SOPHISTIKATE is in her first ownership, built for experienced yacht owners – she was their second Oyster. Specified for blue water cruising, she has sailed from the UK to New Zealand without effort and has been consistently maintained and updated through life. She has been professionally crewed for the past 12 months and has benefitted from two extensive yard periods in 2016 and 2017/2018 for servicing and refurbishment. Sophistikate is now offered for sale ready to embark on another voyage in some of the most stunning cruising grounds on the planet.
SOPHISTIKATE was always going to be our dream boat so it has a very high and very comprehensive specification. Having owned an Oyster before, we knew what works well and what was needed to make it a very easy to sail and easy to use boat. We commissioned her build and from tip to toe, or should we say, from bow to stern, she is one of the best specified of the Oyster 575s. She has also been very well looked after and has won the Concourse d’Elegance at multiple Oyster rallies.
Sophistikate has been based in Grenada in the Caribbean for several years and has just recently taken us on the first half of the Oyster World Rally. Unfortunately for various family reasons, we were only able to do the first half of the Rally and have now returned to the UK leaving the boat in New Zealand.
Sophistikate is a true blue-water cruiser with everything that is needed for safe long-distance cruising. She is very easy to sail. My wife and I have sailed many miles alone although we normally take crew or friends on longer trips. We love the boat and have continued to spend money on maintenance and ensuring she is in excellent condition. For example, the copper bottom has just been re-applied and Propspeed has been applied to the folding Brunton propeller. The rig has been removed and checked in a major service. The vang hydraulics have been serviced and partially replaced.