Immaculate Rob Humphreys design Oyster 625, built for serious bluewater for very experienced yachtsmen. Ginormous spec, thoughtfully conceived - so far she has managed 3 Med. seasons and because of a change of plans she is now for sale. She is UK VAT paid and is a stellar member of the sisterhood.
The Oyster 625 is a superb and proven blue water cruising yacht with fleet lines from Rob Humphreys giving her fast and rewarding sailing performance. She is large enough to operate with crew, yet compact enough for family sailing and with modest crew sizes. GREAT BEAR V is an exceptional example of her class. Commissioned for an experienced yachtsman with the idea in mind of a family world cruise, she has been thoughtfully specified to deliver on this goal, and she is fully of good ideas and her walnut and maple interior adds the requisite glamour. She is now for sale because of a change of plans and if offered in totally turnkey shape and is ready to cross oceans immediately.
Since taking delivery, we and GREAT BEAR V have sailed around 12,500 nautical miles, during which time we have enjoyed 3 glorious summer seasons in the Mediterranean. During this time GREAT BEAR V has always exceeded our expectations. She has been maintained to the highest standards regardless of cost and with excellent support from Oyster Palma and Vortec Marine. She has never been chartered and cruising has been undertaken with the family and friends, with the occasional use of professional crew. Because GREAT BEAR V is a much loved member of the family, when in cruising mode we have always protected all vulnerable surfaces including high traffic soleboards; ensuring all wood surfaces have remained as new.
GREAT BEAR V is now sadly for sale as our plans have changed, and she deserves to sail oceans rather than to undertake local cruising. I have found her easy to maintain and have hugely enjoyed every aspect of the creation and ownership of this special yacht. I know that her new owner will enjoy the outstanding build quality, blue water specification, good sailing and comfort as much as we have.
RCD Status: The yacht conforms with the essential safety requirements of Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) and is categorised A – “Ocean”
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Summary of Accommodation:
General Material Details:
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Description of layout:
The standard layout allows for a maximum of 8 berths, in 4 cabins, without using the saloon for sleeping, with 3 heads and showers.
The aft cabin is configured with a double berth offset from the centreline to port. There is a dressing table and seat, a hanging locker, a settee and lots of drawer and locker space. There is access forward to the aft head and shower to starboard, with a door to the galley to port.
There is a pull-out stainless steel ladder that gives deck access via the starboard aft overhead hatch.
The galley is located to port of the companionway.
GREAT BEAR’s crew cabin is fitted out for storage and sail stowage and can be accessed via its own deck hatch or the port side guest heads. It has a dedicated spinnaker bin; forward locker with AC power sockets; Dive generator with shelf above; Pipe cot above shelf and space for all deck cushions.
To starboard, forward of the saloon, is a double guest stateroom with one hanging locker and its own head complete with separate shower stall.
To port, is a twin guest cabin. Forward of the port twin cabin is a further WC and shower compartment. This acts as a ‘day’ head via the forward corridor.
The saloon has a large dining table with substantial removable hand hold and sofa area to starboard, outboard of which is a locker and a central shelf and hull ports outboard
To port of the main sofa is a comfortable reading seating area. A TV on electric lift is installed outboard of the settee. The chart area is at the aft starboard end of the saloon. All the navigation instruments are mounted here. The table can accommodate a half-folded Admiralty chart.
The AC and DC electrical panels are located in the chart table area. Aft of this is a twin berth guest cabin with upper and lower berths. Engine access is provided from this cabin.
All horizontal galley work surfaces are gloss black Avonite. These surfaces incorporate fiddles with Avonite upstands. Twin stainless steel sinks. Adjacent to one sink this Avonite surface incorporates routed draining grooves. A large rubbish bin is fitted inside a locker door at the forward end of the galley. There is also top access to this bin from the work surface.
A gimballed Force 10 cooker in stainless steel with 5 burners, grill and oven is fitted, all protected by a flame failure gas cut-off device. The cooker incorporates an electronic ignition system for all functions. A heavy gauge fiddle rail is fitted around the top of the cooker, which incorporates a pair of adjustable clamping pan holders. A harbour lock and cooker crash bar are fitted and the cooker is housed in a moulded GRP surround with radiused corners.
An electric gas solenoid valve controls the gas flow from the bottle and is operated remotely by an illuminated switch near the cooker. A fire blanket is fitted above the inboard counter.
Stowage is provided for crockery and cutlery, inboard of the galley sinks there is alsostowage for 6 x champagne flutes (in addition to other glasses) in galley and Bart spice bottles above fridge.
A front-opening stainless steel refrigerator and a freezer are built into the galley. Both boxes are fitted with valved drains plumbed to the bilge area. They are fitted with adjustable, fiddled shelves.
WC areas are fitted with Jabsco electric loos.
Each compartment is fitted with a quality moulded white washbasin set into a flat solid, high gloss Avonite surface. Hansgrohe mixer taps and thermostatic shower controls, together with towel rail, toothbrush tumbler and soap dispenser.
The heads compartments have a GRP moulding and timber locker fronts. All three shower stalls have acrylic shower doors.
Saloon and Chart Table:
The chart table area has all electronics flush mounted
The saloon table folds over to double in size and has a bottle locker and a removable grabrail on its top.
The saloon has seven deck saloon windows, of which two of the three forward ones open. There are six vertical fixed windows to the hull sides in saloon that give a 'seascape' vista whilst at anchor.
The saloon is accessed down the companionway is down a set of walnut steps, set into a stainless ladder frame. Two Oval stainless steel grab handles are fitted either side of the companionway opening. A vertical drop-down, acrylic washboard is installed in a vertical channel, which is drained. Flush-fitting locks enable the washboard to be set at three different heights.
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