I am planning to upgrade from my current Oyster
485 to either an Oyster
53 or an Oyster 56 of 2001 to 2004 vintage. I wondered whether anyone has experience of sailing either (or preferably both) these models and might have any advice as to which one would be a better choice? Are there any compelling reasons (e.g. sailing performance) to go for either model other than the slightly increased interior
space and improved machinery access in the 56?
My intended use (and reason for the upgrade) is extended cruising
, beginning with a trip from Europe
via the Caribbean
and South Pacific
. I need space for 3 to 4 adults and 1 to 2 children
on board in comfort.
I would be very grateful for any thoughts. Note that I am not considering any other builders or models at this stage - it is between the Oyster 53 and the 56 but I am struggling to figure out whether the premium of perhaps £150,000 is justified to get the 56.