Offshore 62

Author: BoatingWorld Staff
What Offshore Yachts has that is lacking at many boat builders these days is an old-fashioned quality: imagination. With the company’s new Offshore 62 Flush Deck, the designers have taken an existing hull with a fine heritage and offered a new use that should appeal to an entirely different range of buyers. The starting point was Offshore’s 58 foot hull — which, in pilothouse configuration, we’ve already reviewed in Sea (in the October 1994 issue). Seeing it the same way as Monet viewed a blank canvas or Michelangelo looked up at an undecorated ceiling, the Offshore Yachts team of designer Bill Crealock and Offshore owners Richard and Robert Hunt looked for ways to make a seaworthy hull even better. Stretching the hull to 62 feet was accomplished with underwater sponsons that carry the exhaust aft and add flotation for the newly designed transom platform, with sweeping Euro-style steps to the aft deck. The result is a yacht that is easy to get Aunt Mabel aboard without a crane. It also makes the water level easily accessible for swimming or launching water toys, which is often a shortcoming of motoryachts. Proof Is in the Cruising Our test boat was provided by Offshore Yachts in Newport Beach, California. This was the first of the new 62 Flush Deck models and was impressively equipped. Our sea trial took place off Newport Harbor, in less-than-ideal winter sea conditions. While the 62’s standard power package is a pair of 550 hp Detroit Diesel 6V-92s, our test boat came equipped with a pair of 820 hp MAN 10-cylinder diesels. Considering the proven qualities of the 58 Offshore hull, it was no revelation to find that the 62 has the same well-bred manners. Any vessel can perform in mild conditions, but truly great boats distinguish themselves when the seas are running high. I found that even at low speeds in a beam sea, the Offshore hull rolled far less than I would have expected — and it was a motion that was both predictable and comfortable. The long keel meant I could take my hands off the wheel even in quartering seas and the boat still tracked straight. Yet, the 62 was nimble when backing down into a narrow slip. As a point of fact, I couldn’t fault the handling of the Offshore 62, which could have set off for Cabo San Lucas in an instant, with ease — and, in fact, that’s just what the owners of our test boat did right after our sea trial. I found that the well-equipped wheelhouse makes a great “office” for the skipper, as well as a pleasant lounge area for guests while the 62 is under way. The skipper has a swiveling helm seat from which to survey all the action on the water, while visitors can watch the passing scenery from the raised dinette, to port. Between the instrument panel and an overhead cabinet, there’s enough room to add an imposing array of electronic toys, as the owner of our test boat did. With a commercial-style Furuno 360 degree color sonar, a long-range Furuno radar, a D.F. Crane ship management computer system and a Thermal Vision NightSight viewer, this vessel has the ultimate in sophisticated navigation and communication equipment. Furuno VHF and SSB radio, a Northstar loran, a Robertson autopilot and a B&G speed log are also included at the helm. On the flybridge, the owner added yet another Furuno radar, plus a Trimble Navgraphic GPS receiver and an Icom VHF radio. Electrical system breakers are handy to the wheelhouse, with a large AC/DC distribution panel next to the helm. Another panel for the generators is provided nearby. For those with an interest in things mechanical, the engine room is a dream come true. Accessible either through a hatch in the galley floor or through a doorway in the VIP stateroom, the engine room has full standing headroom — and enough space to walk completely around the engines. The owners added an RCI Diesel Fuel Purifier centrifugal filter system, to eliminate any impurities in the boat’s fuel system — such as those sometimes acquired when refueling in foreign ports. The system eliminates the need for fuel additives. They also added a Winn diesel fuel filtration system that purges water from fuel automatically. Also readily accessible were the Naiad stabilizer systems, a Sea Recovery water-maker, Cruisair air conditioning and twin stainless steel water heaters. From the seacocks, to the neatly loomed and labeled wiring under the wheelhouse dash, to the tidy fuel manifolding on the engine room bulkhead, considerable thought has been given to that time several years in the future when you may need to trace a circuit, replace a system or simply solve a problem. This is a boat that has been designed and built by mariners for mariners. That design continues in the 62’s immense lazarette, located below the aft deck. This area offers standing headroom, a work bench and a tool area that will delight the owner/tinkerer — plus, a pair of auxiliary generators in sound shields. On our test boat, the gensets were German-made Fischer-Panda units of 10 kw and 15 kw, although the standard auxiliary generator is by Northern Lights. Quality and Comfort Along with its cruising prowess, the 62 Flush Deck’s plush accommodations make it an especially comfortable vessel. The 62’s aft deck is large enough for alfresco dining, and a bulkhead cabinet on our test boat had a built-in sink and a Frigidaire gas grill for barbecuing. The aft deck on our test boat was half-shaded by the upper boat deck; but buyers can opt to extend the boat deck, so the lower area can be completely enclosed in bad weather. An upper helm station for convenient maneuvering and a ladder to the boat deck complete the area. The upper deck is divided at the radar arch between the flybridge and the boat deck. Forward, the helm has full engine controls, as well as electronics. A pair of curved lounges provides ample room for guests under the Bimini top. Aft, our test boat had a MarQuipt 1,500 pound davit to launch and retrieve its 14 foot inflatable dinghy and its personal watercraft. The boat was also equipped with a Force 7 stainless steel anchor. Like all Offshores, the construction quality is evident, from the fully molded underside of the boat deck to the fiberglass sliding doors at the saloon. Once inside, you’ll find an airy, spacious saloon that seems full width, although there are still comfortably wide sidedecks protected by the overhanging boat deck. Our test boat’s interior was designed by Austin Lin. While the saloon had been rearranged, the standard layout provides a curved settee to port, along with a pair of chairs and a high-low table. An entertainment center is hidden behind tambour doors in a cabinet to starboard. Although most Offshores make full use of fine teak joinery, our test boat had a custom whitewashed ash interior — but its superb joinerwork was equally flawless. Just forward, to port, the galley is open to both the saloon and the wheelhouse. The galley is comprehensively equipped, including spacious Corian countertops, a stand-up refrigerator/freezer, a dishwasher, a trash compactor, a four-burner cooktop and a built-in microwave oven. Our test boat also had a double Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer. Down a curved stairway from the wheelhouse, to starboard, are the 62’s guest staterooms. A stacked washer/dryer combination is installed at the base of the stairs. Amidships, the VIP cabin is furnished with a queen-size berth, built-in bureaus and hanging lockers, and an en suite head compartment with a stall shower. Another guest (or crew) cabin is to port, with upper and lower berths; and the forward cabin has a full V-berth. The latter two cabins share a large head with a stall shower. Access to the master suite is by a private stairway in the saloon. This cabin spans the boat’s 16 foot, 10 inch beam. A king-size berth is positioned amidships against the aft bulkhead, cabinets and lockers are to port, and a settee is to starboard — next to more hanging lockers. The master stateroom’s private head compartment has a stall shower with seat, and a cleverly designed vanity folds up in front of yet another locker. The 62’s surprisingly long list of standard equipment includes a davit, an anchor windlass, galley appliances, three helm stations, an inverter, all Coast Guard-required gear and a full decor — including drapes and innerspring mattresses. The base price for the Offshore 62 Flush Deck is $1,037,000. If you want the optional MAN diesels, add another $125,000. What you get for this amount is a well-designed and seaworthy yacht that can carry you in luxury across great distances, with a minimum of maintenance. What more could you want?

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