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Boat International USA - July / August 2006

Written by Tim Pawsey

Just aft, the captain's quarters display the same quality of finish as the guest areas, while a companionway with glass and service storage along with a small prep kitchen (connected by a dumbwaiter to the gallery below) lead to the VIP suite.

One senses that this area will be the owner's real escape particularly due to her more private touches. Service access from the crew stairwell behind the back-lit onyx wet bar can be completely closed off, leaving guest access from the main stair and elevator open. And the double-doored, very airy VIP stateroom boasts its own completely private starboard terrace with teak furniture for undisturbed relaxation.

Below Van Gogh's Wheat Field with Rising Sun, the king-size bed is artfully angled at 45 degrees to allow for a full dressing room with vanity and chair, leading to the spacious head with double sinks, toilet and bidet, similarly appointed to the master suite.

The VIP lounge with its elevated, marine views is elegantly styled with a wraparound starboard settee around a two-tier oval mahogany coffee table. This multi-purpose space includes a concealed 61-inch flat screen TV and small games table grouping, while aft double doors grace access to the bridge deck with its more intimate al fresco dining options.

An aqua-tone Van Gogh Mountainous Landscape behind Saint Paul Hospital, keys in the color accents, while behind the back-lit onyx Vista bar (which also boasts its own terrace) is a carefully anchored sizeable glass and metal sculpture, Balancing Man, by Northwest artist David Bennet.

When not relaxing inside, Vango's guests find no shortage of comforts and distractions on the sun deck, with its full-size spa pool and sun area forward. Behind a custom windscreen, a generous settee and fully equipped bar area again received efficient service aided by the dumbwaiter direct from the galley below. The 14 ft rescue boat is stored and launched from the sun deck while an added davit allows water toys to be launched from the foredeck.

When it's time to go exploring, a push of a button swings up the rear platform single garage door to launch Viva – Vango's vintage inspired 22ft tender, custom built by Newport Shipyard – from Westport's standard cantilevered overhead beam crane. And at a possible you can be guaranteed the trip ashore will be quick..

All of Vango's comforts and artistic endeavor would be for naught without the impressive levels of marine engineering which underpin the vessel. With a cruising range of 5,200 nautical miles, Vango's 16 cylinder, 3650 twin Detroit Diesels (in a spacious engine room accessed off the aft swim platform) provide plenty of power and stability to ensure that this most handsome of Westport's builds to date feels just as good as she looks.

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