You can’t talk about dream yachts without someone dropping the Oyster name in the first few minutes. Designer Rob Humphreys’s brief for the new 655 was for a boat that combined luxurious amenities with first-class performance. The latter was achieved not only by clever hull design, but by the extensive use of carbon fiber and Kevlar throughout the boat. If you didn’t think luxury could be lightweight and quick, this boat proves you wrong. LOA 67ft 7in, LWL 59 ft. 6 in., beam 18ft 5in, draft 9ft 8in, displacement 85,980 lbs., sail area 2,138 sq. ft., design Rob Humphreys, builder Oyster Marine. Oyster USA: 401 846 7400.
Iconic Merlin in the Biennial Newport-Bermuda Race
If you’re over 40 and know anything about sailing, you probably know exactly who Bill Lee is. The image is clear: bushy brown hair escaping from a Gilligan-style bucket hat, oversized sunglasses and a wrinkled flower-print button-down shirt. We (I’m 43) can also picture the ...read more