London Boat Show - TuesdayThe London Boat Show continues to entertain the crowds and provide something for everybody and nowhere more so than in the luxury yacht market.
Talk of Oysters and in yachts that has to be the new Oyster 62, making her World Premier at the 2001 London Boat Show.
This is the latest addition to the Oyster Marine range of quality cruising yachts and continues the Deck Saloon concept that they have concentrated on in recent years. The new 62 brings the range to twelve boats ranging from 42 to 100 feet and is from the board of Rob Humphries and the Oyster design team. Humpheries produced the hull lines, appendages and sail plan, while Dick Young created the interior.
The cockpit configuration develops that of the Oyster 63 and 66 with twin wheels and easy deck access from behind the helm area. The forward end of the cockpit is clear of winches and controls and there is a second companionway to the deck from the owner's stateroom. An additional feature is a 4.6m RIB, also designed by Rob Humpheries, which breaks down into three sections and can be stowed on the foredeck. Typical of such high finish yachts the 62 has a very comprehensive standard specification with many detail items specially made for Oyster.
Oyster's Chairman, Richard Matthews, is taking the first boat, "Oystercatcher XXIV" fitted with a carbon fibre mast from Carbospars and will be cruising the Arctic this summer.
Yachts of this high standard come at high prices but you can still sample an Oyster at the show without breaking the bank by popping over to the Sail Scotland stand (62A) and it will only cost you just £6 for half-a-dozen Oysters at Barrie Cope Seafood.