Outer Reef 860 CPMY
Stepping into the saloon of Hull No. 2 of the Outer Reef 860, one thing is instantly clear: This is no rank-and-file production boat. Although the 860 Cockpit Motor Yacht (CPMY) is a series model based on an 80-foot hull with a 6-foot cockpit extension, Hull No. 1 launched with a contemporary interior design, which pays homage to traditional nautical styling.
The saloon has a teak-and-holly sole, solid-teak cabinetry, and teak bulkheads with elegant raised paneling handcrafted by the artisans at the builder’s shipyard in Taiwan.
“Our boats are pretty much custom built on the inside, as long as the changes don’t affect the structural integrity of the boat or its seakeeping ability,” said Outer Reef Yachts General Manager Michael Schlichtig. “It’s a more difficult way of building boats without a doubt, but we try to give our customers the latitude to build the boat with the décor they want.” According to Schlichtig, new-boat contracts have a décor allowance, which enables owners to work with outside designers. But the in-house designer gives owners the most bang for the buck, as Outer Reef doesn’t charge extra for the time.
Outer Reef’s in-house woodshop crafted the extensive built-in cabinetry along with boxed window frames and an expandable teak card table. This card table replaces the standard dining table in the forward part of the saloon. Since the owner’s family prefers dining on deck, they requested a longer-than-normal, custom teak table and bench settee on the aft deck, seating up to 12 people. While most 860 CPMYs have mirror-image stairways to the cockpit, this yacht has only starboard stairs.
The master head, with twin sinks, shower, and private stall, is tucked to port behind the king berth bulkhead. To starboard is a walk-in closet with a door at the back that provides “secondary egress” from the engine room, a safety feature that is often found on commercial vessels, but not so much on recreational ones. The yacht’s electrical distribution panel is also in the closet—perhaps an odd location until you consider that Outer Reef’s yachts are built to be owner-operated if desired.
For an oceangoing explorer yacht, the 860 definitely looks the part—salty, with her Portuguese bridge and raked pilothouse windows. “Everything we build is built to Open Ocean A guidelines,” notes Schlichtig. “The yachts are designed to be self-sufficient and capable of unrestricted navigation on open seas in rough or even hostile conditions.”
The 860 CPMY has a semi-displacement hull with a full-length keel that extends below the running gear. Built of heavy-duty fiberglass with closed-cell Divinycell PVC coring above the waterline, it is laid up with vacuum-bag construction for better resin penetration and greater strength. The hull is then treated with five coats of epoxy osmosis barriers for ultimate water resistance.
Among a host of sea-kindly features on board the
860, the engine room deserves a special note for its good access to at least three sides of the Caterpillar diesels and Northern Lights gensets (the owners upgraded from 25 kW to 30 kW), 6-foot-5-inch-plus headroom, and the chilled-water air-conditioning system, which is standard on all Outer Reef Yachts 65 feet and up. The company prides itself on a standard noise- and vibration-reduction package, which includes gasketing every interior door to minimize the possibility of rattles. ABT Trac 250 stabilizers with 7.5-square-foot fins are standard, as are sea chests—an Outer Reef hallmark.
Full walkarounds ease access from stem to stern during docking maneuvers. The pilothouse and flying-bridge helm stations, each equipped with standard Stidd helm seats, provide two virtually redundant driving experiences to choose from, depending on the weather.
Designed to make long-range offshore passages while providing guests with luxurious accommodations, the flagship of Outer Reef’s Cockpit range stands true to form. It’s what you see on the inside, however, that separates this yacht from all the other production boats on the block.
Outer Reef Yachts 954-767-8305, www.outerreefyachts.com
: 190,000 lb.
: 3,000 gal.
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: 2/705-hp Caterpillar C12s
: Upon Request
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