The Oyster 655 may be one of the best-designed models Oyster has offered. It is a brute of a sailing yacht that is quick to get going, yet forgiving at sea. It fits a sweet spot where the balance of interior joinery to hull form seems just right, not loading the boat down like so many other yachts.
The 655 has a high freeboard which gives a dry ride at sea, and big interior volume. Below decks it is spacious, with sleeping for eight owners and guests in four cabins, and has a load-carrying capacity worthy of ‘Round the World’ duty. On deck the sail plan is powerful and easily operated by one person from the helm. The cockpit is large enough for eight guests to relax while staying clear of the sail handling duties underway. There is a large lazarette for gear and toy storage as well as huge sail locker forward, accessed from deck.
GESTURE has been crew maintained and well cared for since new. Recent updates include all new B&G Zeus Network, North 3Di sails and new dark blue canvas.
Inspection highly recommended.
U.S. DUTY PAID
HULL: The fiberglass hull is laid-up single skin with structural stringers and floors to Lloyds-approved design specifications. Her outer hull laminate incorporates Kevlar and carbon fiber, built to comply with the requirements stipulated in the European Union’s recreational craft directive (EURCD) to meet design category A – ‘Ocean.’
HULL COLOR: White with Oyster Blue cove line and double boot top lines. Stern design incorporates a swim platform, finished in laid teak and molded fiberglass steps trimmed with teak, for access to the stern deck.
KEEL: High performance bulb (HPB) external lead keel
RUDDER: Fully protected skeg-hung rudder
Eight berths in four cabins, excluding the saloon. Interior joinery finished in teak. Essential features include sculpted fiddles and grab rails, ‘shadow-gap’ joints between panels and Oyster custom knobs for lockers and drawers. Teak cabin sole. Surfaces in galley are ‘Tusk’ Avonite. Surfaces in heads are ‘Night Pearl’ Avonite. Headlining in off-white vinyl. Alcantara ‘Amber Glow’ upholstery. Lee screens on sea berths. Roman blind systems all cabins. OceanAir skyscreens on all deck hatches. Flyscreens on all opening hull and coach roof ports. Six fans located in galley, each cabin and chart table.
LAYOUT (From Forward)
Access via deck hatch with stainless steel ladder
To port, with upper and lower berths. Lockers beneath lower berth. Hanging locker. Private door into day head.
DAY HEADS/EN-SUITE CREW HEAD:
Accessed from forward passageway and shared by occupants of port crew cabin. Jabsco PAR manual toilet, separate shower and basin.
DOUBLE CABIN WITH EN-SUITE HEAD:
To starboard with double berth, locker, drawers, hanging locker and under-berth lockers. Jabsco Quiet-Flush electric toilet, wash basin and separate shower.
Her main living space features a large, curved L-shaped settee to starboard around a fixed teak table trimmed with black Avonite. There is a shorter settee to port. The central table pedestal, with sliding, fold-out extension of burred elm veneer, incorporates a locker with shelf and bottle storage, ice maker and veneered handhold cut-outs on corners. Small saloon locker to port for champagne and wine glasses and large locker to starboard for wine glasses and tumblers. Bosch WVF2000 washer/dryer.
The U-shaped galley is located aft of the saloon to port. There is a stainless steel, gimballed Force 10 gas stove with four burners, grill and oven; twin sinks, and plentiful built in lockers. Two front-opening fridges with brushed stainless steel doors and top-opening freezer box. Panasonic NNV673S 900W stainless steel combination microwave oven. Drainage grooves. Aft bulkhead is faced with a brushed stainless steel-reinforced mica sheet. All surfaces and upstands in Avonite.
To starboard with chart table, locker and bookshelf. Upholstered seat. Electrical service panel located aft of nav seat.
Steps lead down from navigation area into passageway with access to engine room and draining wet locker below companionway.
Sound-insulated with 24 V lighting and three electric extractor fans. Accessed via double-hinged doors from passageway. Storage racks on inside of doors.
TWIN GUEST CABIN:
To starboard, off passageway with upper and lower berths. Hanging locker, drawers and lockers.
Aft cabin has a double berth offset to port of the centerline with under-berth drawers, dressing table and a pair of large hanging lockers. Twin bookshelves. Private companionway hatch entrance from aft deck with stainless steel ladder to starboard. Slide-out flyscreen with blackout shade.
From aft cabin to port. Separately-lit shower stall, Jabsco Quiet-Flush electric toilet and wash basin.