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|RIG||Sloop rig with electric in-mast furling|
|CABINS||Six berths in three cabins|
The Oyster 54 replaced the 53 in 2008 and was designed by Rob Humphreys and the Oyster design team as a fast and elegant bluewater cruiser, with a little more emphasis on sailing performance. The 54 has a longer waterline, more sail area, and slightly lighter displacement than her predecessor, while also carrying her beam further aft to enhance her performance downwind, which also greatly improved the space available for the owner’s stateroom.
The rig and her secure centre cockpit, which is around 25% bigger than the 53, are geared towards easy short-handed sailing for a couple. The 54 certainly delivers either as a proven circumnavigator or as a family cruiser. Below decks, she has a simple and seamanlike three-cabin layout, which is as practical as it is beautiful. Oyster launched twenty-one 54s between 2008 and 2013 when the 545 was launched.
Pearl of Persia is still in her original ownership and has taken her current owners around the world on the first Oyster World Rally in 2013-2014. She is rigged with what is perhaps the simplest Oyster rig, a sloop with electric furling to both her mainsail and genoa. The maple joinery below gives a light and open feel below. Originally specified with a circumnavigation in mind, Pearl of Persia is very well-equipped and now seeking a new owner to take her on further travels.
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