Introducing Oceanic Yachts' 90 STS - the ultimate cruiser

For the superyacht owner in a hurry, the 90 STS tops out at an impressive 26 knots.

Steve Chalmers February 9, 2015

The explorer is the hottest new style in the world of superyachting. Tough, aggressive and with masses of entertaining space – it’s the ultimate cruiser, until you meet Oceanic Yachts’ 90 STS.

With top speeds of 26 knots – mighty impressive for a 27-metre boat – this is very much for the explorer who wants to get there in a hurry. The enigmatically named TsaTsa, registered in Kingston, St Vincent, is the first Oceanic 90’ STS Panoramic Master to take to the water.

Masculine, muscular, with a huge rear deck, the STS looks like your typical explorer style yacht and as far as equipment goes, it’s fully laden with smile-inducing toys. The stern contains a garage that houses two three-seater Personal Water Craft, two cheeky Seabobs and the all-important JetLev. 

This first STS model adopts a classic explorer configuration with the upper deck belonging entirely to the owner. It’s this specific area that gives the boat its title of ‘Panoramic Master’. A private staircase from the living area provides access to the upper deck where we find the owner’s suite and its adjoining bathroom. This ensemble benefits from a beautiful view, even if the bed is not facing the bow.

A door allows direct access to the rear deck area that serves as a private terrace with a pleasant outdoor living area. The three cabins, one VIP and two doubles are positioned on the lower deck. A staircase leads down to the lower deck, which houses the kitchen and crew quarters. From here we can directly access the large engine room, which is home to the twin Caterpillar C32 Acerts, which we’re about to put to the test... 

We took TsaTsa for a sea trial at Cannes during the Yachting Festival. Setting off with 5,000 liters of fuel on board, with the intention of using up as much of that as possible, we head out to the ocean. The weather conditions are good with winds of 10 knots and a beautiful sea, only slightly agitated by the multitude of boat wakes from the constant flow of show traffic.

As we head out of the port, the boat easily powers up and the hull gets on its plane quickly. We pass twenty knots in minutes. With the big Cat’s turning at only 2000 revolutions per minute, we see an indicated speed of 21 knots, with fuel consumption reading at 460litres per hour. We push the twin 1925hp C32 Acerts and the speed rises: 23, 24… 25knots.

At these speeds, TsaTsa moves through the water with ease. Now, with the throttles wide open, we reach 26knots. That’s a speed similar to a 10 metre speed boat. The fast explorer – a new genre invented by the Oceanic Yachts 90 STS.

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