American yacht builder Westport Yachts has updated its current 50 metre flagship superyacht.
The yard has stretched the hull and added a spacious beach club, lengthening the yacht to 52 metres. It comes after the yard embarked on a wide-reaching redesign of its range in recent years, resulting in the introduction of the brand new 38 metre Westport 125.
Designed by Gregory C Marshall, the Westport 52 retains many of the key features of the tri-deck Westport 50 metre, including accommodation for 12 guests in six cabins, decks big enough to host a helipad and a large swim platform.
One key modification is a larger beach club, which transforms into a socialising area when opened, complete with a bar and head.
Two side doors serve to launch the tender and toys and double as terraces. Additional storage for Jet Skis, Seabobs and diving equipment is located beneath the sunpads on the foredeck.
Speaking about the updated model at the Westport Owners Weekend in July, yard president Daryl Wakefield said “it was just time for a redesign.”
“One of the things that has really been a game changer in the market is the beach club,” he added.
Owners are also able to customise the sub-500 GT Westport 52, with a number of different layout options available.
This includes different arrangements of the dining and saloon areas. In one layout, the dining room is the first area encountered when entering from the aft deck.
Like the 50 metre, the master cabin on the Westport 52 is located forward on the main deck with an office, his and her bathrooms, walk-in dressing room and a fixed balcony on the port side.
The yacht can be built with up to six cabins, including a guest cabin on the bridge deck with either a permanent berth or a more flexible Pullman bed. “The Westport 50 metre was a six-stateroom boat from inception and we wanted to offer that option to those who want it,” Wakefield said, but “the intent of the design is to be flexible.”
The captain’s cabin is adjacent to the bridge and ship’s office, and five crew cabins with double berths are forward on the lower deck, along with the mess and laundry area.
While technical details are still being finalized, the anticipated top speed is around 22 knots. “We build fast boats,” Wakefield says. “If you’re going for long range, you’re going to pull back to around 10 knots, nine knots, but for typical travel, you’ll be able to go 16 to 18 knots, very comfortably all day.”
Fuel capacity is 69,650 litres of diesel while the yacht is also equipped to carry around 3800 litres of aviation fuel for the helicopter.
The first Westport 52 is scheduled for a summer 2021 delivery.
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Published by BOAT International
Written by Cecil Gauert
Date: August 16, 2019
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