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Bowman - 57

£110,000 tax paid
Ardrossan, United Kingdom


Sloop rigged Bowman 57 rated Cat 0 yacht with potential 'Ocean Globe Race Yacht' and superb offshore cruising capability, "Oriole" was designed by the legendary Holman & Pye and built by the premium builder Bowman Yachts in Southampton.

Specification includes - New Perkins M130C engine with gearbox 2007. New sails from 2019...

General Information

  • Type: Sail
  • Year Built: 1983
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Builder: Bowman


  • Length: 17.37 metres (56.97 ft)
  • Beam: 4.47 metres (14.66 ft)
  • Max Draft: 2.13 metres (6.99 ft)
  • Length Overall: 17.37 metres (56.97 ft)
  • Length at Waterline: 13.59 metres (44.58 ft)
  • Displacement: 7564 kg


Sloop rigged Bowman 57 rated Cat 0 yacht with potential 'Ocean Globe Race Yacht' and superb offshore cruising capability, "Oriole" was designed by the legendary Holman & Pye and built by the premium builder Bowman Yachts in Southampton.

Specification includes - New Perkins M130C engine with gearbox 2007. New sails from 2019 through to 2022,. New Lewmar bowthruster fitted 2022. Re-upholstered 2021. Full Cat 0 spec including double watertight bulkheads and comms suite. All bilge pumps uprated to Cat 0 spec

Oriole is lying ashore at Clyde Marina.

Construction and Deck Gear

 Designed by Holman & Pye

 Built by Bowman Yachts, Southampton

Masthead Sloop, Cutter rigged.

Single skin, solid, GRP moulding.

3/4 Long encapsulated Fin keel.

Large full skeg rudder.


Large cockpit which can seat up to 12 people.

Aft is the helmsman’s seat with space for 3.

There are 3 seats to port and 3 to starboard with large storage lockers underneath. 

Space for 3 on the Bridge deck area which is protected by the sprayhood.


Pair of Lewmar 65 ST genoa winches.

Pair of Lewmar 55 ST staysail winches.

Pair of Lewmar 40 ST checkstay winches.

Single lewmar 43 main sheet winch.

A selection of winch handles.

Pair of Lewmar ST Spinnaker halyard winches on the foredeck. 

Sheet control

Lewmar Genoa / staysail track with adjustable leads. New 2011

Large SS spinnaker turning blocks at the cockpit


1500 W Vetus (Lofrans) 24 V windlass below deck level in a self-draining well.

The windlass is operated by an up-only foot switch.

40 Kg Rocna bow anchor with 100 m of calibrated anchor chain 

25 lb CQR as a kedge anchor with 20 m of chain.


Granny bars - A pair of sturdy granny bars on either side of the mast provides security while reefing and a step for securing the halyard to the mainsail.

Mooring cleats - 4 pairs (bow and stern and 2 amidships with fairleads in the toe rail)

Steering - Single wheel with wooden (varnished) trim.

Emergency tiller - The emergency tiller is located in the stbd cockpit locker and slots directly onto the rudder shaft by unscrewing a metal plate just forward of the steering pedestal.

Assortment of mooring lines

Mooring lines - Two sets of mooring lines with loops on one end.


Six large tubular fenders (new 2010).

Two large round fenders (white).

Two small fenders.

Fender skirt which clips onto the toe rail.

Sprayhood - Covers the full width of the cabin top providing good shelter for the cabin and or those on the bridge deck.

Hatches / Windows

7 new Gebo hatches have been installed in recent years.

All the saloon windows were replaced in 2011.



Perkins Sabre M130C 130hp diesel engine with shaft drive to feathering prop.

New borg warner velvet drive gearbox 2019

Bruntons Autoprop, self feathering/self pitching. New 2004.

Assorted Engine spares 

Fuel supply - Two 500lt built in fuel tanks located below the lower saloon bunks, vented on
the starboard coaming.

Two RACNOR primary filters in parallel and two secondary filters in
series on the engine.

Fuel gauges are located alongside the companionway steps


24 V DC Supply - The boat was completely rewired in 2004 with new switch boards.
Battery banks located below the galley sole.

New Service Batteries 2022

A separate 12V battery for starting the generator.

Fisher Panda 8000i Generator New 2022

Isolation and cross-over switches are located in the generator space near the
distribution connections and trip switches.

The battery box is vented by an extractor fan which switches on automatically
whenever battery charging is taking place.

New service batteries - 2022

Charging - 55 amp alternator driven off the main engine supplying a ‘splitter’ charging the starting bank and domestic banks separately.

Battery charger using 240V AC input to the splitter to each bank

Fuses - There are three trip switch boards in the main saloon capable of isolating any
electrical system within the boat.

The aft two boards deal with 24V DC supply under suitable headings.
Management - Battery voltage and current draw/charging rate can be monitored from meters at the companionway steps.

Warning lights for bilge pumps and navigation lights are shown on a panel at the companionway steps.

240 V AC Supply - Available to all cabins via trip switches on the forward switch panel. Select either Generator or Shore power. A light indicates whether power is available from either source.

Management - The AC voltage and current draw can be monitored from meters at the companionway steps.

Inverter - A 24V DC to 230V AC quasi sine wave inverter. This is activated by a trip switch and remote control switch within the
generator space.

The inverter supplies two separate outlet sockets, one at the chart table and one
in the saloon. It is generally used to provide power for charging phones, running
laptop computers etc. but is powerful enough to run a hair drier or vacuum
cleaner for a short time.

Water System 

Fresh Water via a Single 1000 ltr SS tank below lower saloon floor -

Pressurised water pump supplying cold & hot to all heads and galley.

75 ltr insulated hot water tank below companionway steps.

Water is heated by a calorifier from the main engine or by a 1200 W 240V immersion element.

There are also hand pumps at all heads basins and at the galley.


Fuel Tank x2 with 1000 litres capacity 

Water Tanks x1 with 1075 litres capacity 

1x Holding Tank

Mast Rigging and Sails


Two-Spreader mast rigged to the mast head with cutter stay. Selden Mast & boom, 2004, with roller-bearing cars.

Hydraulic Vang.

Standing Rigging all new 2017. 

Three forestays and running Backstays.

Spinnaker pole housed on the mast.

Navigation lights: Tricolour, Anchor and Steaming.

Deck lights on the lower spreaders.


Mainsail - New 2019 by Sanders Fully battened loose footed, 4 reefing points. Slab reefing at the mast. Stackpack sail cover & boot.

Spare blue sail cover.

Genoa - New 2020 by Sanders 110% Roller furling. 

Staysail - New 2023 by Sanders 

Cruising spinnaker - rigged in a snuffer and stowed under forward bunk.

Tri-sail - Normally located below the aft bunk. There is a dedicated track on the mast to take the tri-sail slides.


8 berths in 4 cabins with 3 heads/shower compartments.

Varnished teak and oak finish.


Forward Cabin & Guest Cabin 6' 2".

Lower Saloon 6' 3".

Upper Saloon 6' 8".

Aft Cabin 6'.

Forward Cabin - V-berth with an infill to make a large double berth. Hanging locker, drawers and good general storage.

Heads / shower en suite.

Access to the chain locker.

80 cm x 80 cm Gebo hatch to foredeck.

Forward Guest cabin (starboard) - With single bunks and good storage.

60 cm x 60 cm Gebo Hatch + small Gebo ventilation hatch above the bunk.

Saloon - Large saloon with table and 'U' shaped seating area to starboard doubling as a
single berth when required. Storage under seating. Opposite is a large single settee berth with lee-rail available.

Access to day heads forward.

Saloon table has two folding leaves and is designed to be used at sea. 

Good general storage.

Galley - A good offshore 'U' shaped galley which is lowered and very secure.

Propane gas “Force Ten” cooker with 4 burners, oven & grill. 

Sealed gas locker at the back of the boat with ability to store at least 5 x 13kg gas bottles

Gas sensor below the cooker.

Carbon monoxide sensor fitted.

Fire blanket.

Huge fridge top loading and front loading and separate large freezer. Both fridge and freezer.

Cooking utensils, & a variety of pots & pans.

12 sets of S/S cutlery, crockery,

Sea water foot pump.

Aft Skippers Cabin - With single berth to port with navigation station and en-suite heads to starboard. Hanging lockers, drawers and good general storage.

En-suite head/shower compartment.

Chart table and instruments.

Heating - Eberspacher D8L-C  with a hot air vent in each cabin. There is a separate S/S diesel tank at heater level. The control switch is located at the chart table. The exhaust vent is near the heater on the side of the upper saloon cabin. It is fitted with a cover to prevent water ingress while sailing

General Inventory


Speed, depth & wind 

Radar HD -  radar & AIS.

The radar scanner is on a strut at the aft quarter.

Navtex - ICS Nav 6 Dual Channel receiver.

Compasses - Compass with a compass light at the steering pedestal. 1 x Hand
bearing prism compass. 1 x hand bearing dome compass.

Chartwork - Working set of chartwork equipment.

Simrad RS82 GMDSS located at the chart table. . This is connected to a dedicated GPS; transmit Name & position.

2 x Handheld VHF’s



Yellowbrick YB3i Tracker

Safety Kit 

Grab bags - 2 waterproof grab bags each containing thermal insulation bags, a
first-aid kit, flares & torch.

Flares - Separate box 

Lifebuoys - A pair located on the pushpit each fitted with automatic lights and floating safety rope. The port side lifebuoy is also connected to a danbuoy.

Fire fighting equipment - Engine - CO2 cylinder easily accessible behind the companionway steps which will flood the engine space.

Engine compartment is clad on all side with Halyard heavy duty fire/sound

2 x Spare CO2 cylinders, one for the engine flooding system and one fitted with
hand nozzle.

Powder cylinder and fire blanket at the galley.

3 further powder cylinders; one in each of the cabins.

Gas isolation - A switch on the panels operates a solenoid shut off switch in the
gas locker at the aft of the boat.

Cat 0 Bilge pumps - Engine space - Large volume engine driven bilge pump using a solenoid clutch. The switch is on the aft switch panel in the saloon.

Keel sump - A large volume hand pump under the port saloon bunk.

1 x automatic electrical bilge pump connected directly to the battery supply (i.e.
not via the isolation switches) draining the keel sump.

Aft Section -1 x Automatic bilge pump draining the isolated aft section. 1 x hand
pump in the cockpit which drains the aft section.

Shower sumps - All three heads are fitted with automatic electric draining pumps.

Deck safety equipment -

Jackstays - A pair of webbing jackstays run from outside the cockpit to the bow.

Boarding ladder - S/S folding down ladder clipped on the port toe rail with an
additional flexible ladder clipped on so the bottom rung is 60 cm below WL.

Radar reflector - Aluminium portable reflector located below the aft cabin

Day Shapes - Anchor ball and motor-sailing triangle. Located in the cockpit

LCD Anchor light - A very bright LCD anchor light which draws negligible current
and with a photocell switch which can be rigged above the foredeck where it is
more visible. This is connected to a 24 V supply in the anchor well.

Not Under Command lights Torch battery set which can be hoisted on the

Bosun’s chair - Spinlock. It is possible to get pulled up using the main halyard
onto the electric windlass.

Spare water - Required in MCA regulations. Water bottles kept in ‘Gas’ locker.

Torches - Small torches in each cabin and other more powerful torches.

First aid - A comprehensive First Aid kit which exceeded the MCA Category 0
requirements when coded and kept unused. There is also a separate box for
general use!

Spares - Odd spares relating to the boat.


  • Hot water
  • Shore power inlet
  • Gps
  • Steering wheel
  • Wind speed and direction
  • Heating
  • Lazyjacks
  • Storm jib
  • Log speedometer
  • Vhf - with AIS
  • Battery charger
  • Refrigerator
  • Spinnaker pole
  • Depthsounder
  • Furling genoa
  • Inverter
  • Spinnaker
  • Spray hood
  • Lazy bag
  • Autopilot
  • Manual bilge pump
  • Radar
  • Compass
  • Marine head
  • Electric bilge pump
  • Deep freezer
  • Battened mainsail

In this case we are acting as brokers only.  The Vendor is not selling in the course of a business.  Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed.  The particulars are intended only as a guide and they do not constitute a term of any contract.  A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at his own expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and / or to have an engine trial conducted, which if carried out by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.


Note to seller and purchaser:  If the boat you are selling or purchasing is registered, please ensure that the registration is completed after the sale of the boat.  If the purchaser wishes to cancel the registration is the duty of the seller to contact the Registry and inform them that the registration is to be cancelled.  If the purchaser wishes to continue with the registration, it is the duty of the purchaser to complete the relevant forms and post off the bill of sale to the Registrar.

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