UK yacht-maker moves the 36m yacht to its facility in Southampton for completion. her launch isplanned for December 2017 with handover in May 2018 after sea trials in the Solent.

British yacht builder Oyster has moved the 36m project Oyster 118 from its moulding yard in HMS Daedalus, Lee on Solent, to the shipyard in Southampton. The operation was completed  at the end of October.

A major logistics challenge, the move involved the ‘Blade Runner’ barge, a 100- tonne and a 750-tonne crane on the shingle beach as the 26 tonne composite hull was swung 45 metres out into the Solent for its 15 mile sea voyage around to the shipyard.

The first job was to place the hull on to its 46-tonne cast lead keel before settling in for the next 15 months of fit-out.

“We would like to thank Blade Runner Shipping, Green Marine and the Oyster team for their assistance,” said the shipyard in a statement.

Oyster 118 is the largest Oyster ever built in the UK. This flagship project follows the Oyster 100 and Oyster 125 built in Turkey between 2008 and 2013.

In addition, Oyster has confirmed that the contract for the Oyster 118-02 has been issued and that “negotiations are in deep discussion’.

The company unveiled the Oyster 118, the largest Oyster yet drawn in partnership with Humphreys Yacht Design, in spring 2015. Her launch is planned for December 2017 with handover in May 2018 after sea trials in the Solent.

Construction is at the Oyster Southampton base where new additional facilities are being created to enable overlapped building of two Oyster 118s at a time, bringing the potential to complete four yachts before summer 2020.

Oyster superyacht

A new evolution of the Oyster/Humphreys plumb bowed, soft chined, twin rudder designs, the Oyster 118 has grown naturally from the initially planned Oyster 115, and the resulting profile is even sleeker with a modest freeboard gently sheered and dressed with Oyster’s signature seascape hull windows and G5 teardrop glazing to the deck saloon.

The yacht si built to DNV classification and MCA LY3 coding with specification and engineering to the highest standards.

The near full height engine room houses a 360kW (500hp) main engine which drives a variable pitch propeller and a Onan 50 and 22.5kW generators.