An Oyster 72 Survey by Guy Nicholls Marine Surveyor Lymington for Solent Marine Surveys. I’ve done several Oysters over the last few months, they generally have a fairly similar pattern of equipment layout and design, tankage, generator, hydraulic arrangements and so forth. This one was built at Landamores, the range can vary in where the vessels are fitted out, several being completed at Southampton Yacht Services at Saxon Wharf. Weaknesses can include corrosion to the mast and fittings, hatches and machinery in the bilges, and on some models the GRP work can require careful inspection.
An Oyster 72 in the hoist (she only just fitted between the bottom of the keel on the ground and the boom under the hoist beam!) at Berthon Shipyard, Lymington for a marine survey by Guy Nicholls, Solent Marine Surveys.
This 4 year old Oyster 72 was given a full sea trial then a full condition survey at Lymington, the exact scope of the survey for a vessel like this can vary depending on the requirements of the purchaser – in this case a fairly standard pre-purchase survey was chosen, with a full day allowed for the comprehensive sea trial.
A blue water cruising yacht of this size often has multiple systems in addition to the structure of the vessel to inspect, from generators and air conditioning to freezers, water makers, underwater lighting and no less than 55 through hull fittings on this model.
I have surveyed several Oysters recently, ranging from a Holman and Pye Oyster 37, an Oyster Heritage, and the more racy Lightwave 395 all below 40′, through to an Oyster 62 and this Oyster 72, both at Berthon in Lymington. With the exception of the Lightwave, all are constructed from a monolithic hull type (meaning a solid skin, not a cored construction) and are fitted out to the highest standards of joinery internally.
An Oyster Lightwave 395 in Lymington for an insurance renewal type survey. This is a well travelled an well maintained yacht, having just competed in the Rolex Fastnet race two handed, the owner is now looking to cruise further afield including the Bay of Biscay, Portugal and the Med.
Oyster Lightwaves are interesting for a marine surveyor, as the entire hull and deck are end grain balsa cored, thus requiring careful moisture readings both above and below waterline to ensure no moisture ingress into the balsa core. This one was given a clean bill of health and was very well maintained throughout.
Oyster 485 from 1994 in immaculate condition. A thorough maintenance programme on this blue water cruiser has kept her in great condition. These British built go anywhere cruisers are world renowned for their high quality and sea keeping qualities.
Oyster 82 Marine Survey at Hamble. Long range blue water cruising luxury, several Atlantic crossings completed. Marine Survey for Pre-Purchase, Hamble.