Evolution is the natural progression in a yacht model’s life cycle. In fact, it is largely influential on a model’s success. As owners change, as regulations change, as lifestyles change, so too should the model’s design, thus maintaining the distinguishing element that sets it apart in its class while offering the very best and latest that design can provide.
Ocean Alexander’s Legend Series of motoryachts was introduced to the market in 2014 with the 100 Legend. Designed in collaboration with Evan K. Marshall, this entry-level yacht in the Taiwanese builder’s six-model lineup offered an enclosed sky lounge with large sections of glass and multiple accommodations configurations, the most significant of which was the on-deck master stateroom with its large wardrobes, sunken en suite and stateroom-level night head. Key features of the model included a five-stateroom layout, near floor-to-ceiling windows and all-around large spaces throughout, including for crew.
Six years and nearly twenty 100 Legend builds later, OA introduced the next evolution in its Legend Series with the 105-foot 32L at the 2020 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Marked by an updated exterior style with lowered bulwarks and complementing glass, carbon and aluminum-beam elements, the all-composite 32L was worth noting—if not for its spacious layout, redesigned on-deck master suite and optional open flybridge, but for its trans-Atlantic range as well.
This year, two 2024 32L models will be on display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, each representing a distinct layout option that the 32L currently provides, and each, once again, demonstrating the builder’s continual focus on innovation. While an open flybridge remains an optional configuration, both yachts on display feature an enclosed sky lounge. The biggest differences between the two can be found in the master stateroom and galley layouts, the bow seating-area design, and the bridge deck layout.
The first—OA 32L Hull No. 8—showcases a hydraulic swim platform that has been reinforced to tow up to a 25,000 tender. The platform itself can hold 2,000 pounds for a rigid hull dinghy, jet skis, or other toys of the owner’s choosing. This allows for the bridge deck aft of the enclosed sky lounge and wheelhouse to be crane-free. Freeing up this space sees an uninterrupted bridge deck area with full-width sun pads surrounding a hot tub for four farthest aft. A barbecue grill is positioned to starboard, while the large U-shaped dinette on the port side is partially shaded by the hardtop overhang (with optional sun awnings providing additional shade) opposite a bar with three stools.
On the main deck, a custom ceiling design on the aft deck adds indirect lighting to the bright and airy space, which features a raised U-shaped settee with two convertible high/low dinette tables facing a wet bar and fold-down television. The main salon is separated by a low credenza from the formal dining area with a table for 10, highlighted by the model’s sliding doors on either side.
Forward, the large galley is kept separate from the guest spaces, while the master stateroom—in this case, configured with a large en suite aft with heated floors and separate toilet and shower enclosures—takes advantage of the 180-degree sections of glass overlooking the forward bow area. Accessed by the walkaround side decks, the bow area on this yacht is designed with a large, sunken U-shaped seating space and dinette, which also can be protected by sun awnings.
On the lower deck, large crew quarters are positioned aft of the engine room housing the yacht’s twin MAN V-12 1,900 hp engines, while four spacious guest staterooms are found forward. The guest area comprises two mirrored queen VIP cabins amidships, with two convertible twin en suite staterooms forward.
The second yacht on display—OA 32L Hull No. 9—positions the davit on the bridge deck for tender storage. Here, a three-person hot tub is positioned forward to accommodate the tender or free-standing lounge chairs when the tender is deployed. The hydraulic high/low swim platform accommodates up to 2,000 pounds and has also been reinforced to facilitate towing a tender up to 25,000 pounds.
On the main deck, the first structural difference is found in the forward galley, which features an alternate configuration as well as a pass-through window to the dining salon for easy food service. It is the master stateroom on this yacht, however, that showcases the biggest differentiation from her sistership. Raised two steps from the main deck level, the stateroom itself once again enjoys near-panoramic vista views from the large 180-degree windows. The large master en suite—also with heated floors—occupies the forwardmost space just a few steps down from the bedroom and workspace area.
The master suite configuration on this yacht allows for a large reclining sun pad forward on the bow, which can also be shaded with a sun awning.
The lower deck sees the same spacious crew quarters aft of the engine room, while the guest accommodations comprise two mirrored queen VIP en suites, a convertible twin to starboard, and a portside utility room with a lower single bed, an upper Pullman berth, and a private head.
Both yachts retain the aluminum-beam engineering that allows for impressively sized windows enhancing the exterior profile, as well as the spacious feeling on board, while also showcasing the different interior design templates—Hull No. 8 with Novus Dusk and Hull No. 9 with Novus Mist—that OA offers its clients.
While not the smallest yacht build that OA offers, the 32L is the smaller of the two models in the Legend Series, with the larger being the trideck 37L. By offering increased interior space, particularly in the crew and galley areas, and several layout variations to suit different a variety of lifestyles as well as private or charter use, OA continues to meet the needs of its clients and fulfill its mission to never stop evolving and innovating.