BLUE­WA­TER BOUND

The Outer Reef 620 Tri­dent is a ver­sa­tile, solidly built and sea­wor­thy cruiser.

Yachting - - FEATURES - BY KEVIN KOENIG

Outer Reef Yachts wanted to de­sign a yacht with off­shore cruis­ing chops and a sense of style. The re­sult is the 620 Tri­dent.

of­ten, stur­dily built world girdlers dou­ble down on all things re­dun­dant and beefy, some­times sac­ri­fic­ing a sleek aes­thetic in the process. At the same time, yachts con­sid­ered party plat­forms may put blue­wa­ter at­tributes on the back burner. But there does ex­ist a nexus of the two lines of thought, and the Outer Reef 620 Tri­dent is a prime ex­am­ple. She is a ves­sel that has Outer Reef’s ocean­go­ing pedi­gree at her core and is also easy on the eyes. ¶ The 620 is built to help am­bi­tious own­ers step up from ca­sual cruis­ing to se­ri­ous voy­ag­ing and still look good on the wa­ter. Outer Reef sees the Tri­dent line as a step­ping stone for yachts­men who are com­ing out of first or sec­ond boats and who may want to cruise the world. Log­i­cally, many of th­ese cus­tomers would en­com­pass a younger de­mo­graphic, and Tri­dents are built to ac­com­mo­date their needs. ¶ Outer Reef also sees own­ers of this yacht as hav­ing a sense of style. The 620’s lines are ap­pre­cia­bly sleeker than those of some other boats in her class. Her plumb bow and bro­ken sheer line play to­gether quite nicely to cre­ate the aura of a ves­sel that can han­dle rough seas but that looks equally at ease pulling up

to a waterside hot spot in South Beach, Mi­ami. ¶ The 620 Tri­dent also has per­for­mance num­bers that should ap­peal to time-strapped cruis­ers. My test ves­sel, equipped with op­tional 600 hp Cum­mins diesel en­gines, topped out at just over 21 knots and cruised hap­pily at 16.5 knots — a speed that makes Marsh Har­bour in the Ba­hamas a rel­a­tively easy day trip from Palm Beach on Florida’s south­east coast. At 16.5 knots, the en­gines burned 34 gal­lons per hour while churn­ing at 2,750 rpm. ¶ Her ride was also quiet enough to hold a con­ver­sa­tion at nor­mal speak­ing vol­ume (65 deci­bels) thanks to the ap­pli­ca­tion of the sound-damp­ing ma­te­rial Nox­u­dol 3100 to the hull. Fur­ther­more, the en­gine room has sev­eral lay­ers of high-den­sity foam as well as Nox­u­dol for noise re­duc­tion. ¶ And in a pleas­ant sur­prise for a yacht of this size and type, she’s rather nim­ble. Rum­bling along off the coast of South Florida at her cruise speed, I got the 620 Tri­dent to pirou­ette in full cir­cles to port and star­board in about a sin­gle boat length. Track­ing was ex­cel­lent, no doubt aided by a full-length keel that dipped be­low her Zeus pod drives. Although no­tably, she draws 3 feet 6 inches, mak­ing her amenable to skinny-wa­ter

des­ti­na­tions in­clud­ing the Ba­hamas and the west coast of Florida. The 620 Tri­dent is built of vinylester resin in FRP that is cored with PVC foam (she’s solid be­low the wa­ter­line). On my test day, that com­bi­na­tion made for a con­fi­dent ride as we sliced through lazy 2-foot seas. ¶ On board, there are a few fea­tures that should make up-and-com­ing cruis­ers quite happy. The yacht comes stan­dard with a three-state­room lay­out, in­clud­ing an amid­ships mas­ter, a fore­peak VIP, and a guest state­room to port. Be­cause Tri­dent ex­pects buy­ers to still be charg­ing up the cor­po­rate lad­der, the port­side guest state­room con­verts to an of­fice, al­low­ing for email re­sponses be­fore ab­scond­ing for a re­fresh­ing dip off Baker’s Bay in the Ba­hamas. ¶ The full­beam, amid­ships mas­ter has a shower en­closed in smoked glass, giv­ing it the ap­peal of some­thing you might find in a chic ho­tel. There’s also a walk-in closet and 6 feet 8 inches of head­room in this state­room, space that will most surely be ap­pre­ci­ated on longer jour­neys. The fore­peak VIP has 7-foot head­room, a 31-inch Sam­sung TV, seven draw­ers and a hang­ing locker. ¶ For on­board op­er­a­tions, the yacht has a CZone dig­i­tal switch­ing sys­tem that en­ables touch­screen con­trol of all sys­tems. The

620 Tri­dent’s helm has close to 360-de­gree sight­lines thanks to nearly wrap­around salon win­dows. A snazzy high-pol­ish wal­nut wheel com­ple­ments twin Sim­rad screens and Mer­cury SmartCraft DTS con­trols, while a wa­ter­tight door leads to the star­board side deck — a boon for dock­ing and help­ful when spot­ting flot­sam and jet­sam. ¶ The yacht’s out­door ar­eas in­clude a cock­pit with U-shaped seat­ing around a teak din­ing ta­ble for an al­fresco bite. Side decks that lead to the fore­deck are 17 inches wide and girded by 30-inch-high gun­wales topped with 9-inch-high, 316-stain­less-steel rails. For­ward are a sun pad for a few friends and a stain­less-steel Maxwell VWC 2500 wind­lass for an­chor­ing. ¶ The Outer Reef 620 Tri­dent is de­signed for cruis­ing or day boat­ing, and can bat down a heavy sea for own­ers who want to ven­ture far­ther away from shore. This is a yacht with pleas­ant lines and enough vol­ume to be a live­aboard for a sea­son spent cruis­ing the is­lands. And she is worth a look for any yachts­man seek­ing to step up his voy­ag­ing game with­out sac­ri­fic­ing a thing.

61'8" LENGTH OVER­ALL 16'2" MAX­I­MUM BEAM

800 GAL. FUEL CA­PAC­ITY 51,000 LB. DIS­PLACE­MENT HALF-LOAD

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