Excitement is palpable in the yachting industry as the final finishing touches are made to the first-ever Oyster 565, Oyster Yachts’ new blue water sailing yacht, which looks set to take the crown as this year’s best blue water cruiser.
The Oyster 565 has been designed for easy friends-and-family sailing trips, without the need for a professional crew. She is the latest sub 60ft sailing yacht to come from luxury British yacht builder, Oyster Yachts. What’s so appealing about her is her spaciousness, matching the headroom and bunk lengths of larger Oyster sailing superyachts while still being perfectly suited to shorthanded sailing. She offers multiple layouts and configurations optimising her for different types of sailing, whether that be round-the-world adventures, family cruising expeditions or anything in between.
Chosen by her British owner as the perfect yacht for his shorthanded family sailing trip around the Pacific, the new 565-01 will be delivered in Spring 2019 and will be named Panthalassa, reminiscent of the namesake superocean that once covered nearly 70% of the earth’s surface.
With most of the interior work on Panthalassa already completed – the owner has chosen exquisite cherry joinery, with black accents in the cabin doors, handles, soft furnishings and selected fabric panels on the bulkheads to soften the look – the Oyster build team are now concentrating their efforts on the little details that will make this blue water cruiser extra special. Currently being fitted ahead of her Spring launch are all-important luxuries, such as a boiling-water tap for those warm night-watch drinks, as well as a cockpit fridge for the cool daytime refreshments.
Project Manager Debbie Scougall explained the latest Oyster 565-01 exterior progress, saying: “We are putting the finishing touches to the hydraulically-operated transom bathing platform, which will allow easy access to the water when the yacht is at anchor.” The yacht’s bottom has now been anti-fouled and last touches – including installing fishing rod holders and wheels for easy beach landings – are being made to the RIB.
To facilitate her new owner’s shorthanded family sailing adventures, Panthalassa is equipped with PC, navigation equipment, satellite phone and long- and short-range radios to allow easy communication from anywhere on the planet.
Luckily Oyster’s team were more than up to the challenge, as Debbie explains: “Our electricians strive to ensure that the wiring behind the scenes is as impressive as the instruments that are in view, with every label numbered and recorded.” The Oyster sailing yacht is now well into its electrical testing programme, and the engineering testing is next. The boat is currently being plumbed into a test tank so that all of the wet systems can be run before she hits the water, meaning she will be in perfect working condition for the handover.
Meanwhile, also in the process of being completed are the mast and boom, which are now ready to be painted. The sails and upholstery – which include plenty of awnings and sunshades to protect the owner and his guests from the tropical sun – are currently in production at Dolphin Sails and Dolphin Covers.
The Oyster 565-01 Panthalassa will launch in Spring 2019, and we can’t wait to see her out on the water! Bring on the first of many of potentially the world’s best blue water cruiser.
Take a closer look at the Oyster 565 blue water sailing yacht to find out more.