The Ocean Alexander 43 Classico is a 43-foot trawler-style flybridge yacht produced by the iconic Taiwanese yacht-building firm Ocean Alexander between 2000 and 2003. A traditional profile from the hand of naval stylist Ed Monk Jr. boasts a fine bow with high bulwarks, reverse-angled pilothouse windows, clean lines and a pulpit-style helm bridge for elevated piloting. A set of efficient engines and a rugged semi-displacement hull with soft chines make this a great option for long-distance offshore cruising, while timber-lined interiors boast a genuinely live-in feel.
The al fresco flybridge with an optional Bimini is very much centered around the joys of open-air piloting, with an upper helm and a Stidd helm chair occupying pride of place up here. Yet there is still room on this elevated level for a pair of side sofas with backrests so that budding captains do not have to navigate on their own. There is also an elevated level to the rear of this boat that can be fitted with sun-loungers, though this area is typically used for tender storage and comes with a hydraulic davit.
More spacious options for outdoor relaxation exist down one level, where you will discover a raised Portuguese Bridge with an ultraleather sofa positioned just in front of the pilothouse. To the rear there is a spacious aft-cockpit, extended by three feet on the 46-foot version of this yacht, that boasts room for a dining table and features access to an at-stern bathing platform with a swim ladder.
A timber-lined Dutch door leads guests into the main-deck salon, a sedate and refined retreat lined in high-gloss teak and holly with generous side glazing, an L-shaped leather sofa, a custom-made coffee table, cabinetry and room for a pair of armchairs. There is also a walk-in galley in here and this extensive kitchen features a GE convection oven, a 3-zone Kenyon hob, granite countertops, a Norcold fridge-freezer tower, a U-LINE ice-chipper, a stainless-steel sink, a wall-mounted microwave and masses of storage space.
A few steps up lead to an impressive pilothouse with mullioned windows, storage space, a sofa and a map-desk that can be folded out to use for dinner service. The helm station in here features a leather piloting seat, an oversized Hynautic steering wheel, Raymarine display screens, VHF radio, Bennett trim tab controls, bow and stern thrusters, Naiad stabilizer switches, a Nauticomp chart plotter and a skipper’s door.
A two-cabin and two-head layout on the lower deck provides comfortable rest space for up to four overnight guests, with a twin bunk berth by the bow featuring full-height closets and plenty of hidden storage. A full-beam owner’s stateroom boasts a queen-size island bed, bedside cabinets, a walk-in closet with dressing room dimensions, mirrored wall panels, warm timber surrounds and a large bathroom with wood lining, a porcelain sink and a fully enclosed shower cubicle.
Twin 300mhp Caterpillar 3116 diesels or a pair of 320mhp Cummins inboard engines prompt top speeds of around 14 knots and long-distance cruising speeds of approximately 10 knots. A 600-gallon fuel tank gives this yacht a long-distance range, making it the perfect option for serious offshore cruisers.