Ocean 46 — By Capt. Patrick Sciacca —
Lines of Legacy
Part 2: The original 46 was quick for her time, and advancements in hull design and diesel technology have made this second generation even quicker.
One place that isn’t bare on the 46 is her interior. This boat is offered with two below-decks layouts. My 46 had Plan A, which, like Plan B, provides an athwartships master to port and a guest berth aft to starboard. The master sports an en suite head, a full-size berth with five-inch foam mattress (even that Princess and the Pea lady won’t complain about this one), and a standard 20-inch LCD TV. The difference between the two plans is in the forepeak VIP. Plan A features a full-size berth on centerline, while Plan B has crossover berths. For cruising families layout A makes sense, while for hardcore anglers just looking for a place to put their head when the bite’s off, B works better. A warm teak interior is standard in both configurations.
Like all Oceans, the new 46 also offers the comforts of home in the saloon. My test boat’s saloon sported the optional high-gloss interior finish on the teak. Immediately on entering from the cockpit, there’s a comfy L-shape Ultraleather lounge with high-gloss hi-lo table to port, a great place to kick back with a sandwich made in the fully equipped (see specifications, this story), U-shape galley just forward of the lounge. My galley had the optional Amtico teak and holly sole, which is attractive and durable. For a more formal dining occasion, the dinette across from the galley can seat four. All in all, I found the main deck area an inviting place for a quiet day on the hook with a book or to rest the bones with a beer at the end of a day of fishing.
The original 46 was quick for her time, and advancements in hull design and diesel technology have made this second generation even quicker. These advancements have allowed Ocean to stay at the top of an extremely competitive marketplace. Aside from the boat’s speed and seakeeping, it’s her dual-purpose nature that appeals to the masses. For instance, the cruising family might opt for some silhouette or wood blinds, satin-finish cherrywood interior, and a sofa bed to make the 46 a waterfront home or mobile summer place. However, if you add some fishing options, such as 30-foot Rupp outriggers, a fighting chair, and a refrigerated fishbox, to the standards, such as flush-mount rod holders, a transom door, a bait-prep center, and a transom livewell, then the 46 becomes a true tournament contender.
Either way, this is a vessel that has benefitted greatly from a combination of three key things. First, there’s improved diesel-engine technology. Next is the wisdom of an experienced naval architect who knew where design changes had to be made to accommodate big power while still offering both speed and comfort. And finally comes a builder that could bring the line drawings and design concept to life. And when you further add decades of boatbuilding experience and knowledge, the chances of hitting the mark are pretty good. I have to say Ocean's 46 Super Sport does just that. But what happens over the next 20 years? A third-generation 46 Super Sport cruising at 50 knots? I guess anything’s possible. I just hope I get to test it.
Ocean Yachts ( (609) 965-4616. www.oceanyachtsinc.com.
This article originally appeared in the December 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.