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HYD Newsletter, Late 2014

The Humphreys studio is continuing its tradition of developing refined design solutions across a wide spectrum of naval architecture and yacht design. Its current portfolio represents a breadth of work that directly reflects its passion for life afloat, with each project drawing as well as building on a fairly unique synthesis of experience.

With the Boat Show season very much upon us there will be HYD representation at many of the major shows, including Monaco (an Oyster 825 is being shown) and Annapolis (where some Oysters and the Tempus 90 ‘Tempus Fugit’ are berthed in close proximity). Numerous Humphreys designs were also on show in Cannes and Southampton, including Oysters, Elans and Azuree 46s.


Oyster 825

The first Oyster 825, launched in late Spring, follows on from the successful 885 as a model that picks up advance orders before the first-in-class hits the water. 825/01 made a very impressive first showing - stiff, powerful and with an exhilarating pace considering the degree of comfort packed into her spacious hull. There are several of these yachts in build at the moment, and two already afloat. Indeed, the first of these will be shown in Monaco Yacht Show.


58m Interior Refit

HYD’s Interior Design division has been through a very busy nine-month period, carrying out complete interior re-design for a 58 metre motor yacht which is being transformed by RMK in Turkey. The first phase of the project was successfully completed on schedule, allowing the owner to enjoy the Summer season. This involved total redesign of the master suite and full rework of the entire crew accommodation. With the yacht soon returning to the yard, the remaining interior areas will be fully refurbished to the highest standards, all following in a mid-century modern style as favoured by the client.

Oyster 115

This project has been bubbling for a while but has accelerated significantly over the past few months as it gets into the detail design stages. The project has been fascinating for the Humphreys team, following on from the concept developed for the highly successful Oyster 885. As in all its work for Oyster over nearly twenty years, the new design will integrate blue water capability and robust, high quality construction with a turn of speed and handling quality that belies her luxurious appointment.


The Tempus Class

Wherever the first Tempus has sailed she has invariably drawn admiring glances and substantial interest. The areas of most significant attention are at 105ft and 150ft, although a really spectacular 175ft Tempus as well as a 125ft model are also projected. All share the same general idiom – classically good looking and with a rewarding turn of speed, with excellent balance and an ability to really utilise the power of the long overhangs. Tempus Fugit is nominated for an International Superyacht Society Award, and was runner-up in Classic Boat Magazine’s awards event. For Boat International Coverage of Tempus Fugit please click on the button below.


46m Performance Sailing Yacht

With confidence returning to the big boat market the Humphreys studio has invested a great deal of time into the design of a contemporary, high performance composite cruising yacht. With an emphasis on fast cruising – as well as Superyacht regatta potential – the new 46m’s hull form is a highly refined, race-proven formula with strategically aligned chines allowing a low wetted area hull to develop significant power when it’s needed. Fine tuning is being carried out on the studio’s in-house CFD platform, and a tank test programme is being planned to make sure that this yacht’s hydrodynamic performance will be as sharp as it can be.


Oyster 745

The Oyster 745 is a completely new design targeted at a sector hitherto well served by the Oyster 72 and 725. The new model is very much in the 885/825 idiom,  with twin rudders adding a level of easy control when pressed and a ballast ratio that will generate a powerful medium to heavy air performance. The 745’s internal volume is some 15% bigger than the preceding 725, adding immensely to comfort on board.



Monte Fino

The Monte Fino ecHo, runner-up in the 2014 UK Motor Boat Awards, has been receiving glowing reports in all her boat test reviews. Launched in 2013, the design of the ecHo 85 projects an explorer-style approach to suit her trans-oceanic capabilities. An extensive CFD and tank testing program was undertaken by HYD to ensure optimum efficiency through both the displacement and semi-displacement speed regimes, resulting in a super-efficient hull form and a vast cruising range compared to other yachts in her design class.


Oyster 675

Joining the 745 in what Oyster term their coupé band is the exciting Oyster 675, a new design only recently announced by the company and now running through its final design stages. This is the 18th Humphreys design for Oyster, and the model has the office really excited. With her long waterline, easy but powerful buttocks aft the boat should sit on her twin rudders and delver an excellent performance. The same steering package, combined with a high ballast ratio, enables the yacht to handle a really generous sail plan which in turn creates added zip in the light.



Elan Yachts

The Elan 400 was nominated for the 2014 European Yacht of the Year award. Demonstrating how the current Elan range is a gamechanging offering, the Elan 400 has the same basic accommodation as the older Elan 40 and Elan 410, but the exhilaration of the ride is of a totally different level with a blistering offwind pace. Tor Hove, a highly accomplished short-handed sailor, has been beating all manner of production boats and even matching speed with some Class 40s, yet with an ability to cruise in great comfort.




87' Café Racer Design

In development at the Humphreys office is this 87 foot high performance Café Racer. Constructed in pre-preg carbon / Nomex, this design utilises the latest in Grand Prix technology with clever integration of the composite structure and high-end interior. A light displacement, deep draft (lifting) T keel, powerful hull form and twin rudder configuration results in an exceptionally high power to weight ratio. Combined with a large sail plan, VPP work indicates that this design is capable of speeds well in excess of 20 knots downwind as well as exceptional light air performance.




The Azuree 46 was designed to deliver really comfortable Mediterranean/Caribbean cruising as well as an in-built raceworthy performance. It was immediately gratifying when the first of the class, Sleeper, was first in Class 2 in Antigua Sailing Week and second in IRC Class 1 in the unrelentingly tough RORC Caribbean 600 race, a real boneshaker of an event. The Humphreys team is currently working on a second model for Sirena Marine's Azuree Range.



Luce 38

The Luce 38 is currently in the final stages of construction at the Agantur Shipyard in Bodrum, Turkey and is due to premiere at the Istanbul Boat Show in February 2015. With advanced composite engineering by Gurit the construction is in infused epoxy, E-glass foam sandwich, with a carbon fibre reinforced structure. Powered by twin Volvo IPS400's the Luce 38 is targeted at a top speed of 40 knots.


Caribbean Racing 2014

There was no shortage of success for Humphreys designed boats during the 2014 Caribbean racing season. The new Azuree 46 ‘Sleeper’ owner by Jonty Layfield won Class 2 in Antigua Sailing Week. She also finished second in IRC Class 1 in the RORC Caribbean 600, competing in a highly completive class of other production yachts and custom IRC racers. The 90’ spirit of tradition Tempus Fugit enjoyed a successful debut on the Superyacht Regatta circuit, finishing 3rd In Class in the Loro Piana Virgin Gorda Superyacht Regatta. Please click on the button below to see some fantastic video footage of Tempus Fugit in action in Virgin Gorda.


US East Coast Racing 2014

After her success in the Caribbean, Tempus Fugit headed north for a summer of racing on the US East Coast. First up was the 160th New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta, followed by the Panerai Nantucket Opera House Cup, and the Newport Bucket. Tempus Fugit finished in the top three in Class at all these events and took line honours in the esteemed Opera House Cup. Some footage from onboard Tempus Fugit at the NYYC Annual Regatta can be viewed via the button below.



UK Racing 2014

It was another successful season for Humphreys designed yachts in the UK. At the 2014 IRC Nationals, the Elan 410 ‘Premier Flair’ won Class 2, following on from a Class win in the Warsash Spring Series. In this year’s Round-The-Island Race, ‘Zarafa’ (HOD35) and ‘Scenario Encore’ won their respective Divisions. Offshore, ‘Zest’ won IRC Class 2 and finished second overall in the RWYC Round Britain & Ireland Race and the Volvo70 'Monster Project' finished third overall under IRC in the in the RORC Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race Race.

Route du Rhum 2014

Having demonstrated a great deal of performance potential in 2013, the Humphreys designed Class 40 ‘Vaquita’ has recently been purchased by a top French team and is due to compete in this year’s singlehanded Route du Rhum Race. The race starts from Saint-Malo on the 2nd November and finishes in Guadeloupe. We look forward to announcing the new team in due course. Please click on the button below to see some fantastic video footage of the HYD Class 40 in action during last year's Transat Jacques Vabre, courtesy of Andreas Hanakamp.



Oyster Regattas & World Rally

The Oyster World Rally concluded in Antigua in April with 26 Oysters successfully completing the global circumnavigation. The Oyster World Rally, the first event of its kind, proved a huge success and led seamlessly into the Oyster Antigua Regatta, where all 35 of the yachts taking part were designed by the Humphreys office. Attention has now turned to the Oyster Palma Regatta which will take place during the first week in October, where 26 Oysters will be competing (24 of which are Humphreys designed).

The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) 2014

Good luck to all our yachts taking place in this year’s ARC. 20 Humphreys designs will be lining up in Las Palmas for the start of this  annual pilgrimage to Saint Lucia. The entry list comprises fourteen Oysters (including two of the newly launched 825s) as well as a number of other production designs built by Southerly and Elan, two Challenge 72s, the Humphreys 77 ‘Aglaia’ and the Volvo 70 ‘Monster Project’.


The Tempus Class

Humphreys Yacht Sales, headed by James Troup, has been particularly busy on the Tempus front, supporting the promotional exploits of this exciting and stunningly beautiful  contribution to the Spirit of Tradition world. James has recently returned from Newport from  various promotional events and will be manning Tempus Fugit at the Annapolis Boat Show. For all Tempus Class inquiries, please contact


HYD Class 40

The HYD Class 40, available from €325,000 (excluding sails, electronics and safety gear), represents exceptional value for such a highly refined and equipped package. The design is one of only two Class 40s in the entire fleet to hit absolute values of both minimum weight and maximum righting moment. Hull number one ‘Vaquita’ showed huge potential during her debut season, leading to a number of plaudits in the press: “Vaquita, acknowledged by many of the Class 40 skippers to be one of the two or three fastest boats in the fleet” Patrice Carpentier, Seahorse Magazine (Feb 2014). For all HYD Class 40 inquiries, including base specification, please contact


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