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On board Ocean Alexander’s new 28m explorer yacht

24 August 2022

This autumn at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Ocean Alexander’s brand new 28E yacht will be debuted to the US. On show will be the third unit of the Explorer line, which sports naval architecture by Giuseppe Arrabito and a design by Evan K. Marshall.

Offering a sneak preview ahead of the show, Ocean Alexander shows BOAT some of the standout features on board the yard’s latest design.

Striking exterior

The ambition for the Explorer series was to combine large interior volumes with an equally large number of exterior amenities. The resulting design grants owners plenty of space to socialise and entertain friends and family on long journeys, as well as be able to tow a multitude of toys.

In terms of exterior design, a tall bridge deck and large glazed windows are some of the key features that contribute to the 28E’s strong lines. Measuring 24mm thick, the glass window panes provide panoramic views and illuminate the interior – particularly in the main saloon and the lower-deck cabins. To the aft, the oversized swim platform elongates the yacht. And once the starboard-side balcony has been unfolded, the platform increases in size and forms the ideal base for watersports, tender manoeuvers or sunbathing.

Penthouse style

Making use of the 6.3-metre beam, the yacht’s skylounge takes over the bridge deck. Designed to imitate an open penthouse apartment, the interior skylounge opens out onto an exterior deck, where a Jacuzzi and intimate alfresco lounge area can be found. Here, owners can opt to enclose the skylounge as seen on the first 28E, or, choose a larger outdoor deck space. The latter option will see the Jacuzzi and lounge area moved forward, making room for tender storage and a crane. Another choice for all Ocean Alexander 28E owners sees various loose furnishings or fixed seating populating the skylounge.

Also on the bridge deck, an owner or the crew can operate the vessel from the helm station while remaining close to the rest of the guests in the skylounge. The large dash has Garmin electronics, three 24″ touch screens with OctoPlex control systems and an electric helm seat. To starboard is a large wet bar, and all furnishings both inside and on the aft deck free-standing can be decided by the owner.

Up to 5 guest cabins

The ability to house up to five well-sized staterooms with en-suites, air-conditioning, large windows, opening portholes and entertainment systems is easily one of the 28E’s most appealing features. An owner can opt for a four or five suite layout – the owner of unit one for example, chose to build four staterooms, with the fifth cabin used as a gym and laundry room.

With perfect views of the surroundings, the owner’s suite is equipped with walk-in wardrobes, an office area and an ensuite. Further forward, the VIP suite houses an island berth and walk-in wardrobe. The additional guest staterooms can be configured into doubles or twins. Ocean Alexander has utilised every inch of space on board and has designed concealed storage compartments throughout.

Reliable performance

The high-tech GRP, fibreglass and lamination manufacturing technique used by Ocean Alexander has made the 28E a yacht 20% stronger and 18% lighter than a comparable yacht. To give the 163 GT yacht its top speed of around 20 knots, it is powered by twin MAN engines. When cruising at 10 knots, the 28E has a range of 1,215 nautical miles. And to keep her steady and easily handled along the way, Zero-speed fin stabilisers are included.

For a growing number of owners, Ocean Alexander’s new 28E – with its quality finish, explorer-esque design and well-engineered structure – has more than fulfilled their requirements. For those who prefer to see it for themselves, arrangements can be made to visit the yacht during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this October by contacting Ocean Alexander directly here.