Westport ventures into steel with W65 flagship
The leading American fiberglass yacht builder is diversifying into steel boats to satisfy the existing demand for superyachts made in metal.
The first 65-meter in-build of the W65 series will feature a steel hull and an aluminum, or alternatively composite, superstructure, depending on the customer’s request.
Designed by Gregory Marchall, the W65 model is built from a steel displacement hull at the yard’s parent company, Edison Chouest Offshore, which supplies steel vessels for oil and gas offshore industry. Westport also leverages on its expertise in composite construction by providing an option to pair the W65’s steel hull with composite superstructure, though aluminum superstructure takes less time to produce.
The yacht will be offered either with a traditional layout or with a main-deck master and accommodation sleeping up to 10 guests below decks. Besides, customers are free to request moving bulkheads to transform the interior space as they please. As for the exterior, it boasts various dining and lounging areas, a beach club occupying the entire transom part and water toy storage on the foredeck.
Although the not all the technical characteristics are disclosed at this point, it is understood that the yacht will be equipped for transatlantic cruising.
Other Westport ongoing projects include the W45 and W112 models, resembling the 38-meter W125 launched in 2016 with the flagship Black Gold, all of them in composite materials.