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The Oyster 118
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The Oyster 118
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Following three years in development, construction of the all new Oyster 118, the largest Oyster yet drawn in partnership with Humphreys Yacht Design, begins in earnest in spring 2015. Launch is planned for Summer 2019 followed by sea trials in the Solent. Construction is at the Oyster Southampton base where new additional facilities are being created to enable overlapped building of two Oyster 118s at a time, bringing the potential to complete four yachts before summer 2020.

A new evolution of the Oyster/Humphreys plumb bowed, soft chined, twin rudder designs, the 36 metre Oyster 118 has grown naturally from the initially planned Oyster 115, and the resulting profile is even sleeker with a modest freeboard gently sheered and dressed with Oyster’s signature seascape hull windows and G5 teardrop glazing to the deck saloon.

The Oyster 118 is a powerful, efficient passage-maker in the general genre of our most recent Oysters, with swift regatta potential detracting nothing from the blue water capability that is at the heart of every Oyster. Her clean, powerful lines are matched closely with her generous sail plan and optimised ballasting package, resulting in a stiff and seamanlike yacht that will be able to reel away the miles in safe and leisurely fashion. With the same twin-rudder configuration as we designed for the successful Oyster 885 and 825 models, the yacht’s control and directional stability is enhanced in inverse proportion to the appendage drag, giving us a virtuous circle in terms of lift against resistance.

Built to DNV classification and MCA LY3 coding, specification and engineering is to the highest standards, and there’s much interesting innovation including the mid-boom, single-point mainsheet penetrating the bimini top to run down through the glazed but carbon reinforced saloon entry bulkhead to the captive winch deep in the boat. Further complex design work is seen in the gullwing escape hatches from engine room to sidedecks folding out of the neat teakwork and glazed superstructure.

Sail plan for hull one is single headstay, with additional removable inner forestay for jib, and asymmetrics tacking to the anchor strut prodder. For eased handling, captive winches number four, tending mainsail halyard, then main and headsail sheets. The rig is four-spreader carbon with roller boom, and the nine-person Williams Dieseljet 565 is launched from its foredeck pit by lift-pole homed on the mast, the pit then doubling as cushioned R&R area.

For more information please visit the Oyster Yachts website