It takes around 45,000 hours to hand build a spacious, semi-custom Oyster 825...
THE BRITISH MAY HAVE a reputation for reserve and restraint, but beneath this there’s often a cunning stealth. Ashore, think Bentley with fine salon comfort concealing racetrack performance, or the hybrid Range Rover that changed off-roading and high-life driving forever. Afloat, top British builder Oyster Yachts has achieved success by transforming blue-water cruising into a go-anywhere luxury business with the edges beautifully smoothed off what once had simply to be rough and tough.
This challenge to combine successfully the necessary durability and finesse for all needs is not a simple one. It is now the lifeblood of this builder with Oysters sailing between the polar extremes of elite quayside and furthest flung creek, equally at home in either. The launch last year of Reina, the first new 25m Oyster 825, gave good opportunity to decode the Oyster DNA.
To read all of this article pick up a copy of the 2015 Jan/Feb issue of Asia-Pacific Boating magazine, or buy it online from www.magzter.com