First launched in 1986, the Holman and Pye (HP) Oyster 53 was the flagship of the Oyster range at that time. Sixteen were launched before Oyster modified the stern by fitting a sugar scoop, a design change that led to the creation of the legendary Oyster 55. The stern apart, the Oyster HP53 shares most of the design features of the 55 – a balanced hull form, generous overhangs and moderate freeboard with a gentle shearline all combine to give the 53 an attractive profile, and make her a wonderful sea-boat. Traditional Oyster offshore cruising features like the encapsulated lead keel, the full-length rudder skeg, keel stepped mast and single skin hull construction make the HP53 an attractive choice for bluewater sailing. Most HP53s were rigged as cutters, although we launched three ketches, and all have superb hand finished interior joinery, usually in teak.
Oyster Cove is hull number 08, launched in 1987. She is easy to handle with her cutter rig and in-mast furling, she has six berths in three cabins, and her interior joinery is in teak, giving a traditional hard-wearing finish. She has been regularly updated and represents a great opportunity to acquire a bluewater thoroughbred at an attractive price.
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