Evolved from the popular Holman and Pye Oyster 53, the Oyster 55 gives better seakeeping and a longer waterline with a more useable transom arrangement for cruising, and access to the deck over the transom. Many were built from 1986 and are well travelled and loved by bluewater enthusiasts all over the world.
Oyster yachts are one of the best known premium brands afloat, with an excellent reputation, and also host supported rallies all over the world.
The addition of the deck saloon for excellent visibility and a sensible place underneath to locate tankage and the heavy items made her one of the most popular cruising yachts of her era. On deck, the sensible in mast furling, and furling headsails have made sailing a pleasure and very simple to operate in bad weather. Plenty of deck space allows for free movement underway and lots of space for lounging around at anchor!
Below decks, the 3 cabin layout gives a lot of room forward with a bunk cabin and offset double forward gives a perfect suite for guests and the large full width owners cabin at the aft end of the yacht is safe, and comfortable for long passages. Upholstery is in good condition and complements the interior very well.
Systems wise, she has the marvellous Perkins diesel, which was extensively refurbished in 2022, along with the gearbox. The generator, watermaker and is 4G / Wi-Fi capable gives her the USP of a well equipped and sorted bluewater cruising yacht with the Oyster badge, all for a very reasonable price.
MODUS VIVENDI has been well maintained, and although some of the equipment are dated, it is fully operational, and has recently undertaken a passage across the Mediterranean to lie for sale in Valencia without any issues and gave the delivery crew a very pleasant experience!
MODUS VIVENDI has been in her current ownership for most of her life, and has been cherished and part of the family, taking her owners to many parts of the world. She has been lying in Croatia, and is now in Valencia, close to an international airport and within easy reach of a full service refit yard for the next owner to prepare for new horizons.
“In the 25 years we have owned Modus we have sailed tens of thousands of miles. She has never let us down. A true blue water cruiser that will sail comfortably and safely in all conditions.
We have crossed oceans, coast hopped and won races at Oyster Regattas. Holman and Pye got this one right. Our age is the only reason for selling the yacht and it will be a massive wrench.”