If you value interior accommodations and tournament fishability, book a test ride on Ocean Yachts' 58 Super Sport. It has the speed. It has a mezzanine-equipped cockpit. And it has a three- stateroom, three-head cabin. It has, in fact, everything you need to go anywhere, anytime, with anyone, for any reason. Will it cause other companies to burn their molds? Not likely, but it some may want to rethink how they arrange an accommodation plan.
By using a shorter passageway belowdecks and raising the galley and dinette two steps, the 58 Super Sport gives you a midship master stateroom as wide as the full beam of the boat. Compare it to competing three-stateroom convertibles, such as Viking's 54 C ($1.8 million powered as our test boat). The guest and crew staterooms are comparably sized, but the master stateroom of the Viking is about half the size of that aboard the 58 Super Sport. Yet the Viking 54 C is nearly as long (though it has no pulpit), plus it's wider, deeper, and heavier.
Compared to the 58 Super Sport's short passageway -- more of foyer, really -- a longer passageway affords more privacy, because no two staterooms share a bulkhead. But the sheer opulence and luxury that can be incorporated into a stateroom as palatial as the 58 Super Sport's master is breathtaking.
A queen-size, home-height innerspring berth is centered against a built-in alcove headrest and flanked by two glossy teak night tables with book-matched drawer facings. Lighting is provided by high-hats overhead as well as by jar lamps atop each nightstand. You can walk completely around three sides of this berth standing up. Sure, making the bed is easy, but this stateroom is more than just a place to sleep. You'll want to hang out here, attired in a robe embroidered with your boat's name, after a long night of putting the hurt on the local tuna population.
The decor is highlighted by gilt-framed paintings and mirrors, one of which is full-length. There's a dressing table with a mirror, and the hanging locker will easily hold a week's worth of clothing. A 30" TV/DVD player and Bose sound system keep you entertained. Behind a sliding door is the head, with a solid-surface vanity and Amtico faux-wood flooring. The shower is separate, of course, and generous in size. If Ocean would sneak in a small fridge in place of one of the many cabinets, you might never leave.
Lift a hatch in the sole of this head and you'll find a feature that highlights this boat's excellent serviceability. The discharge through-hulls for all three heads, and a shower sump to which all three showers are plumbed, are located here. Although it's convenient to have these all in one place, they should be labeled.
The other staterooms are equally stylish. Forward, an island berth, or optional crossover berths, is made private behind a raised-panel door. The shower is en suite, and again, the hanging locker is huge. The crew stateroom features side-by-side twin berths and generous stowage, but it doesn't have a private head. Directly across the passageway, though, is the day head, which is large and comfortable and has a separate shower. A washer and dryer complete the lower deck's accommodations.
The main deck has one of the better galley and dinette arrangements I've tested. The U-shaped counter provides acres of prep surface, and the floor space within the U allows at least four people to bustle about. The sole is rustic wood, and there are two under-counter refrigerators plus an under-counter freezer, all of which are faced with book-matched teak. If you love nice details like I do, check out the lids for the stove and stowage box in the counter. See the thumbholes that allow you to open these lids? I defy you to find the seam created by the cutout into which they recess. Abeam of the galley is the dinette. Its glossy wood table seats six.
The salon decor is subtly highlighted by having vertical wood surfaces matte finished and horizontal surfaces, such as tabletops, gloss finished. Raffia fabrics, leather sofas, and a designer club chair complete the mix. A 40" TV rises out of a console and is served by a Bose home theater system. The coffee table has stowage within. Tables with stowage are one of many signature Ocean Yachts features.