• This evening, Oyster’s 565, their “pocket superyacht”, will be sailed through the center of London.
• Guests will attend a celebration on the walkways above Tower Bridge, from where they will be able to watch the new model sail underneath on her maiden voyage.
• The new entry-level 59.3 ft sailboat uses the latest generation of Oyster hull shapes, developed with Humphreys Yacht Design.
• With £20 million investment over the last 12 months, this launch marks the renaissance of the UK’s yacht-building sector.
Thursday 10 May 2019 – LONDON – This evening, iconic blue-water yacht manufacturer Oyster Yachts will launch its new “pocket superyacht”, the Oyster 565. The model will sail down the River Thames at sunset, passing under Tower Bridge as the bascules open at 7.30pm and again at 8.15pm for onlookers. A celebratory party will be held on the walkways above, attended by business leaders, media, celebrity guests and loyal supporters of the Oyster brand. The entry-level 59.3 ft sailboat uses the latest generation of Oyster hull shapes, developed by Humphreys Yacht Design. It was designed for friends and family sailing and does not require a professional crew.
The latest twin-rudder hull form provides a well-balanced steering system while facilitating many different layout and keel options. These include a SuperShoal sail plan for navigating shallow waters and an extended transom, which offers more space for entertaining outdoors. With customisable interior design, the yacht offers an exceptional level of comfort for long-distance ocean cruising or global circumnavigation, while being equally well-suited to shorthanded weekend sailing. The launch of the 565 comes a little over a year after Oyster Yachts was bought out of administration by technology entrepreneur Richard Hadida. The company’s turnaround has been remarkable, with its order almost book full with orders from around the world and the launch of several new models on the horizon.
With manufacturing up and running at both the Wroxham and Southampton sites, the company is optimistic about the coming years and looks forward to welcoming more new members to the Oyster family. The characteristics of impeccable quality and safety standards for which Oyster has historically been famed sit at the heart of Richard’s plans to build a sustainable company that is resilient enough to survive the next four decades, and beyond.
Rob Humphreys, Oyster Yachts’ Naval Architect said:
“The 565 is the latest of Oyster’s next-generation fleet designed by Humphreys Yacht Design. She is a truly spectacular sailing yacht and – though at the smaller end of the Oyster fleet – does not compromise on comfort or performance. No need for a professional crew, we designed her with the adventurous couple and young family in mind. This year’s order book is already almost full and that is – of course – a huge source of pride for us and for the whole team at Oyster. This is just the beginning...”
Richard Hadida, CEO / Owner, Oyster Yachts
“Words cannot describe the excitement I feel to see Oyster enter such an exhilarating phase in its evolution. The 565, fondly known as our “pocket superyacht”, is everything an adventurous couple or young family could want. A reflection of this is our ever-expanding order book. This is an important moment in Oyster’s history, and I look forward to many, many more”.
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