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Boat International - September 2009

Written by Rebecca Cahilly

Notably, her sun deck has been extended by 11 feet, which allows for this space to serve solely as an outdoor entertaining space. A spa pool flanked by a semi-circle of sun pads now sits forward, shaded by a curved overhang that filters light in through three tinted skylights. A dining table and fixed port and starboard wet bar and barbecue are protected by her radar arch, while freestanding chaise lounges can be scattered aft.

The extension has another benefit, and that is to create a charming exterior entertaining space on the bridge deck. Her 18ft Nautica tender and toys are stowed aft and out of the way of the dining table now situated outside of the skylounge. One deck below, the ventilation system was moved outboard to further open up the aft main deck, which takes advantage of the yacht's 26ft beam. After an al fresco meal enjoyed at the dining table, guests can unwind with an aperitif at the bar or relax in the deep chairs that compromise an intimate seating area.

But it is her interior that boldly betrays the 40m's semi-production label – marked by exceptional stonework, joinerwork, and quality of finish that Westport quietly underscores. She accommodates an owner's party of ten in two mirrored queen VIPs positioned amidships with two twin stateroom – all ensuite of course – forward on the lower deck. Further forward, good sized crew quarters accommodate up to eight crew.

One level above, her master stateroom is nestled forward on the main deck, accessed through a private office and boasting ample dressing rooms and storage. Departing from the country kitchen layout with its large table and settee often seen aboard other Westport series, the 40mi features a commercial-grade galley. Guests who wish to linger and taste the sauce can sit on the pull-out stool, and extra counter space is granted by a fold-away granite countertop. But this galley is all business, highlighted by a huge Gaylor stove/oven combination "that comes standard," Phil reminds us.

The expansive main saloon and dinging area is situated aft, with a dayhead tucked forward of the main lobby stairwell that features a unique underlit washbasin-just another example of the myriad "standard" touches aboard that make you feel like you are on a much larger, fully custom yacht.

Most striking is the 40m's exterior profile – styled by Westport and Taylor Olson – which boasts generous deck areas and unique bi-level seating section in her bow. She incorporates the same curves on her sun and bridge decks that previously distinguished the yard's Donald Starkey-designed 50m series (BI USA #53 July/Aug 2006), while elegantly-tapered stainless steel stanchions add a designer touch to her exterior railings.

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