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Ocean Explorer 72 - Cruising in luxury

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Finnish brand Ocean Quality Systems has just launched a new 72-foot catamaran. On the program, high-end cruising aboard a very fast multihull that remains manageable by a short-handed crew, and safe, whatever the weather conditions. One of the manufacturer’s preoccupations is to offer a catamaran that will limit the amount of CO2 that into the environment and be as quiet as possible. We got the chance to test this prestigious multihull for the first time in the Gulf of Bothnia, not that many miles from the Arctic Circle…

Place: Jakobstad, Finland
Conditions: Wind - 7 to 18 knots of wind; Sea state - slight

In 2015, we were seduced by the Ocean Explorer 60 (see full test in MW #141). This luxury offshore cruiser, that’s fast and safe, was as attractive as it was innovative. As the first catamaran from the young brand, it was a total success and showed exceptional build quality. Since our test, OE 60 #1 has covered more than 60,000 nautical miles and two other examples have left the yard. Six years later, the opportunity arose to discover its bigger sistership just launched by OQS in Jakobstad, Finland. With this model, carefully thought out, the brand intends to confirm its very high-end semi-custom positioning, similar to what Nautor Swan have done. This comparison is not totally innocent, given we’re in the fief of the manufacturer presented as the Rolls Royce of monohulls. The objective of OQS is therefore a gradual increase in size, favoring efficiency and reliability, all in an elegant and understated setting. The architect, a certain German Frers, is also one of the pillars of the Swan story. Peter Granholm, one of the visionaries behind OQS sadly passed away in 2018; he has been replace...

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