The Oyster 45 was conceived as a worthy successor to the Oyster 435, offering improved performance and accommodation. As a benchmark, the Oyster 435 "Hookey of Hamble" was overall cruising division winner of the Europa Around the World rally. The 45 features a low centre of gravity bulb keel which provides great performance proven by winning her class in a recent Heineken Regatta. Her combination of performance, comfort, good looks, and seagoing practical features ensures that the Oyster 45 really is a cruiser with winning ways. Owners who prefer a conventional lazarette locker will be attracted by an option to extend the overall length of the Oyster 45 to 47 feet, allowing for a spacious aft lazarette and a pair of deck lockers in the aft coachroof.