This outstandingly elegant vessel uses some of the latest design technology to optimize sailing performance, without losing the basic qualities valued by experienced ocean sailors - strength of construction, total reliability, and true seakeeping abilities. Her hull and deck structure is constructed of GRP in cost-effective female molds, with almost all other aspects of the yacht being offered on a semicustom basis, thereby meeting the expectations of the most discerning yachtsmen. The Oyster 80 has a bulb keel which, due to its low center of gravity, maximizes stability and sailing performance while maintaining the cruising convenience of moderate draft. An efficient fully-battened mainsail is offered as standard while, for ease of handling, in-mast furling is an option. The Oyster 80 can hit 10 knots sailing on a sixty degree reach in around 14 knots of wind, a very impressive light wind capability that hints at the greater speeds on offer in heavier wind conditions. While on passage from Hawaii to Alaska, the Oyster 80 "Free Spirit" covered 1,000 miles in four days in cruising trim. On deck her large cockpit offers comfortable seating for up to 12, all well-protected by a high backrest and cockpit coaming. Wide, flat side decks combine with teak-capped bulwarks to give a safe walkaround deck space running the full length of the yacht and also to provide additional security on the working deck forward. With the Oyster 80s now in commission, there is a proven reference point for performance and quality. Potential clients can also audit the Oyster 80's quality by studying her smaller sisters, particularly in terms of the electrical and mechanical installations. As part of the Oyster 80 package each owner enjoys the support of Oyster's in-house design team and a highly experienced "big boat" project manager. The CAD design team and project manager will work with the owner to achieve the optimum accommodation layout for his intended use and to suit the equipment specification he requires. This will also include incorporating his specific detailed ideas of joinery finish and cosmetics. Our two CAD design experts can often translate the owner's wishes into a finished drawing in a matter of hours, thus allowing the owner almost instant feedback on his ideas. The Oyster 80 is offered in deck saloon configuration with a very complete specification which includes generator, air conditioning, retractable bow-thruster, push-button hydraulic power for furling and winches, and a host of other equipment. Nonetheless, detailed planning is still required to ensure that the yacht is designed, fitted out, and equipped to exactly meet each owner's requirements. The constant guidance and support provided by the project manager throughout the build period will ensure that the owner gets tremendous satisfaction and enjoyment out of the entire building process. The success or failure of a yacht of this complexity depends largely upon the reliability of her engineering and electrical systems. Oyster Marine fits the very best equipment available in the world market, installs it in an easily accessed and serviceable manner, and monitors the work through a rigorous quality audit program which checks and double-checks every aspect of the build from start to finish.