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On Board: Sailing Yacht Twilight

The 125-foot Oyster is Hull No. 1 in the builder's superyacht range


Date toured: December 2013

Twilight is a 125-foot Oyster sailing yacht that is Hull No. 1 of the builder’s largest model ever. She launched in March 2013 and did 10 weeks of cruising in the Mediterranean with the owner onboard, then made her way to the Caribbean to enter the charter market in winter 2013-14.

Cruising throughout the Mediterranean gave Twilight a thorough testing as a new design: She was in Turkey, Greece, Croatia, Italy, and Malta in just a handful of months. The crew also sailed her to the Caribbean on her own bottom, instead of having her shipped, which means all in all Twilight has done about 10,000 miles on the water since her launch. Chief mate Sam Kempson told me the crew even managed a 300-mile day during the transatlantic.

“We got from Gibraltar to here [Antigua] in 13 days,” he says. “The top speed so far that I’ve seen is 17.7 knots. The captain said he got her to 18.2, but my 17.7 was the only speed the rest of the crew witnessed.”

All friendly joshing aside, Twilight’s first months on the water give Oyster the right to call her a proven model, even though she’s new to the sailing scene. And while she hadn’t booked any charters yet as of my onboard visit in late 2013, the captain had done close to 100 during his career on other boats, and the chef had been with the captain for about 15 years, also bringing a great deal of charter experience. That bodes well for good sailing vacations.

Twilight herself is contemporary and comfortable. She is built for charter with a neutral Rhoades Young décor that most people will find inviting. Her interior is done in light oak, and in some places, the headroom seems extraordinary for a sailing yacht of any size.

She accommodates eight guests in four staterooms. The master has a king-size bed, and one cabin has twin beds. The other two cabins have queens that can be divided into twins depending on the charter party’s needs. It’s a smart layout.

There’s great guest seating in the protected cockpit as well as on the flying bridge, which will let you feel the sun on your cheeks and the wind in your hair under way. Should the weather turn, it’s also comfortable in the main salon, which has seating for 10 along with a large 3D television and theater surround sound.

The lowest weekly base rate to charter Twilight is $90,000 this winter in the Caribbean or during summer 2014 in the Mediterranean. Oyster Yacht Charters is the management company, and any reputable charter broker can tell you more.—Kim Kavin

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