A jet-powered motorboating gem from a yacht manufacturer

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Overall score:90%


  • A pull-out awning makes for an all-weather cockpit


  • Sleeping quarters aren't huge


Oyster Marine OM43


Price as reviewed:


Oyster Marine is a much-respected yacht builder and took the decision a few years ago to branch into power.

The result was the naval-looking, jet-powered LD43 with its fantastic interconnecting wheelhouse and cockpit. In 2008, the OM43 was launched to replace the LD43, and the result is a motorboat of real pedigree.

The new model has had an internal redesign to accommodate two adult-sized cabins without denting the serious socialising aspect of its through-saloon and cockpit.

A re-jig in the saloon-level wheelhouse – which now houses the galley – and some tweaking to the superstructure itself has delivered much-improved visibility.

Being jet-powered, this boat can operate in particularly shallow water, plus there is hardly any danger of getting the sterngear fouled.

The drives push the OM43 to a flat-out speed of 30 knots, and a cruising speed of 23 knots, at which you’ll get just under a mile a gallon.

An option of joystick control for the drives makes this boat a breeze to manoeuvre.

Tested November 2009

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Classic looks, solid engineering and the left-field kudos of jet drives make this an attractive package


Displacement:12 tonnes
Top Speed:30 knots
Fuel Capacity:365gal (1660lt)
Beam:13ft 5in (4.09m)
Cruising Speed:23 knots
Water Capacity:75gal (340lt)
RCD Category:B
Length Overall:43ft 6in (13.26m)
Engines:twin Cummins 480hp diesels on Hamilton jet drives