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Oyster 118

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Oyster Yachts

Saxon Wharf
Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 5QF
United Kingdom

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Make Oyster
Model 118
Year 2017
Condition New
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Type Sail
Class Cruiser
Length 37.19 m
Hull Material Fibreglass
LOA 37.44 m
Length at Water Line 32.89 m
Beam 8.36 m
Max Draft 3.99 m
Dry Weight 155000 kg
Fuel Tanks 3000 gal
Fresh Water Tanks 1010 gal


The new flagship of the Oyster range – the Oyster 118 – commenced her build in the UK in 2015 and will be sailing in the Solent at the end of 2017. Her owners and their family will set off for their exciting global adventure in Spring 2018.

Creating the opportunity for an exclusive series build of up to five yachts, Oyster invested in female mould tooling in which the 700m3 voluminous hull can be built. The internal structure is designed to allow a pleasingly broad range of interior layouts, allowing each yacht to feel uniquely personal.
Hull numbers two and three can be built for 2019 delivery, with subsequent yachts in 2020 and 2021.

With nearly 43ft (13m) fore and aft from the helm stations to the steps down forward to the lower saloon and crew spaces, the three-part combination of an ‘al-fresco’ dining area, the upper-level sofas and mid-level dining areas provide versatile relaxing and entertaining space.

The overall size and lines permit new thinking, and within the plumb bowed, long waterlined, beamy twin rudder configuration, topped with a stylish coachroof and sweetly swept solid bimini, many clever innovations there are concealed within; a hidden single point mainsheet transferring loads deep into the lower structure and legislative escape routes cleverly built into the engine room ventilation shafts are two examples of this.

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Construction is at the Oyster Southampton base where new additional facilities are being created to enable overlapped building of two Oyster 118s at a time, bringing the potential to complete four yachts before summer 2020.

A new evolution of the Oyster/Humphreys plumb bowed, soft chined, twin rudder designs, the 36 metre Oyster 118 has grown naturally from the initially planned Oyster 115, and the resulting profile is even sleeker with a modest freeboard gently sheered and dressed with Oyster’s signature seascape hull windows and G5 teardrop glazing to the deck saloon.


The integral bimini, an enclosable sedan hard top, is distinctly new and this elegantly interweaves guest cockpit and accommodation which, belying that low profile, provides an astonishing 700m3interior space for her 12 guests supported by six crew. That’s ten times the volume of the Oyster 475. The 118’s entertaining space alone is almost 11x7 metres including the guest cockpit 4.5 metres square.

Built to DNV classification and MCA LY3 coding, specification and engineering is to the highest standards, and there’s much interesting innovation including the mid-boom, single-point mainsheet penetrating the bimini top to run down through the glazed but carbon reinforced saloon entry bulkhead to the captive winch deep in the boat. Further complex design work is seen in the gullwing escape hatches from engine room to sidedecks folding out of the neat teakwork and glazed superstructure.

Sail plan for hull one is single headstay, with additional removable inner forestay for jib, and asymmetrics tacking to the anchor strut prodder. For eased handling, captive winches number four, tending mainsail halyard, then main and headsail sheets. The rig is four-spreader carbon with roller boom, and the nine-person Williams Dieseljet 565 is launched from its foredeck pit by lift-pole homed on the mast, the pit then doubling as cushioned R&R area.