62 Super Sport — By Capt. Ken Kreisler — October 2001
Pride Runs Deep
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The helm console offers a no-frills design with all the necessary electronics flush-mounted and positioned for ease of operation. Other features here include seating forward of the helm with additional seating to port, both of which have stowage beneath. In addition, there is a large two-door locker forward on the bridge that has enough room in it to house a deflated eight-man life raft pack.
Once I got my hands on the wheel, it was pure excitement. While test day saw flat-calm conditions, I put the 62’s Dave Martin running bottom through some tight maneuvers, hard-over turns, and straight-out runs at a top speed of 42.6 mph and even feigned backing down hard on a grander. She tracked straight and true, held most of her rpm during tight turns, and answered the helm in sports car-like fashion. Because of the well-placed captain’s seat, I could keep one hand on the single-lever control and occasionally shift my eyes astern while remaining seated. The only drawback, however, would be a rather tight fit for a well-girthed skipper if he had to get around the other chair with someone seated in it.
But don’t think her serious sportfishing nature means she doesn’t have a comfortable side. Since there’s no reason not to have homelike amenities during running and down times, Ocean has made sure its latest has it all.
On the main deck there’s a large and comfortable saloon with a couch to port and cabinetry to starboard that houses the entertainment center, stowage, and the boat’s electrical panel. The fully equipped galley, forward of the saloon and to port, has large countertops and is equipped with an undercounter Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, lots of drawer and cabinet space, electric stove top, and microwave, among other features. The dinette is opposite the galley.
The 62 is available with either three staterooms or, as on my test boat, four. Sleeping accommodations are divided among a forepeak stateroom, a master amidships and to port, guest stateroom also to port, and starboard quarters. Either way you get three heads, each with its own shower. A cherry interior is standard with maple as an option, and I found the lighter color makes the living quarters, as well as the main deck areas, feel bigger. All quarters have abundant stowage in large closets and lots of cabinets and drawers. Fit and finish was excellent throughout.
Ocean lavishes the same kind of attention to construction–not surprising, since this boat was made to go offshore. Her stringer system is all FRP, filled with two-pound-density foam and heavily tabbed in with six different systems bonding it to the hull. The engines sit on aluminum plates that are encapsulated in fiberglass for strength.
All bulkheads are installed in the mold to ensure the hull maintains its shape; they’re made of Divinycell, as are the saloon and galley soles, hull sides, hardtop, and foredeck. The hull and deck are mated using a shoebox joint; the overlapping deck is fastened to the hull with screws and caulked with Vulkem adhesive. And like all the Super Sports, the 62’s bottom is solid FRP.
I found the Ocean 62 Super Sport to be a complete package. With her solid construction, comfortable and stylish accommodations, large and numerous stowage spaces, and power options, she’s the kind of boat that is, with the addition of her hard-core fishing amenities, as well-adapted to chasing big fish in deep water as she is to cruising. And as with every Ocean that leaves the plant, the 62 comes with something very special: a long boatbuilding heritage and a new generation of bright, eager men and women poised to continue the tradition.
Ocean Yachts Phone: (609) 965-4616. Fax: (609) 965-4914. www.oceanyachts.com.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.