I was almost an Oyster owner last summer. I had a contract
on a 485 but the boat failed survey
and I couldn't agree on a price
reduction with the owner.
And I just couldn't find another one in acceptable condition; Oysters tend to be used hard and long and maintained little, in my experience shopping
But they are gorgeous, at least, the Hollman & Pye designs (the newer Rob Humphrey designs completely lack the grace and balance of the H&P designs, they look more like my Moody), the most beautiful sailboats I know, in terms of both aesthetics and function. And built like a brick you know what -- real quality through and through. But you can't hope, in my experience, to find a nice 10-year old one even if you're willing to spend double what mere mortal boats of the same size would cost.
But anyway, still my favorite boat, although I am now a Moody owner.