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Yachts International - September 2006

Written by Scott Pearson

As specified in the Westport 164's design brief; sound levels are remarkably low throughout living areas, the result of materials and methods that include floating joinery connections, acoustic fill in double-wall bulkheads and isolations mounts for all machinery and hydraulics. Compressors for the walk-in freezer and refrigerator have been located in the engine room, well away from living spaces, the entire acoustic package resulting in at-rest decibel readings by Westport in the 30s, equivalent to a suburban bedroom at night. At cruise speeds the needle barely creeps above 50 dbA in the saloon, a level allowing muted conversation.

Crew accommodations forward on the lower deck include five double-bunk staterooms and a large crew mess with lounge, table and galley, finished in light tones of anigre and maple. An adjacent laundry, fitted with ample linen storage and three sets of stacked washers and dryers, facilitates stateroom make-up. Aft on the lower deck, a control room and equipment room with dive compressor flank the tender garage, where a sliding crane launches and retrieves a 22' diesel sterndrive RIB via a swing-up door in the transom.

Vango, delivered to the former owner of a Westport 130 of the same name, soon will be followed by two more 164s, both currently under construction and scheduled for launch by mid-2007. Early indications give Westport every reason to anticipate yet more orders…and the undivided attention of any other builder weighing the merits of series productions in the large-yacht realm.

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