The Oyster 575 is a popular 17.3m (57.6ft) bluewater cruising yacht designed by Oyster Yachts and Humphreys Yacht Design.
The Oyster 575 is more suitable for charter than the 56, owing to an uncluttered guest cockpit and walkthrough access to the twin wheels aft. She has a similar layout, but a larger aft cabin and galley where the beam is carried further aft, as well as an updated C-shaped main saloon.
She’s a quicker yacht thanks to composite construction components and an extra metre of waterline. Advances in design translate to increased space (while still preserving a deep V sea-going bilge), and existing 56 owners are reportedly considering the Oyster 575 as an upgrade.
A finely made companionway staircase was also added to lead visitors below decks, increasing the sense of quality and security on this luxury Bluewater sailboat, and the forward guest stateroom was expanded with direct access to the forward head. The inclusion of sculpted headliners, updated cabin doors and door furnishings, custom air-conditioning vents and accent lighting in the saloon, and a more contemporary style in the heads were among the subtle joinery changes. Her basic kit was expanded to incorporate Formula spars, a Volvo D3 engine, and Raymarine i70 sailing instruments.
Thanks to the central cockpit, which generates opulent aft bedrooms, big passageway or U-shaped Sailboats Galley, and wide saloons situated low down to retain seclusion while receiving abundant of lighting from the coachroof windows, Oyster have a winning recipe for internal layouts.
In this regard, the Oyster 575 came as no surprise, utilizing the tried-and-true structure to appeal to couples, families, and charter guests. It’s a wonderful option to have the crew cabin behind the navstation, or to make this area a workroom and place the crew in the Pullman forward. There is also the option of having a Pullman with walkthrough heads (as seen on the 56), but this configuration with bunk or workshop cabin makes the best use of the available space.
Her configuration is traditional and similar to other centre cockpit yachts: One accesses the pantry of this yacht by stepping forward over the port side. The effect of having a somewhat narrow cockpit with also relatively thick coamings can be seen here: The amount of headroom and storage space available in the pantry is simply staggering! The pantry is flooded with light thanks to the large cat-like windows that reach abaft and flood the kitchen with natural light. There are numerous fridges and freezers, a four-burner stove, and a large work bench for meal preparation.
Humphreys Boat Design’s pure hull lines make the Oyster 575 a speedy passagemaker and an easy bluewater cruising yacht. She has a thrilling performance, making her the ideal Oyster for the nine owners that chose her as their entry for the 2017-19 Oyster World Rally.
The seats are long enough to lie on or accommodate eight people, but the backrests are too low and seemed like they needed more cushioning. The double coolbox table is a winner, and there’s useful bottle storage in a solitary box that can also be used to store control line tails. Carrying out watches from here, sheltered by the sprayhood, was undoubtedly convenient.
In a Force 3, the Oyster 575 replicated the 54’s slick pace, adding another feather to designer Rob Humphreys’ cap. With the 135 percent genoa, she can reach seven knots close-hauled at roughly 50°, with tiny gusts rapidly altering her speed. Unfurling the staysail activated an extra gear, and each knot of wind speed added a few decimal places to the log.
Oyster has just introduced a 655 and a 54, and the first 625 is being built at SYS, so you have to applaud their belief in the market for another model in between.
Oyster yachts are handcrafted to a high quality. Internal storage, in particular, has been thoughtfully designed. The coachroof is elegant, and the cockpit is good – with the exception of a weak genoa sheet lead – but the helm positions remain somewhat exposed, which will always hurt Oysters’ chances in a beauty pageant.
The Oyster 575 proved easy to handle, with all powered systems readily available. She’s another slick Humphreys yacht, with a comfortable motion that will be well appreciated at sea.
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