|Oyster have produced some wonderful yachts in the mid forty foot size range including the 435, original 46, and the 45/47. All have been hand built with the same care, attention and materials as their larger sisters, and offer the versatility of being superb ocean cruising yachts, whilst also offering better access to some more restricted cruising areas, and allowing more straightforward handling and maintenance.
As the first Rob Humphreys Oyster design in this size range, the 46 represented a move towards a more powerful hull shape, with longer waterline and broader sections aft. This improved form stability, seagoing comfort and sailing performance, giving a potential for 200 mile days when passage making, whilst her increased sail area helps to return enough sensitivity, even in lighter airs, to make her a real sailors yacht.
The Oyster 'G5' or fifth generation deck saloon not only increased volume and light below decks, but also gives her a sleek and attractive profile above. Increased beam aft helps create a broader cockpit, and allows a large lazarette locker.
Good headroom throughout and a spacious three cabin layout sleeps six in comfort, with an additional two seaberths possible in the saloon. The owner's stateroom enjoys an en-suite head shower, while the forward double and twin cabins share an additional head/shower, which becomes the day head underway.
The 46 was an immediate success, twenty-nine were launched between 2005 and 2012, when she was updated to become the new Oyster 475.
Blas Bort is a superb example. Her Scandinavian owners specified her for northern European sailing and fitted additional hull insulation, a stern anchor with windlass, a step-through pulpit, enclosed bimini/tent arrangement, and heating throughout the yacht. Such is the versatility of the 46 that she is equally at home passage making in warmer climes, as she is set up for short handed sailing with her electric in-mast furling mainsail, electric primary winches and bowthruster. A good offshore sail wardrobe includes a storm jib and cruising chute.
Below decks, the yacht is beautifully finished with maple joinery and provides three generous cabins. The interior of the yacht is beautifully presented. She is still in her original ownership and has only been sailed in the short Scandinavian summer seasons and then wintered ashore inside.