Sails : Sails 25 April May 2014
not raised under seats and beds as in lighter, shallower, modern boats that often forego the sea sense and practicality that Oyster retains and achieves without denting performance. That's a key facet of any Oyster: swift but safe, with stowage for every resource a distance cruiser needs, from pantry to bunkering, with power management systems incorporating batteries, inverters and generators powerful enough to drive the increasing technology aboard. In the case of the 575, this will include multiple navigation and communication systems, climate control, domestic scale fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and watermaker, and externally, cockpit- table drinks fridge, powered winches, hydraulic furlers, windlass, bow and stern thrusters and an array of sailing instrumentation. All of this is easily handled and ingeniously installed with clear, well-labelled working pathways for inspection and maintenance, an Oyster trademark again. Other additions and model amends include the introduction of flush deck hatches and frameless hull ports, which on the Oyster 575, in conjunction with the seascape OYSTER 575 064 than ever before. Very impressive. For her size category, this really is a big boat. The design principle, as with all Oysters, is clever. She has a big hull, a broad and deep bilge with a fairly full aft section and rounded forefoot for easy motion, and a powerful but balanced rig made more manageable not just by appropriate planning and hardware, but by keeping infrastructural weight low in the boat with integral tanks and battery bank deep in that bilge, restyled for the range, with a more angular theme adding, again, to the impression of space. In the bow, the double guest cabin, extended a little further forward, has also been further opened out and now has its own link door to the heads. Aft, the owner's suite has ample headroom and the slight shifting forward of the entry door may be marginal, but the extra elbow room it creates is extraordinary and the balance of space is now closer to big-yacht standard CRUISE CONTROLS Above: The 575's cruising capabilities are enhanced by the option of underwater configuration to go alongiside the design of Rob Humphreys and Oyster Yachts' Wroxham construction. Left: Onboard technology includes multiple navigation and communication systems, climate control, domestic scale fridge and more. Above right: Airiness and natural light characterise the 575's beautiful interiors.
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