Alegria Sport Yacht — By George L. Petrie —
|Part 2: Even at near-30-knot speeds, her 19-degree-deadrise hull ironed out the ride in a two- to three-foot chop.|
Flat, nonskid deck surfaces and near-waist-high bowrails should keep all hands safe while handling lines on the foredeck, and four large stainless steel cleats on either side will facilitate almost any docking situation. Our test boat was further tricked out with teak decking throughout. But teak is not an all-or-nothing proposition with Doral. Owners can opt for as much or as little as they want—foredeck, bridge deck, cockpit, and/or swim platform, in any combination.
To keep the foredeck shipshape, a recessed bow hatch conceals not only the windlass and washdown, but fender racks as well. Among the 47’s other fine details, the base of each stanchion has a smooth stainless steel cap that covers the heads of the through-bolted connections, giving the deck a clean, custom look. LED lights built into the side rails provide soft illumination along the side decks.
At the aft end of the starboard side deck is a set of teak steps down to the swim platform, offering easy pier-side boarding for a wide range of dock heights. Along the port side, molded steps from the side deck lead down into the cockpit, just aft of a full-featured wet bar equipped with an electric grill and a built-in cutting board to prepare your favorite fresh-fruit garnish. A couple can get cozy in an aft corner settee with its own cocktail table, or the whole gang can stretch out on a starboard settee that will seat at least six. Alongside the helm (with twin bucket-style seats) is a semicircular dinette for another four or more, so the captain and his or her companion can converse with guests even while underway. Because the cockpit and bridge are all on one level, guests can move freely without stepping up or down.
Two large hatches (one 3 1/2'x4', the other 1 1/2'x5 1/2') located in the bridge deck offer superb access to the engine space, among the roomiest I’ve seen in a boat this size. You can easily reach all four sides and the tops of each engine and all auxiliary systems. Steering gear and shafts are accessed from hatches in the swim platform or through openings in the aft engine room bulkhead.
Leaving the bridge to reach the saloon, you descend a stairway and pass through a solid sliding centerline door alongside the helm. A built-in screen door provides natural ventilation below. Features of the fully equipped galley include Corian countertops, undercounter, side-by-side Nova Kool refrigerator and freezer, a stainless steel sink, and a two-burner cooktop with removable cover. There’s also a cutting board that stashes out of sight in a slot beneath the microwave and a built-in soap dispenser alongside the sink.
My last order of business was to see how the Alegria performed, and I’m pleased to report that she’s as impressive underway as she is dockside. During performance trials on a sheltered stretch of the ICW just south of Fort Lauderdale, she was sure-footed and well mannered. Twin 480-hp Cummins diesels brought her up on plane easily without excessive bow rise at any speed, despite the extra weight that an optional TNT hydraulic tender platform on her stern adds. When carving turns at speed or creeping between bridge abutments, she tracked consistently on course.
Sea conditions outside the Fort Lauderdale inlet were a bit sloppy, but the Alegria never broke stride. Even at near-30-knot speeds, her 19-degree-deadrise hull ironed out the ride in a two- to three-foot chop, a nasty slop that will jar your fillings loose in a lesser boat.
And all too soon, we were back on the ICW, threading our way up a narrow channel leading to the marina. With our standard bow thruster and an optional stern thruster, docking was a snap, even with a fast tide running. One of the few faults I found was that the detents on her ZF controls were a bit soft; but in the grand scheme, that’s really picking nits.
While the Alegria is packed with slick tricks and clever features, she’s also a solid performer, built tough with cored composites throughout. She’s the model of innovation, focused on function and devoid of gimmicks.
Doral Boats Phone: (888) 84-DORAL. www.doralboat.com.
This article originally appeared in the July 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.