Boat International USA - July / August 2006
Written by Tim Pawsey
A central, forward cabinet conceals a power-elevated 50 inch plasma TV and also acts as a natural divider between the saloon and dining area, which focuses on a reproduction of Van Gogh's Corner of Voyer d'Argenson. Its cozy earth and rust hues echo those of the 12 contemporary styled chairs around a double pedestal pommel sapele table with mahogany accents.
Flanking the canvas is a pair of complementary, custom-designed, oversized, interior lit sconces (by Susan Godman), while, throughout the marble-topped sideboards with aircraft-style security latches conceal ample storage, housing just one of Vango's three supplied full dinner and glass services – a small part of the infinitely detailed furnishings including in Westport's package. Here again, the style is one of cautious rather than overt formality, an easy balance of the contemporary and traditional.
En route to the master suite, the owner's foyer / office sports a deeply cosseting feel, amplified by plush padded fabric walls and a saffron settee with royal blue cushions that complement another Van Gogh reproduction. The sense of a decidedly masculine study is conveyed by the outward-facing mahogany desk, with built-in flat screen and corner library shelve, while well-placed, vertical mirror panels contribute an illusion of extra space and gentler angles.
The benefits of Vango's generous 31ft beam become even more apparent in the capacious master suite. Here sumptuous French silk covers and holsters on the king-size berth with its elegant tan leather frame contribute added elegance and warm. Again, the focal point is a Van Gogh above the bed. A handsome, custom Don Starkey portside vanity with abalone inlays hinge up to offer personalized lighting around the mirror.
The blue and earth tones are darker here, in keeping with Van Gogh's Vegetable Gardens above the bed, along with the deep mahogany paneling throughout which also houses a full entertainment center opposite.
On a vessel where every possible need has been fully anticipated, it comes as no surprise that his-and-hers walk-in dressing areas – spacious staterooms that separate the bedrooms – boast ample, cedar-lined hanging closets and drawer space wrapped in dark mahogany and sapele,, while yet another concealed walk-in port closet offers still more storage.
The overall sense of light and space is further emphasized by generous use of marble and onyx throughout the dual skylit bathrooms, which share an oversize whirlpool tub and shower, all with full gold plated fixtures by THG.
Perhaps the most striking element of this vessel is the wide range of contrasting, decorative spaces which still, somehow, all seem in balance. Three mid ship guest staterooms below (en suite, one twin, two double) offer strong individualized design elements, all coordinated to original artwork that bestows a real sense of home. Guests on this vessel can also keep fit while at sea with workouts in the well-equipped exercise lounge with head, which in Vango's case replaces the usual fourth guest stateroom.
On the bridge deck, the pilothouse blends practically with creature comforts. Twin Crown Classic chairs in teal leather flank a traditional, wooden helm in pommel sapele with mahogany detail inlay. In port, the five-drawer chart table is easily accessible, while visibility of the flush-mounted bank of monitors and beyond is superb. Behind the helm, a raised six seat settee in matching leather trimmed with stainless steel grab bars offers comfortable viewing for several guests and adds a softer feel to the very business-like space.