My toes curl over the side of the fold-down gunwale. I spring into the air before straightening my body. I gracefully glide into the water, the perfect swan dive. 10-point-freakin-0. I surface, fix my already perfect slicked-back hair and see the Ocean Alexander 45 Divergence in a whole new light. Her freeboard is immediately taller and her sheer is more yacht-like.
Okay, fine. So that’s not exactly how it happened. But what I said about admiring the shape of the Divergence, that part is true.
Only after washing the salt from my face could I appreciate how the blue accents on the quad, 400-hp Mercury outboards, the fabric on the reversible cockpit seating and the paneling under the hardtop work in concert to create a symphony in blue that plays perfectly against the sky and waves. It’s from this angle that you can see what the 45 is not. (It’s not a center console; at least, not what we’ve traditionally called a center console.)
Di·ver·gence: A deviation from a course or standard. By that Merriam-Webster definition, this might be the most appropriately named model of all time. Before the 45 came along, OA’s next smallest yacht was the Merritt Island, Florida-built 70e and beyond that, the company is known for its prominence in the superyacht market with Taiwanese-built boats up to 155 feet. Designed to serve as a second boat for their larger yacht clientele, the 45 shares DNA with her larger siblings but sports a rebellious personality all her own.