— By Capt. Ken Kreisler
— August 2003
A Stop Along the Way
|Part 2: In laying out the 57, Ocean didn’t forget the skipper.|
Driving the 57 from the enclosed helm was a treat. I had excellent visibility into the seaway despite the four substantial mullions. There are two comfortable Pompanette helm chairs, a couch for two to port—stowage beneath, of course—and a wet bar with U-Line refrigerator aft and to starboard. An entertainment center houses a 13-inch television and DVD player, and there is an additional steering station to port just outside.
Since I had only calm seas, I couldn’t judge how well Martin’s design would fare in challenging conditions. What I can report is that she held herself true on straight runs and turned on a dime when asked to, and when the time came to back her into her tight slip, it was just one touch from the optional bow thruster and we were in.
The 57’s three-stateroom, three-head layout is a perfect complement to her fine handling and speed. There’s plenty of room for you and the family or your traveling companions. The plan is, not surprisingly, similar to the convertible’s: VIP in the forepeak, double berth guest quarters aft of that and to port, and a full-beam master amidships. Likewise are the amenities, being fine fit and finish, an average 6'5" headroom throughout, and substantial stowage.
What do I mean by substantial stowage? In the forepeak, that includes three large drawers in the island base and a pair of two-drawer night tables. There are four cabinets on the port bulkhead above the berth, and another cabinet is located on the starboard bulkhead. The twin guest stateroom has five cabinets—three forward and two aft—and each bunk has drawer space beneath, plus there’s a cedar-lined half closet. The master has a pair of two-drawer night tables, an 11-drawer bureau, a double door, a cedar-lined closet with three cubbies inside, and three more cabinets on the port bulkhead. And as I went up the steps leading to the galley/dinette and saloon area, I found two stowage compartments built into the bulkheads on either side that measured 3'9"x3'.
But there’s even more stowage than that elsewhere on the 57. On the main deck, I found the same attention to space utilization in the port-side galley. There are two large cabinets on the forward bulkhead, with nine others and three large drawers in the base for the Corian countertop. The saloon provides more stowage beneath an L-shape couch to port and in the base of the adjoining coffee table, accessed by a hinged top.
But in laying out the 57, Ocean didn’t forget the skipper. The engine room, accessed via an athwartships cockpit entrance, has almost 5'9" headroom, full access around each engine, and a battery box conveniently positioned between the diesels.
With all that stowage, creature comforts, speed and range, the 57 might be the ideal boat for your odyssey, whether your destination is Kemah or Key West.
Ocean Yachts Phone: (609) 965-4616. www.oceanyachtsinc.com.
This article originally appeared in the July 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.