Review: Offshore Yachts 72'
Review: Offshore Yachts 72'
Offshore Yachts 72'
Built to withstand
by Capt. Chuck Gnaegy
When a yacht’s designed length reaches past 65’ or
so, many owners step back and decide they can’t handle the
requirements of that size vessel. So, they hire a captain and/or
crew, and spend their time on other yachting needs. But Offshore
Yachts offers a slightly different approach with their 72'...
The Captain and his Lady – experienced owners –
can opt to take this sparkling yacht to the Carib, Baja, Alaska, or
wherever their hearts desire, with comfort and confidence, on their
own. The difference, as expected, is in the build. Presenting its
classic, crisply-styled yacht design, Naval Architect W.I. “Bill”
Crealock added certain advantages to lend the yacht seaworthyness as
well as cruising speed. Noted for his designs that personify comfort
and strength characteristics – no doubt accented by his own 8 years
of cruising experience – his O-72 design also sports a long keel,
plus with its wide beam, a low center of gravity.
That promises not only comfortable motion
offshore, but ease of handling and sure-footedness at sea. Adding to
her stability is her two sets of chines; one just above the boot top
and the other below the waterline to act as stabilizers and also
lessen spray. Propeller draft is 5’4”. Each of these design
attributes combine with her power plant to offer an agreeable speed
for a cruising yacht, at 16 knots, with a top of 20. While the
Offshore 72' is faster then conventional displacement yachts of
similar size, the hull's 60 degree entry, which tapers back to 12
degrees of deadrise at the transom, provides a ride of equal comfort
to the typical trawler.
The company was started just post WWII,
when Richard Hunt began with fiberglass construction after a stint
with the U.S. Navy. There was a lot to learn about this new
material, and his sons joined the venture in the late 1950s. He got
together with Crealock to foster the growth of fiberglass yachts in
America; a hook-up that is still productive for Offshore, as Robert
Hunt now runs the business.
High up on top, O-72’s flybridge helm
sets the stage for clean and crisp design. A full molded hardtop
overhead wards off sun and rain, while the open design allows
complete visibility all around. Weatherproof single or twin
captain’s chairs face a fiberglass cowling with radar and all
operating instruments at hand. To starboard, covered stairs lead
down to the pilothouse. Behind the command center a large L-shaped
settee allows the whole party upstairs.
The Offshore 72' is a study in plug
inserts & pulls. The Flybridge BBQ (and sink shown in the
following image) are examples of components requiring more
complicated molds to facilitate one-piece results. Not...
second-thought or bolt-on additions.
All exterior cabinets are push/lock &
sealed. This is a flybridge that welcomes washdowns. Again, many
sub-components are molded in, resulting in a clean, fluid finish...
a result of attention to detail in the conceptual stages.
Aft, through a weatherproof door, a
stainless steel ladder leads down to the aft deck below. The aft
deck space – textured and tinted with a non-slip surface – holds a
15’ Novurania tender, with launching crane, or provides enough room
for any group activity. Or... an R-22 heli pad?
Offshore utilizes a solid glass hull
below the bootstripe and closed-cell foam from the waterline up.
This includes all stringers, bulkheads and framing, which are
laminated with Vinylester resin. Offshore favors a sturdy build and
lays their boats up a bit heavier. The feel and ride confirms this.
Solid! This is a yacht built to withstand the elements, emerging
no-worse for the wear.
The covered aft deck is large in size for
a 72' and provides quick access to all points, with full walk-around
decks, port/starbord access to the cockpit and a stainless ladders
leading to the tender deck. Split, granite-topped tables seperate a
settee that spans the aft deck. Overhead lighting is abundant and
well placed. The covered deck areas of the Offshore 72' are nearly
equal in square footage to it's interior space. This is a boat for
living aboard and enjoying the outdoors.
Something no boat should be without, an
aftdeck control station. Sure, a good captain can "feel" her into a
slip from the traditional helms... but can it be successfully
Looking aft through the oversized glass
windows shows the visual scope of area open to passengers, as well
as the back deck and swim platform. Since the aft deck can be
completely draped, it easily becomes part of the entertainment area
of the salon.
Carrying out the décor of light ash,
mahogany, and teak woods with complementary lounge and floor
coverings, the salon presents a warm welcome to its visitors. Deep
cushioned couches and a large cocktail table situated at arms length
add to the ease of the moment. Dark upholstered easy chairs across
the space offer more relaxation and comfort in the friendly
atmosphere. Fabrics and arrangements are options, of course, but the
interiors shown here make this a favored escape to quiescence.
Handily situated between the Control
Center and the Saloon, the Galley is compact but well designed to
serve its purpose, both during cruise hours and evening dinner
parties. With an overhead large microwave oven and cooktops below at
counter level, there are adequate storage areas and cabinetry for
any occasion. Walls and floors here are also mahogany, teak, and
light ash woods. A double counter sink is set in light onyx marble
with stainless steel basins and faucets, next to a giant window
which will please the chef.
A high traffic area, the wheelhouse
corridor is the central hub connecting the salon, galley and
wheelhouse on the main deck, with staircases and ladders leading to
the flybridge above and the master below. Stowage abounds with
cabinets placed whereever an interior void is found.
As the most popular venue during cruising
hours the helm station sets the pace with a deeply upholstered couch
just aft, and full visibility with large windows for the passengers.
Cabinetry holds cruising guides, and at starboard, a stairway leads
to the flybridge. Doors on each side allow easy egress for docking