140 — By Diane M. Byrne — July 2001
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With the crew able to keep a better eye on things, you and your guests can put your minds and bodies to rest within the confines of the high-style interior. The atmosphere is bright and airy, due to the use of ash. It's an unusual choice in these days of dark, rich paneling, but it works. Yacht Design Associates, which fashioned the decor, didn't skimp on the details: Mouldings, columns, and insets provide subtle enhancements, and solid doors make you feel as if you're inside a seaside villa instead of a yacht.
The area that best expresses this idea is the combined saloon and dining room. Whether you're seated on the plush settee to starboard or enjoying a drink at the onyx-topped bar to port, you'll feel like the lord of the manor. A buffet with columns effectively separates the saloon from the dining area, where you'll find formal dining for eight. Your guests may have a hard time keeping their attention on their plates, however, given the elaborate marble mosaic inlaid in the sole just forward of the table.
Another attention-getter is the use of stained glass inserts in the double doors leading to the master stateroom, forward off a starboard hallway on the main deck. Marble-topped nightstands as well as mirrored and lacquered surfaces add drama to the already-dramatic room, given that it makes the most of the yacht's 28-foot beam. Add to the mix a king-size bed, and the room is, well, fit for a king.
Guests won't feel left out, though. Their accommodations on the lower deck, accessed via a stairway off the same starboard hallway that leads to the master suite, are all ample and beautifully appointed, with shoji screens, individual color schemes, and marble-topped counters in their en suite facilities. Two rooms contain king-size beds, while the other two contain twin beds.
It's interesting to note that if you were blindfolded and led into the crew's quarters fully forward down here, you'd swear you were looking at the guest staterooms, they're so roomy. There's a stateroom that resembles a VIP suite forward plus bunks to starboard. And although the captain's area is aft of the wheelhouse, it, too, is similar to a VIP stateroom in its size and appointments, which include an office area. Also of note is the fact that each crew stateroom contains an en suite head; while most megayachts provide the captain with his own facilities, oftentimes the other cabins share a separate head. This crew setup will go over particularly well among American buyers, who typically embrace the idea of treating crew like family.
Just as any proper villa offers plentiful opportunities for leisure activities in the countryside, the 140 was built with close-to-the-water fun in mind, too. Her lazarette has such an array of equipment, you won't know which activity to try first. Open the large lockers and strap on one of a handful of scuba tanks and gear, or reach overhead and take down a fishing rod. If you'd rather stay in the air-conditioning, you can jog on the treadmill or work out with hand weights in front of a mirrored bulkhead while your favorite tunes emanate from the entertainment center. And if bending your elbow is your preferred method of working out, walk a few steps forward to the small pantry-like area, which contains a wine cooler, refrigerator, and freezer.
Similar amenities for refreshments are, as you'd expect, on the sun deck of this trideck motoryacht. And whether you and your guests are enjoying a drink or lying in the sun up here, it's a great spot to appreciate the 140's performance. According to Postma, after the yacht departed Tampa to make her debut at last February's Miami International Boat Show, she covered the 400 miles in 18 hours while averaging about 22 knots.
Whether it's this performance or her lush amenities that ultimately swing her into your favor, the 140 embraces the high life while minimizing the arduous upkeep that goes with it. And while you can find an abundance of feminine descriptions for her, it all comes down to this: She's one lady who won't be insulted by being called low-maintenance.
Westship World Yachts Phone: (954) 463-0700. Fax: (954) 764-2675. www.westshipyachts.com.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.