What makes a true bluewater cruiser?

How many ‘blue water’ yachts are really designed from the keel up for extended ocean passage-making or circumnavigation? Oyster has over 49 years’ experience building and taking care of our extraordinary blue water adventure machines. The following highlights explain the essentials we design in to our sailboats, making them the best sailing yachts on the market; safe, comfortable and enjoyable to live aboard on long haul blue water adventures.

An integrated keel design with keel-stepped mast, certified for strength and safety forms the foundation of every Oyster. A large volume hull to accommodate generous tankage and all the cruising kit you need. All equipment is over-specified, including robust winches and windlass. Solid steering gear with reliable autopilot, along with back-up and space to carry spares. Easy access to systems and engine room in case repairs are required mid-passage. A powerful, reliable GPS and communications systems are essential.

A good-sized chart table, u-shaped galley and a comfortable, protected centre cockpit and helm positions with removable spray hood are signature features. Clutter-free decks with concealed lines for safety. Onboard weather forecasting capability and subscriptions to reputable specialist weather services. A full set of quality foul weather gear, life jackets and other safety kit. Stowage for tender with powerful outboard. A choice of well-maintained sails with multiple downwind sail options for typical blue water cruising conditions. Automated sail furling/reefing for effortless shorthanded sailing in all conditions.

An Oyster sailboat is your home from home, connected, comfortable and practical. Specified with full-sized appliances – especially fridge/freezer. Generous cabins with proper en-suites and excellent stowage that uses every inch of available space are part of an Oyster’s DNA. Forced air ventilation and forward opening saloon windows for good air circulation below. Self-sufficiency is key: water maker and large tankage are essential, along with smart energy systems, large battery bank, wind generator, solar panels and double redundancy protection.