70 Super Sport — By Capt. Ken Kreisler — June 2000
Two Good Reasons...and More
|Part 2: Ocean 70 Super Sport|
Also courtesy of that prodigious beam is a 156-square-foot cockpit with all the features necessary to make her ready for bluewater battling as standard equipment. This includes a tackle center on the forward bulkhead comprised of a bait center, freezer, bait-prep compartment, cabinets and drawers, and cutting board, plus fresh- and seawater washdowns and an in-transom livewell, a pair of large lockers under the gunwales to either side, and two in-sole fishboxes. A set of optional 41-foot Rupp riggers and a Pompanette fighting chair rounded out the arsenal aboard hull #1.
The first time I saw the completed 70 was several months after my factory visit, at the Miami Beach Marina, where we were preparing to head down to the Keys for a day of fishing. The ride down was in four- to six-foot beam seas, which the 70 easily shouldered through, thanks to a pair of 1,400-hp Caterpillar 3412Es. We ran at 20 knots all the way to Hawk Channel. Once inside Alligator Reef in flatter water, I was able to assess the 70’s performance capabilities.
Martin’s hull, with its sharp entry, fine forefoot, and 14-degree aft deadrise, easily met Ocean’s goal for all its boats: 30 knots with base power. During four acceleration runs, our 124,591-pound test boat topped out at almost 41 mph (34.5 knots), planed in about 16 seconds, and spooled up to WOT in less than a minute. And then there was the exhilaration after spinning the wheel and ordering the big boat to port and then starboard and feeling her quick response to the helm.
We docked at the Ocean Reef Club for the night and awoke to a windless, cloudless day. With our livewell full we were soon trolling offshore. The 70’s enclosed and air conditioned pilothouse, with starboard seating area and port entertainment center, proved to be a perfect spot to watch the baits and the action in the cockpit. We raised fish–probably wahoo or dolphin from the way they took the baits–almost immediately, but unfortunately none ever saw our deck.
My two days aboard allowed me to experience the 70 in a variety of sea conditions and become familiar with her comfortable accommodations. Her saloon, which at first seemed a little small due to space taken up by the port bridge staircase (this instead of the more difficult to negotiate spiral stairs), can easily accommodate eight people. The galley, with stainless steel appliances, had plenty of counter space and enough cabinets and drawers for an outing of several days. And a restful night’s sleep is guaranteed for all, as VIP and master have a firm innerspring mattress, along with plenty of closet and stowage space.
Any 70-footer makes a statement, but when it’s a 70-foot sportfisherman, the assertion is even more pronounced. With Ocean’s 70 Super Sport, the company’s commitment to marry good performance and ride with comfortable accommodations and ample bridge and cockpit sizes has produced a boat that is as at home entertaining and traveling as she is on the tournament fishing circuit. And that is just what Ocean wanted.
Ocean Yachts Phone: (609) 965-4616. Fax: (609) 965-4914. www.oceanyachtsinc.com.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.