Oyster Yachts announced its largest yacht in partnership with Humphreys Yacht Design and commencement of build.
“We are delighted to build the new Oyster 118 in Britain at our own Southampton facility,” says CEO David Tydeman. “We have been working for nearly three years in close conjunction with Humphreys Yacht Design developing the specification and design and we’re really proud now to announce the contract to start work. Tooling will commence in April.
“We have developed a tremendously capable team here over the years covering a wide breadth of skills. Recent projects have included the new Oyster 825 and 885 and refit and upgrade work on superyachts lists among others Leopard, Hetairos, Mari-Cha III and the famous Fife classic, Cambria.”
“For this new project we are creating female tooling and additional construction facilities to enable building the second Oyster 118 overlapping with the first, such that we can produce up to four of this new addition to our range before summer 2020.”
A new evolution of the Oyster/Humphreys plumb bowed, soft chined, twin rudder designs, the 35 metre Oyster 118 has grown from the initially planned Oyster 115. The resulting profile is sleek with modest freeboard gently sheered and dressed with Oyster’s signature hull windows and G5 teardrop glazing to the deck saloon. The integral bimini, an enclosable sedan hard top, is new, and interweaves guest cockpit and accommodation which, provides 700m3 interior space for 12 guests supported by six crew.
Built to DNV classification and MCA LY3 coding, design engineering includes the mid-boom, single-point mainsheet that penetrates the bimini top to run down through the carbon reinforced saloon entry bulkhead to the captive winch deep in the boat. Further design work includes a gullwing escape hatch from engine room to deck opening out of the glazed sides of the superstructure.
Sail plan for hull one is single headstay, with removable inner forestay for jib and asymmetrics tacking to the anchor strut prodder. For easy handling, captive winches can number four, tending mainsail halyard, then main and headsail sheets. The rig is four-spreader carbon with roller boom and the nine-person Dieseljet RIB is launched from its foredeck pit by lift-pole attached to the mast, the pit then doubling as cushioned R&R area.
There is scope for personalisation in arrangements above and below deck, right through to an alternative squared stern profile adding a further metre to deck length. Whether retroussé or squared there is a large lazarette for dive compressor, toys and gear stowage and the fold out transom has automatically erecting steps and handrails, easing set up and enjoyment of the bathing and tender docking platform.
The first build, anticipated to launch in December 2017 and then sea trial in the Solent for a spring ’18 handover, will feature in the aft lower deck a five cabin/four head plan and, with an emphasis on cockpit dining, there is a large social area with potential for frontward observation seating. Interior design will feature mirrored trompe l’oeils opening up the space even further. On the forward lower deck there are options again for a sixth suite and or a snug and TV room that will convert to kids’ bunk room on hull one.
The enclosable discrete crew area forward of the mast ranges around a galley equipped not just for first class cuisine and long-stay aboard but to the standards required under DNV & LY3 classification. The near full height engine room with 360kW (500hp) main engine, which drives a variable pitch propeller and the Onan 50 and 22.5kW generators, is similarly highly specified and, like the galley, fully fire-constrained. Continuing this, the forced air ventilation and air conditioning systems, too, are upgraded.
Designed and built in Britain, the partnership with naval architects Humphreys Yacht Design (HYD) with the 118 has, in concert with Oyster’s own in-house design team, introduced 17 models to the Oyster range in 17 years.
Of the partnership, HYD principal Rob Humphreys says, “A long, close relationship like this creates such a rare, shared understanding of what can be achieved, and together we have evolved and advanced the design and size of yachts without ever losing sight of what an Oyster must offer owners. For those owners, together, we feel we are the custodians of a very special, successful blue water philosophy. We helped extensively with Oyster’s initial move into superyacht territory and we’re delighted now to introduce the Oyster 118.”
Oyster 118-01 will be the 358th yacht from this partnership and will reflect the superyacht experience already within Oyster’s Southampton base. Oyster 118-02 will be around $25m subject to the buyer’s personal specification.