Our Boat Test of the Makaira 64.
With the 64 Makaira, Ocean is announcing its presence in the high-end sportfishing market, where luxury and fishability are of (nearly) equal importance. But was Ocean able to live up to its own lofty expectations? Find out by reading our full test here.
Second Time Around
The Ocean 48 Super Sport works for anglers and cruisers.
Ocean Yachts 37 Express
The newest Ocean Yacht, the 37 Express, is scheduled to hit the water this summer, and she is sure to carry on this builder’s tradition of rugged, attractively priced sportfishing boats. Using the same hull as the popular 37 Billfish, the Express basically loses that model’s flying bridge but retains its comfortable interior
Remember when you could just go into a place and order a cup of coffee? Not anymore. Now it's got to be half-caf, half-decaf cappuccino with extra foam and a sprinkle of shaved chocolate. Or something like that. Well, it seems like the same thing has happened to sportfishing boats. Not only have they been supersized, but they're often loaded up with frills like automatic blinds, pop-up TVs, and
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
The torrential rain is falling as if someone is attempting to wring the blackening storm clouds dry in one twist. Forty-knot northeasterlies cause large rain droplets to quantum leap past me, horizontal to the fast-moving, outgoing, full-moon-affected tide at Atlantic City's Trump Marina. The flags are double-starch stiff, and the wind groans through the towers and rigging of nearby boats. I look
Ocean Yachts mounts a big, standard Shakespeare VHF antenna on the starboard flying bridge cowling of the new 42 Super Sport, and when folded down to accommodate bridges and other low-slung obstacles, the darn thing hangs over the transom a good ways and tends to slightly complicate close-quarters maneuvering. Not that I’m complaining. Extra antenna altitude is generally good since it extends
"My friends from the Bahamas, they say that the devil lives here, man," says Jose, also known around the docks of San Juan, Puerto Rico, as Vanilla due to his light skin color. He's one of two mates aboard the Ramon family's 73 Ocean Super Sport, the company's largest convertible to date, and is gesturing out past the tranquil waters of the inner harbor to the not-so-calm ocean. Angel, the other
In the early 1980’s, Ocean Yachts gave naval architect Dave Martin a task: design a hull that would be seakindly and quick. How quick? The goal was 30 knots on the top end with twin 450-hp Detroit Diesel 6-71TIs. Martin’s solution was a planing-hull form that measured 46 feet LOA and transitioned from a 24-degree deadrise forward to three degrees at the transom (more on this later). He met the
My cellphone rang as I stared at the ocean out the window of my hotel room on Singer Island, Florida, which is about 15 miles north and east of West Palm Beach. Ocean Yachts’ captain Gene Hawn was calling. We were scheduled to meet in a short time to test the Ocean 50 Super Sport. However, a 20- to 25-mph-plus wind had been blowing east and sometimes east-northeast for several days, and the ocean
Kemah, Texas, is tucked up inside the western shore of Galveston Bay. "Breeze on into Kemah," read the banners as you enter this waterfront town, which bills itself as the Gateway to the Bay. The 2003 census lists its population at 2,333, and some of the nearby major attractions include Space Center Houston, the battleship Texas, and T-Bone Tom's Restaurant out on Highway 146. There are
In the waning hours of a mid-November day, several piers of Fort Lauderdale's Las Olas City Marina are all abuzz in preparation for a fishing tournament that will begin the next day. All the finger slips have fish-rigged boats tied stern-to. Reels are being spooled, leaders carefully measured, and hooks tied.
I have been invited to fish with Ocean Yachts' president John Leek on opening day