Oyster launches 565 “pocket superyacht”

Oyster Yachts has launched its new “pocket superyacht” model, the Oyster 565. The company held the launch celebration at Tower Bridge in London May 9.

The 18 metre sailing yacht was unveiled at an event in London; which saw the yacht sail beneath Tower Bridge in the Thames. Just one year after entrepreneur and sailor Richard Hadida bought the UK-based Oyster Yachts out of administration (equivalent of bankruptcy), the resurrected brand launched the newly designed 59-foot Oyster 565.

Additionally, described as an “entry level” yacht, the 565 was designed by long-term Oyster collaborator Humphreys Yacht Design.

It is part of a new “generation of Oyster hull shapes”, the yard said, and has been designed specifically for family and friends sailing, without the need for a professional crew.

The new model is available in a number of different layout and keel options, while including a sail plan for shallow waters and an extended transom for al fresco entertaining. Accommodation is for a total of six guests in three cabins; besides a master and two double cabins.

Rob Humphreys described the 565 as “a truly spectacular sailing yacht” that does “not compromise on comfort or performance.”

He also added: “No need for professional crew, we designed her with the adventurous couple and young family in mind.”

The launch comes just a year after the British blue water sailing yard was bought out of administration by Richard Hadida Yachting. The yard said it now boasts an “almost full” order book from around the world with a number of upcoming launches on the horizon.

While, Chief executive Hadida added; “Words cannot describe the excitement I feel to see Oyster enter such an exhilarating phase in its evolution. The 565, fondly known as our “pocket superyacht” is everything an adventurous couple or young family could want.”