Dear friends of Oyster,
I hope you all continue to stay safe and well.
Three months into this pandemic and lockdown, we are all learning to adjust to the new normal at speed. There are no maps, but I sense great power and positivity in everyone pulling together at this time.
For many of us, this has been an unexpected and welcome chance to spend valuable time with our loved ones. There is real strength to be drawn from this. The good memories of happy times on our Oyster have certainly helped my family through, and I believe the prospect of new adventures and journeys are now more important than ever. We’re excited to be planning our next adventure onboard LUSH.
Over the last twelve weeks we have focused on adapting Oyster to the challenges that every business is currently facing. I continue to be surprised by, and proud of, every member of our team and their positive response to these times. Thanks to their dedication, our shipyards are fully back up to speed, with strict safety policies in place that will keep our master craftspeople safe, as they continue to shape our beautiful yachts.
In late May it was particularly inspiring to see 745/05 leave our Southampton shipyard and touch the water, whilst the same week 565.04 left Wroxham to be launched at our commissioning base in Ipswich.
Looking ahead, we have 15 orders confirmed, which will be in build over the next 18 months. Six of these are new Oyster 595s, big sister to the 565. She’s a beautiful boat and I’m extremely excited to see these new yachts take shape in Wroxham over the coming months.
Many of you may also have heard rumours about a new sub-50 foot Oyster. I’m delighted to say that the team, led by Oyster’s founder Richard Matthews, has applied all our learnings and innovative thinking to this new Oyster. As you would expect, Oyster’s bluewater DNA runs through every inch of her. She’s a stunning yacht and we will reveal her later this year – watch this space. You can see an update on all our new build yachts here.
As I write, the new sailing season is here and I’m sure, like me, you are eager to get back out on the water. In preparation and to ensure you’re ready to go, we asked our experts to share their essential maintenance checks and tips – this is well worth a read. If DIY isn’t for you, our Service and After Sales teams are always here to help.
To help ensure Oyster owners get as much pleasure as possible from their yachts, we’ve teamed up with a number of them to prepare short guides to some of the best sailing destinations nearer home (wherever that may be). Check out our insider sailing guides around the UK, Newport and the Balearics. We have more in the pipeline and we would love to hear about your favourite local sailing areas, so please get in touch here.
If you’re thirsting for adventures further afield, try the incredible story of Uhuru’s latest owner and skipper, James Ashwell. James has been sharing his experiences around the world adventures, along with tips for preparing for those big voyages effectively. He has taken an unusual and innovative approach, providing an insightful read.
Speaking of life-changing adventures, we are now oversubscribed for the 2022/23 Oyster World Rally. That said, if you would like to take part, please get in touch to add your name to our waiting list.
Our Brokerage team have seen a dramatic turnaround in the market since lockdown restrictions were eased. If you’re thinking of selling or buying a pre-owned Oyster, there’s no time like the present. You will find the latest insights from our experts here.
If you have booked an Oyster Charter this summer, I’m sure you will be looking forward to the experience. This service is very dear to me – it was my way into Oyster many years ago. It was the perfect chance to experience Oyster life first-hand, and I was sold from the moment I stepped onboard. If you are considering booking an Oyster Charter this summer, Molly Marston’s market update on Oyster charters in the Med and East Coast of the US is an essential read.
2020 has not turned out to be the year anyone expected. But we remain optimistic and we are all determined to get back to business as usual. The sooner we can all get back out on the ocean to make new and lasting memories with our family and friends, the better. Rest assured, we will be here to support you every step of the way.
Stay safe and fair winds.
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