Posted 2016/11/26 at 2:22 in Yacht Reviews
The OA 100, a natural progression from the highly acclaimed OA 90, was designed by Evan K. Marshall with charter in mind. She is a typical Ocean Alexander in terms of performance, but her spectacular style, volume and innovations made for charter are her own.
Two significant features noticed immediately in the boat are its upward scaled quarters which makes it look like a very large ship; the highlighted natural light with large side windows also make the Ocean Alexander 100 stand out. It gives off a very modern appeal with its long light and dark fabric combination and a fascinating custom-fit cabinetry in the formal dining area. The galley features marble countertops, equipment from Thermador, Fisher and Paykel, Viking, Sub-Zero and Whirlpool; it also has a well-stocked pantry
The open galley, with its tall bar chairs, is a very nice place to relax; moving forward is the lounge area whose flamboyant wood is eye catching. The L-shaped settee is ideal for relaxing with a cup of coffee or for casual dining. The four staterooms each have their own en suite head designed with marble counter tops and soles. Sounds are reduced to the barest minimum in the sound insulated full beam master; the master features handmade nightstands, a love seat, large walk-in closet, and his-and-hers head arrangement.
There is a skylounge version of the 100; this version doesn’t use the lower helm, but instead has a custom-made deck which provides the owner with a clear view from behind the triple-chair helm station. A high density structural foam coring is used in the construction, beyond the proposed waterline in the stringer system; cross-knit directional carbon fiber is used in the hull, longitudinal stringers and cross members; high-density structural foam is used.
The engine room is polished with a spectacular expanse of sparkly stainless steel. Large work spaces and 7 foot overheads makes it overly easy to access the 1,925-horsepower Caterpillar C32 ACERTS; plumbing hydraulics and electrical wiring are colour coded and labelled for easy identification.
The 100 is steady and moves comfortably. She’s very easy to handle in both cruising and docking modes. The rudders are very responsive and entry is sleek (without any slapping), due to the shape of the hull. It often feels like there is a ton of weight beneath but this doesn’t stop the 100 from handling itself remarkably well even on a rough sea. Ocean Alexandra is very economical in fuel consumption in the low end and although it consumes more in the higher end, it is still average due to the hull form which is a slippery semi-displacement form.
Sweet spots noted; Fuel consumed just 24 gallons per hour at 10 to 12 knots at 1,100 rpm in displacement mode, and the second was in semi displacement mode, when the fuel burn is 140 gallons per hour at 20 knots between 1,800 and 2,100 rpm.
DISPL: 229,900 LB
FUEL: 4000 GAL
WATER: 650 GAL
TEST POWER: 2/1925hp Caterpillar C32 ACERT