Yachts International - March 2004
Written by Staff
The decor of the 112' is for mass appeal-nothing too modern, nothing too traditional. Bulkheads are covered with a combination of cherry veneers and Majilite; headliners are easily removable 3M Thinsulate covered with vinyl; soles are covered with stain-resistant carpeting; and bathrooms have marble vanities and floors. All interior doors are solid cherry framed with madrona burl, and counter tops are granite in the country kitchen, cherry in the saloon, and Corian in the crew quarters. Divosta had the Corian bar on the expansive aft deck lowered so it could be more of an alfresco breakfast table. In the full-beam main saloon the removal of the bar leaves an abundance of space in between the sitting areas.
Downstairs the guest foyer has a Crema Marfil marble sole, custom cherry wall console and overhead mirror. Accommodations include two guest staterooms between a queen berth in the bow and a full-beam master suite midships. Marble tile, Kohler fixtures and Headhunter Royal Flush toilets are in each bathroom and the master's has a Kohler whirlpool and marble by Jeff Homchick. Each stateroom has a complete entertainment system, aromatic cedar closets and cherry soffits. The crew quarters for six are located aft of the engine room and are finished to guest standards.
Westport builds turnkey yachts so owners - after completing a 16-hour orientation - can get out on the water immediately. Before she was handed over to Divosta, Betty Jane was stocked with 12 place settings of fine china, silver and stemware in the dining room. Nickel plated Jado Oriental soap dishes, toilet paper holders and robe hooks and all the necessary sundries were already in the bathrooms.
When the owner's family sailed away from Westport they headed straight down the West Coast and through the Panama Canal, where they found the flat water and rustic landscape the perfect environment for lots of relaxation under the flybridge hardtop. "It took a lot of convincing for them to design a hard top," he says. "But they agreed and now it's like having another room. When we were in the Canal we had lunch there every day, and we could look out and see the people, yet they couldn't see us. It was if we were in another world."
The pilothouse is also a great place for guests to gather. Along with having a full set of navigation equipment, the large leather settee has excellent views in air-conditioned comfort. "I really love the pilothouse," Taylor Olson says. "It is by far my favorite space on the boat. The visibility you have from all angles gives an excellent sense of space."
Divosta's delight with Betty Jane certainly pleased Westport's Taylor Olson. "We appreciated the input Buz gave us during and after his build," he said. "He took interest in the construction and in our manufacturing process. He was able to help us improve some of our work flow, which, at the end of the day, enables us to provide value to our customers."