Adapting to a marketplace that is becoming ever more sensitive to fuel economy, efficiency, and carbon footprint, Outer Reef Yachts is now offering smaller engine options throughout its model lineup, from 65 to 85 feet. It has also introduced a 58-footer, optimized for these engine packages. Add an optional five-foot cockpit, and voila, you have the Outer Reef 63.
She has more deck space, more stowage in the lazarette, and a longer waterline, with only slightly more weight than the 58. With her semidisplacement hull form, this yacht is said to cruise at 6 to 8 knots as efficiently as a full-displacement trawler. But when time is of the essence, the 63 can run economically at up to 15 knots and deliver a top speed of about 18 knots. With a full-load draft of just five feet and the protection offered by her full keel, this Outer Reef can venture into anchorages too shallow for her full-displacement brethren.
Staterooms are all located on the lower deck; the one in the bow and a second on the port side (offering a centerline double and upper/lower twin berths, respectively) share a roomy head with separate shower enclosure. As per the norm, the master suite is amidships, where the effects of pitch and roll motions are minimal. But defying convention, the berth is athwartship on the port side, rather than fore and aft on centerline. This may prove to be slightly less comfortable while rocking at anchor, but it allows direct access from the sleeping area to the engine room through a watertight door in the sound-shielded bulkhead. The tradeoff suggests that the Outer Reef is designed for cruising, not merely for sitting dockside.
Access to the pilothouse is just as direct, thanks to a curved stairway forward of the master stateroom that leads up to a centerline helm station. What’s more, there’s an adjacent set of steps leading up to a full helm station on the flying bridge, so the owner can always stay in control.
Port and starboard doors from the pilothouse allow easy fore and aft access via wide side decks, which are protected by the flying-bridge overhang. Besides offering plenty of room for a tender and davit, the bridge deck shelters an aft-deck seating area. But for sun lovers, there’s the open cockpit with swim platform and a comfy, padded seat just forward of the pilothouse.
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This article originally appeared in the April 2008 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.