The Ocean Alexander 54 Trawler is a 56-foot trawler flybridge yacht first launched by the award-winning Taiwanese firm in 2009. Though the brand is well-known for their series of lavish superyachts, Ocean Alexander got its start producing trawler yachts, so this vessel represents a return to the firm’s roots. Presenting a handsome and traditional profile with a high flared bow, solid lines and secure glazing, this yacht impresses with sedate, timber-lined interiors that offer the sort of space and comfort required for extended voyages out to sea.
The compact flybridge benefits from a hardtop overhead to protect from sun and showers, and boasts an upper helm with a pair of leather piloting seats as well as an L-shaped sofa and a breakfast table. The entire rear of the bridge has been dedicated to tender storage with a hydraulic davit, though in theory you could install an aft-sun lounge up here.
A sheltered aft cockpit with washed teak flooring is large enough to host a table or transom seating, while a transom door leads out to a full-beam, fixed bathing platform from where you can enjoy warm-water swimming. Out on the foredeck there is bench-style seating up against the bow that benefits from high bulwarks and steel grabrails.
Watertight Dutch doors lead into a refined salon lined in teak or mahogany with holly accents, afromosia flooring and rounded, frameless windows. There is an L-shaped leather sofa and a pair of Ottomans surrounding a glossy timber coffee table to port, while a couple of armchairs and cabinetry sit to starboard. Ahead of this you will find a walk-in galley with granite work surfaces, a Gaggenau four-zone propane hob, a Jenn-Air microwave, a Sub-Zero fridge-freezer tower and enough storage space to really stock up on supplies. A forward pilot-house room includes an L-shaped dining sofa with a table, as well as a centrally positioned main helm station with Furuno Navnet 19-inch display monitors with integrated radar and GPS, Simrad autopilot, a Nobeltec navigation system, an Axis camera, Icom VHF, hydraulic bow and stern thrusters and a stabilizer system.
You can choose between two different lower deck layouts, with an en-suite twin bunk berth to aft able to be exchanged for a utility room or crew quarters. Towards the bow there is a double cabin with cedar-lined closets and a bathroom with a shower, while amidships there is a full-beam owner’s stateroom. This lavish suite boasts a queen-sized bed, rectangular hull glazing, cushioned wall-panels, authentic hardwood surfaces, soft carpeting, a bedside cabinet as well as a large bathroom with a shower and laundry facilities.
Twin 455MHP Caterpillar C-7 ACERT diesel engines or, for those on a budget, a single John Deere M2 shaft-drive engine, prompt top speeds reaching the 16-knot mark with super smooth cruising speeds of approximately 9 knots. As befitting an ocean-going trawler, this yacht enjoys a globe-trotting range of over 2,000 nautical miles at an 8.5 knot pace. A patented S-bow hull, meanwhile, has been lifted from ocean-going ships but narrowed down to fit this yacht’s smaller form, ensuring that the 54 Trawler can cut through waves as if they were not there.