John martino, annapolis school of seamanship and annapolis yacht         management
The following review was written by John Martino and prepared by the marketing department of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Mr. Martino is the founder and president of Annapolis Yacht Management and Annapolis School of Seamanship. He develops and teaches hands-on training courses for recreational boaters and professional mariners, and offers yacht delivery and onboard training services for powerboaters as well as sailors.

Ocean Alexander 74 Motoryacht
MARCH 2009
Length overall  76'9"
Beam  20'
Draft  5'
Displacement  144,000 lb
Fuel Capacity  2,000 gals
Water Capacity  350 gals
Price as Tested  $2,990,000

When the outside temperature is below 20 degrees and the wind is kicking up to 15 knots, I find myself reluctant to venture out for a boat ride. But those were the conditions one blustery day in January when I met Mike Ladas of Mid Atlantic Marine Group in downtown Annapolis to review the Ocean Alexander 74 Motoryacht.

If you have to go boating in the cold, it’s good to have a nice comfortable pilot house to keep you out of the weather. Ocean Alexander prides itself on building sturdy boats that can handle rough conditions, and this vessel did that and more. Once onboard I found a 77-foot luxury cruiser that would make a sweet four-bedroom waterfront home. And when the mercury drops this low, I would park it underneath a palm tree.

Aft, the cockpit area features two small settees to port and starboard, each with a small cocktail table. Between them a hatch leads down to the crew accommodations and engine room. From the cockpit, motion sensitive automatic sliding glass doors lead to the main saloon. The interior is finished in high-gloss varnished wood with leather-upholstered seating. The saloon itself is large and roomy and has a large settee area and entertainment center. A “powder room” head is along the port side on the way forward to the pilot house.  

The galley/pilot house area was my favorite living space onboard. The galley is bigger and better equipped than those in many houses. A large wood-paneled refrigerator is aft, adjacent to a stainless steel range, convection microwave and cook top. A long granite counter top forms a peninsula with a full-size sink and plenty of prep and serving space. Across from the galley, there is a dinette area to port and a center-line captain’s chair that swivels between the helm and conversation central. To starboard, a stairway leads down to three staterooms. The master suite has an island king bed, a huge master head, a walk-in closet and full vanity (his and hers heads are optional instead of the walk-in closet). The guest stateroom has twin beds; the VIP stateroom, all the way forward, has a center-line queen. All staterooms have a private head and shower and flat screen TVs.

Under way, the Ocean Alexander performed like a much smaller boat. The twin 1000-hp C18 Caterpillars move the boat along quickly. At a cruising rpm of 2170, we made 18 knots while burning a little over 80 gallons per hour. Slowing her down to 1400 rpm takes the burn rate down to 27 gph while making 11.4 knots. With her throttles wide open she moved along at 20 knots. She maneuvers well at speed and can make surprisingly tight turns without cavitating. Back at the dock, the 74 is easy to handle with bow and stern thrusters and responsive controls.

The Ocean Alexander 74 can be owner operated or crewed. Either way it will get you where you’re going in luxury, speed and comfort.