One of the deciding factors in any used boat purchase is the vessel’s condition. Looking at similar models, you’re likely to choose the one that’s been well taken care of and whose changes and alterations make sense.
The 2006 Ocean 50 Super Sport that Bob and Diane Doto bought in 2011 is such a boat. Not only was the New Jersey-built sportfisherman well-maintained, but the owner’s additions — cockpit seating and teak cover boards, upgraded Furuno electronics and a pair of high-end diesels with complete maintenance records — also really enhanced it. And the workmanship was impressive. “He took very, very good care of the boat, and all the work was professionally done,” says Bob Doto, 68, an engineering consultant. “When I got it, it was ready to go.”
Now, the three-stateroom Ocean is the center of the Dotos’ boating life at the Atlantis Yacht Club in Monmouth Beach, N.J., where they and their friends gather. “There are a bunch of us who are there every weekend,” says Doto. “You can walk to the beach. My wife might play golf one day. There’s a pool and a barbecue. Friends like to come on the boat, or we might go for a ride on somebody else’s boat. It’s a fun weekend.”
Doto’s first boat was a 16-foot Penn Yan lapstrake runabout with a 25-hp Evinrude — a craft that set the stage for a lifetime of boating. “I was a Sea Ray guy, and the last one I had was a 39,” he says. “As we found ourselves spending more time at the club, we began looking for a boat with more of a liveaboard layout.” That led them to buy a used Ocean 43 in 2009. “A club member had an Ocean 56, and I had been on that boat many, many times,” says Doto. “That boat convinced me that what I really wanted was a sportfisherman.”
Doto owned the Ocean 43 for two years and stepped up to the 50 Super Sport. Working with Drew Santoro at South Jersey Yacht Sales in Point Pleasant (south jerseyyachtsales.com), he traded in the 43 for the 50, which was valued at around $500,000. Comparing prices with similar models from other builders, Doto says he found the Ocean a good buy. “By my analysis I got the best value in the larger sportfisherman class,” he says.
The 50 was “clean as a whistle,” and the floor plan was just what the couple was looking for, with two full heads, three staterooms and a versatile saloon. “The third stateroom has two bunks separated by a walkway with a nightstand, so it’s a real room,” says Doto. And the basic galley suits their needs. “We don’t cook a lot, but we serve,” he says. “When people come on board, we can lay out a spread.”
While the sportfisherman has all of the fishing features — bait well, bait freezer, in-deck fishboxes — the big cockpit is also ideal for entertaining. The additional seating the previous owner installed is a big plus; you don’t have to set up deck chairs when friends come on board, Doto says.
The upgraded electronics include three Furuno multifunction displays. “Very convenient,” the owner says. The boat also has a bow thruster.
The only change Doto made was to close off the open flybridge with canvas. “And I think we’ll add an icemaker,” says Doto.
Power comes from a pair of Caterpillar C18A diesels, 1,015 hp each. Doto paid for a prepurchase engine survey and opted for a 2-year extended warranty. “For peace of mind,” he says. Top speed is 32 knots, and she’ll “cruise all day at 25 knots.”
When they’ve run into bad weather, the Ocean 50 has handled it. “We hit what I call bad [conditions] running between Block Island [R.I.] and Montauk [N.Y.],” says Doto. “But the boat is made for that kind of thing.”
While they certainly enjoy life dockside, they also day-trip the local waters, ranging south along the Jersey shore or north to Long Island, N.Y. They take an annual cruise “to somewhere” that may last two weeks or more. “I think we’ll be keeping this boat for three or four more years,” says Doto. “This boat is a summer home that moves around once in a while.”
“High-end luxury and hardcore fishability” is how Ed McKnew describes the Ocean 50 Super Sport in “The PowerBoat Guide.” The three-stateroom layout begins with a guest cabin forward with an island berth (or bunks) and an adjacent head compartment. The master stateroom is amidships, to port, with an island berth running athwartships and its own head compartment. (Both of the compartments contain a marine head, sink and shower.) A third stateroom has twin berths.
The galley/dinette and saloon are three steps up. The galley is to port, with a stove, sink, under-counter refrigerator against the forward bulkhead and a counter/bar as part of the saloon. There’s an L-shaped lounge just aft and a dinette to starboard.
The ample cockpit (120-plus square feet) includes a live well, prep center and fishboxes. Reached by a ladder, the flybridge has a centerline helm station with a large molded console and pedestal seats. Additional bench seating is forward.
The Ocean 50 is also known for its large engine room, under the saloon. Standard power includes twin 825-hp MTU diesels.
Ocean Yachts was founded in 1977 by Jack Leek with the launching of a 40-foot sportfishing boat, and it remains a family-owned and operated business. An earlier member of the family, C.P. Leek, was the founder of Pacemaker Yachts. The Leeks’ New Jersey area boatbuilding roots extend back to the 18th century. Today, naval architect David Martin heads the Ocean design team. The fleet includes Super Sport and Odyssey models from 42 to 73 feet, as well as a 37-footer in express and Billfish versions. The 50 Super Sport began production in 2004 and is still offered. (An earlier version was offered from 1982 through 1985.) The boat is popular on the used market, with prices around $500,000.
LOA: 50 feet, 6 inches
BEAM: 16 feet, 9 inches
DRAFT: 4 feet, 5 inches
WEIGHT: 54,000 pounds
HULL TYPE: modified-vee
PROPULSION: twin diesels
TANKAGE: 780 gallons fuel, 150 gallons water
BUILDER: Ocean Yachts, Egg Harbor City, N.J.
PHONE: (609) 965-4616.
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February 2014 issue