A complete departure from Ocean Alexander’s (OA) traditional exteriors, the new OA 90R’s styling debuted in Fort Lauderdale in November 2018 and generated quite a buzz. Presumably, the “R” in the name stands for “revolutionary” but with it’s avant-garde angular hull, liberal use of windows and the jaw-dropping aft beach club, maybe the new OA is so hot that the “R” signals it’s “raring to go” capture the edgier end of the market.
As a tri-deck yacht, she’s a tall boat with a full, nearly plumb bow. Her irregularly shaped windows and numerous sharp angles give her a profile that’s hard to define at first glance. She’s a bit of a shape shifter since not one set of lines defines her profile but rather many. She looks nothing like the original Ocean Alexander 90, which was introduced years ago and that will continue in the line to appeal to OA’s core customers.
You can look at the OA 90R for quite a while and not really take in all the different components. There are hull windows down low at the waterline, angled stainless plating at the anchor well and a nearly reverse sheer to her top deck. It’s hard to know where to look but once you come around to the transom, you’ll forget the profile and focus on the flashy beach club on the same level as the swim platform.
Not satisfied with having merely a hydraulic platform that forms a teak beach, Ocean Alexander created a complete recreational area back here at the waterline and it takes lounging to another level. With curved sliding glass doors, the beach club opens to showcase an L-shaped settee to port and a wet bar topped by a flatscreen TV to starboard. Once inside, you’ll notice that the added skylights make the whole thing even brighter. This space is pure decadence that wows the first-time visitor and entices the onboard guest to spend long, languid days basking in the sun or watching the game with a cocktail. Crew quarters plus a small crew lounge are on the lower deck just forward of the beach club so the staff is nearby when something is needed.
The bow is no less tempting. Because the beam is carried well forward, the broad expanse of the foredeck creates another opportunity for guest enjoyment. A U-shaped settee for six faces forward to take in the sights while a sunpad for four is just ahead. That still leaves plenty of room for the crew to work with the anchor and windlass at the bow below.
Now, if this just simply isn’t enough exterior recreation space, guests can choose to lounge on the bridge deck where multiple layouts are available. Hull #1 offered another vast sunpad that wraped around the (optional) Jacuzzi tub while an eight-person settee created the perfect location for an al fresco lunch with 360-degree views of the anchorage. To starboard was a full wet bar and grill that would be the focal point of most on-board cocktail parties. With these three onboard areas combined, two dozen people can easily enjoy the great outdoors on the 90R without ever getting in each other’s way.
The revolution continues inside. Copious use of glass makes it seem as though you’re not inside at all. Dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows and lowered bulwarks amidships provide impeccable views even when seated. The salon on the main deck extends from the aft cockpit (that can seat eight) all the way forward to the galley with sumptuous living and dining rooms in between. If professionally crewed, the yacht’s galley may be closed off with a partition for guest privacy.
As with the exterior, the interior styling demands that your gaze lingers and your eye takes in all the minute details. Natural wood grain mixes effortlessly with high gloss composite finishes and all is accented with a bevy of complementary fabrics. The OA 90R includes a full set of linens, china, flatware, table linens and glassware, galley pots and pans so nothing on the design palette is left to chance.
The master suite is forward on the main deck and occupies most of the yacht’s 22-foot beam. With his and hers closets and again generous use of glass, this stateroom is unlike those on many other models where you have a closed-in hotel-like experience. After all, if you’ve come to relax on the water, you should be reminded of your surroundings at every turn and the OA never lets you forget that you’re not just at the downtown Hilton.
The emphasis on natural surfaces extends to the liberal use of stone that tops everything from the upper deck bar to the galley counters and the vanities in the heads. Indirect lighting in the overheads throughout the ship provides a soft glow to accentuate the synergy of the materials used.
Ocean Alexander builds semi-custom yachts and to that end there are layout options on the lower deck in terms of cabin configuration (2-4) and on the bridge deck where you can choose an open flybridge or an enclosed skylounge wheelhouse, which is a first for the builder. Carbon fiber in the bridge construction keeps the weight down and lowers the center of gravity overall for a smoother ride, which is part of the guest experience as well.
Helm and Power
The single helm is on the bridge deck. Twin captain’s chairs are fronted by a dash topped by an array of four multifunction displays just ahead and engine controls to the right. As mentioned above, the bridge deck may be enclosed so the helm resides in a climate-controlled skylounge. In that case, U-shaped companion seating may be added aft but still inside where the weather is always amenable.
Powered by twin MTU 1600 HP diesels, the OA 90R looks like she was built to go far and to get there fast. With 3,000 gallons of fuel, she’s no simple day boat but instead a cruiser that will take eight on far-flung adventures. Hull #1 graced US shores at the Fort Lauderdale boat show after arriving here from the Taiwanese factory. But given her reception, the revolutionary design’s siblings are bound to pop up soon at numerous other destinations.
The OA 90R is a new collaboration between the Ocean Alexander design team, naval architect Evan Marshall and Italian firm Arrabito. The builder is convinced that had they attempted this unorthodox styling only five years ago, it wouldn’t have been accepted. In fact, in their 40 years in existence, Ocean Alexander hasn’t ventured in this direction. However, it’s likely that with market acceptance, other models in this series will soon follow.
So, what does the “R” in OA 90R stand for? Is it revolutionary, radical, rebellious or raring to go? In the end it doesn’t really matter because this completely new package, taken from stem to stern, will be described by many as truly remarkable.
See listings and additional features of the Ocean Alexander 90R in our Brand Showroom.
|Fuel capacity||3,000 gal.|
|Water capacity||450 gal.|