HUMPHREYS 54 | 2010

215,000 | Brisbane Australia

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  • Model 54
  • Year 2010
  • LOA 54ft/16m
  • Class Performance Sail
  • Hull Carbon Fibre
  • Keel Fin Keel
  • Rig Sloop
  • Engine Single Diesel
  • Layout Aft Cockpit
  • Berths 8
  • Ancasta Ref 33015
  • Name Active Again (ex-Oystercatcher)


"Active Again", originally built as" Oystercatcher XXVII", is from the drawing board of Humphreys Yacht Design and built with no-expense-spared attitude by Hakes Marine in NZ.

Although grand-prix in her specification throughout, she is more rugged and offshore orientated than the likes of the TP and with her hydraulically lifting keel, it means she can access a lot of harbours that others cant.
The owner is selling with immediate effect and offers are highly recommended, with a serious chance of securing some very exciting yachting, at very friendly prices!!




Beautifully built by Hakes Marine, "Active Again" (Originally Oystercatcher XXVIII) features full carbon pre-preg construction from direct female hull and deck moulds.
With a varied race program, including Hobart, Key West Race Week, The Caribbean 600, Cowes Week, The Fastnet and Middle Sea Races, Active Again was designed with full offshore capability in mind.
With engineering by Pure Design & Engineering, the foam cored hull shell offers significant toughness for a slight IRC benefit, while deck and internal structures are of nomex honeycomb cores.
Central to the design is a hydraulically operated lifting keel allowing draft to be reduced from 3.85m to 2.5 metres.

As a result of the hydraulic driven lifting keel, a number of sail controls and functions are also hydraulically operated. The striking interior with its mix of white painted and clear coat carbon detailing, is comfortable and functional for offshore racing. With some clever concealment of the hydraulic system, the interior is free of the clutter you would otherwise expect on a grand prix racing yacht. The interior includes a fully functional galley, heads compartment, crew lockers and a seated nav station.

o Hull and deck shells constructed from carbon prepreg/ glue films/ honeycomb cores and Corecell foam in the slamming region as specified by design engineers.
o Bulkheads and longitudinal constructed from carbon prepreg/ glue films/ honeycomb cores as specified by design engineers. Bonding of all primary structures in carbon.
o Secondary structures including galley, head vanity & toilet base, cabin soles, lockers, navigation table in lightweight infused epoxy panels using E-glass cloths and structural PVC foam. Galley, navigation, saloon table and vanity working tops finished in high gloss clear coated carbon.
o Chain plates, backstay and forestay fittings in carbon integral with primary structures.
o Companionway hatch under deck sliding in carbon
o Carbon sliding forward hatch with pneumatic seal.
o Carbon bowsprit with twin tack line exit at forward end.
o Carbon mast collar
o Painted hull shell topsides in gloss Awl Grip oyster white with blue and yellow livery
o Hull bottom in epoxy primer or hard antifoul
o Deck verticals surfaces and around fittings in Awl Craft 2000 gloss oyster white
o Deck working surfaces in Awl Grip semi gloss one colour with non-skid
o Interior mid section smoothed and finished with two-pot semi gloss
o Interior forward and aft ends either bare or sealed with clear two-pot urethane

Recent work completed;
Stripped antifoul, prime and refinish - 2019
Continual rig work and servicing - annually.
Mast rewired and new MH wand fitted - 2019
Electrical upgrades - new 240v shore power unit
New bilge pumps
Major engine service with new 2021 heat exchanger.
New hydraulic boom vang 2020
Lift keel system refurbished 2021

Spars & Rigging

o Spar set by Southern Spars NZ white painted finish.
o Ultra high modulus fibre layup.
o Three-spreader configuration.
o Appropriate offshore reefing capability.
o Hydraulic vang setup.
o Rigging – Upgraded EC6 standing rigging. Rod forestay and PBO backstay.
o Running rigging – complete set of grand prix type with several spares

Recent overhaul and rig test in 2019.

Sail Inventory


Delivery Mainsail - Evolution 2019
Pin head mainsail - Doyle 2016
Passage mainsail - North 2011
Big head race mainsail - Doyle 2014
Trysail - North 2011

J1 AP - Doyle 2016
J3 - Doyle 2012
J3 + - Doyle 2013
J5 - Doyle 2012
Jib Top - Evolution 2019

A0 - Doyle 2014
A1.5 - Doyle
A2 - Doyle 2015
A3 - Doyle 2014
A5 - North 2011
Storm jib - North 2011

Spi Staysail - North 2011
Genoa Staysail - Evolution 2019
Reaching Staysail - North 2011
Passage Jib - Doyle 2015


o Engine 75hp Yanmar with SD50T sail drive and Bri Ski two bladed racing propeller. Installed, with Vetus water strainer, and control panel with alarms and tachometer.
o Alloy 120 litre fuel tank, filler on deck, vent in pedestal, sight glass
o Raycor diesel fuel filter, shut off ball valve, return fuel line
o Spinlock throttle control with Morse cables.

Steering system:
o Prepreg carbon rudder blade from female mould
o Autoclaved hollow prepreg carbon rudder stock
o Carbon twin track quadrant
o JP3 type 48 rudder bearings
o Steering sheaves, Vectran steering lines
o Clear coated carbon wheels (3 curved spokes) and elliptical pedestals
o Alloy one-piece steering heads with stainless bearings
o Alloy emergency tiller with composite rudder blade and transom fittings.

Deck gear:
o Deck gear – by Harken including carbon drum multi-speed winches and twin switchable remote pedestal systems
o Spinlock grand prix spec clutches
o Harken grand prix spec blocks
o Harken magic wheel type under deck main sheet traveller control system.

o Hydraulic mast base
o Hydraulics - by Harken – multi-function lightweight system to provide vang, headstay and mainsail functions and athwartships jib track control and jib lead control enabling finite headsail adjustments under load. Multi-function control panels P&S.
o Hydraulically operated lifting keel manufactured and installed to designer’s specifications.

o Electronics B&G with Deckman type computer system and multiple readouts including 20/20 type mast mounted
o VHF with cockpit speaker.


Safety equipment and transports:
o Steel transportation cradle with composite splashes to hold boat with or without keel, hot dip galvanise,
o ORC cat 2 safety equipment incl rafts but excl life jackets.

o Composite stanchions in sockets
o Custom carbon hatches (companionway under deck sliding, forward hatch on deck sliding with pneumatic seal)
o Chain plate bushes and pins
o Stainless wire lifelines
o Custom Hi-Load alloy fairleads for tack lines and Genoa sheets
o Rope tail bags
o 2 x Whale gusher bilge pumps
o Lockers, worktops, all secondary interior composite structures
o Carbon galley and head / vanity sinks
o RM69 toilet with integrated black water tank
o 2 x 100litre Plastimo water bladders
o Taps at sinks in galley and head with hand pumps
o Forespar flush thru hull fittings
o 6 x tackled painted alloy pipe berths with mesh
o 2 x saloon squabs with back rests in Sunbrella canvas
o 4 x sleeping squabs (mattresses) in matching Sunbrella canvas
o Locker fronts with Sunbrella zipped fronts
o 2 x inspection windows in hull bottom to view keel and rudder
o Lightweight wire frame gimballing gas cooker with 2 x burners and gas canisters
o Integral ice box in galley, insulated with electric 12v refrigeration
o Composite carbon bucket type seat for navigator.

o 18 way digital BEP Marine switch panel with battery status display
o 80 amp hour engine start battery, 2 x 140 amp hour gel cell house batteries
o 3 x battery switches, VSR smart charging relay, major in-line safety fusing
o LED interior lights and interior LED strip lights, mil spec wiring
o LED Aqua Signal Navigation lights mounted to bow and stern rails
o Compass mounts on top of steering pedestals, compasses owner supplied

Broker Comments

A proven IRC performer, particularly offshore...... If the TP 52 seems like too big a leap into the unknown, then this could be the boat for you, as she is that little bit more durable and forgiving. Similar interior arrangement to the Cookson 50 and certainly well priced.

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Purchase Information

Ancasta are acting as brokers for the vendor who is not selling in the course of business unless otherwise stated. These details are prepared from information provided by the vendor and are intended only as a guide to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed and they do not constitute part of any contract.

A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and to have the vessel fully surveyed by a qualified marine surveyor. Details are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Ancasta brokerages. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change or withdrawal without notice. Please Note: where the vessel’s status shows as “Preliminary”, details of the vessel have not yet been confirmed by the Vendor.

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