Like her immediate predecessors, the Oyster 62 is an evolution of the Oyster design philosophy, building on original concepts rather than replacing them. It is not so much a case of more of the same as better of the same, with steps forward which are sometimes subtle and sometimes substantial, but always gauged against the widely understood sense that is encapsulated within the Oyster hallmark - comfort, safety, performance, reliability, and durability. In the 62 the Oyster aficionado will feel completely at ease. The same sense of proportion exists between performance and comfort, between aesthetic considerations and ergonomic musts, between structural efficiency and durability. The hull shape philosophy carries on from the 56, 53, and 66. A relatively long waterline and a sensibly proportioned beam to length ratio not only means a high speed potential, but a relatively voluminous hull capable of delivering a spectacular interior, further enhanced by Dick Young's efforts as the latest member of the design team. His scope in this respect is enhanced by the relatively generous freeboard, a feature employed by the other most recent Oysters, to produce increased reserves of buoyancy for a drier ride and a wider range of stability. As ever, the goal with the Oyster 62 is to produce a well-balanced yacht that is light and responsive to steer but tram-like in terms of directional stability. The underwater profile features a typical Humphreys keel, with its low center of gravity and streamlined high performance bulb configuration. The righting moment produced is significant for the size of yacht, enabling her to carry her large rig well. The careful mix of parameters will give her an easy efficiency throughout the wind range, through light to heavy, from smooth to rough.
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