The 52's accommodations resemble those of a megayacht. Its flying bridge is an alfresco salon, with 32,000-Btu air-conditioning contained by a hardtop and EZ2CY enclosure, plush seating, and a wetbar. Nestled in the aft corner, with a great view, is one of the coolest tables I've seen. This slab of faux stone tops a 3"-diameter pedestal. Lift a lid to reveal a drink cooler. The top is hinged so getting in and out is easy.
The wide swim platform has accessory cleats at its edge, so you won't have to step over crossed docklines. A clear safety-glass boarding door leads to a cockpit I taped at 85 square feet. This door, however, needs a latch to hold it open, and the bumper installed on its inboard side to prevent the door from hitting the cockpit inwale landed in the hawse hole instead. Ovation says both glitches will be fixed. The hawse holes are lined with chromed stainless to prevent chafing and fitted with massive cleats. They make for a clean, stylish dockline arrangement, breaking up a blah expanse of white fiberglass when viewing the boat in profile. Hit a switch in the cockpit entry and the lazarette opened to reveal the dinghy davit ($23,172) installed on my tester.
Step through the glass slider into the cabin. The decor is multi-textured and multi-layered. Rich in look and feel, it emanates warmth. Tabletops are burled wood and, like all the horizontal surfaces, are matte finished; vertical surfaces offer a gloss sheen. The salon carpet is plush; wide-plank cherry floors the galley sole. Drapes are pleated, blinds are mini. The sofa, chairs, and dinette lounge are upholstered in real cowhide -- the former are light tan and the latter is dark brown. This interesting mix of fabrics goes against the grain of most builders, who often use the same pattern and type for everything to save costs. But the 52 has different schemes throughout -- much as your home's living room probably isn't decorated the same way as your bedroom.
Belowdecks, the three-stateroom, two-head layout includes a full-beam master suite amidships, similar to Carver's 52 Voyager ($1,127,000 with twin 558-bhp Volvo Penta D9 diesel inboards). The headroom aboard the 52 tops 6'. Ovation made this room so high by lowering the sole to the stringer tops and raising the dinette higher than is typical, enhancing the view. It's rare to find a boat feature such as this that doesn't demand a compromise elsewhere, but Ovation's designers pulled it off.
Check out the cool blue light emanating from the edges of the cut-glass shelves -- this accent is found throughout the boat. Stateroom door panels are upholstered in leather, for style and a reduction in sound transmission. Bulkheads are upholstered in padded ostrich to the same effect. The private head is en suite and spa-like.
The forward stateroom, let's call it the VIP, is equally well done and sports private access to the day head. Even the guest stateroom off the passageway to port, with its trim double, is posh. Let's call this one the crew's quarters. After all, boats such as the 52 are all about the high life.
Extra Point: The outboard edges of the steps and the swim platform have a slight ridge, or lip, for added safety.