Oyster Marine

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


The company was established in 1973 in Ipswich 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] Oyster Marine currently builds sailboats from 47ft to 118ft, all designed by Robert Humphreys, and promotes 100ft and 125ft yachts designed by Edward George Dubois and built at RMK Marine in Turkey.[3]

The company was acquired by Balmoral Capital in 2008 and by HTP Investments in 2012. The company was featured in the American series Building the Brand in 2011.[4]


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[5] and the Oyster 100-01 was given the Judge's Commendation for yachts under 40m at the World Superyacht Awards in Istanbul.[6]


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