Oyster 118 set for December Launch
In development since Spring 2015, the British-built and designed Oyster 118 Yacht is poised for an early 2018 delivery, following sea trials on the Solent.
The project is another partnership with Humphreys Yacht Design, with building taking place at Oyster’s HQ in Southampton. Extra facilities are being built there so that four 118s can be finished by the summer of 2020 and more than one vessel can be worked on at once. It will be the 358th yacht that Oyster and Humphreys will have created together during their world-leading partnership and the biggest in the range to date.
The new boat has all the familiar Oyster family styling including a soft chin, plumb bow and twin-rudder design but the Oyster 118 also has a few exclusive new features up its sleeve, including a hardtop with sides that can be enclosed further so that the 4.5 metres square guest cockpit becomes an extension of the interior.
With 700 square metres in which to relax inside, there’s room to comfortably fit up to a dozen guests and six crew. That provides 10 times the space of the Oyster 475 - the room for entertaining alone measures nearly 11 x 7m.
At 36m and with a profile that’s even sleeker than previous incarnations, the modest freeboard is gently sheered and finished with seascape hull windows and G5 teardrop glazing for the deck saloon.
There are five cabins plus a cinema space, that with the use of sliding panels can be converted into a sixth cabin with bunks. There are also three crew cabins, a double and two with bunk beds. Mirrored surfaces throughout help to create a light, bright atmosphere.
With solid, reliable engineering, the yacht is constructed to DNV specification, with MCA LY3 coding.
Other features to look forward to on the Oyster 118 include:
• Mid-boom single point mainsheet, which penetrates the hardtop and runs down through the glazed and carbon-reinforced saloon entry bulkhead.
• A single headstay sail plan for Hull One, which comes with an interior design package.
• The jib has a removable inner forestay.
• Four-spreader carbon rig with roller boom.
• A bespoke fold-out transom with handrails and steps for swimming which deploy automatically, manufactured by Phoenix Hydraulics.
• Transparent, carbon fibre reinforced saloon bulkhead.
• Option to ask for up to four captive winches.
• Plenty of scope for customisation – hull number two, for example, is a blank canvas and you could ask for the optional squared stem to add around another metre to the total length.
• Engine room with stand-up headroom and a gull wing hatch that leads out on to the deck.
Working with the Best
Phoenix Hydraulics has enjoyed a close working relationship with Oyster, manufacturing bespoke parts for this spectacular yacht as per their specification, including a high quality hydraulic passerelle.
"Oyster Yachts has had a supply relationship with Phoenix for many years however more recently we have been increasingly turning to Phoenix to supply high quality solutions for our hydraulic cylinder requirements and systems for bathing platform doors. The relationship has now further developed so that we have a custom Passerelle being manufactured by Phoenix for our new 118 flagship.
Phoenix has been a good supply partner for us, supplying engineering solutions, high quality equipment and responding well when refinements are required."
Commercial and Product Development Manager, Oyster Yachts
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