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Prolific American yacht builder Wesport has launched the 63rd hull in its successful 112 series. Beginning her life on the water last week at Westport’s Washington shipyard, the latest addition to the 112 series is on track for delivery to her owners towards the end of this month.
With the superyacht industry weathering the harshest economic storm it has experienced since 2008, it is heartening to hear news of strong performance on the brokerage market from one solid player in shipbuilding. American shipyard Westport Yachts has announced the sale of a new Westport 164 and a Westport 130 in the space of just two days, proving the enduring appeal of the brand even in tough times.
It had been a while since we last caught up with Daryl Wakefield when we joined him on board the modern 38m Pepper XIII. Sitting down with the Westport Yachts President during an extremely busy Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show we heard that for this shipyard things couldn't be going stronger...
The 36.58m motoryacht Miss Moneypenny, built by Ocean Alexender has been sold by HMY Yacht's Jack Robertson and Westport's Andy Miles. With exterior and interior design by Evan Marshall, Miss Moneypenny was built and launched in 2018 and is now in the care of an extremely experienced owner and crew.
Last month at the Antigua Charter Show we had the pleasure of sitting down with the Captain and crew on board quintessential 50-metre Westport superyacht, Trending. Recently undergoing a $4 million refit by Claudette Bonville to create nothing less than a charter machine, we learned how this lady of the Caribbean graces the world’s most enticing islands and forms the perfect backdrop to the Western Med.
The second Westport to leave the market this week following the sale of Wabi Sabi, Denison Yacht Sales broker Kit Denison has introduced a new owner to the Westport 112 superyacht Seafarer.
One of the finest Westport yachts on the water, the 50-metre Wabi Sabi has been announced as sold by Burgess & Moran Yacht & Ship. Now sailing under the name ‘Hospitality’, this global voyager is effortlessly stylish and is set to return to the charter market in time for Christmas and New Year.
As the Westport shipyard considers new solutions for clients looking to go bigger, we take a look at the largest in the American builder’s range - the 164’ - and the finest example on display at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show this week; Wabi Sabi.
Having just emerged from a comprehensive refit, the Westport-built superyacht Boxer is one of the understated must-sees at the show thanks to her American construction, stripped-back style and lifestyle, engineered to perfection on board.
Daryl Wakefield of Westport joins us at the Breaking News Centre to reflect and discuss how things are changing in the landscape of Westport. As new owners begin to come into the fold and the new-build market thrives more than ever before, we gain an insight into the emerging trends and fresh new approaches to remaining the ultimate contenders across the superyacht sector.
Following the acquisition of mainline American showcases by Informa, all eyes fall to the 32nd Palm Beach Boat Show this week where more than $1.2 billion worth of boats, yachts and marine equipment await thousands of owners, industry and enthusiasts from across the world.
With an ever-expanding yacht market and the Dubai Boat Show just around the cover, we are joined by Westport, Oceanco and Heesen for an added insight into the ever evolving landscape on yachting culture in the UAE.
Sat on board the brand-new Westport 125, Daryl Wakefield is as relaxed as ever thanks to a new debut, increased activity and the upcoming, and eventful, close of an incredibly successful 2016 for Westport Yachts.