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Yachting - April 2004 - Instant Gratification

Written by Chris Caswell

In business for four decades, Westport has launched many West Coast yacht builders, providing bare hulls for other companies to finish under their own logos. Recently, Westport has been finishing its own hulls; this is number seven in its series of 130-footers.

The hull, with a 26-foot beam, was designed by Bill Garden and styled by Greg Marshall to create a visually balanced yacht that is pleasing to the eye. The Westport hull is well proven, with Airex coring in the topsides, and sandwich construction in the decks and cabins for thermal and acoustic insulation.

The Brazilian cherry is an unusual choice, since it is warm-brown in tone and marked by interesting grain patterns. Madrona burls decorate many surfaces, and textured wall coverings are used extensively-these will make it easy for the eventual owner to personalize the 130.

Storage cabinets under the big windows in the main salon push the seating area into the middle, allowing for walking space behind the twin couches. It's a thoughtful arrangement, since it places the couches and loose chairs close enough for comfort while allowing crew or guest traffic to flow without interrupting conversations. Those big windows, with Roman blinds, are low enough so that seated guests have panoramic views of the surroundings. A game table is aft, and an ultra thin, 42-inch plasma TV pops up from the divider / buffet that separates the dining area with twin cherry columns.

The dining table easily accommodates 10 under a vaulted overhead that mimics the shape of the table, and twin marble-top buffets are outboard under the windows. Galley service is simplified via a door to port, and the spacious galley has large windows and Corian counters, with crew-access doors to the side deck and entry foyer. It's actually a country kitchen-style galley, with a large dinette forward that is as likely to attract guests as it is crew.

The master suite is forward of the entrance lobby to starboard. With its inlaid Crema Marfil marble, it takes full advantage of the beam. The entry passage has a large walk-in closet, and the king berth is under a padded headboard and surrounded by large windows. Bureaus are to port, and a loveseat is to starboard. The his-and-her head is forward, with an inlaid marble sole and a surround for the whirlpool bath faux-painted to match the marble. A large double shower, also with an inlaid marble sole, separates the twin vanity areas.

Four guest cabins open onto the marbled lower foyer, which conceals a walk-in laundry room. Two king-size VIP staterooms-mirror images of each other-are aft, while two twins are forward. Each cabin is amply sized and includes shoji-covered ports, textured wall coverings above cherry wainscoting, and marble-lined heads with showers.

Speaking of guest niceties, the 130 is very well outfitted for a spec yacht. She includes 12 place settings of formal crystal and china, a similar set of Mikasa casual settings, cookware for the galley and barware at each station, plus complete linens from comforters and sheets to table linens.

The 130's airy, panoramic skylounge is so inviting, guests are likely to desert the main saloon. A full bar with twin stools is built into the forward port corner, while a day head is to starboard, off the pilothouse passageway. To port, a wraparound settee faces a game table, and the skylounge opens onto an expansive afterdeck with an additional settee, teak tables and chairs, and a large spa. The guest areas are delineated by teak planking, while the boat deck easily handles the 17-foot Novurania tender and Nautical Structures 2,000-pound-capacity davit. Both levels of the 130 have full walkaround decks; on this level, the deck becomes a Portuguese bridge forward.

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