Go Fast, Go Far: Oceanic Yachts' 76 GT

The Oceanic Yachts 76 GT can sprint like a runabout or stroll like a trawler.

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The Oceanic Yachts 76 GT has a stepped-hull design that enhances lift and reportedly helps propel the yacht to 30-plus knots.Courtesy Oceanic Yachts

Displaning is the word Italian builder Canados uses to describe its Oceanic Yachts 76 GT hull form. The vessel is also called a fast expedition yacht. The premise is that the craft runs solidly at displacement speeds (below 14 knots) with "reduced buoyancy aft," making her a good fit for passage-making enthusiasts. And from planing speed (16 knots) up to 30-plus knots, a hull step reduces hydrodynamic drag, ensuring the 76 GT runs efficiently at her high cruise and top-end velocity.

Speed will vary depending on the power plants selected, and options include twin 1,150 hp Caterpillar C18 Acerts, 1,450 hp Cat 32 Acerts or 1,550 hp MAN V-12s. Her cruising speed range is 20 to 27 knots, and her top end runs from 24 to 32 knots.

In addition to focusing on hull shape, Canados removed weight aloft to lower the center of gravity.

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The Canados Oceanic Yachts 76 GT can handle an array of water toys. Her retractable, nearly full-beam, teak swim platform accommodates either a three-seat personal watercraft or a 13-foot tender. There’s room for a second tender up to 10½ feet LOA in the garage.Courtesy Oceanic Yachts

They used Aramat, a composite with Kevlar in it, in the superstructure and built the lightweight hull with fiberglass via vacuum-infusion. Canados reports the 76 GT’s full-load displacement at 123,459 pounds. An optional Seakeeper 16 gyrostabilizer further guarantees stability. Whether owners prefer a long voyage to nowhere at 10 knots or a weekend sojourn to a favorite sandbar at 30 knots, the 76 GT is designed for onboard comfort with three- or four-stateroom layouts.

In both setups, the master is full beam amidships. The four-stateroom scenario has a forepeak VIP and two twins abaft to port and starboard. With three staterooms, the starboard-side twin space is given up to the master, creating an en suite salon. That layout lets owners watch must-see games on TV from the salon’s L-shaped settee or from the berth by pivoting the screen, if they’re feeling easy as a Sunday morning.

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Cristiano Gatto Design created the 76 GT’s interior, which has a nearly unobstructed floor plan from the cockpit doors to the helm deck, save for the galley option abaft the helm area. Long windows increase the sense of interior volume and add abundant natural light.Courtesy Oceanic Yachts

Owner-operators will appreciate the main-deck helm with pantographic doors leading to the side decks. High bulwarks ensure safe transit in heavy weather. Glass around the entire helm and main deck creates nearly 360-degree sight lines. When the weather is nice, take the wheel up top on centerline beneath the flybridge hardtop and enjoy the breeze. A protected dining area is abaft the wheel for dinner under the stars.

There is a lot to be said about taking a long-standing yacht design and going up or down a few feet, but the Oceanic Yachts 76 GT is proof that Canados is more comfortable creating a next-generation vessel and charting a new course.

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LOA: 77'7". Max beam: 19'.Courtesy Oceanic Yachts
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1. There is more than 323 square feet of aft deck space, with sun pads and dining accommodations for eight. 2. The galley can be either enclosed and forward of the salon, or aft and openCourtesy Oceanic Yachts
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3. High bulwarks ensure safe passage when transiting the side decks to the foredeck lounge. 4. The master is full beam with hull-side windows that bathe the space in light.Courtesy Oceanic Yachts