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About the boat

Brighton Belle is a 55 foot cutter-rigged ketch built by Oyster Yachts in Suffolk in 1986. The Oyster 55 is a superb sea boat with excellent performance.

She was conceived as an easy to handle, long-range cruising yacht. Oyster's manufacturing success and her design has set an industry standard in both quality and safety.  


Brighton Belle is ketch-rigged (2 masts) which gives great flexibility of sail choice to suit all conditions. A large overlapping furling genoa and fully battened mainsail together with a furling staysail and mizzen provide many options to cope with all wind conditions. 


Teak joinery gives her a traditional look below deck, but she is light and airy because of the spacious raised deck saloon with seven windows giving a view of the horizon all round.


The navigation and communication systems include Brooks and Gatehouse sailing instruments, a Furuno chart plotter and RADAR, a satellite compass and an on-board computer. Communication systems include Navtex, and VHF and MF radio systems both with Digital Selective Calling technology.

The galley is fitted with a double sink, full sized gas oven with 4 burner gas hob, a fridge and a freezer.


She has four comfortable cabins and an extra berth in the saloon. We usually sail with a maximum of eight people. 


There are two heads (toilet/shower rooms) with hot and cold running water and vacuum toilets.

The main engine is a Perkins Sabre six cylinder diesel producing 135 horse power. Ancillary systems include a 240 volt diesel generator (new in 2012), a water maker, diesel air heating and air conditioning.

The club takes great care to maintain the boat in excellent seaworthy condition. In 2013, the hull was refinished with Coppercoat, a copper/epoxy anti-fouling treatment that does not have to be renewed each year. This has reduced the necessary amount of winter maintenance work for ten years or so.

To see further details of the specification and equipment of Brighton Belle click here. 

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