With tooling starting and set to launch in late 2015, the all new Oyster 745 denotes a sleek evolution of Oyster’s signature performance blue-water cruising yachts. Replacing the highly successful 72/725 with an impressive 16 built, the Oyster 745 is based on a new hull format and brings a sense of the sailing coupé with her distinctive deck saloon extended in clean symmetry with a sheerline that points to power and adventure.
With a choice of rigs, the sail plan can be optimised for speed or short-handed sailing, from carbon and fully battened main to cutter and joystick furling for friends and family sailing. The enabler behind this versatility is Oyster’s new twin-rudder hull configuration from naval architect Rob Humphreys. Oyster and Humphreys Yacht Design are the first ever to have so extensively researched and tank tested this arrangement solely for performance cruisers. The Oyster 885 and 825 are already proving the efficacy with reduced weather helm and higher pointing, increased form stability from the beamier stern sections, and an accompanying boost in off-wind, white sail performance from the bigger main and smaller headsail.
The sweeping, perfectly planked teak deck plan is uncluttered in contemporary vein yet totally practical. Line handling is all kept aft of the twin steering positions. The single point mainsheet can be single point or captive winched. And there is, of course, the Oyster-DNA standing-height lazarette and sail locker. For leisure a spacious
forward guest cockpit provides a handsome dining arrangement with integral drinks fridge. For lazing or play there are vast expanses of flat deck space fore and aft and a hydraulic platform for bathing and tender berthing.
Fitting between the Oyster 625 and 825, the 745 is by virtue of the new hull format a full 15 per cent bigger inside than the preceding 72/725, already admired for high volume interiors. With the Oyster Design Team working this increase to full advantage, the Oyster 745 is offered with a range of four and five en suite cabin plans, all finely fashioned and crafted, well vented and benefitting from extensive glazing, including Oyster’s class-leading Seascape hull windows.
Oyster’s customisation also extends to flexibility in allocation and design of crew space to suit owners’ use precisely whether running the yacht themselves with occasional crew or choosing to employ a full time skipper and deckhand/chef to optimise charter revenue.
Centreboard, shoal draft and standard keel versions encourage thinking about adventures to come – crossing oceans, island hopping and exploring remote lands. And for those fortunate to plan sufficiently ahead, conversations about own personal versions of the beautiful Oyster 745 can begin as Oyster intend building three for handover in 2016.