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Oyster 495-11

We will be launching a number of blogs over the next couple of weeks to showcase some of our projects from the 2023 season. Our first post will be regarding our longest running project which is with Oyster 495-11. 


We started working with the owner of this project at the end of 2022. We were commissioned to help the owner design the specification for his yacht alongside the project manager from Oyster Yachts. We started by sitting down with the owner of the yacht to discuss his requirements for his yacht and his intended cruising plans. From this we were given a brief that the owner was looking to use the boat primarily for day sails and small passages in the Mediterranean. This allowed us to build a specification from the options provided by Oyster Yachts to design a package that would support these plans. We also consulted with the client to design a package that would allow for some longer distance cruising if they desired in the future. This included adding options such as a ‘retrofit enabled’ watermaker package and a satellite communication package. 


After helping to design the yacht specification we worked closely with the yard and the designated project manager to oversee the build process and keep the client in the loop throughout the project. 


During the build process the clients cruising plans changed to include a potential circumnavigation. This left us with a change in directions for the specification. We again worked closely with the owner and project manager to make additions to the build, which would enable the boat to be a comfortable platform for the owner and crew to take on an 18 month voyage to some of the remote destinations in the world. During this process it highlighted the importance of future proofing a vessel, as we did with the retrofit watermaker package aboard this vessel. If our team had not advised the client ot make these choices early on it would have been a costly process and might have led to the delay in launching. This kind of foresight is what helps to make our team stand out against the crowd.


During the later stages of this build in phase 2, we also worked with the client to develop and procure the required spares, safety equipment and toys for the yacht. We are lucky to be working with the great team at Oyster Yachts Aftersales who have been invaluable in procuring the items desired by the client and skipper. 


During phase 3 of this project we worked with the client and some of the best advisors in the world to establish the best registration structure for the vessel and its intended uses. Once we decided which was to move forwards UYM where responsible for sorting the registration and insurance for the vessel.


As the build starts to come towards the end with launching scheduled for just over a month away, we are now starting to focus on phase four of this project which involves skippering and running this yacht once she is handed over to the owner from the yard. The first part of this process will be the handover process from the manufacturers to enable us to sign off that we are happy with the final product and that we believe the yacht fits the request and requirements of the owner.  After this we will be heading down south to meet the owner in the Mediterranean with the yacht so they can enjoy their first season of cruising. We will follow up with another post once we have the boat handed over…


Please keep an eye on our website for future updates on our other projects soon.

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