Super Yacht Industry 2007 - The Next Level
Founded at Westport, Washington, at the largest marina on the outer coast of the US Pacific Northwest, the Westport Shipyard produces luxury motoryachts. Its mission? To build yachts of exceptional integrity, performance and comfort.
Westport Shipyard was founded in 1964 as a builder of vessels for the North Pacific commercial fishing fleet, then added fast passenger ferries to its repertoire. Ultimately, Westport built and delivered more than 200 commercial vessels, instilling in the company a deep respect for the sea and a passion for achieving the level of quality that ocean travel demands. That passion endured as the company made the transition to building luxury motoryachts, and today anchors their mission to build yachts of exceptional integrity, performance and comfort.
While many yacht builders have come and gone over the past four decades, Westport has endured, emerging as a world leader among large-yacht brands, and so have Westport’s people. Today, Westport counts many second and third generation employees and many worked with thirty years of tenure or more, which ensures a level of experience rarely matched in the industry, assurance of first-class workmanship and an exceptionally well-built yacht.
As a yacht builder of long standing, Westport also takes a long-term view of the future, and has invested heavily in facilities, equipment and new technology to secure their position at the forefront of the industry. They were among the first to recognize the attributes of all-composite construction, and have worked closely with the composites industry, even pioneering new techniques and materials that are currently used industry-wide. Westport is one of the leading manufacturers when it comes to the application of computer-aided design and manufacturing methods, and almost unmatched in the precision of tooling, patterns and finished parts, fundamental to a first-class build.
To the Last Detail
Westport Shipyard offers a range of series-built composite motoryachts, an area of specialization that presents a number of significant advantages to the owner, and provides the best assurance of complete enjoyment. Westport’s philosophy as a yacht builder is that building boats in series has some serious advantages. Not many builders have the size and resources to make the kind of investment necessary to implement true series production. Westport does, and the advantages are many. Westport follows an extensive, thoroughly detailed development process; new designs are engineered to perform to a specific, known standard. Series production of motoryachts enables the builder to distribute development costs among several units, and therefore to justify a sizeable investment in naval architecture, styling and interior design, to engineer and document the build down to the last detail and to acquire the ideal infrastructure – moulds, fixtures, equipment…even buildings – for unsurpassed precision and control throughout the entire construction process.