62 Super Sport — By Capt. Ken Kreisler — October 2001
Pride Runs Deep
|The 62 Super Sport is more than just Ocean’s newest battlewagon.|
It is not yet midmorning at Cape May’s Canyon Club Marina, and this being a lay day for a local tournament, the sportfishing boats sit idle, stern-to on opposite sides of four long docks being used for this event. I count up to 25 on one side until I lose sight of the transoms in a blur of white. There isn’t an open berth in sight.
There is a new boat here that I have been invited to visit on this day off, and while her unmistakable lines present a familiar profile, she carries something more that sets her apart: a boatbuilding heritage that stretches back to 1721. For that’s when John Leek, newly arrived from England, settled in the Pine Barrens area of Wading River, New Jersey, and began the business that continues today.
The Ocean 62 Super Sport is the seventh convertible from the company now presided over by John Leek, the third family member to carry that name. His son John IV, currently a naval architecture student at Virginia Tech, and daughter Lauren, a University of Maryland sophomore majoring in business administration, are poised to carry on the tradition. Then there’s 11-year-old Ryan, Leek’s youngest son, who in his own words "loves to fish and wants to be in Dad’s business."
If pedigree is any indication of success, the 62 should be proficient in the pursuit of big fish in deep waters. Her 138-square-foot cockpit features port and starboard rod lockers, a transom livewell, a pair of rod holders in each gunwale, and a bait center with freezer, sink, and tackle lockers. There are two in-sole fishboxes, one that, as on my test boat, can be equipped with an optional Eskimo shaved icemaker. Other options included teak covering boards, a Pompanette fighting chair, a pair of 39-foot Rupp triple-box spreader ‘riggers, a center ‘rigger, and a railful of rocket launchers on the bridge.
Ocean offers two standard power packages for the 62, 1,400-hp Caterpillars and 1,350-hp DDC-MTU 12V2000s. (Twin 1,480-hp DDC-MTU 12V2000s are optional.) And what happens when that power is asked to perform? My boat’s Caterpillar 3412Es had the 82,000-pound (plus full fuel and water) vessel flirting with 40 mph at just over 2000 rpm, admirable for a boat of this size. That big iron, by the way, is housed in an engine room, accessed via the cockpit, that offers stand-up headroom and plenty of space for the hands-on skipper to do any kind of work short of a major tear down.
Access to the bridge is via a ladder that due to both its rake–unlike some sportfishing boats I’ve been on whose ladders are almost straight up and down–and handy side rails, made going to and from easy and safe. Ocean also designed the bridge to complement its fish-fighting cockpit. Placing the pair of pedestal seats almost all the way aft gives the captain a clear shot at the action below without having to stretch or lean over.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.