When 26 North ranked our Top 10 yacht builders, there was no question that Taiwan-based Outer Reef would make the list with its semi-custom, long range motor yachts ranging from 56’ to 115’. With versatile, contemporary designs and high-performance hulls, owners boast comfortable cruising and great displacement speeds without massive fuel consumption.
The Outer Reef 700 is an example of this quality, recently the recipient of the 2014 Motor Boat Award in the Trawler Yachts and Aft Cabin Category by IPC Marine Media at an event held in London. The ceremony was co-hosted by the editors of Motor Boat & Yachting and Motor Boats Monthly, Hugo Andreae and Rob Peake. Andreae said, “[The Outer Reef 700] does everything a world class trawler yacht should and matches it with a level of build quality and customization that we would never have believed possible at this price.”
The Outer Reef 700 originally debuted in the US at the 2011 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. She is a semi-displacement yacht measuring 71’ 6” with a beam of 18’ 6” and draft 5’0. Her standard twin, 503hp Caterpillar C-ACERT diesels give her a comfortable long-range speed of about 8 knots for well over 2000 nm (although she can run in the mid-teens). At 11 knots, her range is about 1,000 miles. Her expert craftsmanship shows in flawless finishes, expertly crafted cabinetry and well-designed mechanical systems.
The Outer Reef 700 is an extension of the original 65’ hull. This 5’ difference reflects in significant changes above and below the water line—including generous amounts of stowage. Below, there is the fairly typical three-stateroom layout with a queen VIP forward and a double-sized stateroom. The generous master features a walk-in hanging closet, en suite head and easy access to the engine room for owner-operators who sleep with one ear open.
This classic pilothouse motor yacht contains a long, open saloon that leads up to the galley and helm area. Large windows and openness allow for expansive views and light. The galley contains oversized granite counters and a generous center island. Outer Reef has included an innovation of a remote-controlled solid teak bulkhead between the galley and pilothouse that allows the skipper and guests privacy when needed. (This can also be configured with a pocket door.) The extra length in the 700 allows for stairs here to the crew quarters (great for foul weather access below). The extra space also comes in handy in the cockpit and boat deck above—a tender as long as 20’ can be accommodated. Guests on board will enjoy the summer kitchen and generous seating up top, including a large raised settee behind the helm. Two crew cabins aft of the engine room can be configured as one crew cabin with an area for additional stowage.
Another option for the Outer Reef 700 includes an enclosed bridge rather than open flybridge. In this configuration, the pilothouse includes a large country galley and wraparound dining area under the forward windows.
Outer Reef President Jeff Druek logged some time building luxury homes in the Hamptons of Long Island, NY, so he really understands the notion of custom solutions and owners with exacting standards. He’s taken this knowledge and expertise and brought it to yachts, giving Outer Reef customers similar living standards and accoutrements that they enjoy in their home(s) on land. This is a big differentiator for Outer Reef, and it reflects in the Outer Reef 700. In short, the Outer Reef 700 will please owners that want a solidly built, long-distance cruiser with all thoughtfully outfitted systems go—installed, tested and fully-functioning upon delivery.