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Oyster Yachts – Britannia Rules the Waves

Published on October 9, 2013 by   ·   No Comments

Oyster Yachts has just announced a brace of new models set to hit the seas over the coming few years.  They really do show just how deep the UK talent pool is when it comes to building some very beautiful boats.

With a launch date set for late 2015, the new 745 (which will replace the very popular 72/725) continues the noble Oyster tradition of manufacturing some of the sleekest blue-water cruising yachts in the business.


The Oyster 745 has been designed around a new hull format and includes a choice of rigs, which will enable her to be optimised for speed or short-handed sailing.  The brain behind this new system is Rob Humphreys of naval architects, Humphreys Yacht Design, whose twin-rudder hull configuration has made this innovation possible.


In keeping with the contemporary tendency towards minimalism, the teak deck is uncluttered and line handling is kept aft of the twin steering positions.  There is plenty of space for entertaining with the spacious guest cockpit offering a dining area and integral drinks fridge.  Generous stretches of flat deck space fore and aft are ideal for sunbathing or just lazing and enjoying the atmosphere.  A hydraulic bathing/tender berthing platform also comes as standard.


The Oyster team has designed this new model to fill the gap between the 625 and the 825 – the 745 also excels by being 15% bigger inside than the preceding 72/725.  This additional volume means that the 745 is being offered with a choice of interior configurations and clients can choose between four and five en-suite cabin plans, all of which are fitted with Oyster’s characteristic Seascape hull windows, ensuring that the interiors are light and airy.

This customisation extends to the crew space, which can be designed to suit an occasional crew or a full-time skipper, deckhand and chef, so the 745 will no doubt prove a popular choice for charter companies.

Also currently in development with Oyster Yachts and Humphreys Yacht Design, the new larger 115 will offer accommodation for ten to 14 people with a master suite and four double guest suites aft, plus a fifth cabin ideal for the children with foldaway bunks that can easily be converted into a TV den during the day.  Naturally, the shared living areas will be plentiful, with the upper saloon at the same level as the cockpit and the dining area set forward with vertical sliding doors promoting a sense of space.


The 115 will also contain accommodation for a crew of six, the design taking note of the stringent new codes – fire-zoning is included and the area around the galley will be enclosed.


Oyster Yachts has produced some really top-notch boats – this year’s successful launch of the 125-foot Twilight at Turkey’s RMK Marine shipyard is a case in point – so it is likely that excitement surrounding these two new models will only grow prior to their launches in late 2015 and 2017 respectively.


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