Ocean Alexander has gotten high marks for seaworthiness and safety throughout its 40-plus-year history. With the introduction of the new Revolution series, which it recently developed with yacht designer Evan K. Marshall, the shipyard has added another attribute—sexiness.
The highly contemporary Ocean Alexander 90R, the first model in the series, made its debut at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. It was moored diagonally—so showgoers could take in her profile at a glance—and stern-to the face dock with its unique sliding-glass transom doors opened to reveal the beach club. This inviting space is set up like a chic little bachelor pad with a sofa, wet bar and TV mounted in the bulkhead where you can watch the game while keeping an eye on the kids diving off the swim platform.
“In this size yacht, I don’t think anyone else has a beach club like this,” said Marshall, who was showing the 90R off to clients. (The only other Ocean Alexander to feature one is the 120 Megayacht.)
Marshall is also justifiably proud of the interior that he and the Ocean Alexander design team created for the yacht. The shipyard’s design directive was simple—make it contemporary, in line with the current tastes of its American clientele with an unequivocal connection to the water. The results were crystal (ahem) clear: The salon, skylounge and main-deck master suite have some of the largest windows I have ever seen in a yacht.
The yacht’s interior furnishings, woods (oak with ebony and walnut accents), Cambria quartz stonework, soft goods and the other décor that shares space with this abundant glazing are all low-profile and neutral in hue, providing a backdrop that is elegant yet carefully designed to complement the windows rather than distract from them. The 90R’s windows also inform its exterior design, providing wide swaths of dark glazing that contrasts sharply with the white hull and superstructure.
“All the other boats I’ve had have been classics,” said the owner, a veteran yachtsman who has owned 10 boats over 100 feet and at least 20 more smaller ones. “We think [the 90R] is way ahead in terms of traditional design, and it will be the style of boat that people will want in the future.”
Ocean Alexander, which offers yachts up to 155 feet, is a semi-production builder that understands its owners’ need to personalize their onboard living space. The standard layout has a VIP suite forward with a full, walkaround king berth, sofa and commodious en suite. This truly large suite, made possible by the volume afforded by the yacht’s plumb bow, can also be configured as two twin cabins—both en suite.
Likewise, the amidships area forward of the engine room bulkhead can be arranged as two king berth suites, two twin berth suites or—luxuriously—a second full-beam master suite. Therefore, an owner theoretically could specify sleeping accommodations for as few as six guests on board, or as many as 10. The owner of hull number one said he plans to operate the yacht himself with the help of a mate who has been with him for 15 years. However, for owners who prefer to let a captain do the driving, the crew’s quarters accommodate up to three. —Louisa Beckett
Displ. (approx.): 206,800 lbs.
Fuel: 3,000 gal.
Water: 450 gal.
Power: 2/1,600-hp MTU 10V2000
Cruise Speed: 21 knots
Top Speed: 26 knots