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Yachts - September 2009 - The Next Level

Written by Jerry Stansfield

The commercial galley by restaurant design specialist RDS of Seattle offers an efficient, straightforward layout, and is fitted with a 48' refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, compactor, conventional and convection ovens, and a five-burner induction cooktop. A span of pantry cabinets adjacent to the crew entrance provides additional provisioning space, which is further augmented by a 50-cubic-foot freezer aft on the lower deck. A centerline stairway leads down to a crew lounge opposite a double-berth captain's stateroom and, just forward, two double-bunk crew cabins. Leading aft past a pair of stacked washers and dryers is a passageway that opens through a service door to the starboard-side forward guest stateroom. Four guest suites - including two VIP accommodations - surround the lower-deck vestibule. A curved staircase ascends to the main deck, thence aft to the dining room and salon, or forward between a day head and the main-deck foyer to the full-beam master suite with office, bedroom and, forward, his-and-hers walk-in wardrobes, each with dresser, shelves and shoe storage. Adjoining the bedroom aft on the port side is the owners' bathroom.

The main staircase continues upward to a bridge-deck foyer offering access to the pilothouse, a functional affair with broad console and electronics display panels, a raised observers' settee with refreshment table, and a navigation/communication center on the port side. Port and starboard doors open to side decks and dual docking stations, and to a surprisingly large deck area just forward of the wheelhouse, protected by windscreens, for sunning and sightseeing on occasional lounge furnishings. From this level, stairs lead forward and down via an intermediate landing to the foredeck and a cushioned lounge seat built into the forward end of the main-deck house. This arrangement makes excellent use of a topside area that too often has been overlooked by designers.

The bridge-deck skylounge, with its angled after corners, echoes the geometry of the salon one deck below, and features a correspondingly contoured lounge to port, a game table, wet bar, partners' desk, credenza, audio-video center and, behind an electric fireplace, a day head. Here, owners may opt for an alternative configuration that trades some skylounge space in order to accommodate a captain's suite on this level. Just aft of the skylounge is a covered deck with loose furniture, service bar with grill, and stair access to main and sun decks. The adjoining boat deck features Westport's Universal Mounting System to allow flexibility of arrangement for securing varying combinations of tender, PWCs and sundry water toys, fodder for the yacht's standard 3,000-lb.capacity hydraulic davit.

The new Westport 130's topmost level offers an expanse of unobstructed deck area, perhaps more comparable to vessels in the 150' range, thanks largely to the arch supporting both the signal mast and a composite hardtop along whose curved forward edge are three skylight panels to help illuminate the pedestal table below. Integrated into the arch legs are a refreshment bar on the port side and opposite, a cabinet housing a pop-up television.

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