VIDEO: Oyster installs Yanmar on larger yachts

Following installations on the 50-foot Oyster 495 bluewater cruiser, British boatbuilder Oyster Yachts has now selected the Yanmar engine to be a standard fit for the 60-foot Oyster 565 and 595 yachts.

In the video below, Oyster Yachts’ chief commercial officer, Paul Adamson, highlights the benefits and features of the Yanmar 110-hp unit, as well as the significant synergies between the partners.

The film, shot in Palma de Mallorca, focuses on Oyster 495 hull number one, Carpe Diem, and hull number two, Tuga, owned by Formula 1 celebrity Eddie Jordan — both fitted with the Yanmar 4JH110 diesel engine, SD15 sail drive, and VC20 controls.

Adamson says: “Something really important to us as a brand is reliability, as is quality, craftsmanship, love, care, and attention that go into the yachts that we build. So when we choose an engine partner for our yachts, we look for exactly the same qualities.

“As a sailor, there are a few things that I can tell you are absolutely superb about the Yanmar engine. Not only is it quiet, and really fuel efficient, but it’s also hugely reliable. We were thrilled to collaborate with Yanmar on the Oyster 495 and excited about plans to fit the Yanmar larger engine as standard on the Oyster 565 and 595.”

Former Formula 1 team owner and experienced sailor, Eddie Jordan adds: “Rob Humphreys and Oyster’s in-house design team did a great job designing the 495. It is the baby of the Oyster fleet and for me, it is the little treasure. She’s a dream to sail, but when the wind drops the super efficient Yanmar engine takes her to her happy place of nine knots effortlessly. She is the jewel in the crown, which Oyster hasn’t had for a little while, and it is the perfect boat for young people to learn what it is like to go bluewater sailing.”

Oyster 495 Tuga
Oyster 495 Tuga

The Yanmar 4JH110 Common Rail, 4-cylinder, direct injection marine diesel inboard engine selected by Oyster is specifically produced for the marine environment. The firm says it surpasses global standards for virtually odour and smoke-free operation as well as keeping fuel consumption to a minimum and optimising performance with precise, digitally controlled fuel injection.

The engine is coupled to the SD15 sail drive solution, said to provide the boat owner with the experience of low vibration and noise on-board, low drag, improved propulsion efficiency, and fuel consumption with excellent hydrodynamic efficiency.

Included in the specification of the Oyster 495, the VC20 Vessel Control System offers dedicated control modes for all Yanmar control system functions.

Floris Lettinga, sales and marketing director of Yanmar, says: “Oyster Yachts is recognised as the creator of the world’s finest luxury bluewater sailboats, which are designed with meticulous attention to detail, so YMI is delighted to align with these standards in our ongoing partnership.

“With a continued focus on supplying the most innovative marine propulsion systems with a commitment to sustainability and to protecting the environment, we look forward to working with Oyster to enhance the experience for owners, their crew, friends and family.”

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