Doral Alegria Best Performer In Class - 03/18/2009

Doral has tested more engine combinations in their Alegria than most any other builder in a boat this size. With a top speed of 41 mph this express cruiser is hard to beat. More important, the boat’s best cruise is at 30.5 mph where she gets slightly over one mile per gallon. The Alegria with IPS has joystick steering at low speeds making docking easy and fun. But the real story with this boat is the incredible attention to detail and the extensive use of wood below which gives the interior a warm and cozy yacht feel. And she is beautiful; blending European styling with North American functionality.

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The Business End

Our test model had the hydraulic swim platform as well as the teak inserts on the platform and cockpit. Storage at the stern is plentiful. Deck lockers, stern lockers, all dockside service connections, remote for the stereo and a TDI Shore Power Cable storage system all convenient to make your cruising more enjoyable. The primary entrance is through double swinging center transom doors that lead one step up into the aft cockpit. This is unusual and we can think of no other boat that has such a wide thru-transom entryway.

You can get onboard from the swim platform or from the steps molded into the hull sides and back. For that long cruising lifestyle, you will likely have a tender or at least a PWC along. If so, you probably will opt for the hydraulic swim platform option from TNT.

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Party Time

The refreshment center on the cockpit has everything including a refrigerator, ice maker, grill, sink, storage galore, bottle and drink holders and pressure water. Simply set up your al fresco meal on the cockpit tables and have everyone relax.

Generous seating for your guests includes a starboard side lounger and a port side corner lounger with its own teak table. Moving forward in the single level cockpit to the bridge deck, you have another large C-shaped lounge with its own teak table with a chart holder in the center of it for comfortable navigation for your partner.

Engine Room

The engine room access includes both a day hatch and a motorized hatch for better access. Doral’s Alegria is now offered with two engine packages. You may go with the Volvo Penta IPS 600 joystick drive system which we tested, or the Cummins-MerCruiser CMD QSB 5.9-425 Zeus 3500 joystick drive with skyhook electronic anchor. Either way, you will be showing off these engines and the room you have to get around them for checks and routine maintenance.

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At the Helm

While everyone else is enjoying the lounges and grill, you will be under the standard fiberglass hardtop having the time of your life with the agility of the joystick drive system. Pod drive technology has really brought the enjoyment of cruising to more people. It has reduced the fear (and potentially the expense) of running into the docks, a piling, or someone else. With just a little on-the-job training, practically anyone can drive.

The upgraded pilot station is adorned with wood accents and real wood steering wheel. Standard electronics include electric trim tabs, engine synchronizer, Faria gauges, Danforth Compass, rudder indicators, and remote spotlight.

A unique stair system unfolds from the surface of the sliding companionway door to get you safely up through the center opening in the windshield to go forward when needed. The center windshield slides away with the push of a button.

On the Bow

Forward is a wide expanse that begins to give you a feel for the room inside. There are 316 SS streamlined mooring cleats, rails and grab rails for the loungers including teak drink holders accent the bow. The 12” side decks have courtesy lighting which accent her decks like a cruise liner. Standard fender stowage tubes in the pulpit make it simple to keep the fenders where they are needed. An electric windlass is standard. You can opt for a polished custom stainless anchor.

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Into the Lap of Luxury

The sliding tinted green companionway door also sports a sliding screen door so you can enjoy the cooler evenings and mornings without the hassle of bugs buzzing around inside. This is one thing that you usually don’t see on boats.

Below, In the evenings when you are ready to retire, you can slide a privacy curtain across the companionway. The solid wood steps lead into the salon and have a sturdy handrail for safety. Cabin headroom is over 7’.

The cabinetry had exceptionally good fit and finish in our test boat and in our test boat’s case, complemented with both Karadon and stainless steel counter tops.

The galley has everything to let your culinary creativity shine. There is a separate refrigerator and freezer, double burner electric cooktop with matching Karadon cover, stainless steel coffee maker and stainless steel convection microwave oven and a bar with glass storage.

The cabin air is maintained with a standard 16,000 BTU system or you can upgrade to an additional cockpit system with 18,000 BTUs or maximize to a Tropical upgraded air conditioner system with a total of 36,000 BTUs in two separate systems. The settee has room for four to six adults with Ultraleather that also converts into a bed. My test model had the optional leather covering that really felt wonderful. The matching cherry wood table will be a hit when you serve dinner aboard.

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The forward stateroom has a dedicated 7,000 BTU air conditioning system, full height lockers are to port and starboard with additional port and starboard cabinets for your clothes and gear. This stateroom has a queen sized island style bed with under bed storage and wooden steps leading up to the bed. There is an ensuite head.

The aft stateroom is the toss up for the master. The bed is angled across from starboard to port. Even with the queen sized bed, you can easily get into bed from either side. In this cabin you have 61” of overhead at the vanity and 51” at the foot of the bed. Full cedar lined closets will keep your clothes fresh. If you are a serious cruiser, I recommend the washer/dryer combo unit that is optional. There is an ensuite head.


Doral’s Alegria measures 45’3” length overall, 51’3” when you consider the swim extension. She has a 13’10” beam and weighs about 30,000 lbs. She has twin 200 gallon fuel tanks for extended cruise range and carries 92 gallons of fresh water. Deadrise is 19 degrees at the stern. The Volvo Penta 600 IPS system is one option for power. You can also choose a CMD QSB 5.9 Zeus pod drive system.

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The Test Results

We tested the Alegria on a fresh water river close to the Doral plant in Canada, with five people onboard in rather cool temperature of 66 degrees. The Alegria maneuvered with ease and turned smoothly as we have come to expect from pod drives. She was on plane in 6.6 seconds and up to 30 mph in 12.6 seconds. Her top speed was 41 mph or 35.6 knots at 3620 rpm delivering .93 mpg. Her most economical cruising speed was at 3000 rpm and 30.5 mph or 26.5 knots delivering 1.07 mpg for a full tank range of 386 miles.


Doral builds on a small scale which allows the customer to have a lot of input on how a boat is completed. If you are looking for a premium yacht with exceptional handling, and a boat that is not a clone of a dozen other boats on the dock, then Doral Alegria with pod drives should be a solid choice on your wish list.

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