Ocean Alexander 120 to Debut at Fort Lauderdale Show

You'll have to wait until the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show to take a tour, but Ocean Alexander is days away from splashing its new 120.

Ocean Alexander 120

You'll have to wait until the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show to take a tour, but Ocean Alexander is days away from splashing its new 120. The yacht is the first in its Ocean Alexander Megayacht Series, shown here at Christensen Shipyards, which teamed up with Ocean Alexander to build her.

Designed by Evan K. Marshall, the 120 is a trideck design with a 25-foot beam. She includes some unexpected features. Notably, there's a main-deck master suite, and a bridge-deck captain's cabin. There's also a tender garage for a 16-footer, rather than open space on the uppermost deck. When Ocean Alexander first announced the project, in 2010, it promised a "revolutionary" helm design, too, which would become a signature feature for future models. The idea was to place the traditional observation settee in front of the driving position in the wheelhouse, rather than aft of it or to one side. The helm seats and electronics would also be on a raised platform.

Another departure from the norm: The MTU 12V 2000 M72 engines are detuned to permit running at full speed for sustained periods. (Top and cruise speeds haven’t been released yet.)

Other highlights of the 120: four guest staterooms below decks, crew’s quarters below decks for seven, a luggage locker, and a walk-in pantry. The latter two were included for owners who plan to offer their yachts for charter.