Yachts International - March 2004
Written by Staff
Westport uses conventional and high-tech materials and construction techniques to create a tough, yet lightweight hull. "We use linear PVC foam core to make it tough enough to absorb and distribute impact energy, and in the superstructure and decks we use lighter and stiffer cores. In some of the upper structures we add a fair amount of carbon fiber to give stiffness to the decks while keeping the weight down."
The yacht is fast, quiet and vibration-free. Hi-tech mounts suspend the engines and other machinery, including the 65 and 50-kW Northern Lights generators. The engine room is also sound dampened with a combination of fiberglass, barrier materials and a perforated, white powder-coated aluminum liner on the ceiling and bulkheads.
The boat goes 25 knots with twin 2000 hp MTU 16V2000S. Four inch Aquamet shafts hold the 48", five-bladed Nibral props, which have slight pockets. "To reduce draft while enhancing performance, the propeller tunnels are carefully designed to improve water flow into the props and give the hull added hydro-dynamic lift," Olson says. "And our underwater exhaust treatment is unique because the exhaust gas is directed outboard at the chine to prevent interference with the props." Westport doesn't cut corners when it comes to standard equipment. Jastram power steering at the pilothouse, flybridge, port and starboard wing stations controls the urethane rudders as well as the 40 hp Wesmar hydraulic bowthruster. Other top of-the-line features include: Nautical Structures 2000-EX davit with Novurania bridle; four Marquipt boarding ladders; extensive Furuno navigation equipment: Crown helm chairs; Whirlpool and U-Line appliances; Sony entertainment equip ment; and Polk surround-sound speakers.
The yard's proprietary Vessel Information & Control (VIC) system, which is displayed on 15" LCD monitors in the pilothouse and crew galley, monitors all eight bilge pumps; two graywater pumps; 14 heat sensors; 13 smoke alarms; four CO alarms; the security system that covers the entire yacht; air conditioning; tank levels; and even the double jenn-Air grill on the flybridge.