Sailing since 1978, Offshore Sailing School, owner DownEast 32m then Camper Nicholson 40, then Nauticat 43, cruised extensivly on my Oyster 485 sold in Newport Beach, she is now in Seattle. East Coast waters dictated change so now have Albin 36 Express Trawler bought this summer. So far I really like her looks and feel, space but miss the oyster quality and sailing. USCG 50T Captail with Sail and Towing Endorsements.
Great Barrier Reef/Australia, West Coast of England, Acapulco to San Francisco, American Samoa to Hawaii, Thoirny path FL to Leeward Islands, Bermuda and US East Coast Newport, RI to Key West mostly on the "outside". Total 18,000+ blue-water miles, mostly double-handed.
Welcome aboard. I can understand how you would miss that Oyster. In the picture you posted, she looks gorgeous. Back in my old married days, I lived aboard and cruised a custom 55-footer and I have to say, while I do sometimes miss that old beauty, I am happy to have a much smaller boat these days. I imagine you feel the same. But man, you must miss the sailing!
"Thanks for the reply Sam. I will probably have to guess the hours as I have not seen it show anything since my test sail. Also, with everything I have read about the inaccuracy of the fuel gauge, I feel like I will be flying blind without an hour…"
"Sorry for the delayed response, but...
I finally added an additional hour meter. My engine hour display on the tach was intermittent, it was keeping the cumulative hours but just not displaying it consistently. It appeared to cycle with…"
"Thanks Chris and Mike,
Finally got a chance to visit the boat and the bowl was, as you suggested was only lightly secured by silicone, Repair effected and new valve in place, all we need now is some warmer weather as even in Sydney we have had snow…"