Draw­ing Board

Su­pery­acht builder Ocean Alexan­der jumps into the out­board mar­ket with a bold new of­fer­ing.

Power & Motor Yacht - - IN THIS ISSUE - Daniel Hard­ing Jr.

A ven­er­a­ble su­pery­acht builder jumps into the out­board­pow­ered game with its cat­e­gory-bust­ing 45 Di­ver­gence.

Yes, you read the name right. This stun­ning, umm, you can’t re­ally call it a cen­ter con­sole—let’s call it what it is, a 45-foot out­board-pow­ered yacht—is cour­tesy of su­pery­acht builder Ocean Alexan­der. Dubbed the 45 Di­ver­gence, the name is fit­ting for the com­pany whose lineup pre­vi­ously spanned from 70 to 155 feet.

“The 40- to 50-foot range is re­ally strong. We looked into this project three years ago, but the time just wasn’t right,” said Sally Doleski, vice pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing at Ocean Alexan­der.

The time now seems to be right, with more builders of boats with tra­di­tional power mak­ing the shift to out­boards. The 45 is be­ing built on Mer­ritt Is­land in a fa­cil­ity that opened in 2016 to build the brand’s 70e. Of course, Mer­ritt Is­land has been in the news since Sea Ray an­nounced it was shut­ter­ing its fac­tory there, leav­ing hun­dreds of skilled crafts­men with­out work. Ocean Alexan­der should be able to tap into that la­bor pool.

Slated to de­but at the Mi­ami show this Feb­ru­ary, the 45 seems to bor­row de­sign touches from Ocean Alexan­der’s larger yachts, per­haps most no­tably in the cock­pit (you could make the case for call­ing it a salon), where fold-down gun­wales ex­pand the space and of­fer in­fin­ity views along with an al­fresco din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Hid­den swim lad­ders also make it the per­fect plat­form from which the kids can prac­tice their can­non­balls.

While you may still be strug­gling to grasp the news of an out­board-pow­ered Ocean Alexan­der, let me hit you with some­thing else: I’ve seen renderings of the 45 out­fit­ted with fish­ing op­tions, and it works. Out­rig­gers, rod hold­ers on the tran­som, plus a more util­i­tar­ian, wood-free aes­thetic help this boat fit in with the se­ri­ous fish­ing set.

Belowdecks, the 45 boasts what should be a bright and rel­a­tively spa­cious in­te­rior with a con­vert­ible lounge/berth for­ward and a head with a stall shower.

“This boat will ap­peal to a dif­fer­ent clien­tele,” said Doleski, who says the com­pany has seen in­ter­est in this model from its cur­rent cus­tomers. “If you own a 112-foot Ocean Alexan­der you most likely have mul­ti­ple boats. You have some­thing smaller and you have a ten­der. One of our 112 own­ers has seven boats in their name. This is a great se­condary boat.”

The 45 Di­ver­gence is en­ter­ing a com­pet­i­tive mar­ket seg­ment that’s only get­ting more crowded. But where Ocean Alexan­der stands apart is it’s one of the few, if only, su­pery­acht builders in this seg­ment. If it can in­cor­po­rate the de­sign, fit and fin­ish and cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence that it’s known for, the builder could be a force to be reck­oned with in this class. —

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