January 22nd 2013. By Diane Byrne.

Ocean Alexander 82: Record-Setting Seaworthy

The thirty year old company debuts a new yacht that has all the seaworthy characteristics of the brand, plus record-setting speeds.

Ocean Alexander is a familiar name among fans of long-range cruisers. The company made its mark three decades ago with its first model, which was designed to appeal to those in search of a quintessential trawler for Northwest-style cruising.

According to the builder, the new 82 Cockpit Motor Yacht is the fastest Ocean Alexander to date. With twin 1,920-hp V-12 MTU engines (mtu-online.com), it can run 28 knots at top end speed. That pace is the result of weight savings. This cockpit motor yacht is built with aluminum beams, advanced composite materials, lightweight marine plywood, and aluminum honeycomb backing. Updates in construction materials are coupled with luxury living amenities on a yacht engineered to accommodate six guests plus crew.

Ocean Alexander came on the scene three decades ago with a classic trawler design, but as the lines of this 82 show, the yard has come a long way. Even with the style evolution, Ocean Alexander says this newest model is built to same high standards as the other boats. The builder is particularly proud of the fuel tank installation. Each tank is custom-fit to its particular hull to meet ABS requirements and to provide the closest possible match. Welds are precise and the builder uses tough 5086 H32 aluminum plate. The result? Should your hull sustain damage, there’s no risk of fuel migration or leakage. That’s one of the noteworthy engineering details that help to define Ocean Alexander as a builder of boats for serious cruisers.

 

The genesis of the new 82 is the Ocean Alexander 80 Cockpit Motor Yacht, which was a very successful model for the builder. The yard incorporated many new features on the 82, and pumped up performance. In addition to the improved top-end speed–which is significantly higher than that of the 80 powered by 1,500 hp V10s–acceleration has been maximized. The boat is up on plane in about 29 seconds. As for optimum cruise speed, the 82 runs most efficiently between 1800 rpm (18.5 knots) and 2000 rpm (21.1 knots) for ranges of 471 and 409 nautical miles respectively. When longer legs are required, the 82 can yield a range of 1,500 miles at max efficiency.

 

Although it’s based on the old 80, this new 82 has a brand-new exterior look that’s enhanced by large windows in the hull sides, which draw plenty of light down into the accommodations level. There are also raised bulwarks that improve safety for passengers on the side decks. The stainless steel rails are mounted low to emphasize the more modern profile.

 

The captain navigates from the flybridge, where there are Stidd helm seats. The aft deck of the bridge is one of the roomiest places on board, and it’s equipped with seating, a full wet bar, barbecue and refrigeration. The bridge is also offered with a sky lounge option that encloses the helm to create an all-weather space with air conditioning and heat. When the sky lounge is ordered, the lower helm is removed and the boat has a single driving station.

This photo shows the helm on the skylounge version of the 82, and it’s complete with a long dash designed to accommodate big screens. Visibility from this high perch is excellent.

 

The 82 is a long-range cruiser and can go the distance, but it’s also equipped for those days when you want to throttle back and chill out. Up above the cockpit is a California deck with a curved settee upholstered in Sunbrella (sunbrella.com) that faces a teak table; a wet bar and fridge are nearby. In all, it’s a nice place from which to watch the action off the stern and in the lower cockpit, which is fitted out for fishing with a live well and stowage for tackle and gear.

The generously sized swim platform has movable saftety railing. The cockpit also provides a private, flip-up entrance to crew quarters (it sleeps two) and the engine room, which is full height and immaculate in white and stainless steel. In the engine room, owners will also find two gensets; the units are larger than those on the old 80.

The 82 sleeps six overnight. For the owner, there’s the master stateroom with en suite head that’s located at the bottom of a curving staircase. Because this stateroom is amidships, it takes advantage of the wide beam. In addition to custom sakura cabinetry, there’s a cedar-lined hanging locker with safe, a bureau, vanity table and nightstands, all sized to accommodate the needs of owners traveling long distances. Guest cabins include the forward stateroom, which is a slightly smaller version of the master and features a queen berth, plus a small stateroom with twin berths.

In the salon there are custom-built settees, a built-in wet bar and icemaker, sakura paneling and great views through big windows. The space is illuminated by 24-volt LED lighting that lasts for more than 100,000 hours. Polished stainless steel doors that lead to the cockpit have Phantom screens designed to keep insects and pollen outside. Forward of the salon is the galley.

There are two galley layouts available with the 82. Shown here is the big “country-kitchen.” With it you gain meal prep space, but lose a more formal dining area. Instead, there’s a more casual curved dinette located just forward of the galley to port and opposite the lower helm. The galley is equipped for an any cruiser with top-chef aspirations. It has full-sized appliances including a cook top, oven, dishwasher, Whirlpool trash compactor, microwave/convection oven and refrigerator with custom-fit panel.

SPECIFICATIONS
LOA: 81’10 • Beam: 19’9” • Draft: 5’4” to 5’11” • Power: twin 1,600-hp 10V MTUs; or twin 1,920-hp V 12 MTUs • Fuel Capacity: 2,000 gals. • Water: 350 gals. • Holding Tank Capacity: 200 gals. • Disp.: 167,200 lbs.

For more information, visit Ocean Alexander.



Diane Byrne
Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she contributes to Super Yacht World, Superyacht Business, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and a founding member of the U.S. Superyacht Association.