Oyster 115 – a custom project by Humphreys Yacht Design
Published: Monday, 23 September 2013
Currently being developed by Humphreys Yacht Design and Oyster Yachts for an existing owner as a custom one-off, the Oyster 115 marries the expert skills and experience of both the Oyster Custom team and the Refit and Classic Yacht division at the Southampton Yacht Services base.
Being built in the UK for a 2017 launch, the Oyster 115 will comply with the demanding requirements of MCA LY3 coding for charter compliance, and provide accommodation for 10 to 14 with a master suite and four double guest cabins aft. A fifth guest cabin forward is planned as a children's suite but can quickly convert to become a TV den. The captain's double cabin opposite can also be used as a sixth guest cabin.
A split-level aft deck with full-beam window recess adds additional light to the master cabin, already bright from seascape windows on each side. It also creates a dedicated leisure deck space with private access direct from the master suite and a simple step down to the hydraulic fold out transom door that converts to sizeable swimming and boarding platform. The tender-well set into the foredeck also serves as a forward cockpit once the jet RIB is launched.
With a particularly sleek freeboard design, single headsail and well swept-back spreader carbon rig alluding to a fast pace, the Oyster 115 provides her owner with a well-honed, fine pedigree performance distance cruiser that'll chew through waves. Her accommodation is tastefully modern in form with carefully chosen colours.
The upper saloon is on the same level as the cockpit space, with the dining area set forward, just one step down under the window. The design of the vertical sliding doors creates an open feeling throughout this massive 12 by 6-metre entertainment and living space.
There are crew facilities for six and the design meets the tougher new code requirements – for example, for fire zoning and enclosure of space around the galley.
With a powerful, large volume hull the twin rudder design allow for the carrying of the beam and rig further aft for pacey passages and good sea comfort during long voyages and coastal hops alike.