50th ANNIVERSARY
50 years and counting
As the creator of the finest bluewater sailing yachts, Oyster Yachts has, in half a century, grown from local endeavour to industry leader. Our global footprint is founded as much on our unrivalled levels of service and support as it is on the design and build quality of the finest luxury sailing yachts the world has seen, enjoyed – and, often, coveted. Half a century later our goal remains the same but our yachts are constantly evolving.
Oyster UFO Sailing 6

1973

The mould-breaking 34 foot prototype, UFO II featured innovative design, strength of construction and outstanding levels of craftsmanship. She laid the foundations for half a century of Oyster yachts.

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2023

Fifty years on, the stunning new 495 is the latest addition to the new generation of Oysters. A luxury, bluewater cruiser, half a century of Oyster experience and innovation runs through every inch.

Evolved, refined and finessed over 50 years, today’s fleet remains true to Oyster’s founding principles – pioneering design, uncompromising strength of construction, exhilarating performance, quality finish and unparalleled service.

OYSTER YACHTS HISTORY

Today, Oyster Yachts is internationally recognised and respected for its meticulous build quality, supreme performance, go-anywhere luxury yachts, backed up with outstanding customer support.

Oyster Yachts History 2
1970

Oyster founder Richard Matthews launched his first cruiser-racer, the UFO 34, designed by Don Pye of Holman & Pye and built by Landamores in Wroxham, Norfolk. It set the bar for a new breed of yacht. The first Oyster-branded yacht, Oyster 35, was launched in 1978, pioneering the deck saloon, a signature design feature on all our yachts. The company continued to expand the market for performance cruisers with a series of yachts, including the iconic Oyster 80. The style, performance and quality of these yachts evolved in leaps and bounds with each new iteration through more than 50 models.

Oyster Yachts History 1
1980

Early Oysters were designed and built primarily as racing cruisers. Their exceptional seaworthiness and durability meant they rapidly evolved into bluewater cruisers, capable of taking owners around the globe in comfort and safety. As Oyster founder, Matthews says: “cruising fast is a lot more fun than cruising slow!” As new models were launched, existing owners were keen to upgrade, so Oyster Brokerage was launched in 1984 – who better to advise on the sale or purchase of a pre-owned boat than those who built her? Over the years we have helped hundreds of owners buy and sell their Oysters.

Oyster History 1
1990

In 1999, Oyster commissioned naval architect Rob Humphrey’s to design Oyster 53. In 2012, Rob designed the first of the new G6 hulls and decks to deliver a sleeker, more modern appearance, with a wider beam aft to create significantly more space above and below decks while enhancing sailing performance. This ambitious attitude to hull and deck design has proven itself through seven sixth generation models, which have all continued to evolve including the award-winning Oyster 565, and Oyster 595. This 17 year partnership continues to bear fruit with the launch of the new Oyster 495, designed in collaboration with the Oyster design team.

Oyster History 2
2000

Over the next eight years, Oyster continued to design and build new models, including Oysters 575, 625, 675, 745 and our flagship Oyster 885. Oyster Charter was set up in 2005 to offer people the opportunity to enjoy a unique holiday adventure aboard an Oyster. To celebrate the business’s 40th anniversary, the inaugural Oyster World Rally was launched in 2013, with 28 adventurous owners and their yachts completing the voyage, followed by a second edition in 2017. The third Oyster World Rally set sail from Antigua in January 2022, with two more schedule for 2024 and 2026.

Oyster History 3
2018

In 2018, Richard Hadida became the new owner of Oyster. Bringing significant investment to the table, Richard has overseen the design and launch of the new generation of Oyster yachts, creating more consistency throughout the range. Championing new production techniques, combined with time honoured British craftmanship, iconic design cues cascaded from larger models have rejuvenated the brand with Oyster 565 and 595 breaking all previous order records. With a growing team of over 600, Oyster continues to go from strength to strength. The company has returned to its roots with the new 50-foot Oyster 495, now in production at our new state-of-the-art facility at Hythe, near Southampton.

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Oyster has been sharing adventures since 1973, with over 100 recorded circumnavigations, destinations visited that other yachts simply cannot reach and lifelong memories made. An Oyster is more than just a yacht, she is a platform to adventure.

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50TH CELEBRATION

We welcome Oyster owners to join us to celebrate our 50th Anniversary at special dinners in Antigua, Mallorca and the UK in 2023

Over half a century Oyster yachts has earned its reputation for strength and safety through extreme adventures and over 20 million bluewater sailing miles.

EXTREME ADVENTURES

Oysters are true bluewater adventure machines, equipped for any voyage and built to withstand the harshest of ocean environments.

Every Oyster yacht is designed to be a true liveaboard adventure machine, built with meticulous attention to detail to take her owners anywhere in the world. Read about 50 years of inspiring adventure stories from our international family of owners.

STORIES

Experience the Oyster Life

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The Generation Game
Jorgen Kjaernes and his family are dedicated members of the Oyster family - a trusting relationship that spans three generations and three different Oyster models.
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Oyster Yacht Owners in Stockholm Arhipelago
Oyster Life
Around the World in our Oyster
From gentle cruising in the Swedish archipelago to 15,000 miles offshore: once the decision had been made to circumnavigate the globe, Cecilia and Joakim Furusten were hooked - and the script for their dream trip wrote itself.
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Sailing Through A Pandemic
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The Oyster Life
Oyster 575 owners Pau Serracanta and Helena de Felipe Sempere discuss becoming part of the Oyster family, life onboard during the pandemic, awaiting delivery of their 595 and preparing for an Oyster World Rally.
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Oyster 725.01 Intrepid Bahamas Aerial View
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A truly Intrepid owner
Discover Oyster owner Trevor Hill’s inspiring story from ownership through to setting sail for a lap of the planet on the Oyster World Rally 2022-23.
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Dinghy sailors to Oyster owners
Life-long sailors Colin and Sue Mitchell met racing dinghies. Now, as proud owners of an Oyster 565, they are immersing themselves in sailing adventures from Scotland to the Caribbean.
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Message in a bottle
In December 2019, William Haines threw a message in a bottle from Oyster 565/01 Panthalassa on an Atlantic crossing. Two years later, against all odds, it washed up on a beach in the Bahamas.
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Oyster 56 Sionna owner, Mike
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Mike’s Oyster Story: Owning My First Sailing Yacht With Oyster
At Oyster, we pride ourselves on our relationship with owners - every single member of the Oyster Family is a friend, something which is reflected throughout the business. That’s why our owners’ positive feedback means a lot.
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Oyster 575 Janus sunset
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Oyster to a SailGP Team
From buying an Oyster 575 to the purchase of an entire SailGP racing team, Fred and Chantal Pye share their Oyster experience in and amongst the day job.
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We continue to push the envelope of yacht design and technology, making the Oyster fleet the finest bluewater sailing yachts in the world.

Our yachts

Explore our fleet of life-changing, globe-conquering, award-winning luxury yachts for sale.

See how far we have come. Experience 50 years of knowledge, insight and experience – it’s just the beginning. Step aboard.

ON SHOW

Starting at boot Düsseldorf, experience an Oyster yacht for yourself in 2023. Join us!