The 125 was conceived with the knowledge care and attention to detail that have become Oyster trademarks for nearly 40 years, with the first boat, commissioned by Oyster founder and former chairman Richard Matthews. It’s due to leave the yard near Istanbul in late spring 2013 and benefits from the close involvement of Matthews in the vessel’s development – he’s a world-class sailor in his own right and one of the world’s most experienced owners of large sailing yachts.

Oyster 125

The new Oyster 125 is designed by Ed Dubois

Before this venture the company's largest vessel was the Oyster 885, but the Turkish boats enable Oyster to offer superyachts with the cost benefits associated with small-scale series production. Rather than attempting to adapt existing facilities, the company built a new 3,200sq m hall to accommodate production. The first two yachts from the yard, the second of which was handed over late last year, were Oyster 100s.

Designed by Ed Dubois, the 125 is an innovative and impressive vessel, intended to bring the benefits of a flybridge to a smaller size of yacht – previously these had only been found on monohulls above 160ft. As well as allowing key sailing functions to take place away from the main guest areas, the flybridge also includes a further seating area with a wet bar. Despite the extra superstructure, thoughtful styling means the new boat retains a sleek profile.

Oyster 125 saloon

The 125's saloon is very stylish with excellent views

The deck saloon is on the same level as the aft deck and cockpit areas, and offers an enormous, flexible and supremely stylish zone with an excellent view and almost seamless access to the aft deck. The remainder of the accommodation is on the deck below, including a lavish full width owner’s suite, three further guest cabins and a TV snug. The galley and crew quarters occupy the forward part of the vessel, with space to run the boat both efficiently and unobtrusively.

Oyster 125 deck

The boat has benefited from the involvement of former Oyster chairman Richard Matthews

A towering four-spreader carbon mast powers the 125’s hefty 180 tonne displacement. There are captive winches for the blade jib to ensure crew safety and most of the sail handling systems are powered by hydraulics.

Overall, this is an exciting new boat that promises an enviable blend of space, unashamed luxury and performance – factors that must inevitably be compromised on a smaller vessel.

Hull length 38.14m
LWL 35.37m
Beam 8.95m
Standard draft 4m
Displacement 180,000kg
Typical engine 600hp diesel
Sail area 739sq m




Written by: Rupert Holmes
Rupert Holmes has more than 70,000 miles of offshore cruising and racing experience, in waters ranging from the North Sea to the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn. He writes about all aspects of boat ownership and marine travel, including destinations, seamanship and maintenance, as well as undertaking regular new boat and gear tests. He currently sails around 5,000 miles per year and in the past couple of seasons has cruised from the UK to the Azores, as well as winning his class in the 2014 two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race. He also owns two yachts, one based in the Mediterranean and the other in the UK.