by Dom Wiseman

Ocean Alexander unveiled the 45 Divergence concept at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in November.

With an overall length of 47ft with a 13ft beam, the Ocean Alexander 45 Divergence has a capacity up of to 18 people, is powered by quad 350hp Mercury Verado engines and features unprecedented levels of comfort for a boat its size.

The design draws inspiration from Ocean Alexander’s larger yachts, most notably in the cockpit, where fold-down gunwales expand the space and offer infinity views along with an alfresco dining experience. Hidden swim ladders also make it the perfect platform for fishing, diving, swimming, and every form of water sport.

“The 45 Divergence is a very drastic change in our product offerings and has caught quite a number of buyers and our competitors off guard,” explains Johnny Chueh, Ocean Alexander President.

“We named this model the Divergence, because that’s what it truly is. A divergence from Ocean Alexander’s existing model offerings, but also a divergence from the expectations in this growing market segment.

“We took a very careful look at this and realized that we were in the perfect position to design a boat in this range.  Instead of coming at it from a perspective of a centre-console builder who’s expanding their line, however, we looked at this with fresh eyes of a luxury yacht manufacturer designing for a much smaller space.”

“With the 45 Divergence, the market will realize that we have immense flexibility in our product range due to our multiple manufacturing facilities.

“The Merritt Island, Florida location has been building the 70e for over four years exclusively and it’s a fine-tuned process that is producing one of the best models in its class. We wanted to take advantage of our growing number of craftsmen and diversify the yard to ensure its long-term success. In the process of that examination, we also noticed a gain in the marketplace in the 40ft to 50ft range of boats that weren’t sport yachts but were essentially very large centre-console style of boats.”

The Ocean Alexander 45 Divergence is scheduled for on-water premiere at the Miami International Boat Show in February 2019 and slated to arrive in Australia mid-2019.

“The 45 Divergence is a customisable, 45-foot luxury sport boat which combines performance and style,” said Todd Holzapfel, Dealer Principal at Alexander Marine, dealer for the marque in Australia and New Zealand.

Unique in its class, the 45 Divergence will impress with its bold design, array of features and unprecedented level of comfort for a boat of its size.

“Multiple variations of the cosmetic appearance of this unrivalled sport model mean owners have the opportunity to transform this vessel to suit their specific requirements – whether that’s island hopping, entertaining, diving or fishing.”

The Ocean Alexander 45 Divergence will see Australian shores in the 2nd quarter 2019.