Design number: 210 Year: 2020
When Richard Hadida took over Oyster Yachts one of his priorities, once having got to understand the intricacies of the business and secure its strength to move forward, was to introduce a new model at the smaller end of the range, and there was much deliberation about the size and scope of this model. The result is the exciting new 495, a boat that is true to the blue water tradition of Oyster and one which has been a pleasure to design.
As Rob explains:
'The 495 is a grass-roots project for Oyster, and is the first model designed and developed in its entirety under Richard Hadida’s ownership of the Oyster marque and he was very keen to ensure that Oyster didn’t drift away from its heritage at this size.
As such, it was an important project and the subject of much design development at various sizing before optimising on this area. Whilst intended to appeal to a wide audience, perhaps enticing some new sailors into the Oyster fold, it was vital to imbue the design with all the blue water virtues that characterise the Oyster brand.'
The production line is well under way, with the first boat scheduled to appear at the beginning of 2022.
Hand-built with Oyster's thoroughbred blue-water DNA running through her from stem to stern, the 495 offers many of the exceptional features found on the luxury boat builder's larger yachts, making her unique amongst her peers. Easily handled by a couple or family, she is equally at home on coastal cruising trips, crossing an ocean or even circumnavigating the globe.
The 495 is a collaboration between Humphreys Yacht Design and Oyster's own in-house design studio, overseen by Oyster's CEO & owner Richard Hadida and Oyster's founder Richard Matthews. This hugely experienced team have produced their best work to date, creating this remarkable new Oyster.
The Humphreys powerful G6 twin rudder hull form delivers true performance cruising and clean lines. The beam is set well aft, contributing form, stability and great sailing performance, making the Oyster 495 a true live aboard, go-anywhere blue water yacht, designed to be sailed shorthanded.