by Chris Jefferies
This carbon fibre sloop was developed for a repeat client who prefers to fly to his yacht rather than cruise long distances.
Summarising the contrast between Project Alpha and the yard’s in-build Oyster 118 flagship, CEO David Tydeman said: “The choice is perhaps akin to a decision about whether to use the Range Rover [the Oyster 118] or the Aston Martin [Project Alpha]. One is definitely fun for the blast to the golf club, but the other you’d choose for the longer drive up to the Scottish Highlands.”
This design has already attracted significant interest, leading the yard to consider investing in female moulding. Such an approach helped the yard to sell the second 118 yacht before the first hull had been completed, as the ability to build in tandem reduces lead times.
Accommodation on board Project Alpha is for up to eight guests split across four en-suite staterooms, including a full-beam master suite in the bow. Meanwhile, the crew quarters allows for a staff of up to six people and a stern-loading garage provides the tender storage. Two coachroof designs have been created, with a wedge deck (top image) and a more traditional Oyster-style deck (pictured above).
Despite this new partnership, Oyster is continuing to develop new models with Rob Humphreys Yacht Design, including a new 32 metre (pictured below).
This sloop-rigged yacht is currently subject to a feasibility study for an existing Oyster owner as an alternative to the third Oyster 118, with the aim of launching in 2020. Key features include a removable bimini for regatta racing and a total displacement of 95 tonnes.
Other superyacht projects under development at the British yard include the 27.12 metre Oyster 895, which replaces the outgoing Oyster 885.