While at the 2023 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, our first look at the newly refreshed Ocean Alexander 32 Legend revealed many changes that make it better than ever.
This superyacht began its evolutionary journey in 2014 as the 100′, and after building 19 of them, Ocean Alexander switched its model names to a metric nomenclature in 2020 and has since grown to 106 feet, 6 inches with a 23-foot beam. In 2021, it lost its flagship status when the 37L was introduced and is probably the 32L’s biggest competitor. The yacht we boarded in Lauderdale was hull number nine, and this most recent update borrows a few readily noticeable features from the 37L, like its vertical owner’s suite windows. But rather than being just a smaller version, the 32L retains its own identity.
Ocean Alexander 32 Legend: Plenty of Room Out Back
The Ocean Alexander 32 Legend creates some first-impression wow factor with its hydraulic, teak swim platform that dwarfs many found on yachts in its class. Large enough to accommodate a tender on chocks, it also functions as a submersible lounge area where guests are one with the water, making it easy to take a quick dip, stage a snorkeling run, or watch the sunset with your feet in the water.
Heading up one of the two matching stern staircases to the main deck takes you to the raised aft seating area, which features twin tables for ease of movement and makes a great al fresco dining area. Moving into the salon via the electric push-button glass door reveals a light and airy space thanks to the deck-to-ceiling glass and Novus Mist color palette that features light gray oak cabinetry and natural oak sole.
The commitment to having only the best is evidenced by the contemporary furniture in the salon’s L-shaped seating group, designed by Ocean Alexander but built by Italian craftsmen at Poltrona Frau, which also has showrooms in Hollywood, Milan, Paris, and London. For those who prefer darker oak cabinetry, OA offers Novus Dusk.
Open Galley is Functional and Social
Often, galleys are isolated from those dining, but one of the recent changes is the addition of a pair of artfully hidden sliding doors that can be opened up to allow social interaction with the chef or to present food to diners. Inside the galley, you’ll find top-name appliances like the Wolf range and cooktop, Viking microwave, and full-size Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, along with plenty of food prep area, giving the chef an environment conducive to overachievement. There’s even a portside watertight entryway so the crew can provision the galley without interrupting guests. There’s room for ten diners, and the view is excellent thanks to the cutouts in the combing. Twin sliding glass doors on either side can open and be locked in place to take advantage of temperate cross breezes.
The Owner’s Cabin Choice
On the Ocean Alexander 32 Legend, the owner’s cabin is positioned toward the bow on the main deck, and this year, vertical forward windows replace the slanted ones on previous versions and offers a stunning 270-degree view. Our evaluation model featured the split-level master, which I prefer, even though accessing the head compartment requires heading down a flight of stairs. But there’s also a night head on the main level that doesn’t require navigating steps during nocturnal excursions. There is a one-level master option, but the head compartment is smaller, and instead of a large walk-in closet, it has four smaller ones. But, the one-level design does give owners the option of a bow seating group or the same sun pad as the split-level option and gives owners more bureau storage and a pop-up TV.
Stepping down into the split-level master head compartment reveals a roomy space with heated floors for comfort. The shower has rainfall fixtures, and the head is segregated for privacy. A giant walk-in closet has lighted jewelry drawers and plenty of room for dressing for the evening.
Ocean Alexander 32 Legend: Lower Deck Accommodations
Moving to the lower deck, matching VIP berths are positioned amidships with walkaround queen beds and ensuite head compartments. The fourth guest cabin features a clever and versatile berth arrangement that allows guests to push the twin beds together with a nightstand on the end or separate them, with a table in the middle. The fifth cabin on hull nine was ideally configured as a kid’s quarters and featured a flip-down upper bunk bed and plenty of play space. Or owners could use the open floor for exercise equipment or add a desk to turn it into a workspace.
The Bridge Deck is a Great Place to Lounge
Owners can now choose a crane option on the bridge deck that also moves the hot tub farther forward to create more open lounging space. Without the crane, the hot tub can be positioned aft and surrounded by a padded lounge. A wet bar with stools on the starboard side is just abaft of the hot tub on the starboard side, and to port is a U-shaped lounge with a high-low convertible table. Inside the enclosed bridge is a lounge area to port, across from the flip-down 32-inch TV. The captain’s command center features three Garmin 32-inch screens to monitor all ship systems.
At the marina, they can move to an outside docking station to see dock clearances without relying on others or a camera.
Even the Crew Gets the First-Class Treatment
Because many Ocean Alexander owners consider the crew part of the family, crew quarters have the same level of fit and finish as above deck. The captain’s quarters feature an ensuite head compartment and shower. Twin berths in the two remaining cabins allow for four more crew members to be comfortably situated. In the crew lounge is a 43-inch TV that’s integrated with the ship’s Optiplex system, allowing all onboard systems to be monitored at a glance. The crew or owners can also keep apprised of the yacht’s systems via smartphone. In addition to a washer/dryer, there’s a small workshop for the engineer and a dining area with an abbreviated galley.
Ocean Alexander 32 Legend: Performance is First-Rate
Walking into the air-conditioned engine room, it’s apparent designers prioritized easy access to all the mechanical systems, with walkaround space surrounding the twin Mann 1900 V-12 diesels, which push the 32L to a top speed of 23 knots, according to Ocean Alexander sources. Twin Kohler 40kW generators and a pair of water makers add redundancy and extra capacity. The Side-Power Vector Fin system handles stabilization.
The Ocean Alexander 32 Legend gives owners the perfect yacht, whether used as a second home or for charters.
Ocean Alexander 32 Legend Specifications
|106′ 4″ (32.4M)
|88′ 10″ (27.1 M)
|23′ 0″ (7.01 M)
|6′ 6″ (1.99 M)
|Fresh Water Capacity