Known for traditional pilothouse motoryachts, Ocean Reef Yachts has gone sleek and sexy with the Reefrunner 70, a Downeast-style cruiser expected to have a top speed around 40 knots and a cruise speed of about 35 knots. Seeking to appeal to a broad range of customers, the Reefrunner is offered in either a four-stateroom, galley-up or a three-stateroom, galley-down arrangement and an express or flying-bridge configuration.
In either layout the master stateroom is in the bow, with a king-size berth on centerline, large hanging lockers to port and starboard, and a roomy en suite head with separate shower. Aft to port is a guest stateroom, available with twin berths or a double berth, while just forward of amidships there are two generous guest staterooms with en suite heads in the four-stateroom model; the three-stateroom layout (shown below) has the galley and dinette down, replacing the port-side stateroom. But even with this setup, a portion of the overhead is open to the saloon, keeping the galley airy and bright and letting guests in either space converse.
In other respects the main-deck layouts are similar regardless of arrangement: a starboard-side helm with a settee behind, opposite a seating area with flat-panel TV. The layout works well in the three-stateroom option, creating a roomy, open saloon. The four-stateroom version limits the dining and entertaining area, but that's the tradeoff for the extra sleeping space.
It's in her exterior that the Reefrunner really shines, with her long, gently swept sheerline and gracefully rounded stern. Gentle curves in her after body contrast nicely with the angular, authoritative look of her bow. The express version is racier: long and low. A retractable roof brings sunlight and fresh air into the saloon. But from a practical standpoint, the flying bridge adds a new dimension, nearly doubling the outdoor deck area while offering a centerline helm and a generous settee to port.
Three staterooms or four? Express or flying bridge? Either way, the Reefrunner 70 is going to turn heads.
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This article originally appeared in the November 2007 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.