Oyster 495: photo tour of brand new £1.2 million yacht

We had an exclusive tour of the Oyster 495 yacht at the London Luxury Afloat show, in St Katharine Docks, on 21 April.

This stunning luxury yacht would cost you a base price of a £1.2 million ex VAT, before you starting adding ‘options’ which will probably take the cost up several hundred thousand more.

The boat is a smaller model of Oyster than some and is attracting huge interest, from existing Oyster owners and first-timers, some of whom want to use it as a weekend cruising yacht in UK waters, but many of whom will want to stretch the boat’s legs and take it on an extended blue water cruise – a purpose for which it is well-suited.

The yacht will be handled easily by a couple or even single-handed, trans-ocean or in coastal waters, with control lines on electric winches and all control points reachable from one of the twin helm stations. The carbon mast is by Selden, boasting their new electric in-mast furling system.

The Rob Humphries hull, designed with a subtle sheer that creates standing headroom down below yet still allows for a flush deck, will cruise easily at 9 knots upwind. Crack off the sheets and she’ll be up to 12 in no time, Oyster report.

London Luxury Afloat

Following the investment of Richard Hadida, the software entrepreneur who bought Oyster in 2018, who owns this first 495, Oyster is revitalised and the factory is busy building no less than 13 more 495s, all due to be launched over the next 18 months or so.

As a reference point, this is clearly good business, but not out of the park for Oyster, whose most successful model ever was the 56, of which 75 were built.

Additionally it has scores of serious potential buyers viewing the yacht at London Luxury Afloat and over the rest of this year – Oyster is taking it on a ‘world tour’, visiting the Baltic and all around the Med on a major promo mission.

Down below the boat is incredibly spacious for a 50-footer, with clever interior decor that treads a line between beach chic and umistakeable luxury.

While Humphries drew the hull, Oyster’s in-house designer Chris Lock is responsible for eveything in the boat and has achieved a highly attractive result.

The galley says alot about the boat – Oyster’s approach is high-class but simple, and it’s seamanlike, with the kind of practical touches vital for life afloat key to the design. There are fiddles built into each work surface and hand-holds everywhere.

The master cabin is full beam with two massive windows. There’s also a spacious shower and WC en-suite.

Meanwhile the forecabin is hardly what you’d call a fo’c’sle. Your guests will be happily accommodated here and there are two ventilation hatches to catch the breeze in either direction.

There is a third cabin with two bunks – a good seaberth for the owners, or possibly for a few crates of champagne.

The hull of this model has been vinyl-wrapped in duck egg blue, an eye-catching marketing ploy and a subtle touch of distinction among the huge white motoryachts also on show at St Katharine Docks.

There’s a bathing platform that extends out rather than drops down, avoiding the need for hydraulics

The engine room has great access – vital for a bluewater sailing yacht.

Buy one at https://oysteryachts.com/

 

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