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OCEAN ALEXANDER 65 PILOTHOUSE - 3 Pages

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Ocean Alexander's founder, Alex Chueh, ended up in the boat-building business by accident. He was a flooring manufacturer in Taipei when he loaned a friend some money to buy a boatyard. When the friend was unable to repay the loan, Chueh became a boat builder, and in 1978 he began his lifelong collaboration with naval architect Ed Monk Jr. Chueh died last year at the age of 77, but his legacy lives on in the range of yachts that now runs from a 54-foot trawler to a 155-foot mega-yacht. In between are Ocean Alexander's motoryacht and pilothouse designs, including the recently unveiled 65 Pilothouse, which sports a new deck and interior aboard the old 64-foot hull. This 2012 design has added a bit of room, comfort and even more luxury. Pilothouse, the first thing I noticed was er — as if there is such a thing as a small one. The second thing I noted was the smooth ride when the docklines came off, and the grande dame took off with a surprisingly quiet grace — the way a Cadillac would feel if it were built to The 65 Pilothouse has port and star- board boarding gates, or you can come up from the swim platform that has steps along either side to the aft cock- pit. From here, a curved staircase leads up to a flybridge that has been length- ened and accessorized with a full wet bar, a refrigerator, a home-style stain- less barbecue grill and a stretch of gran- ite counter that will work nicely when On starboard is a U-shaped settee that will easily seat six. Forward, and still under the protective cover of the extended hardtop, are two mechanical Stidd helm chairs, the centerline wheel, and an expanse of dash with a full suite of electronics that, on our test boat, is mostly Furano running NavNet 3D. Aft is an open deck with a 1,600-pound dinghy davit and room for another 10 guests with a cocktail in hand — when Back in the aft cockpit, I stepped down through the optional teak cock- pit sole into the lazarette that could prac- tically hold a Mini Cooper. There is no shortage of storage space. I accessed the separate engine room through a lifting hatch built into the wet bar in the cock- pit. This is also a sizeable space with twin MTU Series 60 825 hp engines with near walk-around access. Our test boat also has two Kohier 23 kw gensets, hp stern), hydraulic Keypower stabilizers and 615 amp hours in the house bank with separate starting batteries for the I moved forward from the aft cock-

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ABOVE The new interior is where the 65 Pilothouse really shines over its predecessor, from the open salon to the expansive dash, and from the galley to the belowdecks cabins. tected by 35-inch-high stainless safety rails that are 2 inches in diameter and elliptical in shape, so they're easier to hold. I noticed the fuel fills are conve- niently located on both port and star- board. Another nice touch is the wipers and defrosters on each of the three for- ward windows. Clearly, this boat would be at home in Mexico as well as opening chain locker, behind which is a collision bulkhead. A hydraulic large...

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other Ocean Alexander hulls, has prop tunnels that it reduces both increased lift, which can account for another knot of speed, and reduced vibration and noise. It is true that on our test, the only time the props made themselves known was in a very sharp turn when they began to cavitate. The standard twin 825 hp engines are farther aft, which results in up to 8 feet of additional interior space. An The semi-custom 65 PH is the kind of vessel that boaters transition to from something else once they have amassed the necessary experience and con- fidence, an "aspiration boat" that says, "I've arrived,...

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