One of the first things I noticed about the Oyster 655 is that this is a big boat. Her LOA of 67 feet, 7 inches and beam of 18 feet, 5 inches easily accommodated the five of us for our test sail. "Five is a really comfortable number for a long passage," said the Peter Lloyd, the British owner of Matchmaker, our test 655. "We crossed the Atlantic last year with five on board." (Thanks to the equipment, short-handed sailing is not out of the question, however.) The mainsail is rolled into a carbon fiber mast and electric winches make handling the sails an easy assignment. Matchmaker was designed with cruisers in mind, but Oyster also offers a high performance version for owners looking to be more competitive around the buoys.