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Ocean Alexander 74 Motoryacht (Not in Production-)
Ocean Alexander 74 Motoryacht (Not in Production-)
The new Ocean Alexander 74’ has tasteful contemporary nautical styling and will fit in easily any place in the world. Her design should stand the test of time and be as good-looking in 15 years as she is today. Ocean Alexander is a large Taiwan yard that has been building motoryachts for over 30 years. Its boats are designed by Seattle naval architect Ed Monk, Jr., who is a prolific designer with hundreds of commercial and recreational boats to his credit. (See our profile.) Currently the company is building about 10 models from 54’ trawlers to 130’ megayachts. It is emerging as one of the world’s major builders of production motoryachts and deserves, in our opinion, a place at the table with other builders in the top-tier motoryacht category. As you can see in the photo above, Ocean Alex has rejected the radical Italian design look in their new motoryachts, choosing instead to build more traditional-looking yachts that are also clearly contemporary in their exterior lines. Having said that, the builder has recently introduced a design of the 74 with three large vertical rectangular portlights in the master for owners who want a bit more Viareggio in their boat.

Specifications

Ocean Alexander 74 Motoryacht (Not in Production-) Specifications
Length Overall 77' 6''
23.62 m
Dry Weight 144,000 gal.
65,317 kg
Beam 20'
6.1 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 5' 11''
1.80 m
Fuel Cap 2,000 gal.
7,571 L
Deadrise/Transom N/A Water Cap 350 gal.
1,325 L
Max Headroom N/A Bridge Clearance N/A
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Ocean Alexander 74 Motoryacht (Not in Production-) Engine options
Std. Power 2 x 1000-hp Caterpillar
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power Not Available

Ocean Alexander 74 Motoryacht (Not in Production-) Captain's Report

Ocean Alexander 74

The new Ocean Alexander 74’ has tasteful contemporary nautical styling and will fit in easily any place in the world. Her design should stand the test of time and be as good-looking in 15 years as she is today.

With standard equipment the base price of the Ocean Alexander is $3,640,000. Standard power on the boat are twin MTU 10V2000 diesels rated at 1500-hp, which is far more umph than most builders install as standard. The standard boat also comes with two Northern Lights 25kw generators, instead of the usual one unit. At the bottom of this article we have a link to Ocean Alexander’s complete spec sheet on this boat with prices for options as well as many drawing of alternative layouts.

Ocean Alexander 74

The main saloon of the Ocean Alexander 74 is traditional with stain finished cherry, vinyl overhead with soffit, and carpet on the deck. Note slight step up to the galley in the background.

The boat is 77’6” (23.62 m) LOA, with a LWL of 66’1-1/2” (20.15 m), has a 20’ (6.1 m) beam, draws 5’4” (1.63 m) to 5’11” (1.8 m) depending on engines and other equipment, and has an approximate displacement of 144,000 lbs. (65,454 kgs.)

Well-Constructed

From the description that Ocean Alexander has given us, we can say that we like the overall construction specifications of the 74-footer. Ocean Alex tells us that they comply with ABYC, ABS and ISO standards. We suspect that they don’t use one set of standards for the whole boat, but rather pick and choose, which is not unusual for production motoryachts in this class. Further, ABYC standards are not really intended for boats of this size and their value lies in their electrical, plumbing and other systems of the build.

The most stringent building requirements for production yachts in this class are MCA which govern boats for charter in Europe. If you plan to charter your boat in the Med, then we advise that you plug that into the project right from the beginning and Ocean Alexander will be happy to comply. Obviously, there will be a substantial up-charge.

The builder says that the boat has a “carbon-fiber infused hull and deck.” This is unusual for this size boat and we’d like to know how much carbon fiber is actually used and where. Both the main deck and the flying bridge deck are reinforced with aluminum “I” beams which not only strengthens the decks, but it also adds to the vessels longitudinal rigidity. We like this added stiffness.

She is Well-Equipped

As we look over the standard equipment list we find quite a number of items that are often optional on many motoryachts in this class.

Ocean Alexander 74

The stainless steel sliding doors are framed by cabinets and windows which obscure the stairs to the flying bridge on the port side, and the cabinet for the aft deck wet bar on the starboard side.

As we look over the list of standard equipment, here is what strikes us as being noteworthy—

*Keypower hydraulic 9 sq. ft. stabilizers.

*Keypower 25-hp bow and stern thrusters

*Two Stidd electric helm chairs

*A remote, engine and thruster control

*Fireboy fire extinguisher in the engine room with emergency shut down

*Steelhead 1750 R davit

*Gulfcoast fuel polishing system

*One line dryer

Ocean Alexander 74

The “U”-shaped galley is forward of the saloon and has all of the standard amenities of this class of yacht. Note watertight door on starboard side and the hardwood deck. Access to the accommodations is at the left of the picture on the starboard side.

*Cellular amplifier

*Chain counter

*Headhunter waste treatment system

*Color coded piping for fuel, water, hydraulics

*Lighted bilge

*Sea chest for raw water intake

Of Special Note

Several standard items are worthy of special mention because of the cost involved, and they are rarely included as standard equipment—

1) The Octoplex electrical control system. This expensive system brings virtually all of the electrical controls for everything on the boat into one panel. With the Octoplex the skipper can turn lights, AC, music and other things on and off from one place and does not have to be running all over the boat to do so.

2) 4.5 mm thick 5052 aluminum fuel tanks with sight gauges and tested to International Standards 33 CFR 510(a), with a high and low level alarm system.

3) Delta T engine room air intake water separators and demisting system with automatic and manual fire dampers. Exhaust fans with variable speed drives and soundproofing material near living spaces.

4) We’re saving the best until last: As standard comes an $110,000 Furuno Integrated Navigation Package that includes radar, AIS, sounder, monitors, VHF, autopilot, sat TV system, weather station, Nobletec Nav computer and black box processors.

Ocean Alexander 74

The full-beam master stateroom stretches nearly 20’ from hull side to hull side. On the left is access to the master head, and on the right access to either the lady’s walk-in closet or her own, private head – she decides which layout she wants.

Designed for Easy Boat Handling

Although the yacht has a captain’s cabin, like so many boats in this size range these days, the yacht has been carefully set up for handling by a cruising couple. The bow and stern thrusters and the 3rd remote control station make threading one’s way through a tight marina manageable for most helmsmen with a reasonable amount of experience.

Ocean Alexander 74

Ocean Alex has done a good job of maximizing the room in the VIP cabin which is in the bow. It has eliminated any recessed area in the cabin roof for a sun pad which allows it to raise the cabin sole and made use of the bow flare. Note the three steps on either side of the bed to aid entry and make it easier to change the sheets. The burl wood on the hull sides could have much-needed shallow stowage spaces.

Great Galley Design

We like the innovative galley design forward, although Europeans probably will not. (We’re sure Ocean Alex can accommodate them with an alternative design.) The country kitchen is open and bright and there is plenty of counter space. If you go for the lower helm station, then the chef can be part of the piloting action. We prefer the alternative, more formal layout that you can find by clicking on the link below.

Ocean Alexander 74

The aft deck looks large and comfortable but we are perplexed as to why there are two tables and seats separated by a fiberglass cabinet. Could it be for separate dining for kids and adults, men and women, owners and guests? This is an easy fix. We’d spring for the optional $11k teak deck here.

The Bottom Line

It is important to remember that boats of this size while they are “production” boats, are made one at a time. The days of several boats of the same size and layout going down an “assembly line” are over. If you want something changed today, even the most cantankerous boat builder will be glad to do it if at all possible. That means that you can modify many things you see on these pages to your way of using a boat so long as they don’t involve structural bulkheads and major molded parts.

Ocean Alexander 74

The hardtop is standard on the Ocean Alexander 74. Leave it open for southern latitudes or button it up with isinglass for the north. Either way it makes a nice living space.

Now, the question that everyone wants to know is, can you cruise over the horizon for that $3.6 million price? The answer is -- Yes! In fact, if you down grade the engine to twin 1150-hp Cat C-18 ACERT engines you can actually take $148k off the price! And, that is what we would recommend that you do.

Ocean Alexander 74

This is the sky lounge version of the Ocean Alex 74 (add $139k with AC). We would place the tender athwartships and utilize the space abaft the sky lounge for entertaining, cooking or storage.

Ocean Alexander says that the boat will have a top speed of 21 knots with these smaller engines, so lets say the boat is a bit heavy and actually has a WOT of 20 knots. Then, your cruising speed will be about 17 to 18 knots, which we feel is comfortable in most conditions for this size boat. In fact, our guess is that most people will be running the boat at 11 knots to save fuel. Why spend the extra $148k for 4 more knots that you will rarely use or need?

That brings the price down to $3,492,000. Not bad for a brand new 74-footer ready to motor into the sunset!

Ocean Alexander 74

Ocean Alex will layout the main deck in any one of numerous configurations. Take your pick and there are more options than just the two shown here. Click on the link at the bottom of the article to see them.

However, as we look over the options list we find some almost irresistible. These are things that we don’t need, but are nice to have. As already noted, we like the idea of teak on the aft deck ($11.5k). We’d also put it on the swim platform ($9.7k), and on the side decks and bow ($13.6k). Finally, the best expenditure of all to make the boat look truly nautical is a teak cap rail from bow to stern ($16.3k) For an additional $52,000 you’ll have a 74-footer that looks like 5 million bucks, instead of 3 million.

Ocean Alexander 74

Note that this layout has a lower helm on the centerline (partially obscured by the camera icon) which pushes the settee outboard and makes it smaller. We prefer not to have a lower helm as we feel it wastes valuable space. Click on the link below to see a more formal dining arrangement with a table.

Ocean Alexander 74

This is a pretty standard layout for this size and class of motoryacht. Note the his and hers head in the master. We would make the “her” head in to “her walk-in closet.”

Ocean Alexander 74

This is one of many flying bridge layouts that Ocean Alex offers. We’d put the tender athwartships at the aft end of the boat deck and free up a lot of space for entertaining. When anchored or at a dock the tender can be launched, the brackets holding the tender can be removed and now you have the whole deck for a party.

To see alternative drawings and to look at the complete specs and pricing for all options...



Standard and Optional Equipment

Ocean Alexander 74 Motoryacht (Not in Production-) Standard and Optional Equipment

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Ocean Alexander 74 Motoryacht (Not in Production-) Warranty

Ocean Alexander 74 Motoryacht (Not in Production-) Warranty Information
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Ocean Alexander 74 Motoryacht (Not in Production-) Price

Ocean Alexander 74 Motoryacht (Not in Production-) Price
Pricing Range $3,640,000.00
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.


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