What’s that they say: “The bigger the ocean, the bigger the tide?” I choose the positive interpretation of that saying, aligning it with the size of my dreams!

Those of us who blog about our journeys have the advantage of other people’s perhaps more objective scrutiny to dip into. An outside eye might be inclined to proclaim that someone like me has already achieved so much, but I can assure you, that little taste of freedom in success opens you up to a much bigger ocean, which you definitely want to sail in Oyster Yacht’s Oyster 495, which has been nominated for the European Yacht of the Year award in 2023!

A bit about the yacht

The Oyster 495 combines innovative design, excellent sailing characteristics, quality materials and superb British craftsmanship, along with the latest technology and entertainment. The design is a thoroughly modern 50-foot bluewater sailing yacht with iconic Oyster yachts styling. It delivers on the firm’s promise of a contemporary new generation luxury-interiors design, fit for when a generally cash-conscious traveler like me resolves to splurge a bit on luxury.

Let’s get a bit technical…bear with me for geeking-out a bit…

What is effectively the smallest yacht in the range, in the Oyster 495, was developed from the standard Oyster 12, and is designed to be a serious world cruiser. Construction was in-house at a new yard specifically developed for luxury yachts of this size.

Essential details include a carbon mast, furling carbon spectra sails, a funnel made from teak wood with the option of house-made wool carpeting aft; deck stowage, engine room space and a mechanical layout — including a carbon mast furling system. There are optional extras like heating, air conditioning and a watermaker.

Custom built salon layouts bolster performance rather than just standard layout that would be expected for any serious world cruiser, either way.

The award-nomination

This model is expected to become an Oyster trademark and its popularity will be sure to inspire other new Oysters in the near future. The Oyster 495 is a small, luxury sailing yacht that is easy to sail and delivers fast passage speeds.

So, the Oyster 495 has been nominated for European Yacht of the Year 2023 and is already being acclaimed by Oyster Yachts. What does this mean to you and I?

It means that the yacht offers a spacious deck, with plenty of stowage and can serve as a serious world cruiser, making for the perfect option if our dreams are pointing in the same general direction!

So whether it goes on to win or not, in the luxury cruiser category it’s been placed in, for you and I, a mini cruise on the Oyster 495 will also be made possible due to an efficient and well-planned engine room space and mechanical layout. The Oyster Command digital switching system provides the ultimate in onboard entertainment, and the proprietary mood lighting adds to the ambiance onboard. The materials used in this yacht are of superb British craftsmanship, ensuring its durability and longevity.

So I’d say it’s definitely up for a charter!

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