85'-90' Motoryachts: We Compare Four Classy Cruisers - 04/03/2018
Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht
Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht
Monte Carlo Yachts 86
Monte Carlo Yachts 86
Hatteras M90 Panacera
Hatteras M90 Panacera
Ocean Alexander 90 Motoryacht
Ocean Alexander 90 Motoryacht

This comparison includes four classy 85' to 90' (25.9 m to 27.4 m) motoryachts, any of which will excel at long-range cruising, weekend harbor-hopping with family and friends, entertaining business associates, or part-time chartering to defray expenses. Not many years ago, yachts this size and weight ambled over the oceans at 10 knots or so; folks with a lot of time on their hands were fine with that. Throttling back any of today's boats results in greater cruising range, but when time is more important than money, they can sprint, too, thanks to compact, high-horsepower diesels. Weight is also a factor: there are around 70,000 lbs. (31,752 kg) between the heaviest and lightest (also fastest) boat in this comparison. And that makes cruising more fun for people with limited time to spend onboard and who tire of seeing the same coastline weekend after weekend; in a couple of hours, you can be someplace new. But while these four classy cruisers are similar in general, they are much different in their specifics.


THE COMPARISON STARTS HERE

Each of the four yachts in this roundup has a sumptuous owner's cabin, at least three guest cabins, a galley to match the skills of the best sea cook, lounging spaces inside and out, wet bars aloft and alow, room for all kinds of water toys, and crew quarters to make it all run smoothly. But the devil's in the details, and here they are:

The Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht is typical of that company -- in other words, she's a well-built, well-engineered, seakindly yacht. Each of her four guest staterooms has its own head; the midships, full-beam master has two: His and Hers. The mix of double- and twin-berthed cabins makes the 85 a good choice for both family and charter use -- working out sleeping arrangements doesn't take a degree in logistics. Ocean Alexander fits a roomy conversation pit, the formal dining area, a very well-equipped galley, a small dining settee, and the lower helm station on the main deck. There's a second steering station on the large flying bridge, along with a wet bar with five stools, a dining settee, an electric grill -- and there's still room for a 14' (4.27 m) tender, handled by a hydraulic davit. Enclosing the flying bridge with the optional Sky Lounge turns it into another living space, complete with day head. There's still room for the tender and plenty of sunbathing acreage.

The Monte Carlo Yachts 86 has a traditional layout, especially attractive for chartering. The galley is on the lower deck, adjacent to the crew quarters, which are forward. The cook can work out of sight, and out of earshot, of guests in the salon; preferable for both guests and cook. The optional five-stateroom layout would be great for charter, too, with berths for 10 guests. Three- and four-stateroom layouts are also available, each with the same layout of crew quarters forward and the galley down. The Monte Carlo 86 is the lightest boat in this group, and has the biggest standard engines -- twin 1,800-hp MAN diesels. The boat we tested ran a hair faster than 28 knots. That's stepping out nicely in a boat weighing almost 160,000 lbs. (72,575 kg), although the V-12 MANs are thirsty at that speed; range is about 270 n.m. Throttling back to around 20 knots will give roughly 350 n.m. range; easing back to 10, over 1,000 miles (fuel capacity is 1,876 gallons/7,101 L). The Monte Carlo 86 is built with Kevlar and carbon fiber, light but strong materials that keep her weight down and allow spritely performance for a boat this size.

The Hatteras M90 Panacera looks like another winner from Hatteras, one that fits nicely between the builder's M75 Panacera and 100RPH. Her estimated displacement is 230,000 lbs. (104,326 kg), making her one of the heaviest yachts in her class, so she should be a comfortable boat at sea. Her 22'6" (6.86 m) beam makes her one of the widest in class; beam translates to added room on and belowdecks. Hatteras lists twin 1,600-hp Caterpillar C32 diesels as standard, with optional power available. A boat this beefy will benefit from added horses if top speed is a priority, but the standard Cats will be great for long-range cruising at lower speed. Her 3,285-gallon (12,435 L) fuel capacity will carry the Hatteras M90 Panacera over a lot of ocean between refuelings. Propeller tunnels reduce draft to 6'2" (1.88 m), handy when cruising the Bahamas or the Turks and Caicos; tunnels also reduce shaft angle to improve efficiency. Hatteras offers a main-deck arrangement with the galley forward that serves a range of preferences. The galley is set apart as a service area, which keeps the crew and cook away from the owner/charter party, in the European style. But it can also serve as the country kitchen style Americans prefer, with a dinette for relaxed dining and breakfast, but which can still serve the formal dining area aft. As you'd expect, there is a long option list.

The Ocean Alexander 90 Motoryacht is 6'8" (2.03 m) longer than the 85 Motoryacht in this roundup, but she's also 2'4" (.71 m) wider and 37,400 lbs. (16,964 kg) heavier -- so she's a much bigger boat vs. her smaller sister than LOA would suggest. But rather than add a fifth stateroom, Ocean Alexander kept the four-cabin layout belowdecks, but made each guest stateroom a bit bigger, and put double berths in each one -- better for cruising with only couples, less handy if not everyone wants to share a berth. However, if you require twin berths, we suspect Ocean Alexander will customize the layout to suit. But no matter who sleeps with whom, the whole party will enjoy a spacious main deck, with the galley forward and two variations on the salon layout, and one of the biggest flying bridges in the boat's class. It's roomy enough for a wet bar with stools, a dinette, a 14' (4.27 m) tender with davit, a sun pad -- and an optional four-person Jacuzzi. Like other Ocean Alexander motoryachts, the 90 can be spec'd with an enclosed flying bridge -- a Sky Lounge -- which makes the bridge a cozy space in any weather, and adds a day head, too. There's still room for the Jacuzzi.



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Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht

Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht Interior Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht Interior
  • LOA: 85'9" (26.14 m)
  • Beam: 20'1'' (6.12 m)
  • Draft: 5'11" (1.80 m)
  • Displacement: 167,551 lbs. (78,000 kg)
  • Standard Power: 2 x 1,600-hp MTU 10V2000
  • Number of Staterooms: 4 + crew
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Monte Carlo Yachts 86

Monte Carlo Yachts 86 Interior Monte Carlo Yachts 86 Interior
  • LOA: 86'0" (26.3 m)
  • Beam: 21'2" (6.55 m)
  • Draft: 6'3" (1.90 m)
  • Displacement: 158,400 lbs. (72,000 kg)
  • Standard Power: 2 x 1,800-hp MAN diesels
  • Number of Staterooms: 3/4/5 + crew
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Hatteras M90 Panacera

Hatteras 90 Motor Yacht Interior Hatteras 90 Motor Yacht Interior
  • LOA: 91'9" (27.95 m)
  • Beam: 22'6" (6.86 m)
  • Draft: 6'2" (1.88 m)
  • Displacement: 230,000 lbs. (104,326 kg)
  • Standard Power: 2 x 1,600-hp CAT diesels
  • Number of Staterooms: 4 + crew
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Ocean Alexander 90 Motoryacht

Ocean Alexander 90 Motoryacht Interior Ocean Alexander 90 Motoryacht Interior
  • LOA: 92'5" (28.17 m)
  • Beam: 22'5" (6.83 m)
  • Draft: 6'5" (1.96 m)
  • Displacement: 209,000 lbs. (94,800 kg)
  • Standard Power: 2 x 1,622-hp CAT diesels
  • Number of Staterooms: 4 + crew
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