Ocean Alexander is the yacht line ranging from 70 up to 155 feet built by Alexander Marine International. The American shipyard based in Seattle approaches to motorboats in a very pragmatic way, trying to maximize owner and guests’ enjoyment aboard. Exteriors are important but not excessive, with glazed surfaces perfectly incorporated into a reassuring whole in the traditional style of the brand. Interiors are bright, with classic lines and offer a wonderful view on the sea, as it is customary today.
We visited the 100-feet flybridge model exhibited at the Miami Boat Show these days. The upper deck accommodates the main pilot station, located on the starboard side and enjoying a 360-degree view. The designer Evan K. Marshall has maximized the ergonomic efficiency of the boat by redesigning the location of both display and controls in order to make the captain’s life easier. The rest of the deck is entirely reserved for guests.
According to the shipyard, the new Ocean Alexander 100 flybridge is the largest yacht in its class. What certainly stands out is the large wet bar equipped with six seats which forms a counterpoint with the lunch table for 8 guests. Below the canvas structure which closes the aft deck there are a hot tub and a sun pad for two people. On the main deck, we immediately note the great work carried out by both designers and workers. The first room is a large bright saloon with a talking area on the left. Then, we enter the lunch zone, where all furnishings and wardrobes have been arranged around the formal 8-people table. All around, there’s room enough for a dishwasher and many other appliances. The wet bar, as a part of this zone, is functional for both the saloon and the lunch area.
In the galley, the arrangement of both counters and accessories will allow the chef to manage parties, lunches, cocktails, drinks and dinners professionally without any course limit. A wide pantry offers the necessary volume to stow dry food, snacks and spices while a wine cooler with cooled drawers makes the galley perfect for both shipping activity and charter market.
On the left of the inner wheelhouse, which is a perfect copy of the main pilot station installed on the fly bridge, a small lounge, named “Country Kitchen”, is the ideal place for informal meals or a relaxing cup of coffee. It features a warm wooden floor, a table, a large L-shape seat and three armchairs. Crew staff can easily access to the kitchen.
The saloon and the sitting room are also the entertainment centre of the boat; this is why they’ve been equipped with a tv, an audio-video system, a bar corner with a small cellar and an ice maker.
The 100′ Ocean Alexander is also available in a Skylounge version, where the fly bridge is replaced by an additional saloon which promises to be the guests’ favourite place. It will be equipped with a big tv, a table with raised seats and a toilet.
Sleeping quarters are on the lower deck. The full-beam master cabin is at midship, in the widest point of the hull and, as usual for boats of this size, it has a central king-size bed. Three lateral vertical windows flood it with natural light and the feeling of width is guaranteed by the presence of walk-in closet which prevents from needing additional lockers. The suite is separated from the engine room by two toilets ( for men and ladies respectively), both equipped with a shower box decorated with stone walls.
Always on the upper deck, the base of the private ladder providing access to the master cabin hides a small recess which accommodates a washer-dryer unit together with an additional space where to stow cleaning products and other materials.
Other three cabins complete the interior layout.
A Vip cabin is on the bow, equipped with a queen-size bed and (like all the other cabins) an entertainment audio-video system; the other two guest cabins, which receive light from two lateral windows, can have a double bed or two twin ones.
Crew quarters host three cabins and include captain’s rooms and a desk equipped with a N2KWiev system connected to a iPad device in order to check all the on-board systems.
The boat is fitted with two Cat C-32 Acert engines, each outputting 1925 HP.