With standard equipment the base price of the Ocean Alexander is $3,640,000. Standard power on the boat are twin MTU 10V2000 diesels rated at 1500-hp, which is far more umph than most builders install as standard. The standard boat also comes with two Northern Lights 25kw generators, instead of the usual one unit. At the bottom of this article we have a link to Ocean Alexander’s complete spec sheet on this boat with prices for options as well as many drawing of alternative layouts.
The boat is 77’6” (23.62 m) LOA, with a LWL of 66’1-1/2” (20.15 m), has a 20’ (6.1 m) beam, draws 5’4” (1.63 m) to 5’11” (1.8 m) depending on engines and other equipment, and has an approximate displacement of 144,000 lbs. (65,454 kgs.)
From the description that Ocean Alexander has given us, we can say that we like the overall construction specifications of the 74-footer. Ocean Alex tells us that they comply with ABYC, ABS and ISO standards. We suspect that they don’t use one set of standards for the whole boat, but rather pick and choose, which is not unusual for production motoryachts in this class. Further, ABYC standards are not really intended for boats of this size and their value lies in their electrical, plumbing and other systems of the build.The most stringent building requirements for production yachts in this class are MCA which govern boats for charter in Europe. If you plan to charter your boat in the Med, then we advise that you plug that into the project right from the beginning and Ocean Alexander will be happy to comply. Obviously, there will be a substantial up-charge.The builder says that the boat has a “carbon-fiber infused hull and deck.” This is unusual for this size boat and we’d like to know how much carbon fiber is actually used and where. Both the main deck and the flying bridge deck are reinforced with aluminum “I” beams which not only strengthens the decks, but it also adds to the vessels longitudinal rigidity. We like this added stiffness.
She is Well-Equipped
As we look over the standard equipment list we find quite a number of items that are often optional on many motoryachts in this class.
As we look over the list of standard equipment, here is what strikes us as being noteworthy— *Keypower hydraulic 9 sq. ft. stabilizers. *Keypower 25-hp bow and stern thrusters *Two Stidd electric helm chairs *A remote, engine and thruster control *Fireboy fire extinguisher in the engine room with emergency shut down *Steelhead 1750 R davit *Gulfcoast fuel polishing system *One line dryer
*Cellular amplifier *Chain counter *Headhunter waste treatment system *Color coded piping for fuel, water, hydraulics *Lighted bilge *Sea chest for raw water intake
Of Special Note
Several standard items are worthy of special mention because of the cost involved, and they are rarely included as standard equipment—1) The Octoplex electrical control system. This expensive system brings virtually all of the electrical controls for everything on the boat into one panel. With the Octoplex the skipper can turn lights, AC, music and other things on and off from one place and does not have to be running all over the boat to do so.2) 4.5 mm thick 5052 aluminum fuel tanks with sight gauges and tested to International Standards 33 CFR 510(a), with a high and low level alarm system.3) Delta T engine room air intake water separators and demisting system with automatic and manual fire dampers. Exhaust fans with variable speed drives and soundproofing material near living spaces.4) We’re saving the best until last: As standard comes an $110,000 Furuno Integrated Navigation Package that includes radar, AIS, sounder, monitors, VHF, autopilot, sat TV system, weather station, Nobletec Nav computer and black box processors.
Designed for Easy Boat Handling
Although the yacht has a captain’s cabin, like so many boats in this size range these days, the yacht has been carefully set up for handling by a cruising couple. The bow and stern thrusters and the 3rd remote control station make threading one’s way through a tight marina manageable for most helmsmen with a reasonable amount of experience.
Great Galley Design
We like the innovative galley design forward, although Europeans probably will not. (We’re sure Ocean Alex can accommodate them with an alternative design.) The country kitchen is open and bright and there is plenty of counter space. If you go for the lower helm station, then the chef can be part of the piloting action. We prefer the alternative, more formal layout that you can find by clicking on the link below.
The Bottom Line
It is important to remember that boats of this size while they are “production” boats, are made one at a time. The days of several boats of the same size and layout going down an “assembly line” are over. If you want something changed today, even the most cantankerous boat builder will be glad to do it if at all possible. That means that you can modify many things you see on these pages to your way of using a boat so long as they don’t involve structural bulkheads and major molded parts.
Now, the question that everyone wants to know is, can you cruise over the horizon for that $3.6 million price? The answer is -- Yes! In fact, if you down grade the engine to twin 1150-hp Cat C-18 ACERT engines you can actually take $148k off the price! And, that is what we would recommend that you do.
Ocean Alexander says that the boat will have a top speed of 21 knots with these smaller engines, so lets say the boat is a bit heavy and actually has a WOT of 20 knots. Then, your cruising speed will be about 17 to 18 knots, which we feel is comfortable in most conditions for this size boat. In fact, our guess is that most people will be running the boat at 11 knots to save fuel. Why spend the extra $148k for 4 more knots that you will rarely use or need?That brings the price down to $3,492,000. Not bad for a brand new 74-footer ready to motor into the sunset!
However, as we look over the options list we find some almost irresistible. These are things that we don’t need, but are nice to have. As already noted, we like the idea of teak on the aft deck ($11.5k). We’d also put it on the swim platform ($9.7k), and on the side decks and bow ($13.6k). Finally, the best expenditure of all to make the boat look truly nautical is a teak cap rail from bow to stern ($16.3k) For an additional $52,000 you’ll have a 74-footer that looks like 5 million bucks, instead of 3 million.
Standard and Optional Features
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