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Sizing Up the Ocean Alexander Line-Up

Evan K. Marshall

When Ocean Alexander tasked designer Evan K. Marshall (above) to develop new products within the builder’s already successful line, Marshall was up for the challenge.

“The tooling was in place, but OA was committed to refreshing the tooling almost to the same degree as a new product line,” Marshall says. “It required putting on our thinking caps to create something fresh while maintaining a cohesion within the fleet.” 

Filling an important need at the popular century mark for upsizing yacht owners, the launch of the 100 marks a culmination of sorts for Marshall’s efforts. It serves as a logical progression from the award-winning 90—which holds her own very well—while accommodating the possibility of charter. 

“We put the majority of the extra length of the main deck into the galley,” Marshall says, noting the 100’s charter-friendly professional galley layout, emphasizing more space and room for appliances. “On the lower deck aft we reconfigured the crew area using more of the additional length, to host a full complement of crew should the owner wish to charter. And with OA’s level of detail in their crew areas, you effectively have two additional guest staterooms for larger families. Additionally, we created two symmetrical twin staterooms in the forward living area, which can be easily converted to queens. Also with charter in mind, we gave the 100 two very distinct social spaces, found in the main saloon and the skylounge.”

According to Marshall, the challenge was maintaining consistency in the lines for both the flybridge and skylounge versions. This included the iconic windows—an evolution from the 120 to the new 112 due to launch at the Yacht and Brokerage Show in Miami Beach in 2016. Those windows have become a signature for the fleet, and may find their way into a new 65-footer in design now.

Read our boat test of the Ocean Alexander 100 here ▶

Ocean Alexander 112

The Ocean Alexander 112 (shown here as a rendering) is due to splash at Miami in 2016.

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