Reviewed: Ocean Alexander 45 Divergence

Yacht builder Ocean Alexander enters the center-console market with the 45 Divergence.

Ocean Alexander 45 Divergence on the water
The Ocean Alexander 45 Divergence has foldout platforms to port and starboard.Forest Johnson

Ocean Alexander, long known for building ocean-crossing motoryachts, has launched its first center-console: the 45 Divergence.

The builder leveraged its large-yacht expertise to create this feature-filled dayboat, which has port and starboard bulwarks aft that fold down to create balconies. This setup extends the 45’s beam from 13 feet, 9 inches to 19 feet, 1 inch. With the bulwarks up, a patented “door within the door” enables boarding from the sides. A wraparound swim platform allows for boarding at the stern.

The vessel’s razor-sharp lines and sleek styling are from Evan K. Marshall, a longtime collaborator on Ocean Alexander’s larger models. The 45’s stepped sheer, raked windshield and low-profile hardtop convey performance.

Powered by quad 350 hp Mercury Verado outboards, the 45 has a cruise speed of 28 knots at 4,500 rpm. At this speed, the engines consume 61 gph, giving the boat a 316-nautical-mile range. The 45 will top out at just over 41 knots. Range: 237 nautical miles. And for maneuverability, all four outboards can move in unison, or the portside two can move separately from the starboard-side two.

Ocean Alexander Divergence 45 deck
Within the walkaround deck layout is seating for 14 guests. There’s a curved bow seat with a table, an oversize lounger forward of the console, and three bolstered helm seats along with aft-facing cockpit seating and a fold-down transom bench seat. An electric high-low, foldout, carbon-fiber table is centered in the cockpit.Forest Johnson

At the helm, the vessel’s triple Llebroc cross-stitched helm seats are abaft a Garmin electronics suite with three 17-inch multifunction displays for charts, radar, SiriusXM and sonar.

Abaft the helm seats is a cabinet that houses a retractable flat-screen TV, a Scandvik stainless-steel sink and faucet, a two-burner Kenyon cooktop, a Kenyon grill, and a U-Line refrigerator.

Marshall’s interior focus was to enhance the owner’s experience. To that end, the belowdecks layout is pleasantly sized with 6-foot-6-inch headroom. Solid-wood cabinetry, side and forward windows, and a skylight enhance the open feeling here. A console and wet bar to port have a GE microwave, Isotherm fridge drawer and Scandvik sink.

Ocean Alexander 45 Divergence livewell
The 45 Divergence can be tailored for owners who like diving or fishing. A transom livewell could serve as scuba-tank stowage. Fish-box freezer plates can be installed to keep the catch cold, while additional rod holders, including six built into the transom, are a good idea for fishing from the platform. Outriggers are also available.Forest Johnson

Forward is a U-shape settee with a high-low dining table that converts to a queen berth. To starboard is a head that has a clear Ambassador Marine basin sink, a Tecma toilet and a window. There’s a separate shower stall.

Options include wood ­choices, paint schemes and matching engine colors. A ­Seakeeper 6 ­gyrostabilizer is available, as are an 11-kW Kohler diesel ­generator and a KVH ­satellite-TV system.

With big-boat features and sporty performance, Ocean Alexander’s 45 Divergence has a good shot at attracting dayboat enthusiasts and yacht owners who want a stylish tender. She’s definitely a break from the norm.

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