Nautica Superyacht International - 2006
by Fabio Petrone
Built in 23 months and launched last February, this 164 footer has become the new flagship of Westport Yachts - the other boats currently in the range are superyachts of 98, 112 and 130 feet -whose headquarters are in Westport, Washington State, in the extreme north west of the USA, on the Pacific coast not far from Seattle. The company was set up in 1977 by brothers Rick and Randy Rust, two shipbuilders who began in 1964 constructing workboats, mainly for salmon fishing. That experience and the excellent Westport boats produced to date have gained the yard a reputation in the States for optimal vessels, high performers with tough hulls. The yard's facilities mean that it can build well and fast, but above all it is specialized in boats in composite. The type of construction employed by Westport Yachts is defined as modular in the sense that hull, individual decks and the flying bridge itself are stratified, prepared for housing systems and accessories but above all completed at the same time and then assembled, which means considerable reduction in production time for each individual yacht. This presupposes great organizational abilities and a background of wide engineering experience in order to handle millimetric work processes and produce modules that are easy and quick to assemble, but above all with optimal finished vessel quality. The use of technology and the investments made in recent years are an important sign that distinguishes the yard, a modern concern able to step successfully into the international foreground.
This Westport 164' is an emblem of the yard's design and construction philosophy. The hull was designed by specialist William Garden while Donald Starkey did the overall styling, both of them backed up by the shipyard's engineers and technicians. So let's start from the waterlines, designed to achieve optimum sea keeping in a wide performance range, from 12 knots economical cruising speed - at 5,200 miles she's an actual long range cruiser - to a top speed of 24 knots. In the latter case the range drops to 1,400 miles due to the powerful thrust of two MTU 16V4000 M90 engines, each delivering 2.720 kW (3,550 HP) at 2,100 rpm.
The abundant internal space has been exploited in some interesting ways; beginning with the location of the owner's cabin on the main deck It stretches the whole width of the beam in the forward area where, moreover, the boat has a wide body type architecture. The double bed stands at the centre of a very large space with dressing table and a small sitting room with armchairs. There are two separate dressing rooms and a bathroom with tub and shower. The owner's area is completed by an adjacent office, furnished with sofa and armchairs. Still on the main deck, practically amidships, there is a very spacious galley in pure American style, which is to say extremely functional and equipped with every imaginable accessory to satisfy even the most demanding chef. The fridge and freezer in a special room of their own are noteworthy, as is the great space available for provisions. Accessible from the exterior the area includes a daytime bathroom, a pantry aft and two distinct foyers from which, by broad stairways, the area is linked to the deck above.