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Review: Westport's NEW 164' "Vango"

 
 
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A full beam stateroom on this yacht covers 30’9”, a copious figure for any mansion. A sitting area to starboard offers easy chairs and a cocktail table. Centered in the wide space is an island king size berth, the leather-covered platform in light tawny beige. The headboard features another Van Gogh painting, Wheat Field with Rising Sun, while glorious silks and expensive fabrics add to the atmosphere of near decadence.
The entertainment center/dresser combination includes two three-drawer nightstands, plus a mirrored makeup chair and table. Full length mirrors in his/hers dressing rooms are also featured, as are walk-in closets. His and Hers dressing rooms, separated by the shower and whirlpool tub, follow the décor of pommele sapele woods with mahogany accents, and special tonal lighting.
Just beyond the galley, forward, and the owner’s foyer on the main deck, is the owner’s office and lounge. It is entered via a deeply carpeted deck, with elegant fabric walls, from the starboard main foyer. A low-gloss finished mahogany desk at the starboard window provides a work space with a scenic view, while across a short aisle is a comfortable sofa, two plush chairs and a coffee table, adequate for private business activities large or small. Corner library shelves complement a flat screen TV. The study provides entrance to the owner’s stateroom, just forward.
Shown here is the His/Hers master head, seperated by a Duojet-sidejet tub & shower. Sculped in pale onyx, each side has two fixed skylights which cast ambient rays upon vitreous china sinks and polished gold/brass THG fixtures. The oversized shower-for-two is immediately adjacent to the tub (shown below). It too, is sheathed in lightweight pale ecru onyx; complete with a Headhunter bidet and toilet in white china, with gold bidet fixtures. Wide vanity mirrors reflect the volume of the room, making the visual concept even larger. Floors are marbled tile.
Another angle on the His/Hers head...
Gaussian blur glass and the tub’s fine fixtures separate the shower-for-two from the Duojet tub...
Moving up one level to the Bridge/VIP deck, luncheon parties on Vango are inevitably light and airy affairs, with teak tables and chairs ready for any occasion. A stairwell to starboard leads down to the main deck, while staircase to port leads to the sun deck.
Entering from the aft bridge deck (shown above), the VIP lounge presents an informal atmosphere, sporting a 61” flat screen TV, as well as several large-scale Van Gogh paintings plus sculpture pieces. This is obviously a well thought out, though alternate space from the major entertainment area – that being the main deck, dominated by the owner’s more formal outlook. It seems as though this deck was planned for a different, more casual coterie of friends. There is a curvilinear accent to the room, with an extended couch to starboard and small game table to port, while above, the circular ceiling frieze, in deep mahogany, ties the overhead into the décor plan. The pattern of light beige and deep brown is adhered to, however. A two-level coffee table follows the oval/curving limnery, serving the extended couch.
In a semi-secluded nook, the VIP area sports a small vista bar, well designed in the pattern, offering a pair of cozy, upholstered stools. A desk is situated nearby, quickly available for correspondence. Just out the rear doors, aft, is a circular table for 8, perfect for alfresco dining or evening parties.
A different approach, as well, is the canted placement of the VIP stateroom, with its king-size berth and pillowed headboard set at a 45º angle in the ship’s center. No less luxurious, it offers two nightstands, a dressing table with chair, walk-in closet, double dressers of pommele sapele and several Van Gogh paintings. The plasma flat screen TV is 32”. Featured, too, is a private terrace at starboard with deck furniture and teak decking, as well as a bar terrace at the port side.
Light onyx is featured in the VIP head, sporting a bas relief sculpture-look wall inside the walk-in tub/shower, with its tempered glass doors. The counter top, with double vitreous china sinks, is done in light-weight stone as well. Use of large, framed mirrors above the sinks lends a further artistic flavor, as do the polished gold/brass Headhunter fixtures, and full-length door mirror. Flooring is also light-weight butter-colored marble. There is a Headhunter bidet and separate toilet, in white.
Moving forward from the VIP quarters, we enter the command center of this fine yacht. The captain directs this performance from dual Crown Classic leather helm chairs. Facing a traditional fabricated wood wheel and quintuplet of flat panel ship’s monitors, he has at his beck and call the most current equipment available today. In addition, beyond the bridge, numerous displays in various areas of the yacht provide for convenient total system monitoring. Included in chart table furnishings are storage drawers for 16 courtesy flags. Just aft of the control center, two tables at a leather-covered settee allow guests to be a part of the navigation process.
Leather-covered consoles present navigation and communication data; electronics include Radar, chart plotters, GPS, AIS, Sonar, Navtex, Satcom, GPIRB, equipment suitable for global voyages; including CISR chartering, plus GMDSS capability. Ships systems are monitored continuously by Westport’s PLC control. Power monitors check AC and DC, while AV electronics provide entertainment from satellite bases worldwide.
Moving down to the lower deck and guest accommodations, the walls of the stairwell are planked, as if to pay homage to hulls from the past, but ultimately showing that Westport's wood-working mastery is on par with artwork from Van Gogh himself.
Guest rooms, too, splash the highly attractive decorating scheme, including Van Gogh artwork on every wall. The effect becomes as striking as a first class hotel suite in any international city. Two guest staterooms – port and starboard aft -- flaunt king size walk-around berths, with upholstered headboards and leather wrapped rails. Also provided are built-in dressers and nightstands, including wardrobes with full length mirrors. Wall treatments and décor follow the prescribed plan.

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