Widely admired for her graceful sheer line, traditional overhangs and moderate freeboard, the Oyster 485 has long been regarded as one of the prettiest Holman and Pye designs. A well balanced hull, with fine entry and deep forefoot, combined with her medium/heavv displacement, make her a comfortable long range cruiser and accomplished sea boat. Her deep bulb keel makes her stiff, while her keel-stepped mast and fully protected skeg hung rudder are highly desirable features for offshore cruising. Single skin hull construction, which eliminates the need for a balsa or foam core in the hull and topsides, make her strong, stiff and long-lasting, and easy to repair if the need arises.
Designed to be handled by a couple, the 485 was offered with a choice of sloop or cutter rig, with the majority of owners specifying in-mast furling. The standard layout provided three staterooms, although a handful of 485s were launched with two. The saloon, galley and navigation stations are all midships, a layout that allows greater privacy as the staterooms are at either end of yacht. The deck saloon windows allow light to flood into the saloon area, and great views out. When compared to smaller Holman and Pye Oyster 45/47, the 485 is large enough to permit a dedicated space for a generator just aft of the main engine, and a separate shower compartment in the owners head.
The 485 is a well proven ocean cruiser, circumnavigator and live aboard. Thirty-six 485s were launched between 1992 and 2002.
Out On The Blue has had just two owners, the first circumnavigated, and the second, who bought her through Oyster Brokerage in 2005 also completed a circumnavigation of just under five years in duration. Out On The Blue has a simple sloop rig with in-mast furling mainsail and furling genoa, making her easy to handle for a shorthanded crew.
Below decks she has a fridge and freezer, a washer/dryer, watermaker and generator. She sleeps six in three cabins, with light oak joinery giving a light and airy feel. Now lying afloat in Ipswich, Out On The Blue is available for viewing at any convenient time.