The new Oyster 118 fits my personal favorites of sailing yachts. Nice size, sleek, deck saloon with tinted windows and the design of the bimini is great. But the draft of 4 m is a bit too much for me and my favorited sailing/travel areas. Another plus point is the air draft of 52m – so she is under the Panamax height of 57.91 m.
Instead of Oyster 125 and Oyster 100 (both built in Turkey), the 118 will be built in Southampton. The launch is scheduled for December 2017.
Humphreys designed her with a plumb bow and twin rudders. She will accommodate a crew of six in three cabins in the forward area and space for up to 12 guests in six cabins.
Oyster CEO David Tydeman comments:
“We have been working for nearly three years developing the specification and design. We’re really proud now to announce the contract to start work… and particularly delighted to build the new Oyster 118 in Britain at our own Southampton facility where we have long experience and involvement in superyacht custom work. Within the Oyster Group here we have Southampton Yacht Services who have worked extensively on the likes of Leopard, Hetairos, Mari-Cha III and the famous Fife classic, Cambria. This is, of course, also, where we build our Oysters 825 and 885.
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.”
Update February 2017: Hull moved to another construction hall and keel fitted.
|Length over all:||37.45 m|
|Length water line:||32.90 m|
|Sail Area with 100% Fore-Triangle:||693 m²|
|Air Draft:||52.27 m|