The Oyster 61 is a classic Holman and Pye design, with a characteristically elegant low freeboard and gentle sheer giving her an attractive profile that turns heads at anchor or in port. Her long waterline, form stability, and powerful sail plan make her a first rate passage maker, but importantly also mean that she is comfortable and assured in a seaway. Stout and seamanlike features include a raised bulwark at the hull to deck join, and an ingenious step moulded into the side of the cockpit coaming to allow easy access to the side decks from the cockpit.
Originally designed with maximum versatility in mind, the 61 can be sailed comfortably by a family crew, but is also large enough to accommodate crew should the need arise. A capable and accomplished offshore cruising yacht, we launched fourteen examples between 1995 and 2000, when the 61 was replaced by the Oyster 62.
Galapago is straightforward to handle with push button hydraulic furling to her mainsail and both headsails. Below she sleeps up to nine in four cabins which are finished in pear wood.
Galapago has been in the current owner’s hands for a decade. An experienced sailor, he has both skippered and maintained her throughout that time. She was built at Southampton Yacht Services, now Oyster Yachts Southampton, and is well equipped and ready to set sail again. The owner has bought a larger Oyster, so Galapago must be sold.