One of the biggest boats at this year’s SCIBS was the Ocean Alexander 85 Motor Yacht, a stunning four stateroom mini superyacht that defines the builders ability to produce vessels that exceed expectations.
The Ocean Alexander 85 Motor Yacht cues its styling from the 112 and 120 motor yachts in the builder’s collection. This all new design, four stateroom yacht, has an interior decor in keeping with that of the finest of luxury yachts, while holding true to Ocean Alexander’s heritage of rugged sea-going capabilities. With wide open layouts and large windows that give her a contemporary feel and look, she can serve as either an owner-operator or crewed vessel. The oversized fly bridge is planned and engineered to provide maximum functionality for entertaining both family and friends, and with her four stateroom en-suite configuration, she optimises her size, where she to be put into charter.
The Ocean Alexander 85 Motor Yacht weighs in at just under 84 tons, with a maximum draft of 1.80m. From entry into the main saloon, the sight line extends through the yacht out to the bow, providing a feeling of expanse and openness. Capable of sleeping up to eight guests plus two crew members, the 85 Motor Yacht is a logical choice for an owner who seeks a yacht suited for weekend and extended cruising, “fly-in” capability, and the flexibility to charter.
By its very design, the mission of the Ocean Alexander 85 Motor Yacht is simple: to create as much useable space for enjoyment through efficient engineering and detailed ergonomic design, right down to the function and livability of the crew quarters. In this regard, the flying bridge is certainly no exception, providing a large entertaining space where more than two dozen could gather comfortably.
Clean, yet functional, the fly bridge of the 85 Motor Yacht is its central gathering space, where entertaining is its focus. With its day galley and wet bar, flip down 32″ TV and A/V system, guests, family and friends will gravitate to the fly bridge. The bar has five fixed stools and a granite surface countertop.
A 795kg. hydraulic davit raises and lowers a 4m tender which is secured in the aft section of the bridge – a location that we call the “boat deck.” When the tender is launched, and the deck chocks removed, this space can serve double-duty as a place for folding chaise lounges for sunning and reading. At night it can add space for a large cocktail party. The helm station
on the fly bridge is located on the center line and has two Stidd helm seats, with an armrest control at the captain’s chair which is linked to the Garmin Navigation package, and twin multifunction displays.
An option offered by Ocean Alexander for the 85 Motor Yacht is to enclose the fly bridge, creating a sky lounge. With this option, a day head is added along with double opening aft bullhead stainless doors to open the space. Some owners like this option because it creates a large inside living space without a commensurate increase in price. Others prefer to have an open-air fly bridge with the option of buttoning it up with isinglass when desired.
The 85 Motor Yacht’s hull is vacuum-infused to ensure a high-glass to resin lamination ratio. A reinforced collision bulkhead forward is made of cross-knit directional carbon fibre in high-stress areas for added structural integrity and torsional strength. This is unusual in boats of this size.
Marine-grade aluminum beams are utilised in the decking sub structure, bulkheads and overheads, providing greater rigidity and a more monolithic structure. This helps to prevent hull racking and warping while underway in challenging sea conditions, further eliminating the “creaking” sounds heard all too often on yachts which do not employ this technique.
It is important for consumers to understand that the Ocean Alexander 85 is built to highly regarded standards set down by the ABYC, ABS, Norske Veritas, in addition to meeting CE standards.
Awesome Aft Deck
The stern platform provides ample room for the loading and staging of luggage, gear and supplies. It also becomes a “mini marina” when friends come over by tender to attend a cocktail party or dinner. The upside down “U”-shaped stainless steel safety rails are a stylish way to keep guest aboard during cocktail parties and when casually fishing off the stern when at anchor. The aft deck is accessed from the curved staircases to both port and starboard. Courtesy lights illuminating the treads make footing sure at night.
A granite counter topped wet bar with a sink, refrigerator, and icemaker, is incorporated into the aft deck to make this the primary social area in the evening when not entertaining a large group. The transom dining settee has a teak table, where seating for an additional four can be added. Since the flying bridge extends to the transom, the space is completely covered and a flip down 32” LCD television is located in the overhead.
The whole aft deck can be enclosed in isinglass to create a cozy sun room in cool weather. To starboard are throttle and thruster controls for manoeuvering and docking which should make it easier for an owner/operator. Port and starboard are large cleats with warping winches on platform that make line handling a pleasure for family and friends, if need be.
The stainless steel rails which begin at the stern, continue the length of 85 Motor Yacht above the cap rail to the bow. On the foredeck is a twin sun pad with SS rails on either side.
SALOON AND DINING.
The sliding glass doors with polished stainless steel frames from the aft cockpit into the saloon offer a push button open control. The enlarged windows in the saloon are custom engineered to incorporate marine grade aluminium beams allowing for industry leading window expanse. Furniture is not built in, which signals both elegance and comfort. Below the cushions are storage compartments. Air conditioning ducts are located on the bottom of stylish overhead cornices which also contain indirect lighting. All cabinetry in the salon and dining area is matched-booked walnut. Countertops and side boards have in-laid granite tops. It is important to note that joiner work, carpet and countertops are all up to the owner, as is the furniture and much else in the Ocean Alexander 85 Motor Yacht.
A narrow cabinet separated the saloon from the dining area. The eight-person formal dining table is athwartships on the starboard side. Again the emphasis is on plenty of room. Even on 85-footers some designs have a hard time fitting such a large table into the living space without compromises.
In keeping with the formal dining area, the galley is hidden behind a bulkhead which separates the two areas. This is a traditional arrangement on a motor yacht of this size. If wanted, a pocket door could even be inserted here, in order to separate the sounds and smells from the galley even more, if desired.
What is not so traditional about this galley layout was the forward side of the galley which is open forward to a dinette, creating what is a country kitchen effect. Granite countertops and marble flooring appoint the rich detailed finish of the cabinetry, which includes the storage and overhanging cabinets, and overhead dish locker forward.
The helm of the 85 Motor Yacht is located to port of the centerline. A single Stidd mechanical captain’s chair is placed in front of leather wrapped destroyer wheel and the helm contains a navigation package comprised of literally every electronic device of vessel of this size should have and many more than we have seen on some commercial vessels of twice the size.
Visibility from the helm is sweeping with unimpeded sight lines over the bow through the tempered, five panel windshield, each glass having its own wiper and washer.
FOUR CABINS & FOUR ENSUITES
Access to the accommodation deck is via the lit staircase situated on the centreline, to the right of the helm station. Proceeding down the staircase and turning aft, beyond the two guest staterooms, the passageway leads to the master stateroom. There is a storage closet beneath the staircase and washer and dryer forward and to starboard.
The master stateroom on the 85 Motor Yacht is huge and is full-beam. It enjoys a true king-sized bed flanked by nightstands. A bureau and vanity are installed to starboard with a sofa to port. The windows are custom engineered to incorporate aluminum beams and “sandwiched glass” construction allowing 28% greater visibility and more incoming light, says the builder. The his-and-hers cedar-lined closets are full height with automatic lighting and glass faced lighted drawers.
Since the master suite has two walk-in closets, it follows that it should also have his-and-hers heads. Bare feet will appreciate marble decks that are heated. Between the two heads is a large shower stall large enough for at least two people. All four of the en-suite heads on the 85 Motor Yacht incorporate the same high quality features. In this case: walnut wood bulkheads and cabinets with marble countertops, china sinks, Planus toilet systems, and seamless fiberglass shower stalls with one-piece glass doors and a marble frame.
The forward VIP stateroom enjoys a large sized bed, a cedar-lined closet with automatic lighting, a 24″ LCD television with DVD and satellite receiver, and an en-suite head.
Each with its own en-suite head, the port and starboard guest staterooms also contain a 24″ LCD TV and cedar-lined closets. The starboard cabin enjoys a full-sized bed, while the port side has two twins.
The crew living space is accessed either through the hatch in the transom, or a door in the aft deck. There is a galley, crew washer and dryer, shared head and two cabins. This particular crew quarters doubles as a Cabana. Allows for day head and rest/eat area for swimming and out of water activities without needing to access the saloon & main deck interiors. Perfect for our Australian and Kiwi outdoor lifestyle!
Access to the twin engines is through the crew’s quarters. The engine space offers convenient access to all major components and systems, to include the two Onan 29 kW generators.
Maximum speed is 24 knots with a pair of 1600hp CAT C32 Acerts and 25.5 knots with twin 1920hp MTU 12V2000.
The Ocean Alexander 85 Motor Yacht combines classic semi-displacement, seaworthy hull design with contemporary style, and has great flexibility in both guest capability and services. Most important of all, she is built to the highest standards that we see used today in production fiberglass motor yacht construction. The 85 Motor Yacht is also available in a fully enclosed skylounge model.
- Design Name: Ocean Alexander 85 Motor Yacht
- Year Launched: 2018
- Builder: Ocean Alexander
- Designer: Evan K. Marshall
- LOA: 26.1 m
- Beam: 6.12 m
- Draft: 1.860m
- Displ (Dry): 78,000 kg
- Max Speed: 24 knots
- Construction: GRP
- Fuel Cap: 9463 litres
- Water Cap: 1325 litres
- Engines: 2 x Caterpillar C32 ACERTS
- Controls: Glendinning
- Drive Train: Shaft
- Generator: Twin Kohler 32 kW
- Watermaker: Sea Recovery
- MFDs: Garmin 8600 Series
- Winch: Maxwell Hydraulic
- Ent System: Sonos
FUEL & PERFORMANCE DATA
OA 85 MY / CAT C32 ACERTS