Oyster Marine

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Oyster Marine is a British manufacturer of sailing yachts established in 1973. The company is based in Ipswitch with three yards in Norfolk.[1]

History[edit]

The company was established in 1973 in Ipswitch by Richard Matthews. In 1978, Oyster Marine introduced a 46-foot cruiser-racer designed by Kim Holman & Donald Pye which pioneered the "deck saloon" feature that has since become the company's trademark.[2] In 1997, they launched a 53-foot design by Rob Humphreys and in 2002 a 62-foot Robert Humphreys' design.[2]

In 2008 the company was bought from London-based private equity firm Balmoral Capital, which bought out Matthews In teh same year Dubois Naval Architects designed the company's largest yachts to date, including the Oyster 100 ft and the Oyster 125 ft flybridge.[3] Oyster Marine currently builds 47.5 ft, 54.5 ft, 57.5 ft, 62.5 ft, 66.5 ft, 72.5 ft, 74.5 ft, 82.5 ft and 88.5 ft sailboat.

In 2012 the company, employs around 400 people in the UK, was sold to HTP Investments.

Awards[edit]

The company has twice been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. In 2012 the Oyster 625 was named the Luxury Cruiser of the Year at the Düsseldorf Boatshow[4] and the Oyster 100-01 was given the Judge's Commendation for yachts under 40m at the World Superyacht Awards in Istanbul.[5]

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