Northstar Yacht Sales
Portsmouth, RI, US
Office: 401-683-9200
2008 Oyster 655
Boat Type: Cruiser Address: Portsmouth, RI, US Price: $1,100,000


The Oyster 655, designed by Rob Humphreys, is one of the G5 generation of cutting-edge Oysters, utilizing carbon fiber and Kevlar to keep weight to a minimum. The 655 has been designed to cruise the world's oceans in comfort and style with an emphasis on performance. The 655 is a powerful, responsive yacht, equally at home providing thrills on the race course or as a comfortable long-distance cruising platform. In terms of detail and finish, the Oyster 655 will not disappoint.

A good number of these 655's are owner-driven, but an equal number carry full time crew. The versatile four-cabin/three-head layout works well for both. Of special note is the owner's cabin, which is quite large with its own companionway access on deck, and perfect for live-aboard and extended cruising scenarios.

MATAWAI has the preferred layout with access to the large forward foc'sle via a passageway from below, key for offshore sailing.  Combined with the on-deck full-beam lazarette there is ample room for the cruiser and racer alike to store all the necessary kit such as scuba gear, inflatable SUPs, compressors, downwind sails, spare anchors, fenders - you name it!

The large sunken galley is open to the aft part of the salon, very much in keeping with today's lifestyle and preference for living and entertaining. But as important as the belowdeck spaces are, it is the cockpit on MATAWAI which is truly the focus and is nothing short of spectacular, anchored around a gorgeous teak table with built-in refrigeration, with loads of comfortable and protected seating. Twin wheels allow for enhanced sail handling and easy access to and from the large aft deck where more open-air seating in located with room for sunbathing as well.

MATAWAI is tastefully appointed and was updated extensively in both 2012 and 2014 (many details of which can be found in the listing). She is very well maintained and is priced competitively to sell. She represents a best-in-class opportunity amongst Oyster 655s and a great value in the market at large.

We invite your serious inquiry and close inspection. One has to see the engine room, bilge areas and organized lockers to fully appreciate just how "dialed in" this yacht truly is.


Basic Information

Manufacturer: Oyster Vessel Name: MATAWAI
Model: 655 Boat Type: Cruiser
Year: 2008 Hull Material: Fiberglass
Category: Sail Hull Type:
Condition: Used Hull Color:
Location: Portsmouth, RI, US Designer: Humphreys/Oyster Design Group
Flag of Registry:    

Dimensions & Weight

Length: 68 ft - 20.73 meter Draft - max: 9 ft 7 in - 2.92 meter
LOA: 67 ft 7 in - 20.6 meter Bridge Clearance: -
Beam: 18 ft 5 in - 5.61 meter Dry Weight: -


Make: Perkins Engine Type: Inboard
Model: M185c Drive Type:
Engine(s): 1 Fuel Type: Diesel
Hours: 3477 Horsepower: 187 (Individual), 187 (combined)
Cruise Speed: - Max Speed: 9 MPH
Range: - Joystick Control: No

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank: 502 gallons - 1 tank(s) Holding Tank: -
Fresh Water Tank: 422 gallons - 1 tank(s)    


Total Cabins: 4 Crew Cabins: 1
Total Berths: 2 Crew Berths: 1
Total Sleeps: 1 Crew Sleeps: 1
Total Heads: 3 Crew Heads: 1
Captains Cabin: No    



Air-conditioned Interior

  • 220V Cruisair air conditioning system, giving a total of 64,000 BTUs, incorporating: 
    • (2) 16,000 BTU condenser units:  (1) in engine room for aft cabins and (1) forward in saloon for forward cabins

    • (2) Stowaway, self-contained, 16,000 BTU units (for the saloon and galley)

    • (3) Remote air handler units

    • Circulation pump replaced (2014)

  • Nine berths in four cabins, excluding the saloon
  • Interior joinery finished in American Oak with Oyster 'millennium' styling, designed to be modern and coordinated, while remaining practical and durable at sea
  • Essential features include sculpted fiddles and grabrails, 'shadow-gap' joints between panels and Oyster custom knobs for lockers and drawers
  • Cabin sole in 'checkerboard' style teak (all floor panel gaskets replaced 2014)
  • Cantalupi night/courtesy lighting for companionway steps, each step in saloon area and master cabin, with entry switch at top of companionway (new 2012)
  • Custom shelving in galley, master cabin lockers and electronics lockers (new 2012)
  • All saloon and passageway sole boards refinished (2012)
  • Additional Cantalupi recessed lighting added in master head and over the navigation table (new 2012)
  • Galley surfaces in Avonite Night Pearl satin finish, with routered drainage grooves
  • Head surfaces in Avonite Kaleidoscope satin finish
  • Headlining in off-white vinyl (all Velcro replaced 2014)
  • Upholstery - Alcantara Anthracite in saloon, and Chic Grey in cabins
  • Lee screens on sea berths
  • Curtains/blind system to all cabins
  • Deck saloon Skysol blinds
  • Oceanair Skyscreens to all deck hatches
  • Flyscreens to all opening hull and coachroof ports
  • (7) 24V Caframo fans

From Forward

Forward Sail Locker

In forepeak, accessed from deck hatch, as well as watertight door below in starboard head

En-suite Head/Shower

Flush-mounted shower hose in headlining panel aft of door to foc'sle, large Vacuflush (500 Series) linked to freshwater supply, basin and stowage, opening port and hatch for light and ventilation

Starboard Forward Double Cabin

Double berth with four large drawers and lockers underneath. Hanging locker with fitted mirror. Outboard locker. Door to en-suite head

Port Forward Twin Cabin

Twin-berth cabin fitted with lockers beneath the lower berth, a hanging locker with fitted mirror, and locker with shelves

Day Head and En-suite Shower

To port with shower compartment, heads and basin. Access from both port forward twin cabin and forward passageway


  • Featuring a large, custom, slightly curved L-shaped settee to starboard and a slightly curved settee to port
  • Central to the L-shaped settee is a gorgeous fixed table with a fold-out center section with built-in hand grip
  • Locker with bottle stowage housed beneath table
  • Salon table and mast cover (new 2014)
  • Lockers outboard and behind saloon settee backs, as well as storage lockers beneath the seats
  • Book rack and lockers for stowage of Oyster crockery and glasses
  • Electric lift mount for TV in port side hullport recess
  • Bosch WVT1260 washer/dryer installed in the saloon


  • U-shaped with plenty of worktop space
  • Custom galley stainless steel backsplash, full length of sink bulkhead (new 2012)
  • Stainless steel Force 10 gourmet 3-burner stove and oven; custom-gimbaled, with protective stainless steel grab bar across front (new 2012)
  • Front-opening fridge and top-opening freezer, consisting of:
    • 24V DC @50 F for galley fridge with keel cooler
    • Frigomatic 24V DC @50 F twin compressors with twin plate for freezer box
  • Panasonic 900W microwave oven and browner
  • Twin stainless steel sinks
  • Seagull purifier water system, which also supplies ice maker, with dedicated faucet
  • Oyster customized Wedgewood bone china crockery
  • Oyster customized Sheffield stainless steel cutlery
  • A large rubbish bin is fitted under counter

Navigation Area

Located aft of saloon to starboard with chart table to accommodate half-folded Admiralty charts, bookshelf, areas for electronics displays and main electrical switch panels. Sony 19" PC screen linked to Furuno BB

Engine Room and Aft Passageway

  • (3) Access doors to engine room from aft passage
  • Large hanging locker with vent to engine room for drying

Aft Starboard Twin Guest Cabin

Twin berths with hanging locker, fitted mirror and set of drawers. Ventilated by a hullport and overhead coachroof port.

Owner's Stateroom

Aft double berth offset to port of the centerline with under-berth drawers. Dressing table and pair of large hanging lockers with mirror, abundant drawer and locker space. Sea berth with trotter box to starboard. Twin book racks. Four-brick safe. 26" LCD TV mounted on forward bulkhead. Lee cloth added to closet shelves (2012). This cabin also has its own companionway hatch from the aft deck, with a ladder offset to starboard.

Owner's Head and Shower

With separate shower stall, large Vacuflush (500 Series) linked to freshwater supply, basin and stowage.

  • Status TV/FM omni-directional antenna at masthead
  • KVH (HD 7) Global high-definition television-DirecTV: (2) receivers each for USA and Caribbean (new 2012)
  • Universal MX 3000 A/V remotes for saloon and owner's cabin (new 2012)
  • International Blu-Ray DVD players for saloon and owner's cabin (new 2012)
  • iPad/iPhone docks with wireless remotes for saloon and owner's cabin (new 2012)
  • Full boat WiFi (password connected; local or VSAT) (new 2012)


  • 32" LCD Sony TV on electric lift, in port side hullport recess (lift motor replaced 2014)
  • Bose Lifestyle 48 DVD home entertainment system in starboard aft locker with (4) Bose cube speakers with central speaker. Subwoofer under starboard side saloon seating
  • Sony Playstation 3 in starboard aft locker, linked to TV

Aft Starboard Twin Guest Cabin

  • Sony 26" LCD TV

Owner's Stateroom

  • 26" LCD TV on forward bulkhead
  • Bose 3-2-1 DVD/CD home entertainment system in aft starboard locker. Subwoofer under berth and (2) bulkhead mounted speakers on either side of the TV


  • (2) Pairs of waterproof Bose cockpit speakers

  • 24V ship's supply
  • 40A 24V alternator for start battery charging and Mastervolt 150A 24V high output alternator for domestic battery charging controlled by a Mastervolt Alpha Pro Regulator
  • (4) Rolls Surrette house batteries, Series 5000, Model 6CS 25P (new 2012)
  • (6) Red Top starter and bow thruster batteries (new 2012)
  • All battery cables new (2014)
  • (2) 100A Mastervolt MASS battery chargers
  • Mastervolt 220V MASS Sine inverter 24/2500W
  • Downlight-type halogen lights in polished chrome finish with downlighters over reading areas
  • Fluorescent lights and downlights in each head, as well as over the galley work surfaces
  • Reading light for each berth
  • (2) Perko exterior dome lights in engine room
  • (3) Rod "courtesy" footlights at deck saloon steps
  • Flexible chart table light
  • 220V/110/v mains AC ring main with (7) double 3-pin outlet sockets
  • 12V socket at chart table
  • 24V dry-plug socket at starboard pedestal for MCA fire-fighting system
  • Shaver sockets in each head

Exterior/Interior Lighting

  • Boom light over cockpit table
  • Pair of lower spreader lights
  • Lopolight LED tri white anchor/navigation light at masthead
  • Lopolight LED steaming light
  • Lopolight LED navigation lights at bow and stern
  • (8) Low-level LED lights in cockpit
  • White LED courtesy lighting on transom to light bathing platform
  • (2) Adjustable footlights, one on each satellite mast, custom installed with waterproof switch under aft step (new 2012)
  • LED bilge and engine room lighting (new 2014)

Shore Power

  • 30A Dockside shore power cable
  • Hubbell socket in transom, plus additional 30A shore power socket
  • Polarity changeover switch to alter polarity manually to operate with both shore supplies

  • Flush-mounted SIRS Marine Major 150mm diameter compass at each pedestal
  • Hand bearing compass
  • B&G H3000 CPU giving speed, depth, wind speed and analogue direction at each pedestal and chart table
  • B&G remote vision and base stations fore/aft
  • (4) B&G 20/20 displays at companionway
  • Furuno Sirius weather (new 2012)
  • Replaced 2012:
    • Furuno display starboard helm
    • B&G control at starboard helm
    • B&G wind indicator display port helm
    • Rewired B&G wind indicator top of mast
  • GOST Security and Nav tracker (ship movement tracking, perimeter fence alarm, smoke, high water, interior motion, entry/hatch and battery voltage warnings by text, email, and phone to multiple parties (new 2012) (installed updated unit and software 2014)
  • Furuno Navnet III blackbox radar/plotter linked to screen at chart table with separate keypad/trackball control. AIS receive only input
  • Furuno AIS - send and receive (new 2012) (splitter installed 2014 for Bermuda Race)
  • Simrad autopilot with monochrome graphic pilot display on port pedestal
  • Windex at masthead
  • ICS Nav 7 GMDSS Navtex
  • Simrad RS87 VHF with hailer horn function
  • Simrad RS87 VHF 2nd station including speaker at port pedestal
  • (2) Icom handheld VHF with charging socket at chart table
  • Emergency VHF antenna
  • Wide copper strip and twin large ground plates as SSB earth
  • Backstay insulated as aerial
  • KVH (V3) Global satellite phone (2 lines) and internet (new 2012)
  • (2) Panasonic 2-line phones with wireless handsets (new 2012)
  • Two-line cell/handset capability (US area code and local country area code) (new 2012)
  • Sony 19" PC screen


GRP hull is laid-up single skin with structural stringers and floors to Lloyds-approved design specification Hull laminate incorporating Kevlar and carbon fiber. High performance bulb (HPB) external lead keel with fully protected skeg-hung rudder. The stern design incorporates a bathing platform trimmed with teak slats and S/S steps for access to the stern deck. Built to comply with the requirements stipulated in the European Union's recreational craft directive (EURCD) to meet Design Category A - 'Ocean', and built to Charter Code:  MCA Category II.

Hull color White, with cove line and double boot top lines in Reichhold Black.

  • Deck structure molded in GRP with balsa core
  • Teak-laid decks
  • Walk-through teak-laid cockpit
  • Oyster deck saloon profile with 'G5' styling
  • The deck edge incorporates a bulwark which facilitates relatively flat side decks. The top of the bulwark is clean GRP finish with a new, modern and stylish rolled edge
  • Ample C-Quip stainless steel folding cleats, with extra pair on aft bulwark for stern-to mooring
  • Stainless steel grabrails atop deck saloon
  • Carbon passerelle with socket in top stem of transom
  • Stainless steel bathing ladder
  • Stainless steel pulpit, pushpit, and gateway midship stanchions
  • Stainless steel hinging boarding ladders close up to form the side-gates
  • Gate to pushpit
  • Life raft stowage built into pushpit
  • Custom stainless steel Satcom masts (port/starboard) on the stern (new 2012)
  • Stern quarter seats incorporated into pushpit
  • Lazarette locker with twin gas struts and stainless steel rail for rope stowage
  • Hot and cold freshwater deck shower in transom locker plus freshwater hose outlet
  • Gas locker for (2) 28 lb. bottles (all propane locker equipment new 2014)


  • Twin lectern-style pedestals with 46" Mini-Maxi stainless steel wheels with suede leather covers
  • Stainless steel mug racks on each pedestal

  • 105 lb. CQR main anchor
  • 66 lb. Danforth anchor
  • Spare 350' anchor rode (new 2012)
  • 10m/ 12mm chain and 100m/ 18mm warp attached by eye and shackle (new 2014)
  • Anchor stemhead fitting:  Custom stainless steel pin and strap support added
  • Lewmar 3000 vertical gypsy/drum windlass with remote control switch on port pedestal
  • Anchor washdown system (new 2014)
  • Anchor locker grate (new 2014)
  • (6) Lewmar alloy-framed deck hatches, plus additional hatches over cabins and heads according to MCA regulations
  • Gebo alloy-framed portlights in coaming
  • Gebo opening hullports
  • Cooney composite davits to take 400 kg load with strengthening webs bonded in lazarette

  • Cockpit table is teak and stainless with refrigerated coolbox
  • Coolbox has Frigomatic 24V refrigeration, direct water-cooled (new 2014)
  • Cockpit cushions (Sunbrella grey with black) with Ezi-dry foam/ cockpit throw pillows
  • Main companionway hatch with signature Oyster vertical sliding "drop down" washboard of acrylic which may be locked in three positions. Fitted with stainless ventilation grill
  • Dual wheel covers in elkhide


All in BLACK Sunbrella (all new 2012) to cool the cockpit and match the deckhouse trim and boot stripes

  • Dodger with elkhide grab bar
  • Full sectional bimini from dodger to helm (windows added 2014), with canvas stowage bag
  • Side curtains and aft sectional awning for mooring or aft deck
  • Cockpit boom tent (new 2014)
  • Forward awning over sun pads
  • Covers for cockpit table (new 2014) and dual-helm pedestals
  • Cockpit, foredeck, helm seats, pushpit cushions


Mast and Rigging

Rig pulled, all standing rigging removed, inspected and serviced, including touch-up paint in 2014, and certified for the Newport to Bermuda Race.

  • Cutter rig
  • Hall Mast (painted white) with hydraulic furling
  • Hall Boom (painted white) with in-boom hydraulic reversing outhaul
  • Solid vang
  • Hydraulic backstay legs and rams
  • Standing rod rigging
  • Reckmann hydraulic headsail furler (complete service at factory in 2014)
  • Reckmann hydraulic staysail furler
  • Spinnaker gear:  Cruising chute package with single carbon pole stowed vertically on mast, halyard, sheets, blocks, topping lift and downhaul
  • All running rigging replaced new (fall 2013)
  • Check stays replaced (2014)

Sails (All North Sails)

  • Genoa, staysail and in-mast mainsail in Spectra Gatorback S295TX
  • Mainsail (new fall 2013); genoa and staysail (new 2014, only used for light air in Bermuda Race)
  • Storm sail, storm tri sail (with attendant rigging on mast) (all new 2014, never used)
  • G2 gennaker - nylon gradient Norlon 150, including snuffer (serviced 2014)

Winches (Harken self-tailing) (complete service 2014)

  • (2) 3-speed electric primaries
  • (2) 2-speed secondaries
  • (1) 2-speed electric mainsheet
  • (1) 2-speed traveler control
  • (1) 2-speed reefing control line
  • (1) 2-speed genoa and staysail halyard
  • Deck-mounted electric halyard

  • Perkins Sabre M185C (3,477 hours, 6/19) - 6 cylinder 187 hp main engine with 24V start (engine blower new 2014) (installed new sound insulation in salon bilge areas 2014) (new gauges in cockpit 2014)
  • 3-Bladed 30" diameter Brunton feathering prop (removed and sent out for service 2014)
  • Ambassador AM20 rope cutter on shaft
  • New cutlass bearings (2014)
  • Onan 17.5 KVA generator (3,062 hours, 6/19) with e-QD digital display system
  • Maxpower CT325 - 18hp tunnel bow thruster with eyebrow
  • Whitlock Mamba torque rod linkage steering system, installed with twin remote pedestals, each incorporating a 46" diameter Mini Maxi type stainless steel wheel with elkhide covers, friction brake, and three-bearing pedestal steering unit (completely serviced 2014)
  • Lewmar 400 Commander hydraulic system located in foc'sle to operate headsail furling, staysail furling, mainsail furling and mainsail outhaul

  • Fuel:  502 US gallons in (2) GRP tanks
  • Water:  422 US gallons in (2) GRP tanks
  • Seafresh 206A - 220V AC water maker producing 104 liters per hour
  • Fuel and water tanks are coupled to a tank tender contents gauge. Back-up dipsticks are fitted and calibration charts supplied to all tanks
  • Hot water from an insulated 19-gallon tank heated by the engine's heat exchanger, or by thermostatically-controlled 220V, 1.25kW immersion heater elements powered by the generator or dockside power
  • Pressurized hot and cold freshwater system
  • U-Line SS95 icemaker - powered by main inverter and water supply from Seagull purifier
  • (3) Gravity discharge polypropylene toilet holding tanks for each of the (3) heads, fitted with Wema gauges
  • (2) Welded polypropylene greywater tanks are each fitted with a Rule mercury float switch and a Whale "Gulper' pump, to give automatic evacuation of all showers and washbasins. The galley sinks pump directly overboard via an electric Whale "Gulper' pump manually activated by a waterproof rocker switch
  • (2) Manifold systems in the main bilge area:  Linked stainless steel fabrications fed by (2) 2" strainers and seacocks. Aquafax heavy-duty 2" chromed bronze water strainers for the aft manifolds and 1.5" for the forward manifold. All seacocks are quarter-turn de-zincification resistant (DZR) copper alloy reinforced ball valves with bronze through-hull fittings. The main engine and generator exhausts each have a GRP standpipe

  • Sea-Me active radar transponder on masthead, with control at chart table
  • Echomax 230r radar reflector on mast above radar dome
  • Par 34600 electric and Henderson MkV manual bilge pumps (Bermuda Race portable bilge pump new 2014)
  • Horseshoe lifebuoys with lights
  • Danbuoys
  • Webbing jackstays
  • MOB button
  • Emergency tiller
  • Preventer lines fixed on main boom to attach to lazy pole downhaul guy
  • (8) Mounted fire extinguishers and automatic fire extinguisher in engine bay
  • Electric 24V DC water pump with suction hose from cockpit to sea, emission hose and nozzle long enough to reach all cabins to meet MCA firefighting regulations
  • Bilge level alarm at pedestals and LED indicator at main DC panel
  • Gas alarm
  • Fire shutters to engine space intake/discharge ductings with remote operation
  • Auto fire protection in rear of AC/DC electrical panel
  • Gas detector in galley with (2) sensors
  • Fog horn on mast
  • In-line ¼-turn valves to water and fuel tank breathers
  • Back up Nav Lights (Bermuda Race 2014)

New Safety Equipment

  • Solas approved hydrostatic inflatable life vests with integral harnesses, strobes, whistles, tethers and jacklines; with additional flashlights; knives; SRS AJS PAB; PLB's
  • (8) Adult offshore PFDs; (2) Child offshore PFDs
  • Stanchion-mounted hydrostatic release EPIRB
  • Stanchion-mounted pair of life rings
  • (2) Stanchion-mounted strobes
  • Stanchion-mounted MOB pole
  • Stanchion-mounted life sling with block and tackle

ARC Ditch Bag

  • (2) Life vests (hydrostatic release)
  • EPIRB, Iridium phone, marine SAR receiver RDF, handheld GPS, SART
  • Emergency VHF, (2) emergency VHF antennas
  • E-tech GPS, strobes, hand crank strobe, radar reflector
  • PLB, waterproof flashlight (SOS), flashlights and hand-held spotlights, flares (assorted)
  • Handheld compass
  • Signal mirror, horn, whistles
  • Leatherman, knife
  • PUR water maker, water, K-Rations
  • Medical kits, hypothermia blankets/suits
  • Drogue and rode, heaving lines
  • Fishing gear
  • Bailer/water collector
  • Batteries, matches, sponge

  • (10) Mega fenders, lines and covers (new 2012)
  • (8) Dock lines; anchor snubber; towing bridle with custom integrated chafe guards, eyes, and bitter end whipping (new 2012)
  • Heyco marine tool kit
  • Assorted tools, spares and manuals


All personal belongings and all other items not expressly listed in the above inventory are excluded from the sale. 

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Northstar Yacht Sales, LLC is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Wellington Yacht Partners, LLC.


Location Map

Northstar Yacht Sales
Portsmouth, RI, US
Office: 401-683-9200