The keel has been laid on Westport Yachts' 35.8-metre, raised pilothouse model, the W117. With the bulkhead and tanks also fitted, this marks an important construction milestone for the US shipyard.
Construction began on the GRP yacht in 2022, following the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions. The concept was developed with "three-dimension modelling and structural software", as used in the aviation industry.
Accommodation is for 10 guests across five ensuite cabins and five crew, including the captain. The master cabin will be positioned on the main deck, benefitting from a his-and-hers bathroom and backlit Majelite headboard.
Interior renderings reveal a colour palette of whites and greys with leather and vinyl accents, creating "a neutral backdrop for an owner to incorporate a desired look". Premium woods will also be used, such as mahogany, pomelle sapele and beech hardwoods in the crew’s quarters.
With a 7.7-metre beam, the main deck saloon has been described as "dramatically open and spacious" by the yard. The interior dining table can also be positioned aft for semi-al fresco dining. While full details are yet to be disclosed, other highlights include a beach club bar and a flybridge fitted with a centreline hot tub, settees, barbecue and bar.
Power will come from a pair of Caterpillar C32 engines, for a top speed of 24 knots and cruising speed of 20 knots. A draft of 1.9 metres will also allow the W117 to navigate shallow bays and anchorages as seen in the Bahamas and Caribbean.Read More/Eighth Westport 125 Seas the Day delivered in the US