a radar, VHF, Navtex, Kenwood CD & tape player, Inmarsat, Iridium, as well as wind & sailing monitors. The electric control panels for the boat, the Mastervolt inverter and Onan generator are above the back of the seat with more storage space underneath it. Behind the seat is a 10-CD stacker for the CD/tape player.





The engine and generator are opposite the fridge and freezer. There is a microwave which can be used in calm conditions. You can ‘wodge’ yourself very securely and safely in between the cooker and the sink when cooking in heavy weather conditions, bracing yourself easily on the step on the other side of the passageway.



Walk through the galley to the spacious owners’ cabin, through the door just visible on the right of this photo …



…the comfortable double berth, with lee-cloths for each mattress, (no scrambling over your partner to go to the loo at night!) and a small sofa with storage space behind and below, bookshelves…




The basin, Jabsco toilet, various cupboards, and, just visible on the far right, in the shower room, is something no woman should have to circumnavigate, or sail without… a perfectly ordinary household washing machine, which has given sterling service all around the world.







On the right, opposite the head/shower room is the double bunk cabin where, on the left of the photo, you can see the ‘foot’ end of the two bunks as you look through the door. There is storage space under the bottom bunk and several side-pockets for each one .





The double-berth forepeak cabin has a small sofa on the left as  you enter and several good storage areas on the sides of the berths themselves.













Entertaining in the cockpit is easy as there is plenty of space for a lot of people! Carelbi has a removable table which clips on to the helm and sits four comfortably for meals, plus an extra small table which fits over the compass on the helm for up to three more.







Carelbi is now back in the Mediterranean after her epic ten year circumnavigation and is enjoying cruising gently around the Greek islands, the perfect place to start your own trip. Here she is, storming into Fiskado on the lovely little island of Cephalonia, with a flat sea, 8 knots of breeze on a close fetch.


If you come from south of the Equator, and want a beautiful boat to take home, you cannot find a better place to start - sailing back through the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Pacific islands without having to worry about inhospitable places  like Somalia and the Red Sea.


If you are seriously interested in buying Carelbi, and would like further details, send an email to Christopher Smith at


oyster53 {DOT} carelbi {CHANGE TO AT} gmail {DOT} com


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…sailing from the Galapagos to the Marquisas in the Pacific…



… and in Suwarrow, a tiny atoll  in the middle of the Pacific…





Opposite the big table is a small sofa which opens up at the forward end to become a bunk for the captain on long passages, where he can wake up and see the sails through the saloon windows. Again, there are good sized lockers below and behind the seating. The small table holds up the unfolded large table when needed and is height-adjustable;  the original owner used to hold his board meetings on Carelbi, then pack up the table and go sailing! DVD and tape players  can be connected to a small TV above the sofa.



Carelbi’s galley has a new Force-10 cooker with 3 burners, grill and a good oven, and plenty of kitchen space for storing every day cooking needs. To the right of the cooker there is a fridge and excellent  freezer under the work-top space. The freezer held 45 packages of meat for five people when we left New Zealand for a long passage back to the Tuamotos in the Pacific; we knew we would not be able to buy much in the islands until we reached Tahiti.



Once inside the aft cabin, there is a large hanging cupboard behind the mirror on the far right of the photo, with drawers underneath the left-hand mirror, facing …



… more cupboards and drawer storage space, with the door leading into the en-suite head and shower unit.



Back in the saloon, walk forward past the mast, and on your right there is a cabin with double-decker berths. On the left, the head and shower unit for guests or crew, and straight ahead, a further double berth cabin…











… the guest toilet and shower.  It was difficult to photograph but you can see the shower and basin reflected in the mirror above the Jabsco toilet. There is plenty of small cupboard space for toiletries and cleaning items.




Again, this was a difficult cabin to photograph and I took this photo scrunched up at the ‘head’ end of the bottom bunk!  I have used the mirror on the capacious hanging cupboard to the left of the door to show the bookcase on the opposite wall of the cabin, while the full-length mirror next to the door reflects the drawer storage space under the cupboard and the upper bunk. Under the bookcase there is an identical set of drawers to those  under the hanging cupboard. 



There is a good hanging cupboard with ample drawer space underneath and more underneath the bed. The deck wash pump is underneath the mattresses, as well as the holding tank and plenty more storage space.












The aft deck is big enough to haul up and deal with the largest fish you can catch… this is probably a 1.2 metre mahi-mahi, but we did catch one of 1.52 metres in Fijian waters. The deep freeze will accommodate what you can’t eat immediately.













Cutter Rig, staysail, main, genoa, MPG and two spinnakers

75 lb CQR and 60lb CQR and two kedges, 60 lb Bruce and Fortress

100 m of grade m chain and several additional lengths, and very long anchor warps

Hoods Inmast furling system

680 AH batteries

Mastervolt Inverter charger 2.0 KVA

Sea Fresh water maker 70 litres/hr

Onan Generator 6.6KVA, delightfully quiet

Perkins Engine 80 Hp

Air conditioner (Cruise Air)

Two Webasto heaters

Raymarine Autopilot (Hydraulic ram) and back up linear drives

Dinghy davits

10 ft Aquapro dinghy with a 15HP Yamaha outboard engine

Two solar panels


Carelbi is well equipped for blue water sailing. Her average daily distance run was 173 nautical miles for the Atlantic and Pacific crossings. Boom, mast and poles were professionally repainted in New Zealand, and are in excellent condition. Every fitting, cleat and winch etc was removed and rebedded.


Price: 200,000 pounds sterling