Originally Posted by Kenomac
Why buy a 485 when you can have 50% more boat in a 53 for not that much more money? Disclaimer: We have a very nice, fully equipped 2001 Oyster 53 for sale.
The 53 is great (and the OP should look at Ken's boat), but some people prefer the Holman & Pye designs like the 485.
The 485 is an absolutely gorgeous boat -- one of the prettiest ever made I think -- I almost bought one -- but slow.
I think given the choice between a 485 and a 53, I would probably go with the 53, which is maybe not as pretty but much more comfortable, and as Ken says, not that much more expensive. The 485 is a pretty small boat
compared to more modern 49 footers.