Sailing performance

The Oyster 495 is a joy to sail – a responsive and fast-moving 50 foot yacht on all points of sail. Twin rudders offer fingertip control even in the liveliest conditions. A range of advanced technology makes shorthanded sailing effortless, with in-mast furling and B&G navigation controls operated from the helm positions.
Oyster 495 Sailing Effortless Handling

Fingertip control

Naval architect Rob Humphreys evolved the hull of the Oyster 495 from the larger models in the fleet.

The wide hull form carries its beam aft, which makes space for twin rudders. This offers fingertip control with light, responsive handling. The hull is stiff and strong, so when in cruising trim it is easily driven. Her low centre of gravity keel and substantial displacement enhances stability and handling to deliver a silky smooth, soft motion when sailing upwind, close reaching and in head seas.

The plumb bow with extended bowsprit, inspired by Humphreys’ racing design, allows the 495 to carry a significantly larger sail area, delivering consistently faster passage making and cruising speeds. The superior hull form of the new Oyster 495 also makes her an efficient load-carrier, ideal for the large tankage and stowage required for extended bluewater adventures.


Sailing options

The Oyster 495 comes as standard with a Tri-radial DCX/H main and headsail.
The standard rig is configured with Seldén’s new electric in-mast furling.
For fingertip control of jib tension.
The Oyster 495 offers a variety of sail set-ups, from a Code Zero, spinnaker and storm jib.
The Oyster 495 comes as standard with a Tri-radial DCX/H main and headsail.
Mainsail and jib

The Oyster 495 comes as standard with a Tri-radial DCX/H main and headsail.

Alternatively, you can upgrade to a lighter and more durable Evolution Expedition sail, featuring a hybrid carbon Technora material for ultimate performance.

The standard rig is configured with Seldén’s new electric in-mast furling.
In-mast furling

The standard rig is configured with Seldén’s new electric in-mast furling.

This allows the mainsail to be entirely controlled at the touch of a button from the helm station. It features a 105% non-overlapping manual furling headsail, that can be upgraded to electric furling. The vang and backstay can be configured to be adjusted at the touch of a button to achieve the ideal trim and provide complete control, making for effortless shorthanded sailing.

For fingertip control of jib tension.
Jib furling

For fingertip control of jib tension.

The optional, push-button, electric-powered, jib furling system works in conjunction with additional powered winches and provides effortless control of jib tension.

The Oyster 495 offers a variety of sail set-ups, from a Code Zero, spinnaker and storm jib.
Downwind sailing options

The Oyster 495 offers a variety of sail set-ups, from a Code Zero, spinnaker and storm jib.

Halyards can be operated by an optional powered winch on the foredeck. An asymmetric spinnaker with snuffer and inflatable bucket can be used. The Code Zero has a manually operated furler and there are fixings on deck for a storm jib. For dead downwind sailing you can choose to pole out the headsail.


Effortless sailing controls for exhilarating shorthanded sailing.

Helm station controls
The new electric Seldén system automates control of the mainsail and jib sails with push-button controls on the helm stations. They can also be controlled manually.
Electric furling
The optional electric furling system lets you control the jib from the helm station. Easily reached, powered winches control tension at the touch of a button.
Powered winches
Push-button operated primary and mainsheet powered winches, within close reach of the helms, mean you can stay safe in the cockpit in heavy weather.
The optional bow and stern thruster make light work of safe manoeuvring in tight marinas and berthing stern too.
Vang and boom
The Oyster 495 can be configured for push-button control of the vang and back stay from the helm station, providing control and precise trimming of the mainsail.
Auto pilot
Set the optional B&G autopilot with a button on the helm station and enjoy reliable, accurate steering on long ocean passages, in any conditions.
The powered windlass can be controlled from the helm station, so you can drop anchor or berth stern to without leaving the helm.
Oyster 495 Sailing Performance Mast Seldon
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Oyster 495 Sailing Performance Engine Yanmar
Oyster 495 Sailing Performance Winch Lewmar


A shared obsession for perfection

Oyster 495 features Seldén’s latest in-mast furling system that takes automation and effortless shorthanded sailing to another level.

This technology is normally found on much larger yachts, but Seldén has developed smaller, high pressure aluminium hydraulic rams in the boom to control the outhaul, when both furling and unfurling. To make this technology fit comfortably in a 50 foot yacht, Seldén has reduced the size and weight of the powerpack that drives them. Powered by Seldén's proprietary control system, which reduces power consumption, the system is operated from the helm station, providing a true push-button sailing experience.

Our partner B&G is the world’s leading provider of intuitive navigation and communications packages.

One of the most popular pieces of B&G kit specified for the Oyster 495 is the Triton wind/speed/depth system, with a Triton 4.1 display mounted on the port helm pedestal. The superb, optional Zeus3S plotter is located by the chart table and on the starboard pedestal, along with the displays in the companionway. We recommend the B&G V60-B VHF marine radio, teamed with the externally mounted GPS-500 antenna and the wireless remote H600 handset, to keep in the cockpit for emergencies. The NAC 3 course computer, with precision compass, autopilot controller and rudder sensor, integrates seamlessly with the automated sailing systems. You can rest assured, no matter where your adventures take you on your new Oyster 495, B&G will always be there to keep you on course and in touch.

Oyster 495 is fitted with the new generation 110hp Yanmar 4JH110 diesel engine that is reliable, compact, powerful, smooth and interconnective.

The horizontal drive allows for more room in the engine room, making access for maintenance simple on this 50 foot yacht. Extremely quiet and extremely efficient, at a typical cruising speed of 8.5 knots, the engine is very lightly loaded (32%) and consumes as little as only six litres per hour. With an 800 litre fuel tank, it offers excellent range. The optional Fischer Panda generator can be fitted, which operates virtually silently at variable speeds based on power demand on the yacht.

Oyster designers specify Lewmar winches on all our yachts as they are specifically designed and engineered with additional durability to handle the demands of life on a bluewater cruiser.

The Oyster 495 is no different. The EVO® range of winches offers the perfect blend of style, functionality and reliability. Constant evolution and insights from racing mean these over-specified winches are steadfast in the toughest conditions for complete peace of mind when performance matters. The new Oyster 495 is fitted with a range of black anodised winches, including the Lewmar 55 electric self-tailing sheet winch and Lewmar 45 electric mainsheet winch. This is teamed with the Lewmar 45 self-tailing, mast-mounted halyard winch and Lewmar 50 self-tailing multifunction winch at the forward end of the cockpit. The electric winches are positioned within easy reach of the helm stations for effortless shorthanded sailing.


The Oyster 495 is a joy to sail. Discover the exhilaration and reward from sailing this 50 foot yacht.

Deploy mainsail

From the helm pedestal, furl out, outhaul out and set the vang, then trim the mainsheet with the electric winch.

Deploy headsail

From the helm pedestal, furl out the jib and sheet in on the primary electric winch.

Reefing mainsail

Reefing the mainsail is simple. From the helm pedestal, ease the mainsheet and vang, and then pull the mailsail in whilst easing the outhaul.

Reefing headsail

Reefing is effortless. Ease the headsail sheet, whilst furling the headsail from the helm pedestals.