Brogue often dreams of a life on the ocean wave, so the arrival of the superbly luxurious Alen 55 from Alen Yacht has sent something of shiver down our timbers. The obvious feature of this 55-foot craft is the single-level teak deck with deep bulwarks, which makes sure one is always ‘in’ rather than ‘on’ the boat. An aft sunbed which leads to the swimming platform means this is the best vantage point to actually enjoy by the sea. A hydraulic gangway even doubles as a swim ladder making getting in and out of the ocean effortless. Once out, an optional sun awning can be raised to cover the sunbathing area secured by two carbon poles set into the bulwark. A pair of 800hp Volvo engines give the Alen 55 a cruising speed of 30 knots with 35 knot bursts should you so desire over a 250-mile range. But if you wish to just sit and relax with perhaps a gin and tonic, the open kitchen (complete with all appliances) means someone can prepare a repast on deck to be served on the extending table that seats eight. After which, five lucky guests can sleep on board on the beds below deck.