Westport has enjoyed success for some time with its 112 model. So why go against the old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” by offering a new layout? Simple: The newest 112 has an on-deck master arrangement equally appealing to American and European buyers alike, no simple feat.
Aboard the original Westport 112s, a hall to starboard led to a country kitchen fully forward. That was fine with American megayacht buyers, long a good percentage of Westport customers. But, growing interest overseas meant more potential clients were accustomed to far smaller and more work-like galleys. Plus, designers and shipyards everywhere are increasingly placing master staterooms on deck. Understandably, Westport thought the latter would be a good feature for the 112… but what to do about the galley? Westport wisely kept it on deck, and even with a reduced footprint (see below), it’s bigger and more workable than some European-built counterparts. Still accessible via a starboard-side passageway, it also now has a pocket door, for privacy.
As to the Westport 112’s on-deck master, it’s accessible via a port-side hallway from the saloon and dining area. The master takes advantage of the megayacht’s 23’9″ beam, as well as space below. In the original layout, steps led down from the galley to the VIP stateroom. In this layout, the space is now the master’s en suite head, complete with a truly large, walk-in closet. Situating the head this way is a nice touch, lending the sense that the Westport 112 is a far larger yacht.
Other changes have taken place as a result of moving the master. The area formerly occupied by that stateroom is now divided between a bunks stateroom and the VIP cabin. The VIP also has a small dressing area/vestibule at its entrance, with the bed around a corner.
Of course, the things that have long worked well aboard the Westport 112 are still present. Four total guest staterooms accommodate family and friends. A lack of bulkheads between the saloon and dining area keeps the feel of the main deck open, and beautiful joinery lines these and other common areas. The fixed hardtop on the flying bridge gives guests the ability to seek shade when they’re done soaking up sun in the hot tub or lounges aft. Observation settees in the raised pilothouse and at the flying-bridge helm let would-be navigators learn a lesson or two. And the initial hull design and 2,000-hp MTU power package permit a reported 22-knot cruise and 25-knot top end.
Buyers can still opt for the original Westport 112 arrangement. But once they get a look at this on-deck master arrangement, they very well may change their minds. Here’s more of the Westport 112.
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