Pepper XII: Inside Westport's most radical yacht to date

2 April 2021

Pepper XIII has been hailed as Westport’s most radical yacht to date. Launched in 2018, she sports a fully custom interior – unusual for the American shipyard – making her a truly one-of-a-kind vessel. Take a look around…

Main Saloon

Accommodating a custom interior within a production yacht was an interesting enough proposition, but opting for a designer outside the realm of yachting was far from the norm for Westport. The interior contract was awarded to Chicago-based design company Holly Hunt and while the task was the studio’s first foray into yachting, the design team were given carte blanche when it came to the interior. The two might seem like an unlikely pairing but the result is a cool and contemporary design tied into a well-proven 34 metre package.

Formal Dining

Pepper XIII’s interiors are more akin to a swanky New York city loft than a superyacht. The colour palette throughout is based on the coat of a Weimaraner dog, a soft taupe, as mandated by the owner, punctuated by bursts of eye-catching colours as seen in the main saloon. Most of the freestanding furniture is bespoke, courtesy of Holly Hunt, such as the dining table which comfortably seats eight beneath a custom chandelier.


Most Wesport 125s feature a standard country kitchen layout but this idea which was scrapped and reimagined for Pepper XIII. In lieu of a corner settee and table, the design team created a separate serving pantry with an additional dishwasher, refrigerator and a wine cooler. Spectators aren’t turned away though – bar chairs adorn the sparkling white quartzite island – and all can enjoy the views to port out of an added full-length window.

Master Cabin

Pepper XII can sleep up to eight guests in four cabins including a main deck master suite which was restyled to suit the requirements of her owners. The bulkhead that sits between the cabin and the en suite was pushed forward to creating extra space for walk-in wardrobes. Below, three cabins and a gym make up the lower deck guest space instead of the usual four guest cabins seen on the Westport 125.

Master Bathroom

All the heads on board are lavished in richly grained stone while the master en suite features polished and brushed white Macaubas quartzite surfaces and shower.