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Yachting - April 2004 - Instant Gratification

Written by Chris Caswell

Above the skylounge and reached by curved stairs is a guests-only sundeck, does not have the usual helm. Two seating areas around tables are forward, and the arch contains a bar, barbecue and galley. A spacious sunpad fills the afterdeck.

The pilothouse is seamanlike, with the proprietary Westport Vessel Information and Control system on a 15" flat-screen display that monitors a multitude of sensors throughout the yacht. A raised settee provides a good view past the twin Crown helm chairs over the full-width dash board with six flat screens, which are easily accessible from the cavernous electronics area under the eyebrow. A chart and communications area is to port, and twin sliding doors open to the wing decks.

The forward crew quarters are large, and the 130 is arranged to allow crew to move freely without disturbing the guests. A double captain's cabin with an en suite head is to port, while two twin-bunk cabins, also with separate heads, are forward. The crew has a pleasant lounge area that includes a settee, well-equipped galley, full entertainment system and second washer/dryer.

With Westport's decades of commercial boatbuilding experience, it's no surprise that the engineroom of the 130 is a model of simplicity and efficiency. Access is from the afterdeck via curving stairs that lead into an air conditioned engineer's room, which has control panels for pumps, manifolds and electrical distribution, as well as a large workshop.

The engineroom, with Treadmaster flooring, is arranged for good access to the 2,735 hp MTU-DDC 12V4000 diesels, and the high quality of the systems and installations is evident. Twin Northern Lights 65kW generators supply onboard power, while an ASEA system converts shorepower. The standard equip ment-including Naiad stabilizers, a Wesmar bowthruster, Sea Recovery watermakers, Jastrom commercial steering and a Berenzoni passerelle-reflects thoughtful and experienced choices. Abaft the engineroom and providing direct dockside access from the stern platform is the engineer's cabin, which is finished to guest-area standards with a double berth, desk and head. Opposite the cabin is a huge Traulsen double freezer, stowage lockers and Glendinning shore-cord reels.

With a top speed of 28 knots, a comfortable cruise of 24 knots and a surprisingly long range of 3,450 miles at 12 knots, this hull is clearly an efficient one.

From one of the most experienced composite-yacht builders, the Westport 130 is a shapely and likable offering. Unlike most plain-vanilla spec builds, she is stylishly executed, resulting in a warm, inviting yacht that certainly won't be on the spec market for long.

Contact: Westport Yachts, (954) 316-6364; www.westportyachts.com.

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