Published: Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Mike Fulton

Oyster Marine has announced that it will be replacing the 72/725, which was very successful and saw an impressive 16 built to date with the new Oyster 745, based on a new hull format but with the Oyster signature saloon extended to match the clean symmetry and sheer line of the of the new boat. She will introduce a sense of coupé sailing along with a feeling of power and adventure. Tooling has already begun on the first hull to be delivered in 2015.

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She will have an option of rigs, which can be optimized for speed or for short-handed sailing. Her versatility comes from the twin rudder hull configuration designed by naval architect Rob Humphreys, which has already proved so successful on the Oyster 885 and 825. This arrangement offers increased form stability from the beamier stern sections, gives greater boost in off-wind and white sail performance from a bigger main and smaller headsail.

The sweeping, perfectly planked teak deck plan is uncluttered and 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 offers a very practical dining arrangement and comes with an integrated drinks fridge. There are vast expanses of flat deck space both fore and aft for lazing and a hydraulically operated platform for bathing and tender berthing.

Fitting between the Oyster 625 and 825, the 745 is a full 15 percent bigger inside than the 72/725, and is offered with a range of four and five en-suite cabin plans, all finely fashioned and crafted, well ventilated and with extensive glazing, including Oyster's famed Seascape hull windows.

Oyster Announces The 745

Oyster's customisation possibilities on this yacht also extends to the design of crew space to suit the owners’ use, whether running the yacht themselves with occasional crew or choosing to employ a full-time skipper and deckhand/chef to optimise charter revenue.

The centreboard, shoal draft and standard keel versions offered encourage owners’ to choose based on their expected use, such crossing oceans, island hopping and exploring of remote lands. For those fortunate enough to be able to plan sufficiently far ahead, they can discuss their own personalization with Oyster, which intends to build the first three for handover in 2016.