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Outer Reef 860

Our Boat Test of the Outer Reef 860.
Outer Reef 860


Year 2015
LOA 85'8"
Beam 21'0"
Draft 5'6"


Fuel Capacity (in Gallons) 3000
Water Capacity (in Gallons) 500
Standard Power 2/705-hp Caterpillar C12
Displacement 190,000 lb.

Mind’s Eye

The second semi-custom Outer Reef 860 CPMY reflects the owners’ particular needs.

Stepping into the saloon of Hull No. 2 of the Outer Reef 860, one thing is instantly clear: This is no rank-and-file production boat. Although the 860 Cockpit Motor Yacht (CPMY) is a series model based on an 80-foot hull with a 6-foot cockpit extension, Hull No. 1 launched with a contemporary interior design, which  pays homage to traditional nautical styling. The saloon has a teak-and-holly sole, solid-teak cabinetry, and teak bulkheads with elegant raised paneling handcrafted by the artisans at the builder’s shipyard in Taiwan.

Outer Reef 860

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“Our boats are pretty much custom built on the inside, as long as the changes don’t affect the structural integrity of the boat or its seakeeping ability,” said Outer Reef Yachts General Manager Michael Schlichtig. “It’s a more difficult way of building boats without a doubt, but we try to give our customers the latitude to build the boat with the décor they want.”

The owners of Hull No. 2 worked with Outer Reef Yachts interior designer Deborah Manzi to achieve the classic look they desired.

“Usually I am involved almost from day one,” Manzi said. “I have a design room in our office in Ft. Lauderdale. I also take owners to Design Center of the Americas and some of the other showrooms in the area.”

According to Schlichtig, new-boat contracts have an allowance for the décor, which enables owners to work with outside designers. However, having an in-house designer gives owners the most bang for their buck, as Outer Reef doesn’t charge extra for the time.

In the design process for Hull No. 2, the owners opted for loose furniture in the saloon, with twin ottomans fronting the sofa instead of a coffee table for a more casual look and feel. Custom furniture was constructed locally in Dania Beach, Florida, by IK Yacht Design. Outer Reef’s in-house woodshop crafted the extensive built-in cabinetry along with boxed window frames and an expandable teak card table. This card table replaces the standard dining table in the forward part of the saloon. Since the owner’s family prefers dining on deck, they requested a longer-than-normal, custom teak table and bench settee on the aft deck, seating up to 12 people. While most 860 CPMYs have mirror-image stairways to the cockpit, this yacht has only starboard stairs. “The owners opted against the portside stairs to accommodate for the longer table,” said Schlichtig. 

The owners also took advantage of Outer Reef’s willingness to customize the accommodations. In lieu of the standard queen-berth VIP forward, they opted for a more traditionally nautical raised V-berth stateroom. The portside guest stateroom is outfitted with standard twin berths, and the full-beam master suite is atypically sparse. It has the standard king-size berth and built-in bureaus, but the owners decided against the usual vanity. The lack of furniture enhances the feeling of spaciousness, while headroom—which is about 6 feet 5 inches (and closer to 7 feet in the saloon above)—adds another dimension of luxury.

The master head, with twin sinks, shower, and private stall, is tucked to port behind the king berth bulkhead. To starboard is a walk-in closet with a door at the back that provides “secondary egress” from the engine room, a safety feature that is often found on commercial vessels, but not so much on recreational ones. The yacht’s electrical distribution panel is also in the closet—perhaps an odd location until you consider that Outer Reef’s yachts are built to be owner-operated if desired.

The owners employ a captain, although they are highly experienced boaters. And it’s a safe bet the same is true for most of Outer Reef’s customers, who appreciate the long-range capability and seaworthiness designed into just about every inch of these yachts. 

For an oceangoing explorer yacht, the 860 definitely looks the part—salty, with her Portuguese bridge and raked pilothouse windows. “Everything we build is built to Open Ocean A guidelines,” notes Schlichtig. “The yachts are designed to be self-sufficient and capable of unrestricted navigation on open seas in rough or even hostile conditions.”

The 860 CPMY has a semi-displacement hull with a full-length keel that extends below the running gear. Built of heavy-duty fiberglass with closed-cell Divinycell PVC coring above the waterline, it is laid up with vacuum-bag construction for better resin penetration and greater strength. The hull is then treated with five coats of epoxy osmosis barriers for ultimate water resistance.

Among a host of seakindly features onboard the 860, the engine room deserves a special note for its 6-foot-5-inch-plus headroom, good access to at least three sides of the Caterpillar diesels and Northern Lights gensets (the owners upgraded from 25 kW to 30 kW) and the chilled-water air-conditioning system, which is standard on all Outer Reef Yachts 65 feet and up. The company prides itself on a standard noise- and vibration-reduction package, which includes gasketing every interior door to minimize the possibility of rattles. ABT Trac 250 stabilizers with 7.5-square-foot fins are standard, as are sea chests—an Outer Reef hallmark. 

Full walkarounds ease access from stem to stern during docking maneuvers. The pilothouse and flying-bridge helm stations, each equipped with standard Stidd helm seats, provide two virtually redundant driving experiences to choose from, depending on the weather. 

Designed to make long-range offshore passages while providing guests with luxurious accommodations, the flagship of Outer Reef’s Cockpit range stands true to form. It’s what you see on the inside, however, that separates this yacht from all the other production boats on the block.

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The Boat

Layout Diagram

Outer Reef 860 deckplans

Optional Equipment

Noteworthy Options: Dual 30-kW (60 Hz) Northern Lights generators w/ sound shields; two Maxwell VWC4000 hydraulic windlass & dual anchor rollers; 1,800-gpd Max-Q watermaker; four additional AGM house batteries; Aqualuma 3 Series underwater LED lights. (Prices available upon request.)

The Test

Load During Boat Test

3,000 gal. fuel, 500 gal. water, 16 persons aboard.

Test Boat Specifications

  • Test Engine: 2/1,136-hp Caterpillar C18
  • Transmission/Ratio: ZF, 1.971:1 ratio
  • Props: ZF 4-blade 36.5 x 26.5

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This article originally appeared in the January 2015 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

The Photos