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Brief Summary

Ocean Alexander has a flair for building yachts with traditional lines combined with contemporary styling. Its latest version of the 72 Pilothouse exemplifies this with her long extended overhead bridge deck and curved lines. Side decks allow safe transitions from stem to stern. Inside, she has a raised pilothouse with a clear view from the helm to the stern. A private, and full beam, master has a private entrance from the salon. Forward is another entrance to the three guest suites.

Key Features

  • Two Custom Flip-up mechanical helm seats on flying bridge
  • Cruisair systems throughout, rated for extreme tropical climates
  • Enlarged windows in salon
  • LCD 46'' TV with A/V System
  • King-sized berth in master stateroom
  • Wet bar with sink, bar refrigerator and swing-and-flip seats on flying bridge
  • Teak deck for aft deck and walkway to midship
  • Sun pad at bow
  • L-shaped dinette with chart drawer underneath in pilothouse
  • Option for a sky lounge
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 73’ 5''
    22.3 m
    Beam 18' 11''
    5.77 m
    Dry Weight 110,000 lbs.
    49,895 kg
    Tested Weight 119,090 lbs.
    54,018 kg
    Draft 5’ 5''
    1.65 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 1,500 gal.
    5,678 L
    Water Capacity 300 gal.
    1,136 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 2 x 1150-hp Caterpillar C18
    Tested Power 2 x 1150-hp Cat C-18
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 6.5 5.6 4.0 1.6 1.4 2177 1893 61
    1000 10.6 9.2 9.0 1.2 1.0 1583 1376 62
    1250 13.3 11.5 20.0 0.7 0.6 894 778 66
    1500 14.6 12.7 35.0 0.4 0.4 561 488 68
    1750 17.5 15.2 57.0 0.3 0.3 413 359 73
    2000 20.9 18.1 81.0 0.3 0.2 348 302 73
    2180 24.1 21.0 98.0 0.3 0.2 332 289 75
    2250 25.1 21.8 107.0 0.2 0.2 317 275 78
    2350 26.1 22.7 118.0 0.2 0.2 299 260 78
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    600 1893 3504 10.50 15.14 0.68 61
    1000 1376 2548 17.10 34.07 0.50 62
    1250 778 1439 21.40 75.71 0.28 66
    1500 488 903 23.50 132.49 0.18 68
    1750 359 665 28.20 215.77 0.13 73
    2000 302 560 33.60 306.62 0.11 73
    2180 289 534 38.80 370.97 0.11 75
    2250 275 510 40.40 405.04 0.10 78
    2350 260 481 42.00 446.68 0.09 78

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 7.2 sec.
    0 to 30 9.1 sec. (0 to 20)
    Ratio N/A
    Props 40 x 38 1/2 Hung Shen
    Load 4 persons, 7/10 fuel, 5/6 water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 88 deg., 70 humid.; wind: 10-15 mph; seas: light chop
    Elevation SL

    Captain's Report

    Sailfish 270CC running shot
    The Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse has a LOA of 73’5’’ (22.3 m), a beam of 18’11’’ (5.77 m) and a dry weight of 110,000 lbs. (49,895 kg).

    Overview

    There are basically two different breeds of yacht. First, is the large condo on the water that glides from port to port, keeping guests entertained along the way with food and drink while dining at 5-star restaurants at each destination. At night, she sleeps under shore power and air conditioning before moving on to the next locale, or perhaps back home and to work on Monday. If weather pops up, perhaps even rain, then the plans are dropped and the guests go shopping shoreside instead of cruising.

    Then, There’s the Long-range Cruiser Type of Motoryacht.

    These vessels are designed for leaving the dock and staying away for extended periods… sometimes for months at a time. They not only have all the comforts of home but the ability to carry stores and dry goods to support that mission. More to the point though, these boats are designed to remain underway in good and bad weather. Safe harbor may be a long way off and running home at the first hint of wind is not going to happen.The Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse is the latter type of motoryacht. But because she is so big inside, and because the vessel will be custom-built inside to meet an owner's requirements she can also serve the function of the coastal entertainment-type of motoryacht. However, a boat built for the first use is not necessarily appropriate for the second.

    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse profile drawing
    High freeboard, deep spray rails and a Carolina flare are all hallmarks of a distance cruiser.

    Exterior Features Inspection

    Main Deck

    The main deck of the Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse benefits from the wide side decks allowing unrestricted access from stem to stern, in full safety even when underway. The aft deck is protected from the elements by the extended boat deck overhead. Standard teak decking runs from the aft deck to midships at the side decks. A standard wet bar is located forward on the aft deck.Boarding is from either the swim platform, if secured to a floating dock, or through side doors to both sides of the aft deck if made fast to a fixed pier.Options include stainless steel gates at the steps to the swim platform. Sliding Phantom screens for the salon and pilothouse doors keeps bugs at bay.

    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse extended overhead
    The extended overhead provides protection from the elements. Stairs in the foreground access are then molded as a single piece and mechanically fastened to the superstructure. The swim platform is accessed from steps to both sides of the aft deck. Thanks to the long overhang above, the aft deck can be enclosed with a polycarbonate material to make this a cozy sun deck when it is chilly.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse aft bench
    An aft bench seat is upholstered in all-weather fabric. A solid wood pedestal table is just ahead. The salon is entered through an electric sliding door. The drop down TV is optional.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse wet bar
    The wet bar/refreshment center is standard. Notice the slides for the electrically actuated salon door are at deck level so there is no stubbing of toes.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse aft deck
    The spacious aft deck makes a good venue for a cocktail party. Side decks are wide as they should be on this size vessel. Note the sturdy and elongated stainless steel hand rails above the cap rail.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse teak decking
    Here we can see how the teak decking runs from the aft deck to midships on the side decks. Note the engine room air intake on the side of the superstructure instead of being on the hull side. This design goes a long way toward keeping salt mist -- to say nothing of green water -- out of the engine room.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse forward
    Looking forward from the side midships area we can see the opening watertight door to the pilothouse deck.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse bow
    The bow area is easily accessible thanks to high rails and wide decks. Note the bulwarks, something we sometimes don’t see on boats of this size.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse
    The 72 Pilothouse with her flying bridge, which includes a sink and refrigerator, an L-shaped settee and a pedestal table.

    The Flying Bridge

    Sure to be one of the most popular places while the 72 Pilothouse is underway or at the dock, the flying bridge offers as much open space as some 100-footers we’ve seen. Thanks to the extended aft deck, a boat deck serves as a launching spot for a tender, and while vacated, is a welcome spot to place some deck chairs and enjoy the view. An optional awning extends from the hardtop aft to stainless steel poles and is fabricated from “Batyline Crème” Ferrari mesh fabric.A bar with swing out seats is ahead and to port. It includes a sink and refrigerator. An electric grill is offered as an option to bring outdoor cooking to the table, as it were. An L-shaped settee wraps around a fiberglass pedestal table to starboard, both in close proximity to the center mounted helm, and therefore the host.

    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse without tender
    With the tender in the water, there’s plenty of open real estate for beach towels or deck chairs. An optional awning extends aft from the hardtop. The hydraulic davit at left is standard.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse seating and bar
    From the front of the boat deck, looking ahead we see the seating and bar area just behind the helm. Swing-out bar stools mount to the bases on the side and notice the footrests below.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse settee
    The settee wraps around a fiberglass table. A grab handle is secured to the back of the seatback. And of course this entire area remains in close proximity to the captain at the helm. The helm seats are Stidd.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse bar area
    Notice the deck drains both at the front of the settee and behind the bar. The sink is standard, the grill is optional.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse television
    The flying bridge design with a hardtop provides sun and rain protection.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse flying bridge layout
    This is the standard layout of the flying bridge and boat deck and is also the layout of the boat pictured on this page. The tender in this drawing is a 12-footer.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse sky lounge layout
    This is the Sky Lounge version which has a settee, high-low table, wet bar and entertainment center. Note the inside access to port and the grill and cabinets abaft the bulkhead on the boat deck. In both versions, the tender can be lowered when in port or at anchor and the boat deck can be used for cocktail parties or for chaise lounges and sunning.

    Sky Lounge Option

    Before we leave our discussion of the flying bridge, we have to add that there’s another option that converts the flying bridge into another living space. The Sky Lounge ($126,000) encloses an upper helm and adds L-shaped seating, a wet bar, and of course awesome views.

    The Pros of the Sky Lounge Option

    • The $126,000 upcharge is an inexpensive way to add more year-around living space to the boat.
    • Having this upper station allows for an enclosed operating station protected from the elements, thus eliminating the need for a lower station. That frees up room below for another purpose.
    • With an elevated helm being the primary, there's never a concern for visibility. This is a serious consideration for cruises on the US East Coast, with its abundance of lobster and crab pots, as it is for those on the West Coast, with its penchant for floating logs, etc.
    • By eliminating the lower helm, the dining table arrangement can be run athwartships below and made to be more formal, or just simply larger.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse sky lounge option
    Adding a sky lounge option will provide another living space while eliminating the need for a lower helm station.

    The Cons of a Sky Lounge

    • It entails a $126,000 upcharge
    • It adds weight far above the center of gravity which will have to be counterbalanced with ballast to maintain the boat’s original stability characteristics.
    • There's more glass, and more of a need for air-conditioning. The Sky Lounge comes with air-conditioning (it is included in the $126,000 upcharge) but this creates an added burden for the generators.
    • For those who like fresh air and an unrestricted breeze, there is nothing like having a fully open flying bridge.
    • By using isinglass the area under the hardtop can be buttoned up relatively inexpensively for use in rain and cool weather – however, the space will not have the same feel as the Sky Lounge, nor will there be a windshield for wipers and good visibility in snotty weather.

    Interior Inspection

    The entire interior of the 72 Pilothouse benefits from Ocean Alexander's Fresh Air system. Filtered fresh air is drawn from the outside and vented to the lower staterooms providing constant fresh, clean air.Interior woods can be ordered in either Sapelli or upgraded to Walnut. The wood comes standard with a satin finish and optional upgrade to high gloss is also available.

    Two Versions Available

    The Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse can be ordered in two versions… a three stateroom that has been available for several years now, or a four stateroom, the first model of which is the version we tested.

    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse standard layout
    This is the main deck layout of the Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse with three staterooms. Note that the lower helm is on the centerline and a dinette is to port with a fore and aft table. To starboard, there’s a curving staircase leading below decks. From this area aft, both versions remain the same.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse four stateroom
    This is the four stateroom main deck layout. Now, the lower helm has been moved from the centerline to the starboard side, allowing more seating in what is a conventional “country kitchen.” The stairs to the lower deck are now moved more towards the centerline.

    There are six different color choices for the granite and seven different color choices for marble, all at no additional upcharge. Granite counter tops are backed with aluminum honeycomb to reduce the thickness and weight.

    Salon

    The Doors.

    The salon is accessed from a sliding, double-wide glass door offset to the port side of the aft deck. The door slides open at the push of a button where a handle would normally be. Sensors to the side of the slider frame cause the door to be closed after 5 seconds of no one passing across the sensors. When the door starts to close, passing even a hand into the path causes the sensors to reverse the door to a fully open position yet again. No contact need be made. Of course this system can be overridden to leave the door open and then slide the Phantom screen closed for continuous ventilation.Soft tones of the carpeting and furniture provide a pleasant offset to the dark Sapelli woods of the cabinetry. A recessed decorative panel overhead provides a balanced focal point between the custom designed interior and the enlarged windows, which incorporate aluminum beams and sandwiched glass construction. These new windows allowed 28% greater visibility and incoming light over previous models, according to the builder.

    All wood paneling and cabinetry

    is furnished with a satin finish. All countertops are high-gloss finished. Stainless steel 316 grade hardware is used throughout. Push-button handles for drawers and cupboards provide positive locking for maintaining security when underway.Some of the salon amenities include a 46” (117 cm) TV on an electric lift, 24 V LED lights, and granite countertops. The windows can be fitted with electric shades that include a remote control.Ocean Alexander allows for a $40,000 decor allowance for carpeting, bedspreads and soft goods.

    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse salon
    The nearly 19’ (5.77 m) beam of the Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse is among the widest in class and allows the accommodations to have an open and airy feel.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse private entrance
    The private entrance to the master stateroom is to the left. The entrance to the pilothouse is in the center. Here we can see how the overhead soffit treatment creates a balance for the eyes bringing the entire room together. Note that there are no visible air conditioning grates.

    Pilothouse Deck

    Dining.

    To port is a dinette that creates sort of a “country kitchen” that has become popular in the last 10 years. One of the two optional layouts has a dining room, but for those who choose the layout without the dining room, the L-shaped settee wrapping around a solid wood table on an elevated platform serves the purpose. We suspect that in good weather the table on the aft deck or on the flying bridge will be the preferred locations for formal dining.

    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse dining area
    With the four stateroom layout, the dining area is angled into the forward port corner of the pilothouse deck.

    Clever Table Design.

    When transitioning between the dining table and galley island, the table seems to be a bit close to the seats to allow for a comfortable entry to the banquette. However, the table top is on sliders allowing it to pull away, making entry and egress comfortable.

    The Galley.

    The galley is located in the opposite corner of the pilothouse deck from the dining area. There are two important points to consider. First, the design of the galley is such that thanks to the clever use of an island, there are no "pinch points" or "dead end alleys" to the galley design. One can simply walk through the galley rather than in to and out of the galley. This makes it easy for 2-people to work in the galley.Secondly, owners need to feel a smooth transition between the home and the water. Having full-sized appliances, plenty of counter space and the same functionality as the best land-based kitchen is a critical component towards enjoying the yacht ownership experience. A case in point on the 72 Pilothouse is the standard size stand-up refrigerator/freezer with French doors.

    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse appliances
    Full-sized appliances allow the host or hostess to make a much more seamless transition from home to boat.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse galley
    The galley includes granite countertops, wood paneling and cabinetry, and solid wood flooring. There are plenty of storage cabinets and drawers for long-term stays. Note the pantograph side door in the background.

    Galley Options.

    An optional galley TV can be added that will mount under the aft corner overhang of the cabinetry and it includes a satellite receiver. Upgrades to the standard appliances include a 30" (76.2 cm) Jenn-Air electric oven and Jenn-Air dishwasher, a 15” (38 cm) trash compactor, a Siegel water purifier, and custom stainless steel pot holders for the cooktop.

    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse dining area
    A dining area is just ahead and to port of the galley. Even the captain remains in close conversational distance from everyone on the pilothouse deck.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse galley
    The galley not only offers outstanding views forward but close proximity to the dining area and the helm. Obviously night running from this location is problematical because of light reflection. We would put a curtain across the passageway to the salon and have red lights in the galley. We like the asymmetrical island which maximizes the ergonomics of the area.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse galley appliances
    Ocean Alexander uses quality full-sized appliances, including a 36” (91 cm) Jenn-Air refrigerator, a 30" (76.2 cm) Jenn-Air over-the-range microwave, a 21-1/2” (54.6 cm) Kenyon electric cooktop and a Whirlpool garbage disposal.

    Lower Decks Inspection

    For the lower decks on the Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse, there are two access points, a private entrance for the master in the salon, and a separate entrance for the guests forward next to the starboard side door. Let's start with a look at the master stateroom.

    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse three stateroom layout
    This is the three stateroom layout in the 72 Pilothouse. Note that each stateroom has its own head and separate shower stall.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse four stateroom layout
    This is the four stateroom layout that has one added sleeping cabin, placed where the curving stairs are located on the three stateroom layout.

    Master Stateroom

    The master stateroom is accessed from a private staircase to the forward port side of the salon. This gives the owners the privacy demanded of a yacht in this size and in fact, is one of the many features that make the 72 Pilothouse an ideal size yacht that will be enjoyed by her owners.The stateroom is full beam with a king-sized berth mounted squarely on the centerline minimizing the feel of any of the yacht’s motions. The berth is located against the forward bulkhead with a set of stairs to the aft side of the stateroom leading to the master head. With this arrangement, there are three layers of buffer between the owners’ sleeping in the berth and the machinery of the engine room – two bulkheads, one with extra sound-reducing material, and distance in the head.

    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse king sized berth
    The king-sized berth is mounted on the fore and aft centerline of the stateroom. Natural light is allowed to pour in through large hull side windows. Photo by Forrest Johnson.

    Among the many amenities in the master stateroom are a 46” (116.8 cm) TV with audio system, an Ultraleather upholstered headboard, and granite countertop at the TV cabinet (not shown in this picture), an owners’ safe mounted in the hanging locker and enlarged hullside windows allowing 28% greater visibility over previous versions of the 72. Photo by Forrest Johnson.

    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse vertical windows
    Ocean Alexander employed more contemporary vertical windows rather than retro round portholes. Through the door we can see the foyer at the bottom of the staircase leading to the stateroom’s private entrance.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse master stateroom
    At the foot of the berth we can see the stairs leading to the private head. Notice to the left of the picture, the vanity with swing-out stool in front of the hull side window at left.

    Head

    The master head has some interesting features. The stall shower is a seamless fiberglass design engineered to provide long-term protection against moisture and water intrusion behind the shower panels. This construction method eliminates foul odors, water damage and hidden mildew which otherwise often develops over time.

    The shower door

    has a granite/marble frame and "crystal-clear" glass custom-made for Ocean Alexander, providing superior transparency and reflectiveness. This, along with custom-made for Ocean Alexander "minimalist and transparent water strips", create a unique "Crystal Shower" that is a proprietary feature to Ocean Alexander.Standard floors for the master head are wood but there is an interesting option worth considering… heated granite floors.

    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse master head
    The master head includes a china sink, wood bulkheads and cabinets with granite countertops, high-end Grohe faucets, and a granite/marble combination for the shower floor, seat and wall trim. We think this execution is as fine as one will find in virtually any large motoryacht. Photo by Forrest Johnson.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse washer and dryer
    A stacked washer and dryer are located behind two doors in the foyer at the base of the stairway leading to the master stateroom. Photo by Forrest Johnson.

    The shower is also massive with a large seat against the hull side. The toilet is in a separate enclosed space. One thing that needs to be addressed with the head in general is ventilation. We’d like to see exhaust fans in both the shower and toilet compartments. Currently there is an opening portlight in the shower only. This is an easy fix.

    Guest Accommodations

    Guests access their staterooms by a separate staircase at the forward end of the pilothouse deck, center-mounted in the four stateroom layout, offset to starboard in the three stateroom layout. In both instances, it provides for much-appreciated separation between the owners and guests.

    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse vip stateroom
    The VIP stateroom is fully forward and features an island queen berth with steps to both sides. Photo by Forrest Johnson.

    The VIP has an island queen berth in the usual bow configuration. There’s a single overhead hatch over the foot of the bed and plenty of artificial lighting to be had, both overhead, and at the headboard. There are the usual hanging lockers and additional storage underneath the berth. We would ask the builder to install cabinets port and starboard to make use of the bow flare for added storage.

    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse guest stateroom
    The guest stateroom can be ordered with either a single berth or twin bunks mounted perpendicularly to each other. We have found that this is the best way to use limited space for the guest cabin and we prefer it to twin beds with a narrow aisle in between because it creates more standing and walking around deck space. Photo by Forrest Johnson.
    Sailfish 270CC
    Shown here is the second guest stateroom, on the starboard side, with twin bunk beds. Photo by Forrest Johnson.

    Our test boat had the two guest staterooms, both with twin berths, one stateroom had them set perpendicularly to one another, in an over and under arrangement. We like this arrangement because it permits more floor space in the middle of the cabin.

    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse
    The 72 Pilothouse has two places where the captain can pilot the boat. Either from the flying bridge station, shown here, or from the main deck helm.

    Operational Features

    The Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse can be piloted from either a flybridge station or the standard main deck helm. Having the lower station, and its protection from the elements, will certainly eliminate the need to have the flying bridge enclosed in isinglass, but in areas where visibility is much more of a concern the flying bridge can certainly be accommodated for all-weather operations.

    Electronics.

    As Ocean Alexander continually evolves its product offerings, more recent iterations of the 72 Pilothouse offer full Garmin packages. These will include an 8500 Series Black Box with dual 19” (48.3 cm) touchscreen displays available for both upper and lower stations.

    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse helm
    The lower helm is to starboard in the four-stateroom version and features a pod style electronics panel. Notice the control on the arm of the helm seat.

    A GRID remote input device can be installed on the helm chairs. The system includes a 12 kW open array radar, a GHC 20 autopilot, a sounder, AIS identification system, and a closed-circuit camera system with two cameras in the engine room and one on the aft deck.Both stations control the 72 Pilothouse through hydraulic steering turning the stainless steel rudders. High-performance, computer-designed and machined class "S" propellers are just ahead.

    Flying Bridge Helm

    The center mounted flying bridge helm station features two Stidd custom seats that are fully adjustable for height and slide. They also have a recline feature which will be more convenient while running on autopilot particularly when controls are mounted on the armrests.

    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse flying bridge helm
    The flying bridge helm is centrally located and provides outstanding visibility for operations while underway. Docking will likely be done from either the lower station or an aft station.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse steering wheel
    The vertically mounted steering wheel is relatively small, but will most likely be the least used component of the helm. Note the optional air-conditioning vents to both sides of the helm console.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse dual helm seats
    Dual helm seats offer a second set of eyes on the waters ahead and serve as an attractive feature for both a professionally crewed boat as well as an owner/operated vessel.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse flying bridge helm seats
    Stidd helm seats are fully adjustable and include flip-down armrests and footrests.

    Main Deck Helm

    The main deck helm offers protection from the elements as well as easy access to the side decks through a heavy-duty, watertight pantograph doors. Its centrally mounted location on the raised pilothouse deck also allows for clear sightlines to the stern, an important factor when operating in a busy waterway.A single, chocolate-colored helm seat is surrounded by plenty of open counter space for support equipment such as binoculars and chart kits that always accompany the prudent mariner. That being said, an optional chart light can be added next to the dash. An optional electric Stidd helm seat can replace the standard helm seat.

    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse main helm
    The main deck helm offers plenty of counter space to starboard for ancillary items such as binoculars and charts. It is also in close proximity to some of the vessel's main gathering areas.

    Aft Station

    An optional aft control station is offered that provides much better visibility when backing into a slip. With an owner/operated boat, which in most cases also implies a shorthanded operation, it also gives easy access to the lines once the boat is in position.

    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse helm visibility
    The optional lower control station is hidden under a fiberglass lid. From here, there’s excellent visibility to the stern and the port side. Notice how the station also includes thruster controls.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse aft deck controls
    The proximity of the aft deck control station allows easy access to the lines and side boarding gate.

    Working Gear

    The ground tackle is easily accessed thanks to the side decks and foredeck, along with high rails. The rails are all elliptical, making them easier to hold onto, especially with small hands. This is an important factor with children aboard. A hands-free anchor chain washing system comes standard and allows cleaning of the chain when hauling in the anchor.

    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse davit
    The 1,500 lb. (680 kg) hydraulic davit utilizes power takeoffs of the main engines. Typically the tender and engine weigh about 1,000 lbs. (454 kg) and the extra capacity is a safety margin for shock loading.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse windlass
    At the bow there is a pair of horizontally mounted hydraulic windlasses with 300’ (91.44 m) of all chain rode leading to a stainless steel plow anchor in the boat’s stem. An access hatch to starboard allows access to manage tangles. Notice the stainless steel rollers in the hawesholes.

    Crew Quarters

    Without a doubt, the Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse is designed to be easily handled by an owner/operator. There are certainly parts of the world, such as the Pacific Northwest of the United States, where anything but is not even considered. Be that as it may, people living in other locations, or those with limited experience, thrive on having hired crew come along to do the busywork. For that reason, Ocean Alexander accommodated an option for crew’s quarters accessible from the swim platform.This cabin includes a Pullman berth that when flipped up provides 6' x 6' x 3' full height storage. The entire space is air-conditioned, includes a sink with storage cabinet, separate head, and mildew/leak proof shower stall with retractable stairs.Of course, even without a paid crew on board this will make a great place for the kids, who will love being in their own space.We recommend that most people opt for the crew quarters option as it will enhance both the price and speed of resale. It also enables the boat to be put into the charter trade.

    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse crew quarters
    Access to the crew quarters is via a transom door at the swim platform.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse crew quarters access
    A watertight door provides access to the crew quarters, a door to the opposite side accesses the engine compartment. The sink is recessed into a granite countertop.

    Engine Room

    The engine room is accessed from the crew quarters, which is in turn accessed from the protected swim platform. Standard engines include a pair of twin Caterpillar 1150-horsepower C-18s that are protected under Cat’s Concierge Program and 24-month warranty. These are the only engines offered.All thru-hull fittings are bronze and have sea cocks on the inside. They are electrically bonded to each other and connected to the boats grounding system.

    The integrity of the engine room is protected

    from the intake/exhaust fans with de-misters to eliminate moisture and keep the humidity level of the compartment low. Further, Ocean Alexander utilizes a proprietary "dry bilge ventilation system" that incorporates a dedicated bilge exhaust to the outside of the hull. This system keeps air flowing throughout the bilges so they remain dry and mildew free. Any moisture from condensation that may accumulate is evacuated to the exterior. All plumbing is easily identifiable by color-coding.

    Important Standard Equipment.

    Ocean Alexander utilizes a wet exhaust system with raw water intakes easily accessible. The 23 kW generator includes a five-year/2000 hour warranty. Fuel filters are mounted high on the forward bulkhead for both the mains and generator. Power takeoffs provide hydraulic pressure for both a 25-hp bow thruster and 15-hp stern thruster as well as the two 6 sq. ft. (0.56 sq. m) stabilizers and the 1,500-lb. (680.4 kg) capacity hydraulic davit on the boat deck. All these features are included as standard equipment.

    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse engine room
    Stainless steel rails allow safe transitioning to the engine room while underway. Both main engines are mounted to long stainless steel engine beds – note that these beds run full length and are through-bolded in a number of places not just at the ends. This is one of the best installations we have seen in class. Also, note that the exhaust is supported by several brackets to the overhead. This is an extremely important detail as it helps keep the turbo exhaust seal in perfect alignment in a sloppy sea.
    Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse fuel filters
    Fuel filters and fuel management valves are easily accessible and include crossovers for servicing while underway. The gray boxes above are for the stabilizer controls (left) and thruster controls (right).

    The fuel system

    consists of side tanks fabricated from 4.5 mm thick 5052 aluminum tested to international standards. Sight gauges give immediate indications of fuel level. Flame arresters are installed in the fuel system to prevent ignition of fumes during fueling operations. Fuel system vents have a "catchment system" designed to contain fuel from burps or overflows.

    The freshwater system

    is supported by a 2 mm thick 316-grade stainless steel tank holding 300-gallons (1,136 L) of freshwater. There are freshwater outlets in the engine room to replenish coolant for the main engines and generator. Additionally, on deck freshwater washdowns are located at the bow, stern and boat deck. Hot water is provided by a 40-gallon (151 L) hot water tank.

    Mechanical Options

    There are several upgrades available to the standard mechanical components.

    • SidePower hydraulic stabilizers include zero speed stabilization from a curved fin design, and the package also includes SidePower thrusters. This will reduce speed by 1 to 2 knots and includes an upgrade to the electrical system by adding a second 23 kW genset.
    • An ECOmar waste treatment system is able to treat up to 600 gallons/day (2271 L/day) of grey and blackwater in compliance with international standards and to render it dischargeable directly into the sea, without solid residues.
    • A second 23 kW generator will not only provide important redundancy but will also be able to provide enough power for the whole boat when virtually everything is turned on in the tropics, including hair dryers.
    • An inverter package will upgrade the 60 Amp charger to an inverter/charger, allowing silent nights with no generator running and electricity being delivered by inverting DC battery power to the AC circuits powering the critical components such as refrigeration, water pumps and select AC outlets.
    • A shorepower upgrade to a 100 Amp and 50 Amp system as a built-in iso-boost and galvanic isolator is available.
    • A Gulf Coast fuel-polishing system will ensure clean fuel is being delivered to the engines at all times.
    • An oil changing system for both engines and generator(s) will have obvious advantages and costs less than having crew being paid for the dirty work.


    • The bow and stern thruster controls can be upgraded to proportional controls.
    • And we’re saving the best for last. The OctoPlex 2000. This allows wireless activation, control and status reporting of all AC and DC breakers. It monitors all power sources for voltage, frequency and amperage abnormalities and provides visual and audio alerts. It includes enhanced circuit breaker functionality with no-load indication, dimming and usage information with touchscreen monitors that are user reconfigurable. It includes brown-out configurable controls through auto load shedding where operator designated equipment, such as navigation and other essential systems remain powered on while automatically switching other systems off. Its vessel-monitoring feature provides monitoring of main access doors, tank level, bilge level and battery current, voltage and temperature.
    Sailfish 270CC running shot
    The Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse had a top speed of 22.7 knots at 2350 rpm during our test.

    Performance

    The Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse has a LOA of 73'5" (22.3 m), a beam of 18’ 10.6” (5.77 m), and a draft that ranges between 5’ (1.5 m) and 5.5” (1.65 m) depending on load. With an empty weight of 110,000 lbs. (49,895 kg), 70% fuel and 4 people on board, we had an estimated test weight of 119,090 lbs. (54,018 kg).With a pair of 1150-horsepower Caterpillar C-18s turning 40” (102 cm) diameter x 38.5” (97.8cm) pitch Hung Shen Nibral propellers, we reached a top speed of 22.7 kn at 2350 rpm. At that speed we were burning a combined 118 gph, giving us a range of 260 nautical miles.

    Sailfish 270CC running shot
    Although best cruise can be subjective, during our test we had a best cruise of 11.5 knots at 1250 rpm, giving a range of 778 nautical miles.

    Best cruise

    is basically subjective to how far the boat needs to run. In displacement mode, pulling the throttle back to 1250 rpm produces a speed of 11.5 kn, providing a range of 778 nautical miles, with a 10% fuel reserve. A check of nautical charts will show that one can get to most places – except trans-oceanic – with that kind of range between fuel stops. Be sure to check our performance table for more information.

    80% Load.

    At the Caterpillars recommended crew setting of 80% load, we were running at 2180 rpms and 21 kn. That speed reduced the fuel burn to 98 gph, giving us a range of 289 nautical miles, with a 10% reserve.

    Handling

    She handles well with excellent stability. Her heavy weight helps to remain relatively flat during turns and she clearly has large rudders as there is excellent control authority even at low speeds. At cruise speed she will come around 180-degrees in 20 seconds.

    Sailfish 270CC running shot
    The 72 Pilothouse’s heavy weight helps to keep her relatively flat during turns.

    We had mild chop on our test day making it hard to comment on how she would handle in significant sea conditions, but the conditions that we did have still told the story of a boat that remains remarkably stable regardless of the directions the seas were coming from.

    Docking

    Probably her most significant handling aspect had to do with her docking capabilities. We brought her in and out of what was probably the tightest close quarters confines of any test to date with no hands-on experience with this particularly vessel.

    Two Thrusters.

    She has a Keypower 12” (30.5 cm) 25-hp bow thruster and a 10” (25.4 cm) 15-hp stern thruster, both which offered minimal controllability in no-wind conditions. Our first lesson in such close confines show that the best use of the thrusters is to plan ahead, thrust early and hold the power on for an extended period. With this in mind we were able to control her quite efficiently and had her sliding into position with what needed to be surgical precision.

    An Owner/Operator's Boat?

    With this being designed as an owner/operator’s boat we had to ask ourselves if she can be easily handled by someone moving up to this level of yacht. Given that we were able to maneuver her so easily, and with little to no initiation into her handling characteristics we would have to say that Ocean Alexander has definitely made a boat that will make an easy transition for any owner, without requiring the need for a professional captain.

    Sailfish 270CC docking
    Docking the 72 Pilothouse was assisted by the use of two thrusters, a Keypower bow thruster and a 15-hp stern thruster.

    Pricing

    Base price of the Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse motoryacht with standard equipment is $3,500,000, including freight, duties, commissioning and decor. In fact, it includes everything right down to fenders and lines.

    Observations

    The 72 Series of motoryachts has been around for about five years. Ocean Alexander is a continually evolving company that continues to upgrade its line of semi-custom yachts. Each 72 Pilothouse is semi-customizable and no two are the same.But what hasn't changed from one iteration to the next is that this is still a yacht for veteran boaters and people who are connoisseurs of quality motoryachts. She is not designed for casual running from port to port, but of course that can be easily done. Rather, the Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse is intended for so much more. This is an offshore vessel designed to be lived on for months at a time while touring far-reaching locales. The 72 Pilothouse also represents a comfortable size for a boat being run by an owner/operator. She has easily managed systems and is easy to handle by a couple with perhaps one mate for washdown chores.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse (2015-) is 26.1 mph (42 kph), burning 118.00 gallons per hour (gph) or 446.63 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse (2015-) is 13.3 mph (21.4 kph), and the boat gets 0.66 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.28 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 894 miles (1438.75 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 1150-hp Cat C-18.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Optional
    GPS/Chart Optional
    Radar Optional
    VHF Radio Optional

    Systems

    Air Cond./Heat Standard
    Battery Charger/Converter Standard
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Shore Power Standard
    TV/DVD Standard
    Washdown: Fresh Water Standard
    Water Heater Standard
    Windlass Standard

    Galley

    Coffeemaker Standard
    Icemaker Standard
    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Hardtop Standard
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Wet bar Standard

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Bow Thruster Standard
    Generator Standard
    Glendinning Cablemaster Standard
    Oil Change System Optional
    Trash Compactor Optional
    Washer/Dryer Standard

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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