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90 Motoryacht - 3 Pages

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A PROLIFIC BUILDER UPDATES ITS MOST POPULAR MODEL, FINDING AN IDEAL MIDDLE GROUND BETWEEN TRADITIONAL BEAUTY AND MODERN HEAD TURNER. TEXT BY ROGER MCAFEE / RISA MERL PHOTOGRAPHY BY D&K YACHT PHOTOGRAPHY / SHAW McCUTCHEON ocean alexander this page Clients have their choice of joinery, which is crafted in house at Ocean Alexander. The African hardwood sapele on the first 90 lends a luxurious feel to the main salon (top). The enclosed bridge/skylounge (bottom) creates an additional area for entertaining. More than 30 years ago, Ocean Alexander's founder, Alex Cheuh, didn't know boatbuilding was in his cards. Having gained success manufacturing floor hardware in Taiwan, he was in the position to help out when a friend asked to borrow seed money to start a ship- yard. But when the friend couldn't repay the loan and asked Cheuh if he'd take the yard instead, Cheuh found himself an accidental yacht builder. Cue Ed Monk Jr., the Seattle-based naval architect who always knew he was destined to design yachts. When the two met through a mutual friend in 1978, developments began on a line of vessels that would combine the best of Asian construction with the best of North American design and engineering. The new Ocean Alexander 90 is an excellent example of what such a combination can produce. Alex's son, John Cheuh, heads Ocean Alexander today—and it seems only fitting that as the second generation takes the helm, the company takes a look at modernizing one of the staples in its extensive lineup of motor yachts, trawlers and, more recently, megayachts. The 90 is the evolution of the popular 88 launched in 2008, and it's a replace- ment that goes far beyond gaining a couple extra feet LOA. Taking the classic lines and proven hull of the original Monk Jr. design, Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Destry Darr Designs was called upon to give the exterior styling a modern twist. "We're finding owners in our market are changing to a more contemporary taste, but the flashy Italian look is still really foreign to some," said Sally Lawson, Ocean Alexander's marketing manager. "We went for something in the middle between a really traditional yacht and a super-modern boat." Darr's revamps stretch from the transom to the bridge deck and from the hull windows to the bulwarks. Three large vertical windows have replaced the small ports seen on the 88 hull. "It's a signature look that started on the 120, our first megayacht," says Ray Prokorym, Ocean Alexander's vice president of sales in the Western region, who worked closely with the owners on the first 90. "It changes the look on the outside, and light pours into the master stateroom inside." A simple revamp that greatly changed the yacht's profile was raising the bulwarks, a move made both for safety and style. Darr also expanded and redesigned the once-curvaceous transom to be more contemporary with straight lines and a larger swim platform. (The crew quarters can be accessed both from the aft deck and through a watertight door off the swim platform.) A Portuguese bridge, a unique feature in this size range of yachts, adds the ability to walk completely around the outside of the pilothouse. Enclosing

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the bridge created a comfortable skylounge complete with TV and dayhead and a helm station that's practical for cruis- ing in both warm and cold climates. Owners of the first 90 plan to cruise in the latter, basing their yacht in Seattle, Wash- ington, and traveling on to Alaskan waters. This is the second Ocean Alexander for the owners, who stepped up from an 80, seeking a larger boat with a lot of interior volume, but one that was still easy to handle. While modernizing the styling, the 90 retains the builder's proven hull design and construction methods. Ocean Alexan- der is one of the industry...

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SUN FUN: The only area of the upper deck open to the I elements is the aft section, which offers a spa pool and a setteaj BRIDGE: With opening doors port, starboard and aft, the enclosed bridge allows breeze to flow through like a flybridge. ALFRESCO: The aft deck's al fresco dining area is the third dining option on the main deck. GALLEY: A country kitchen provides a familial atmosphere with a dinette for informal dining and breakfast. CREW QUARTERS: Although the 90 can be owner operated, accommodations for crew are spacious and well appointed. OPTIONS: The owners of the first 90 opted for three...

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