Design number: 140 Year: 2003
The Oyster 46 is the successor to the outstanding Oyster 45 and a fine combination of elegance and impact. With its classic Oyster look, the design team worked diligently to produce the perfect prototype: we optimised our three-dimensional modelling techniques and used visualisation tools to create a faster, more stable hull, and commissioned professional ergonomic studies to ensure a more spacious accommodation layout.
The Oyster 46 is an ocean-going sailing yacht suitable for fast cruising and passage racing and can be easily handled by a small crew or experienced family, or by a larger crew if out day racing. She is similar to her predecessor, but closer inspection reveals some significant differences: the new waterline length provides an extra 780mm, her wider beam an extra 1600kg of displacement and a massive 17.3m2 more sail area. Her hull and deck are light, strong and rigid, while the generous sail area results in improved performance. She is not just about speed however, as her stability makes her comfortable too.
The superstructure is lower and sleeker than earlier deck saloon designs in this class. It incorporates the distinctive Oyster curves throughout, giving a softer, more streamlined look that reduces the apparent height but still retains good headroom. A three-cabin accommodation layout allows six to sleep in comfort without using the saloon.
The cockpit design has been optimised to create more volume and the front windows — raked forwards for better aero-/aqua-dynamics — can be opened for improved ventilation and natural lighting below decks. A raised bulwark with teak capping rail provides a stronger hull:deck joint and therefore greater safety at sea.
The Oyster 46 comes equipped with the latest ocean-going autopilot, sailing instruments, electronic chartplotter and VHF radio options for the demanding navigator. The upgraded engine offers almost 50 percent more power than her predecessor.