Sunday, February 7th, 2021
New Standard in Bluewater Cruisers
Oyster Yachts have announced the launch of their much anticipated 50-foot yacht, which promises to set a new standard in her class.
In doing so they have set another standard reaching the milestone figure of a newly built production sailing yacht costing £20,000 per foot.
In 1978 the company’s 46 ft cruising ketch designed by Holman & Pye, was being marketed at £46,000 or £1000 per foot.
The new standard yacht, just 4 feet longer, is still hand-built with Oyster’s thoroughbred blue-water DNA running through her from stem to stern. The new 495 offers many of the exceptional features found on the builder’s larger yachts, making her easily handled by a couple or family. Equally at home on coastal cruising trips, crossing an ocean or even circumnavigating the globe the 495 is a collaboration between Humphreys Yacht Design and Oyster’s own in-house design studio.
The Rob Humphreys designed G6 twin rudder hull form delivers true performance cruising and clean lines. The beam is set well aft, contributing form, stability and sailing performance, making the Oyster 495 a true live aboard, go-anywhere blue water yacht, designed to be sailed shorthanded.
Oyster Yachts founder Richard Matthews now working again for the company says, “The objective was to follow our proud tradition of creating true, go-anywhere blue water cruising yachts and Rob and the design team have delivered an exceptional yacht on every level. You can feel the Oyster DNA running from bow to stern; this new yacht offers many of the high-end features you would expect to find on our larger vessels. Oyster have produced some great yachts over the years and I believe this new 495 will prove to be one of the best ever – she feels just right.”
By refining the proven design concepts first seen in the Oyster 46 this new 50 foot sailboat promises exceptional performance while being comfortable and easy to handle for a family crew. Hosting a dinner party for friends, exploring coastal waters, crossing oceans or even circumnavigating the globe, no other 50 foot yacht seems to offers such limitless potential.