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    Quote Originally Posted by OR4751 View Post
    We seriously considered a 435 (Night Sky)when we were looking to buy.
    Test sail and everything - was quite smitten with her.
    Then current boat (similar build quality/size) came along at 2/3 the prize...

    I quite like Oysters, but can't help but thinking that part of the price is just for 'the badge' - if you know what I mean.
    Yes - the Oysters do seem to be highly priced compared to some apparently similar boats - however there aren't a lot of them languishing on the market so they are clearly selling at that price.

    One of the reasons is that they have one of the best layouts of the boats (I realise that is a personal judgement). On the whole build quality is good and they tend to be well maintained. I would be interested in what other models can be regarded as competing - perhaps I could save a few thou as well

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    We recently delivered an Oyster 435 from Portugal to the UK. The crew were all very impressed and spoke highly of the comfort/sea keeping qualities.

    They are very nice yachts in my opinion and are perfect for blue water cruising...

    Pete
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    http://www.halcyonyachts.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by OR4751 View Post
    We seriously considered a 435 (Night Sky)when we were looking to buy.
    Test sail and everything - was quite smitten with her.
    Then current boat (similar build quality/size) came along at 2/3 the prize...

    I quite like Oysters, but can't help but think that part of the price is just for 'the badge' - if you know what I mean.
    I ended up shortlisting Oysters, Moodys and HRs - together with Island Packets. The Islands Packets may not be too everyone's taste, and are not so easy to find, but if you want as good build quality, perhaps even more built proof cruising capability and great volume at perhaps 25% less cost then well worth considering.

    Not taking away anything from Oysters, the built quality is impressive. Never the less I had realised that all these manufacturers use much the same parts bin for everything not part of the mold. It is the quality of the other components which is key to serviceability. On anything over perhaps 5 years old you may also find you want to replace some if not the greater part of the electronics anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nostrodamus View Post
    Out of interest what sort of boat are you referring to as having a similar build quality and size for 2/3 the price?
    Ours - A Kalik 44.

    She did need work. We knew that when we bought her.
    All in all the refit is comparable to what Deamonboy is now going through with Esper. Though we did not take the interior apart (apart from the headlining) as it is still in VGC.
    We lacked the funds to have everything done in one go and had to spread it over a number of years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OR4751 View Post
    Ours - A Kalik 44.

    She did need work. We knew that when we bought her.
    All in all the refit is comparable to what Deamonboy is now going through with Esper. Though we did not take the interior apart (apart from the headlining) as it is still in VGC.
    We lacked the funds to have everything done in one go and had to spread it over a number of years.
    We went for a Trintella 44. Similar to the Oyster and also built to very high standard. Ours was a project boat 18 months ago. We have done a huge amount of work on her but this was known when we bought her. Worth a look if you can find one. I think there are a couple for sale in Majorca.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OR4751 View Post

    I quite like Oysters, but can't help but thinking that part of the price is just for 'the badge' - if you know what I mean.
    But remember that good badges do not just appear. They earn their reputation by being better than the opposition
    It is all down to the fact that my wife does not understand me !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OR4751 View Post
    Ours - A Kalik 44.

    She did need work. We knew that when we bought her.
    All in all the refit is comparable to what Deamonboy is now going through with Esper. Though we did not take the interior apart (apart from the headlining) as it is still in VGC.
    We lacked the funds to have everything done in one go and had to spread it over a number of years.
    Looks a very good boat, one here, seems you get a lot of boat for the money, not a make I was aware of
    http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1981...s#.U0MCGvldUVo
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    Also worth considering the 435's smaller sister, the 406, which we have. All the points made about the 435 are equally applicable to the 406. We think she is great, but as noted even if you buy a quality old boat, you are likely to need to spend a fair amount updating the electronics, rigging, etc, unless of course it has already been done! Remember it is still a buyers market - we paid 25% less than the asking price.

    Neil

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    Slight drift but I spent a good 15 minutes looking at as Oyster 85 from the quay side at Ocean Village today. What I would have given to have said "stuff work" and gone sailing in her. Doubt I would ever have come back.

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    Default Re: Oyster 435 - views & opinions?

    Quote Originally Posted by tudorsailor View Post
    If you are thinking of buying one, I can put you in touch with some owners through the Oyster Owners group that I run on Google. PM me with you email address and I will see what I can do to help

    TudorSailor
    Hi,

    I am looking at buying an oyster 435 and found this. Would be great you want to put me in touch with some current owners. Hope to hear from you soon.

    Thanks, Mattias

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