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A visit to Ocean Alexan­der’s ship­yard re­veals the new 90R; Hinck­ley makes waves with its first out­board-pow­ered boat.

There it was, Hull No. 1 of Ocean Alexan­der’s 90R, flanked by its larger sibil­ings at the builder’s ship­yard in the mas­sive south­ern port city of Kaoh­si­ung, Tai­wan. I had ar­rived as large cur­tains were pulled aside with Hou­dini-like drama to re­veal the struc­ture as it was be­ing out­fit­ted with elec­tri­cal, plumb­ing and cab­i­netry—all done, by hand, on-site. It was a sneak peek at a de­sign to de­but at the Ft. Laud­erdale Boat Show in Oc­to­ber.

The ‘R’ in 90R stands for Rev­o­lu­tion, a moniker the builder se­lected very care­fully.

“The 90R is a rev­o­lu­tion in that we’ve over­thrown the tra­di­tional styling that many have come to ex­pect from Ocean Alexan­der,” said Sally Doleski, vice pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing. Lead­ing that de­sign up­heaval is Naval Ar­chi­tect Evan K. Mar­shall, who also over­saw the styling of the 70e model be­fore it.

Im­me­di­ately rec­og­niz­able—or un­rec­og­niz­able, as it were—is the new, more an­gu­lar hull shape. (Ac­cord­ing to Doleski, the 90R isn’t go­ing to re­place the ex­ist­ing 90, it’s an ad­di­tion to the line.) The 90R fea­tures a 22-foot beam, and its in­te­rior, in­clud­ing the main-deck mas­ter, will be bright­ened by the lib­eral use of floor-to-ceil­ing glass. Car­bon fiber will be used to con­struct an en­closed bridge, which is a first for this builder. oceanalexan­der.com —Si­mon Mur­ray

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