Outer Reef 63

The New Outer Reef 63

The New Outer Reef 63 Pilothouse Yacht

The New Outer Reef 63 Pilothouse Yacht

When Outer Reef Yachts introduced its new 63–foot pilothouse yacht at this year’s Newport International Boat Show, it had no shortage of interest.  A steady stream of couples boarded to have a look. And why not? The 63 has features and finish standards at the top of its class. And with a sophisticated, ship–like profile, the boat is likely to gain its share of the larger, semi–displacement market.

Outer Reef Yachts is a unit of American Global Yacht Group, which also sells the Molokai Strait series of full–displacement steel–hull vessels and the Newport Sport Motor Yachts line of large, semi–custom yachts. The Molokai Strait series are intended as true blue–water voyagers, while the Outer Reef boats are aimed more at coastal cruising. The 63 has a wide range of features that will appeal to cruisers, from spacious cabins and abundant storage to standard features that include stabilization and a bow thruster.  The new boat has an overall length of 63 feet and 1 inch and a beam of 16 feet, 9 inches. With a displacement of 73,000 pounds, the 63 draws about 4 feet, 10 inches, which means shallower destinations can stay on the itinerary. Equipped with the standard C-9 ACERT diesels from Caterpillar, developing 503 horsepower, the 63 will cruise comfortably at any speed, from a long-range cruise of 7 knots all the way up to 15.4 knots (speeds north of 20 knots are attainable with the optional C-12 engines). At the lower speed, the 63 can cruise 2,500 miles (no reserve) on a single tank of fuel, and at the top end, it will burn about 48 gallons per hour

The Outer Reef 63 has a base price of $1.7 million, which includes a basic allowance for appliances and decorating but not for electronics. Hull number one, which was equipped with a full electronics suite and tender, was listed at $1.95 million.


You can board the 63 three different ways, depending on how it is moored. Stern–to, you simply step onto the teak swim platform and walk through a transom door into an open cockpit, one of the visible differences from the Outer Reef 58. This cockpit is perfect for fishing, watersports or sunning. A hatch in the sole leads to an enormous lazarette. As with all hatches on the 63, this one is fully finished, with gaskets and dual gas struts. At the forward bulkhead of the cockpit is a fully dogged hatch to an inner chamber that can be used as crew quarters, extra storage or work space. On hull number one, a small amount of the space was taken up by two 150–gallon supplemental fuel tanks.

The open saloon features plenty of room.

The open saloon features plenty of room.

From the outer cockpit you step up to the main deck, which is protected by an overhang from the boat deck above. Nicely cushioned benches lined the aft bulkhead, and there was enough room to install a small dining table here, too. Along the forward bulkhead, which is the entrance to the salon, a stainless steel ladder to starboard runs up to the boat deck, and to port there is room for a wet bar or cabinets. Wide, covered side decks lead forward to the wing doors of the pilothouse and then forward to the Portuguese bridge.


Step through double doors into the salon, and you can settle down in the warm, teak–finished atmosphere, maybe in one of the leather armchairs to starboard or stretched out on the L–shape settee to port. Either way, they’re positioned so you can enjoy watching a movie on the large, flat–panel TV built into the bulkhead that separates the salon from the raised galley forward.

The galley is on the pilothouse level and features full-size appliances and granite counters.

The galley is on the pilothouse level and features full-size appliances and granite counters.

The teak woodwork is finely crafted and hand–rubbed to a light finish. Large windows on both sides and aft further brighten and balance the salon. Overhead handholds ensure security in a seaway. A few steps up the starboard passageway take you to the galley, where the honey–finished teak is complemented by dark marble surfaces and stainless steel appliances. Although the 63 isn’t intended for ocean crossings, the galley has the capability to let owners be fully self–sufficient for long periods of time, with lots of storage and prep space, in addition to a dishwasher, trash compactor, a large range and oven and a full–size refrigerator. A wide, deep stainless steel sink against the port bulkhead has a large window right above it. While the galley is on the same level as the pilothouse and a fully separate space, the two could be further isolated with the fitting of a door – perhaps a slider – between them.

Inside the pilothouse, there is the usual settee and table aft and to port and the helm centered forward, with a Stidd chair and a large, teak, destroyer–style wheel. Three large windows forward and large windows to either side give the helmsman tremendous visibility. The dash panel has room for several large screens, and there are flat surfaces on both sides for laptops and printers, along with storage for charts and room for computers below the helm.

A tight spiral staircase forward to starboard leads to the staterooms below. A central passageway below connects all three cabins. Forward is a guest stateroom, with a queen pedestal bed, hanging lockers and private access to a shared head. There’s a twin–bunked stateroom between the queen guest quarters and the master stateroom aft, certainly appropriate for children but also usable as an office for a couple who doesn’t anticipate young guests. Lockers, including one containing a stacked washer and dryer, line the passageway.

The spacious pilothouse has room for the whole family and exceptional visibility for the helmsman.

The spacious pilothouse has room for the whole family and exceptional visibility for the helmsman.

The midships master stateroom has a king–size bed positioned athwartships. This is one area where the extra hull length over Outer Reef’s 58 was put to good use. The additional five feet allows for deep storage lockers on the aft bulkhead, large enough that man–sized jackets and shirts will actually hang, unlike many “hanging” lockers. The extra length here also means more room in the head to starboard, along with another full walk–in closet. It additionally affords more separation from the engine room aft.


This compartment on the Outer Reef 63 is decidedly user–friendly. Accessed via a watertight hatch and a few steps down from the master stateroom, it is home to the two standard Caterpillar C–9 ACERT diesels and twin 17-kilowatt Northern Lights generators. The engine room has six feet of standing headroom, and all the systems and plumbing are clearly labeled and expertly loomed. The fuel tanks are on the outboard bulkheads and have easy–to–read sight gauges.

Whether you keep the standard engines or choose optional C–12s, they will be easy to care for. Dual Racor filters, switchable and with vacuum gauges installed, are right along the central passageway. The oil–changing system is immediately at hand, as is a hydraulic control system, which supplies power for the windlass and stabilizers. The air handlers are above the fuel tanks and are linked to the fire–suppression system. There is a well–insulated underwater exhaust system with an idle–flow diverter installed for the mains. Also visible is a drain manifold for the scuppers on the upper decks. All that water collects and runs down through a manifold to a single thru–hull.

Flexible shaft couplings are standard on the Outer Reef 63. They go a long way toward eliminating vibration–induced sound throughout the boat and eliminate the need for adjustments to align the engine shafts.

The engine room features stand-up headroom and easy access to powerplants and systems.

The engine room features stand-up headroom and easy access to powerplants and systems.


Back in the pilothouse, a beautiful teak stairway leads up to the flybridge, which is a two–level, self–contained space. You arrive on the starboard side of the upper portion, which is covered by a hard top and features a centered helm and an L–shaped settee to port and aft, with a good–sized table at which to sit and enjoy both a meal and the view.

From the helm, visibility is excellent, though you cannot see the swim platform. Owners may want an aft camera wired into one of the screens on the dash. Since the bridge deck is full–beam, it shouldn’t be hard to judge side clearances from the helm, so a wing control station – common on boats this size – is not necessary.

Two steps down and aft from the helm area puts you on the boat deck. On hull number one, this was fitted with a davit and a 13–foot Novurania RIB tender, centered on chocks so that the tilted outboard doesn’t overhang the aft edge of the deck. An ingenious opening safety rail allows the davit to extend farther outboard with the dinghy. The stainless steel rails throughout the boat exhibit an excellent finish; they were welded, but the welds were invisible. Forward to port is a propane–fueled grill, with lockers below. In fact, there are lockers everywhere on the flybridge. There were also large water–drain channels in the boat deck, with the scuppers plumbed to the drainage manifold.


The bridge deck is one of three fully complete molds that make up the Outer Reef 63. Company president and CEO Jeff Druek says this integrated construction approach gives the boat greater structural rigidity, as well as consistency of fit and finish. Druek says the Outer Reef lineup is currently being built on three basic sets of tooling. The company’s construction partner, Tania Yacht Company, in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, has three open–ended molds. Druek says the “58 tool,” which has a molded beam of 17 feet 2 inches, is used for the 58, the 63 and 65. The “65 tool,” with a beam of 18 feet 6 inches, can be dammed for a 60–footer. The largest of the molds has a beam of 21 feet and can be used for yachts from 73 feet to 90 feet, with a monolithic structure and no add–ons.

On the 63, subtle details in the lines draw the eye. The stem has a nice rake, with a slight reverse curve up to the pulpit. The lines of Portuguese bridge, the pilothouse windows and the eyebrow overhang are similar but not quite identical. They are echoed by the rake of the mast and complemented by the reverse angles of the transom, cockpit and bridge–deck support arches, the latter of which frame the side decks. None of the angles is exactly the same, which would be an overdose of symmetry.

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