Originally built as OYSTERCATCHER XXV for the then owner of Oyster Yachts, Richard Matthews, she is the second of the successful Oyster 72 series. She is a far from standard yacht with her carbon hull and deck. The interior looks like a normal Oyster interior but it is built using lightweight joinery.
As built, the forward section of the yacht was open to keep weight out of the ends and for sail storage and she has a carbon rig. She has proved herself to be astonishingly quick.
After losing her original rig on her first Atlantic crossing, the chainplates were reinforced and a new carbon rig was fitted.
After changing hands, her condition deteriorated, but fortunately for CRAZY HORSE she was rescued by this owner who did a keel up refit to the yacht in 2016. We have listed the main items in this document but there was an enormous amount of other work too, to bring her to proper bluewater cruising condition.
Her forward section was redesigned to provide a new VIP cabin with a large double berth, desk and plenty of storage space. There is also a comfortable heads compartment and a separate shower room. A watertight bulkhead is forward of these and a watertight door gives access to a forward lazarette.
As a safety measure she was coded to MCA Category 2 to ensure that she had everything that she needed for a planned world cruise. Sadly, this has not come to pass, and CRAZY HORSE is now offered for sale in tiptop shape and ready for a new owner to fulfill this plan.
CRAZY HORSE is so much more than just an Oyster 72. She is a ferociously quick bluewater cruising yacht that has the potential to sail in international regattas for fun also and to put up a good account of herself. She will also offer her new owner fast passage times.
In 2016, I retired from a successful professional career, and so was free to pursue my dream of spending a few years cruising the world; visiting remote and beautiful places on the way. Sailing has been my passion for many years and, whenever I have been out on the water, my attention had always been drawn aesthetically to Oysters Yachts.
Researching the brand, it became clear that they had a reputation as capable bluewater yachts; well-designed and built, robust and equipped with all amenities to ensure safety, comfort and luxury. But, in addition to cruising far-flung places, I was keen to participate in regattas and races. I loved the adrenaline of competition and I wanted a fast and nimble yacht that would see me cross the finish line at the front of the fleet.
When I learned that CRAZY HORSE (ex. SPIRIT OF MONTPELIER ex. OYSTERCATCHER XXV) was for sale and that she had a full carbon-fiber hull and mast, and had been built by the founder of Oyster expressly to race competitively (and very successfully), I knew that she had the pedigree I wanted.
The first inspection revealed that she had sadly fallen into a state of disrepair and I knew that a full rebuild and refit would be required. But, for me, this represented a positive opportunity to create exactly the CRAZY HORSE I wanted. Other than the hull and mast, which were sound, she was a blank canvas and, in refitting her virtually from scratch, I could be sure that all systems were fully modernized and reliable. I could also add personal touches and customize her to suit my own taste, including redoing the interior in rich teak joinery throughout the yacht.
After a year of intensive work, followed by continuous improvements and upgrades over subsequent sailing years, I am satisfied that CRAZY HORSE has been rebuilt to the highest standards, with a special emphasis on safety and reliability. She is now a very special yacht that stands out from others.
To emphasize this, and for nostalgic reasons harking back to my younger days as a motor racing fan of Bentley, Aston Martin, Lotus and Jaguar, I chose to paint CRAZY HORSE in the distinctive “British Racing Green” livery, with a metallic finish as an extra flourish. There are enough white and blue yachts out there, so CRAZY HORSE is different and she does not go unnoticed!
Sadly, circumstances conspired to scupper my plans of cruising the world, and so I have reluctantly decided to sell CRAZY HORSE. My consolation is that the new owner will fully appreciate her for what she now is – a high-performance yet luxurious and practical yacht that will provide many years of speedy and comfortable cruising, while also satisfying the sailor who wants to test his or her competitive skills and fighting spirit. Those who know the history of the real Crazy Horse will appreciate what I mean by this!
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