Any cruising boat worth the moniker has to coddle her crew and guests in safety and comfort belowdecks, and the Oyster 625 is more than capable in this regard. Humphreys designed her as a live-aboard cruising yacht and, germane to that purpose, carried a large percentage of her maximum beam well aft. This allows a wide master stateroom and a lot of surface area under the waterline to help her surf down the face of waves. The master suite lives under the working cockpit and gets natural light from portlights in the coaming and in the topsides. In spite of our semitropical location, I immediately pictured myself and a significant other sharing this cozy area on a cold and dreary day somewhere in Labrador — maybe one of us stretched out on the settee and the other wrapped in a down duvet, sipping champagne and reading. Two translucent hatches in the overhead open onto the afterdeck. The only other way out of the master is via the linear galley on the port side. Opposite the galley and on the starboard side of the engine room is a stateroom with upper and lower berths. These are terrific sea berths, being close to the companionway and located very near the yacht’s center of buoyancy. Motion there will be as good as it gets in any kind of seaway. On the other hand, the shower stall in the master head intrudes on this little cabin. If I were planning to cruise the world aboard the 625, I’d ask Oyster to make a workshop in this space and provide easy access to the engine room. Then I’d use the settees in the salon for sea berths if I could rig easily stowed lee cloths.
Maple woodwork and white overheads add to the cheeriness of the 625’s interior. Three large vertical windows in the topsides port and starboard light up the salon and give the occupants a sloshy view of the yacht’s progress. I love to watch the water rush by on the leeward side of the hull.
In addition to the standard layout, Oyster offers one with crew’s quarters (instead of stowage) in the forepeak. The tight space has an upper and lower berth, a toilet and a sink. Less these quarters, the 625 has sleeping space for eight in four staterooms, which is wonderful for an extended family or the charter trade.
Oyster Marine has established its own extended family of owners. These yachtsmen regularly race one another, sail in rallies and gather for rendezvous. This strong family feeling helps keep owners loyal to the brand, and it attracts new ones. The 625 promises to perpetuate this tradition — more food for any sailor’s soul.
Draft (standard): 9’2”
Draft (shoal): 7’1” Also available with SuperShoal keel centerboard
Displ. (standard keel): 73,854 lb.
Engine: 1 x 180 hp Volvo D4 diesel
Fuel: 449 gal.
Water: 317 gal.
Sail Area (150 percent foretriangle): 2,538 sq. ft.
Sail Area/Displ. Ratio: 22.3
Displ./LWL Ratio: 182
Base Price: $3.4 mil. delivered U.S.
Oyster Marine USA, 401-846-7400; oystermarine.com
Oysters have been a favorite of gourmets and romantics for centuries, but this 625 fuels the sailor’s soul.