N’Tiana, meaning Diana in Greek, is a beautiful Oyster 435 – a 43-foot ketch – built in 1986. Pete spotted her five years ago in Croatia, fell in love and vowed to bring her back to British waters.
Elegantly designed by Holman and Pye, like most Oysters, she is a joy to sail and to live aboard. She can very comfortably sleep four and, marginally less comfortably six. Drawing just over six foot, she is large enough to make a sturdy, spacious and secure blue water cruising vessel while being compact enough to inch her way into all but the smallest of harbours, coves and inlets.
We spent two happy summers sailing her up and down the Dalmatian coast joined by the weird and wonderful selection of waifs and strays we are lucky enough to call friends, exploring the many sleepy islands and medieval cities for which that region is famed.
Then in 2015, N’Tiana began her long journey back to the UK – and by God did she kick up a storm about leaving her idyllic home waters…