Ocean Alexander 90R: Heart of Glass

Ocean Alexander has gotten high marks for seaworthiness and safety throughout its 40-plus-year history. With the introduction of the new Revolution series, which it recently developed with longtime yacht design collaborator Evan K. Marshall, the shipyard has added another attribute—sexiness.

The highly contemporary Ocean Alexander 90R, the first model in the series, made its debut at last year’s Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. It was moored diagonally—so showgoers could take in her profile at a glance—and stern-to the face dock with its unique sliding-glass transom doors opened to reveal the beach club.

 “In this size yacht, I don’t think anyone else has a beach club like this,” said Marshall, who was showing the 90R off to clients. The shipyard’s design directive was simple—make it contemporary, in line with the current tastes of its American clientele with an unequivocal connection to the water. The results were crystal clear: The salon, skylounge and main-deck master suite have some of the largest windows I have ever seen in a yacht. Many of these windows are floor-to-ceiling and quite a few are actually sliding glass doors that open to bring the outside in.

Walls of glass, superyacht-level fit and finish and more bars than a college town


 The yacht’s interior furnishings, woods (oak with ebony and walnut accents), Cambria quartz stonework, soft goods and the other décor that shares space with this abundant glazing are all low-profile and neutral in hue, providing a backdrop that is elegant yet carefully designed to complement the windows rather than distract from them. The salon’s flat-screen TV even deploys from the overhead so it will not block the view. Much of the furniture is loose and looks like it belongs in an upscale urban loft; in fact, Marshall refers to it as “penthouse style.”

 The 90R’s windows also inform its exterior design, providing wide swaths of dark glazing that contrasts sharply with the white hull and superstructure. The yacht’s profile is curvaceous, aggressive and contemporary—large sections of the bulwarks are absent, adding to her rapacious stance and allowing guests inside wide-open views.

 The Ocean Alexander 90R is a multi-purpose ship that enjoys wide open spaces


 “All the other boats I’ve had have been classics,” said the owner, a veteran yachtsman who has owned 10 boats over 100 feet and at least 20 more smaller ones. “We think the 90R is way ahead in terms of traditional design, and it will be the style of boat that people will want in the future.”

 Ocean Alexander, which offers yachts up to 155 feet, is a semi-production builder that understands its owners’ need to personalize their onboard living space. Nowhere is this more evident than on the 90R, which has several lower-deck configurations available. The standard layout has a VIP suite forward with a full, walkaround king berth, sofa and commodious en suite. This truly large suite, made possible by the volume afforded by the yacht’s plumb bow, can also be configured as two twin cabins—both en suite.

 The 90R’s galley, located on the main deck, also is a versatile space. Marshall designed unique pocket doors for its entry, allowing owners to open the galley up entirely to the dining area and salon. This should suit the first hull’s new owners, letting the wife, who does all the cooking on board, stay connected with her guests. There also is a small dinette tucked into one corner where guests can enjoy breakfast or watch the chef at work. Of course, the pocket doors can be closed to turn the galley into a more formal, crew-only space.

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