Design number: 115 Year: 1997
The Oyster 53 was the second addition to the new Oyster range of yachts, designed in collaboration between the Humphreys & Oyster Design Teams, following her larger sister, the Oyster 56. Humphreys Yacht Design were responsible for all the naval architecture (including the hull lines, appendages and sail plan) as well as the deck and exterior styling.
Performance and handling under sail and power are well above average, gaining from the undoubted skill of Rob Humphreys whose Whitbread and World Championship winning race designs, not to mention the Global Challenge Fleet, have established his international reputation for safe, fast yachts.
The design brief for the Oyster 53 was to create a yacht in a centre cockpit Deck Saloon configuration that offers many of the features of the larger Oyster 56, but still maintains a stylish, well-proportioned outboard profile. For a fifty-three foot yacht, this Oyster is very unusual in offering a spacious cockpit and large saloon, together with up to four separate sleeping cabins.
The success of the Oyster 53 was assured with seven orders placed before 53#01 was launched for builder’s trials.