The base Ocean Alexander 80’ (24.6 m) motoryacht has a 20’ (6.15 m) beam, draws 5’ (1.54 m) and weighs 144,000 lbs. (65,454 kgs.). This is a large, moderately heavy semi-planing motoryacht designed to travel from 18 knots to about 25 knots, depending on the engines installed. Of course they can be cruised at displacement speeds, and with a waterline length of nearly 70’ they can travel quite economically at 10 knots which is the square root of their LWL x 1.2. Two of the boats have a fuel capacity of 2000 gallons (7600 L) and the cockpit version carries 2450 gal. (9310 L) of fuel. That means these boats can be used for relative fast short passages, or long range slow cruising. As we said, these boats have lots of potential.
Of the three 80’ Ocean Alexander motoryachts currently on the market one is a cockpit motoryacht, one has a sky lounge, and one has a hard top over the flying bridge. Prices run from $3.864 million for the 2009 CPMY powered with twin Cat C-32 ACERTS with 1650-hp each to the 2010 $4.229 million 80-footer with a sky lounge that is powered by twin 10V2000 MTUs with 1500-hp each.
Something to Remember
When looking at any new boat one should keep foremost in mind how the boat will be used for your particular application. There is an old saying which goes: “In every head, a different world,” and nowhere is that more applicable than when it comes to the usage of large motoryachts. So when looking at a yacht it is advisable to look past what you see, to how you would configure, decorate, and furnish the boat to fit your individual taste and application.
Be advised that the most important thing about buying a large motoryacht is the hull and deck structure, the engines’ reliability and installation, the boat’s plumbing and electrical systems, the vessel’s size and her sea-keeping abilities. Of secondary importance is the vessel’s practicality and equipment. And the third consideration should be its layout, décor and furnishings, because these items can be easily and in most cases, economically, change to suit the buyer.
Don’t Be Bashful About Personalizing
The first two categories of considerations speak for themselves, but the last one might be a bit confusing. Let us illustrate what we mean: Europeans like galleys that are nearly totally enclosed, as small as possible, and as divorced as possible from the areas of the boat used by the guests. Americans, on the other hand, generally like open galleys where the cook (who is usually one or both of the owners) can partake in the conversations going on in the settee or saloon. This proclivity has given rise to the “country kitchen” concept where the galley and the settee are combined. The American semi-custom builder Broward started this design about 18 years ago and it slowly spread to many other American builders of the years. Now it is the norm, not the exception in American builds.
Décor and furnishings are another example where European and American tastes diverge. Most of the designs coming out of Italy and copy-cat England these days are stark, simple designs featuring Modernistic furniture and solid colors for fabrics and vinyls, usually brown and tan. Americans tend to think this approach to interior décor is more appropriate for a penthouse apartment on the Via Veneto than for a motoryacht going to sea. But the driving force of yacht design the last two decades has been from Italy, so who is to say which direction is “right”? In fact it, is all a matter of taste. (But let us hasten to say that there is such a thing as bad taste, no matter what one’s culture or nautical approach, and that is to be avoided at all cost.)
Change is a Good Thing
All of this is to say, if you don’t like the furniture, wall coverings and décor on the boat you are looking at, simply imagine it with whatever you DO like! It can be changed for very little cost and, in fact, if the builder is motivated he might change it all for you for free upon signing a contract.If you see an open galley, but you would prefer it closed, simply ask the builder to install bulkheads and a door. If you see a built-in settee, but you would prefer a separate stand-alone table with six chairs, ask the builder to rip out the settee. If you don’t need two stairways to the flying bridge or sky lounge, ask the builder to take one out and install a desk, wet bar, cabinets, day head, or entertainment console in the space made available.
One of the positive aspects of the Great Recession when it comes to buying a large, multi-million dollar yacht these days is that if your check book is open, most builders are all ears. Tell them what you want and what it will take to make the deal.
A look at the Standard Equipment
In glancing over the standard equipment on the Ocean Alex 80s we find a number of things that we like that are somewhat unusual on builds in this class from any yard. Those things are—*36-hp hydraulic bow thruster and a 25-hp hydraulic stern thruster. There are two things we like here: 1) they are hydraulic not electric, 2) the bow thruster is 36-hp, which should move the boat in a breeze, particularly if it is hooked up to a main engine PTO.*Stainless steel rudders. This is quite unusual. They are both strong and very expensive to make.*There is a third engine/thruster control on the aft deck. This will come in very handy when Med mooring.
*We like Ocean Alexander’s stainless steel engine beds; they are as large and as well fastened to the stringers as we have seen in the industry in this class boat.*An Octoplex electrical control system which means virtually all lights, music, powered appliances, etc. can be controlled from one simple panel and the captain or owner does not have to be running all over the boat to turn things on and off.*Delta-T demisters, air dampeners, and fans in the engine room. These keep saltwater out and shut off air in case of fire.*Watertight pantograph, dogged-down side doors on the superstructure.*Low-noise air extraction fans in the heads. (“Low-noise” is the key here.)*Granite soles and seats in the showers.
There are several things we see in the galley that we think are practical and worthy of note—*Drawer-type shelving of the type installed in modern household kitchens so that the bottles in the back can be easily reached.*An overhead dish locker forward, plus custom-made drawers with plate holders. There is never enough room for dishes, etc. in most galleys, and it is important to keep things from moving around in a seaway.*Lazy Susan in the corner.*36” JennAir Custom Panel French Door Refrigerator. We think that this is about the best refer/freezer on the market for a large yacht. *27” Gaggenau cook top and a 24” Gaggenau electric oven.
Given the size of the boat and its engines, to say nothing of the laundry list of world-class equipment installed as standard, there is a lot of boat here for the money. By keeping your eye on your intended purpose for the boat – i.e. entertaining, long range cruising, short-hop day trips, watersports platform – and your climatic range, you should be able to find that one of the three Ocean Alexander 80 motoryachts suited for your application.Perhaps best of all for consumers these days is that the Great Recession has caused an abundance of product and a scarcity of buyers. That spells serious potential when it comes to opportunity to strike a great deal in large motoryachts. For a BoatTEST.com confidential consultation about any Ocean Alexander boat --
Standard and Optional Features
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!