We are asked all of the time for details about OLOH. We look forward to bringing you a complete video tour very soon, but in the meantime, we offer you answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about the boat itself. Click on the hyperlinks for additional info. Got questions? Please ask them in the comments section at the bottom of the page and we’ll do our best to answer them.
What kind of boat is M/Y OLOH?
OLOH is a 60′ Jefferson Marquessa Motor Yacht (M/Y). She was one of approximately nine built of this late model hull with designs by David Shaw who, with his father Leon, founded Jefferson Yachts. OLOH was built at Hershine Marine in Taiwan.
What kind of engines and power does OLOH have?
OLOH is powered by twin Detroit Diesel/MTU Series 60 engines rated at 825 horsepower each, turning four-bladed nibral props. OLOH cruises comfortably at 18 knots or at our preferred speed of 10 knots (at approximately 1200 RPM) burning 10 to 12 gallons of diesel per hour. The engines are controlled by electronic throttle and shift controls.
How many staterooms and heads (bathrooms) does OLOH have?
OLOH has very comfortable accommodations for us and our guests with three staterooms and an additional, convertible sleeping space. There is a full-beam aft master (it spans the width of the boat and is all the way to the back on the accommodations deck) with a king-sized berth and an ensuite head that includes a bathtub. There’s lots of storage including a large, walk-in, cedar-lined locker (closet). The VIP stateroom in the forepeak (towards the bow) features a queen berth and an ensuite head with shower. There is a guest stateroom off the accommodations deck passageway with a full berth. It is directly across from a large head with a shower that also serves as the day head. There is also the “Captain’s Lounge” as you descend to the accommodations deck which easily converts into sleeping accommodations with a twin Pullman berth and privacy curtain. All of these areas are served by separate heating and air conditioning units. A full-size, stacked washer and dryer located next to the guest/day head makes easy work of laundry.
What about the galley?
OLOH has an aft galley, just abaft the salon, and just forward of the aft deck which is where we enjoy our morning coffee and most of our meals. It has everything we need for the Admiral to prepare his exceptional culinary delights, particularly after a few modifications that we’ve made. The factory-installed below-counter refrigerator and freezer were replaced by, well, a liquor cabinet. A full-size LG refrigerator/freezer/icemaker replaced the original entertainment center next to the galley (there are two additional, small refrigerator/ice makers on board). A large granite sink replaced the original dual-basin stainless steel sink (that was too small to hold even a standard-sized plate) and we replaced the original three-burner glass electric cooktop with a Fisher & Paykel four-zone induction cooktop. There’s also a Fisher & Paykel drawer-style dishwasher. A factory-installed GE trash compactor has proven to be a very worthy appliance to have on a boat, particularly when at anchor and unable to regularly dispose of refuse. Over the cooktop, there’s a full-size microwave/convection oven. And until such a time when we are able to install a properly integrated oven, we love our countertop Cuisinart. Tim is accustomed to working his culinary magic with his commercial style large ovens at our land home. But before you underestimate what can be done with what is technically a “toaster oven,” check out this post about an exceptional Thanksgiving feast he prepared on board.
Where do you hang out inside?
We’ve got a few different inside, protected spaces to choose from, but OLOH’s salon is a particularly comfortable space. The main deck is all on one level and the salon falls between the galley and the pilothouse. There’s plenty of room for people (and a 90-pound dog) on the L-shaped settee (you can call it a couch) and two opposing barrel chairs. The settee faces a TV with surround sound that disappears when not in use. And speaking of sound, music is virtually always playing on board throughout OLOH with every living space and stateroom wired with its own zone, all controlled from an app.
What kind of navigation electronics do you use?
We upgraded OLOH’s factory-installed electronics suite and use Garmin for our multifunctional displays, digital radar, and AIS (Automatic Identification System). We supplement that with iPads running Aqua Maps and Navionics apps. Our autopilot is from Simrad and our VHF radios are ICOM.
Does OLOH have thrusters?
OLOH came to us with a factory-installed, 24-volt WESMAR bow thruster and a 48-volt WESMAR stern thruster featuring variable speed control. Both are a tremendous help in close-quarters maneuvering, particularly when compensating for wind and current. We can control the thrusters as well as our engine gears from anywhere on board with the Yacht Controller system we installed.
Is OLOH stabilized?
Yes! OLOH’s stabilization (helping to keep the boat more level and comfortable at sea) comes from WESMAR with two, seven square foot, hydraulically actuated fins being digitally controlled by a three-axis gyro and an electronic control panel. This is an upgrade we made from the factory-installed system with smaller fins and analog control. You can read all about OLOH’s stabilizer upgrade here.
What do you use for a tender/dinghy?
We replaced OLOH’s original Nautica RIB (rigid inflatable boat) with a classic 1983 Boston Whaler Sport with a 30 horsepower Evinrude E-TEC engine. T/T OLOH (also known as One Love) is launched and retrieved from OLOH’s bridge’s deck aft with a full-featured Steelhead ES1000 hydraulic davit, an upgrade we made from the factory-installed unit.
Is it difficult to run a 60′ Motor Yacht with just two people? What about when you’re docking?
For us, OLOH is easily operated by just the two of us (Jasper is not a great deal of help). Prior to moving up to a 60 footer, we had some experience running a friend’s 75 footer and that’s when it was clear to us that we could handle it without issue. When we are docking or leaving a marina, mooring, or anchorage, we are always wearing wireless headsets that allow us to communicate hands-free. We would not want to be without some way to easily communicate when we are out of sight or earshot of each other. Also, in most docking situations, it is easy to disembark from our swim platform without the need to climb ladders or perform acrobatics. And while we can certainly dock without it, the Yacht Controller wireless remote is an invaluable tool for any arrival or departure.
What do you do for water and power when you’re away from the dock?
OLOH has a 200-gallon freshwater tank which, when we are economizing, have been able to live on for a couple of weeks away from the docks. It has been our plan since purchasing OLOH to install a watermaker to better accommodate our needs when anchoring or traveling, particularly in the Bahamas. OLOH’s 15kw Westerbeke generator handily manages all of our power needs and it is typically running 24/7 from the moment we leave a dock with power to the moment we return. An upgraded house battery bank and inverter are high on our list of wants so we can enjoy time at anchor without the generator running. Fortunately, the generator has very effective sound shielding and a relatively quiet exhaust system.
What the heck does OLOH mean?
For this, you just get a clue… 🎶Let’s get together and feel alright!🎶
The answers to many more questions are revealed in an episode of MarineMax’s “From The Helm” series featuring Adventures Of OLOH. Click here to check it out.
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