The E series, which stands for Explorer, is one of the newest designs. It has its genesis in the R series (for Revolution). Both models are about giving guests a close connection to the sea, the R with a beach club, the E with its toy-hauling beach platform, and each with villa-like glass framing the ocean views. And they are finding traction with the market. The 28E made its U.S. debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last October and quickly went under contract at the event. The gigantic swim platform isn’t the only selling point either; the boat also has the voluminous interior and the exterior living spaces that seem to be in demand these days.
The modernity of today’s Ocean Alexander is clear as I tour her in Fort Lauderdale. The open-plan main deck basks in the sunlight streaming through its floor-to-ceiling windows. Stylish furnishings from Italian design house Poltrana Frou dress the space that flows from salon to dining to galley, which can be open or concealed.
Also on this level is the coveted feature of an on-deck owner’s cabin. With a king-size bed under a vast forward window, a capacious walk-in closet, and even a heated stone floor in the ensuite, it has all the comforts of home. Guests enjoy pleasant accommodations on the lower deck as well, which has four cabins in this hull, three with queen berths, including a forward VIP, and one with sliding twins that convert into a double.
There is also a small bonus room on the lower deck that can configure in several ways. On the yacht I’m touring, it is set up as a utility space with extra storage, a full-height freezer, and laundry facilities. “We’ve had clients put in rubber matting and it’s the kids’ playroom. It can be a workout space; it can be an office. It’s really our flex space,” Doleski says.
These generous quarters on a 94-foot, seven-inch hull are partly due to the plumb bow—something that is not only fashionable at the moment, but also serves to maximize the interior volume, particularly on the lower deck. “There is a really strong emphasis on getting as much out of the space as possible,” says Marshall.