MOV­ING UP

The Ocean Alexan­der 100 Sky­lounge el­e­vates own­ers to rare air.

Yachting - - CONTENTS - BY CHRIS CASWELL PHO­TOS BY JOHN LAIR

The Ocean Alexan­der 100 Sky­lounge can have four or five state­rooms, in­clud­ing dual masters, one of them on the main deck for­ward.

de­signs for Ocean Alexan­der. Mar­shall was the first to use the split-level mas­ter suite, mak­ing use of the bow for a step-down en suite head that in­cludes a bureau with nine back­lit and Lucite-faced draw­ers. The toi­let has a sep­a­rate com­part­ment, as does the shower, and there are two ves­sel sinks. ¶ And it’s the mas­ter suite that is the sell­ing point, flooded with light from win­dows more than 5 feet high. An L-shaped set­tee and owner’s desk make this space a serene get­away spot. Mar­shall and OA also thought of prac­ti­cal­i­ties, with an owner’s desk in one cor­ner and a night head to star­board for mid­night pit stops with­out the need for go­ing down steps. ¶ The sa­lon is down a short com­pan­ion­way from the mas­ter, with a for­mal din­ing area with seat­ing for 10 around a 9-foot-6-inch ta­ble. A low di­vider with draw­ers for Ocean Alexan­der-branded sil­ver, glass­ware and china sets apart the din­ing area. Aft, there’s a couch and loose chairs for en­ter­tain­ing or for watch­ing the 60-inch TV that hinges from over­head. ¶ The gal­ley is just for­ward of the din­ing area, with 24- to 27-inch wrap­around coun­ters, and ap­pli­ances in­clud­ing a 6-foot Sub-Zero fridge backed by two fridge draw­ers, and a Ther­mador

cook­top and oven. A pan­to­graph door opens to the side deck so pro­vi­sions can be loaded with­out pass­ing through the sa­lon, and a sec­ond door is just across the com­pan­ion­way. ¶ The sa­lon and the shaded aft deck with its raised dinette and set­tee are ap­peal­ing, but I’d bet most guests would bee­line it up the curved stairs to the sky lounge, which is an airy perch over­look­ing the world. A couch and loose chairs of­fer views of a swing-down 50-inch TV, and Stidd pedestal seats flank the skip­per’s chair. The sky lounge also has a bar with a Jenn-Air drawer fridge. ¶ The aft deck has room for a 12- to 14-foot ten­der and a per­sonal wa­ter­craft, each launched by a Steel­head 2500 crane. And with the water toys stowed, there is room for a dinette to port, a bar with a grill to star­board and an op­tional hot tub. ¶ The skip­per gets the for­ward end of the sky lounge with a trio of 22-inch Garmin mon­i­tors, plus MTU engine screens. What I found most thought­ful was the chart ta­ble to port; it is large enough to lay out full-size charts (for skip­pers who be­lieve in pa­per back­ups to elec­tron­ics), and it has two chart draw­ers. ¶ Speak­ing of the crew, Ocean Alexan­der has al­ways be­lieved in the “happy crew,

happy owner” adage. To that end, there is a dou­ble-berth cap­tain’s cabin with en suite head, two more crew cab­ins shar­ing a head, and a mess with gal­ley and lounge. It’s all fin­ished to the same qual­ity as the guest ar­eas. With di­rect ac­cess to the tran­som swim plat­form (at sea, ac­cess is via stairs to the aft deck), this crew space dou­bles as a “ca­bana” for guests to shower and snack with­out track­ing through the sa­lon. ¶ Power for the Ocean Alexan­der 100 Sky­lounge is a pair of 2,600 hp MTU 16V 2000s for a top speed of 25 knots, and the engine-room lay­out al­lows for walk-around space on all sides of the power plants. Ocean Alexan­der hard­coats the ex­haust sys­tem with mil­i­tary-spec AL-6XN al­loys (used for Saturn V rocket noz­zles) to en­hance longevity and per­for­mance. Twin 55 kW Kohler gensets are stan­dard, as are Side-Power Vec­tor Fin sta­bi­liz­ers and bow and stern thrusters. ¶ With many at­tributes pur­loined from larger yachts, the Ocean Alexan­der 100 Sky­lounge is de­signed to sur­prise big-think­ing yachts­men who are used to get­ting far less in a 100-foot pack­age.

LOA 100'2" TOP SPEED 25 KNOTS

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