The much-anticipated first sail of the new Oyster 625 sailing yacht by Oyster Marine took place on a fresh spring day on the River Orwell with key members of the 625 project team on board, along with designer Rob Humphreys.
Rob comments “With a wind gusting up to 22 knots, and with the typical shiftiness of most offshore breezes, it was gratifying to feel that even when pressed with more sail than was needed for efficient sailing the lee rail was far from getting wet. The Oyster 625 has about one metre more rig height than her predecessor, the 62, and clearly her lower slung and slightly heavier ballast keel was having good effect, combining with the increased form stability of her powerful afterbody to make the boat feel a lot bigger than the 62. With the centre mainsheet the expansive aft deck made the boat feel bigger still, creating a really great party area aft”.
The sailing yacht Oyster 625 is particularly striking below decks. A fresh look at interior styling and detailing has given the accommodation a clean, contemporary feel with new headlinings, joinery, upholstery design, shower rooms and hardware. Together with Oyster’s choice of interior timbers and finishes, the Oyster 625 yacht allows owners to create a really stunning onboard living environment.
The Oyster 625 interior options also allow for a forepeak layout for a full-time crewmember. The main living areas in the yacht feature two spacious guest cabins, each with its own heads and shower, a spacious aft owners suite and a fourth cabin that can be configured as a workshop, guest cabin or a children’s cabin with access from the master cabin.
The main cabin is full beam and features a hidden access ladder to the overhead hatch, giving owners private access to the aft deck.
The real ‘wow’ factor is provided by triple ‘seascape’ windows to the saloon bulkheads, which fill the saloon with light and give a stunning view over the water while seated below, a real superyacht feature.
One major gain achieved is in the galley area. The linear galley on the 625 offers significantly more storage than on previous models with space for a full size washer-drier and dishwasher as well as the standard front-opening fridge and freezer.
With the potential of five cabins onboard, including the optional crew cabin, the 625 is as well suited to charter as she is for comfortable family sailing.
The first Oyster 625 yacht makes her debut at Oyster’s Private View at St Katharine Docks in London, where she can be viewed by appointment only from 4-7 May.