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How does a yacht popular in the US fare in the Med?

15 February 2022

When it comes to a summertime superyacht holiday, there are few places better than the Mediterranean. And one yacht perfectly suited for the job is the Ocean Alexander 35R.

To date, the line of 35.6-metre Ocean Alexander 35R superyachts includes three units, the most recent of which is due to be delivered to Europe this summer. As a builder whose fleet is mainly based in North America, the capabilities of Ocean Alexander’s superyachts are gaining the attention of owners wanting to explore the Med.

“We are seeing an unprecedented level of new interest for Ocean Alexander yachts in Europe,” confirms the builder’s Head of Global Distribution, Marketing, Service and Dealer Development, Dan Mundy. One of the reasons is the way the design by Evan K. Marshall and Arrabito Naval Architects includes many well-thought-out features that allow the 35R to cruise comfortably in any part of the world. A few of the features in question have been described here by those who have been on board to see why she is such a great all-round travel companion.

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Filled with natural light, the open-plan interior reflects how owners and guests really use a yacht

Luxury to suit real life

The 35R is a luxurious package with a design that focuses on catering to privacy and entertainment. The vertical bow and full-width main deck make sure that guests have enough room to indulge in everything from cocktails at the main saloon’s wet-bar island, to sunset views through the floor-to-ceiling 360° panoramic windows. “This living space has been expanded without compromising the incomparable performance and efficiency we are known for,” points out Sally Doleski, Ocean Alexander’s Vice President of Marketing. “And next to the main living area there is a formal dining area with massive doors that can open up on either side, creating a beautiful cross breeze,” adds Tony from YachtAddiction.com.

Regardless of where the yacht is cruising, the day-to-day routines of the guests have been accounted for in the design. For example, a superyacht trip through the Mediterranean can include visits to some of the world’s most popular marinas. If guests prefer some privacy when arriving to a busy area, indoor spaces such as the skylounge offer places for seating and casual dining. While the outdoors can be seen clearly, the dark-tinted windows keep everything out of view from outsiders. “This trideck’s skylounge area is great for movies with a nice bar complete with glassware. It can be used for whatever an owner would like,” confirms MarineMax Sales Consultant and salesperson for Ocean Alexander, Scott Roberton.

The backlit display case on the lower deck that acts as a secret entrance for crew

Head-turning multipurpose design

The 35R is one of Ocean Alexander’s next generation of superyachts – an accolade which can be seen in the way the curved flybridge line connects the clear-cut decks create a robust, modern yacht with purpose. “The striking facade evokes a sense of awe upon each glance,” says Evan K. Marshall, designer. And behind the facade lies a functional layout that is perfect for both family and charter use. “The 35R lends herself well to the charter market thanks to the separation of crew and guests. The crew can move from the forward crew quarters all the way to the side decks without passing through the passenger areas,” says Captain Steve, reviewer from BoatTest.com. For crew working on the lower deck, there is a backlit display case at the forward end of the hallway that acts as a secret entrance.

Worldwide compatibility

An Ocean Alexander owner will be able to enjoy their yacht to the full anywhere in the world. “Everything you could need, this yacht has it ready,” says Roberton. One key feature on board every Ocean Alexander yacht measuring over 30 metres is the Atlas Global Power Convertor. This innovative system gives the yacht the correct frequency converters, electrical distribution systems and dockside power converters to suit its location. “With this, you can use the boat across the globe and it will convert your power however it sees fit,” Roberton adds. Plus, the yacht’s OctoPlex system is able to control all of the AC and DC loads and the eco-waste treatment system keeps her running efficiently in any part of the world.

Here guests will find a head with a shower, an exercise room and a glass-enclosed sauna

At 299 GT with a beam of 7.64 metres and maximised living areas, the 35R is a yacht with plenty of space for a multitude of uses. As the yacht travels, the way guests would prefer to spend their time on board may change. Life in the sundrenched Mediterranean, for example, is outdoor-orientated with plenty of alfresco dining and watersports. To accommodate, the 35R’s super-sized galley is well-equipped to take care of all of the catering needs, and the large fold-down beach club has everything from a television to an ice maker to make it the perfect waterside hangout. “This beach cabana can be populated with any combination of furniture and water toys that the mind can conjure,” says Captain Steve.

In the galley, everything a professional cook could need can be found

Also in this area is a head with a shower, an exercise room designed to hold a bike, treadmill or rowing machine and a glass-enclosed sauna to port. “We feel that the market has found numerous yards building similar designs,” says Mundy. “Our increased volume along with the flexible spaces may compel owners to imagine a new adaptation in utilisation and enjoyment of a superyacht,” he adds. If the owner’s vision is not already reflected in the design, the yard can easily customise the design. “As long as it doesn’t affect the structural integrity of the yacht, the yard can make almost any adjustment the buyer wants,” explains Doleski.

The aft deck is one of the comfortable luxury hangouts for when the yacht is underway

Withstand any condition

Having been built with aircraft-grade aluminium beams, the 35R has a high strength-to-weight ratio. “This is for manoeuvrability, safety and reliability,” adds Mundy, highlighting that Ocean Alexander has made sure its yachts can withstand rough seas, and as silently as possible. “We have invested in a sophisticated vibration-isolation system for our engines with leading-edge sound-insulation technology,” explains Mundy. The result of taking “every engineering detail to a higher level to ensure safe passage in sometimes challenging conditions” also includes the addition of zero-speed stabilisers to steady the force from the twin MTU V16 2600 HP engines, which can reach speeds of 24 knots. “It’s an engineering masterpiece,” concludes Mundy.

To see the 35R in action, those cruising the Med this summer may spot the striking third 35R enjoying her debut season. The first two custom-built 35-metre Revolution yachts, Ziggy and Entrepreneur, were delivered to their owners in the US during 2021.

More details about Ocean Alexander superyachts and their compatibility with any region and lifestyle can be found on the company website here.

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