When introducing the 57 Super Sport five years ago, the big news at Ocean Yachts was her innovative hull configuration. In the pursuit of better efficiency and course tracking and a gentler ride in rough seas, naval architect David Martin configured her running bottom with some innovative twists. Most notable, she has just a single pair of longitudinal strakes (not the usual two pairs), and the strakes aren't parallel to the centerline. Instead the sharply down-angled strakes are farther apart at the bow than at the stern, a feature Martin introduced in order to improve lift and to straighten the flow of water into the props. Combined with an exceptionally deep forefoot to soften the ride in heavy seas, the strakes help keep her dry while stabilizing the hull in slop and chop.
So successful was the hull form on the 57 that Ocean left it unchanged for the new 58 Super Sport. But what has changed is a lot more than you might imagine possible with just another foot of length. For starters, her bridge deck offers an unusual center-console-style helm station aft of a giant, wraparound settee that should seat at least eight big guys comfortably. And her cockpit has been enlarged and fitted with a mezzanine seat that offers guests a great up-close view of the fishing action or just a relaxing place to hang out at day’s end.
In the saloon the 58 offers a big, U-shape settee to port; it’s a better use of space than the L-shape seating area on the 57. And in that same vein, the galley sink and cooktop are farther forward, giving the 58 lots more floor and countertop space than the 57 offered. Opposite, the dining area is also larger, offering a full U-shape settee and dinette.
Perhaps the most significant changes in the layout are on the lower deck. While the 57 had three staterooms and three heads, including a full-beam master, the berths in the second and third staterooms were situated athwartships; that’s not the preferred orientation, especially for guests trying to sleep when the yacht is rolling. With careful allocation of her extra foot of length, the 58 offers a much-improved three-stateroom, three-head layout. The full-beam master is virtually unchanged, but there’s now a forepeak VIP with a centerline berth, while in the third stateroom there's a pair of twin berths facing fore and aft. Lots of improvements from just one more foot of length.
This article originally appeared in the June 2007 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.