Oyster defines a "pilot house" as a design in which crew sitting in the upper saloon level enjoy a direct line of sight outboard through the deckhouse windows. The saloon floor is raised higher than a "deck saloon" configuration, allowing room for inside steering if required, as well as extra space under the floor for a machinery room. The Oyster 63 is based on a lengthened variant of the well-proven Oyster 61 hull, but with a completely new deck and cockpit which offers an unusual blend of style and comfort. The cockpit is spacious and, with twin wheels, has an ideal steering position clear aft, offering the advantage of great ease of movement and ease of access from the working deck. This arrangement also keeps the forward cockpit area clear, making it ideal for non-sailing guests or, using the large standard cockpit table, ideal for open-air dining. With typical Holman & Pye flair, the designers have maintained an ideal height for the helm station to allow a good line of sight forward when under way. The aft steering position leads to a flat stern deck, which itself gives easy access to the transom platform for coming aboard from a dinghy or bathing. The side decks are fairly flat to allow easy movement around the vessel when underway, while a graceful sheer line is achieved by the use of raised bulwarks, which also disguise the height of the forward coachroof. Typically the yacht will be rigged as a cutter, with a choice of a fully-battened mainsail with lazy jacks, or powered in-mast furling. The Oyster 63 has clean lines, a low center of gravity, and a high performance bulb keel to enhance her ability as a powerful passagemaker. While this yacht has been designed to be a realistic proposition for a family crew to manage, she is also large enough to support the viable operation of professional crew for owners with differing needs. The pilot house area offers a panoramic outboard vista and the convenience of a fully operational, dual steering station, protected from the elements. The central area of the yacht features a full width saloon open to the pilot house, giving the whole area a feeling of immense space and light. Because the upper pilot house area is effectively open to the lower saloon the whole central section of the yacht feels incredibly spacious and airy. Machinery space is plentiful, with the main engine and generator being placed under the pilot house floor, with good access from the lower floor level. Fuel and water capacity are also excellent. The machinery space is sufficient to install and maintain the typical selection of equipment that is synonymous with long term, blue water cruising. Each yacht will be configured to her owner's requirements, thus offering many of the advantages of a commissioned one-off, but with less risk and expense, plus predictable standards of performance and build quality. The 63 Pilot House offers the advantage of a pilot house area, giving protection from the elements, be they sun or cold. Link this to her very spacious cockpit area and the 63 Pilot House is a bluewater yacht for all seasons.
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