Tower Bridge launch for new Oyster 565 bluewater cruiser

10th May 2019

Sailing Today

  

By Peter Evans

The new £1.3m Oyster 565 has been revealed to the world at an event in London, with an eye-catching photo opportunity as the yacht sailed under Tower Bridge.

Based on feedback from Oyster owners, the latest range has better storage, larger berths and more headroom than ever before. The new generation has moulded-in bowsprits for easier flying of downwind and reaching sails; twin rudders for better handling under sail and less drag; and flush decks. We’re told they also offer better stability, thanks to a 10 per cent deeper keel and lighter hull weight.

Sneaking in below the psychologically important 60ft (18.2m) LOA mark, the two 565 is designed to appeal to sailing families with bluewater plans. Configuration options include a novelty for Oyster: the master cabin up in the fo’c’s’le and the aft cabin split into two, with a dinghy garage down the middle.

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