In this section we will publish occasional series covering the technical aspects of owning your own boat, how regulations may affect your ownership and cruising, as well as current ‘hot topics’ such as piracy and orcas.

We are extremely lucky to have Escapade of Rame, our 1999 Holman & Pye-designed Oyster 485. We acquired her in 2014 after many years of owning cruiser-racers (mostly X-Yachts). Some folk criticise Oysters for commanding a high price. What all the best boats have in common is extraordinary build quality, attention to detail and the clear influence of yachtsmen and practical engineers at every step of the design and build process. The result is a boat that will last you a lifetime.

But this Technical Blog isn’t a sermon on Oysters. It’s designed to offer curious owners an insight into some of the challenges and choices of boat ownership and how we approached them.



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