Used Boat Review: Westport 112
The year was 1998. The country’s largest marinas were only just beginning to create berths for boats over the 100-foot mark. Westport Yachts left commercial shipbuilding in their wake two decades prior and was riding a wave of success with its 92-foot series, but the once-satisfied 92 owners began itching for something bigger, a boat with more space here and there, with larger crew’s quarters and slightly larger staterooms.
Westport thought long and hard about this customer feedback (and the relatively limited field of 100-plus-foot production boats) and began working with Seattle-based designer Jack Sarin to meet these demands within a spacious and slippery Airex- and foam-cored composite hull. “The 112 Raised Pilothouse is where we ended up and that was just right,” says Westport’s Director of Sales, Alex Rogers.
The first 112 to splash was Ubiquitous—which Merriam-Webster defines as, “seeming to be seen everywhere.” An apt name for a line of boats that today can be found in most major ports from Seattle to Monaco.
To date, the Pacific Northwest builder has completed no fewer than 65 112 RHPs with a handful more 112s currently in production. Put another way, Westport has built 7,280 feet of 112 RHPs; if you were to line them up bow-to-stern it would stretch nearly a mile and a half.
The secret, says Rogers is, “focusing a lot on engineering and making sure we build the boat right the first time.”
Stepping up the 112’s aft spiral stairs to the immense cockpit one immediately wonders, did Sarin steal this design from a premonition in a crystal ball? The layout feels tailored to the way boaters use their vessels now. Social spaces, so highly coveted today, abound on this boat. The dining table in the cockpit easily seats eight; no doubt it’s a popular spot for entertaining while keeping an eye on those diving from the swim platform. The corner bar (with a Sunbright TV on many 112s) allows a more intimate group to enjoy the game without ditching the party.
Belowdecks the original four-stateroom layout that Sarin drafted in ’98 remains the most popular choice among owners. The mirror image guest staterooms amidships could pass as the VIPs on other similarly sized boats. The full-beam master, with settee to port is of course the most highly sought after stateroom on board.
While the accommodations layout hasn’t changed much since Ubiquitous slipped down the ways, Westport created an optional five-stateroom, on-deck master layout in place of its country kitchen in 2012. “The option for the on-deck master was to try to expand our footprint and see if we could pull sales out of the Far and Middle East as well as Europe,” says Rogers. “They use their boats differently than we [Americans] do; they don’t need a standard country kitchen.”
Such a layout garnered interest and some sales but the majority of newer 112 owners prefer to keep country kitchen, and for good reason. During the Ft. Lauderdale show a couple years back I was walking through a 112 with a member of Westport’s brokerage team; I did my very best to play the role of objective marine journalist. “Yes, I see why they did that there … OK … mhmm … interesting,” were some of my noncommittal comments. Stepping into the country kitchen—objectivity be damned—I couldn’t help but smirk and say, “Wow!” A sweeping U-shaped countertop provides enough room to prepare a Thanksgiving feast. Other features I spotted that most 112s now feature were bar chairs, dual stainless-steel Kohler sinks, an oversized Kitchen Aid refrigerator, a 30-inch Dacor oven, a 52-inch Panasonic flat screen TV, and a wine cooler (in some cases large enough to hold 50 bottles. Hey, this boat was built to be at sea for a long time.)
A group of guests trailing behind me entered the kitchen (you really can’t call this space a galley) and nodded, echoing my reaction of, “Wow.”
Another space where Westport seems to be ahead of its time is the crew’s quarters where the staff can do more than just crawl in and sleep. There are three cabins, one with an en suite and walkaround queen berth, another with side-by-side twin berths, and a third with a single berth. All feature a level of fit and finish rivaling that of the main-deck guest staterooms.
Keeping it Simple
Another aspect that crews appreciate on the 112, says Rogers, is, “The boat—even today—is a simple boat. It works. The exterior is easy to maintain. It’s like an SUV on the water.”
And one more reason the 112 has become one of the most successful yachts over 100 feet is because its engineers put considerable thought into how the boat will perform on the secondary market. While the layout remains timeless, Westport has been making updates to the décor and systems to ensure it stays relevant. “We’ve tried to build a boat that can go anywhere in the world, and that’s electrical, 50-cycle, 70-cycle, enough air conditioning to cool the boat in the Middle East, whether that’s a new or brokerage boat,” says Rogers. “We’re keeping it simple while adding things like a passarelle or additional air conditioning. All that functionality built into the boat at the factory creates consistency.”
Mechanical equipment commonly found on models built after 2004 includes a 16-inch Wesmar bow thruster with four station controls, a 65-kilowatt Northern Lights generator, a Naiad stabilizer system, and a V.I.C. monitoring system.
In regards to the powerplant, newer 112s have twin 2,000-horsepower MTU 16V2000s (all 112s have been built with MTUs of the same footprint, only changing models to comply with evolving EPA standards) and have a cruising speed near 22 knots with a top end of 26 knots. A fuel capacity nearing 5,500 gallons allows, according to Westport, a range of 2,500 nm at 12 knots.
Made in America
One of the most appealing aspects of the 112, explains Rogers, isn’t its layout or its propulsion but the fact that it’s made in America.
“The 112 is U.S.-built; we take pride in that here. And if you take a look at the market from ’07, other than maybe Azimut and Ferretti, there wasn’t a lot to choose from. And no one has ramped back up to where we are. And as far as U.S. builders go, we’re one of the last ones standing.”
Rogers goes on to explain the reason they were able to continue building through tough years is a testament to their mostly American clientele and strong residual value of the 112 on the brokerage market.
“I was working with an owner today who sold his 112 almost for what he bought it at,” explains Rogers. At press time, there were eight brokerage 112s available. Five were listed through Westport’s in-house brokerage team and three by outside brokers. The boats available through Westport range from six to 14 years old with a price ranging from $5 to $10 million. This is especially impressive when you consider that the price tag for a new model is about $13 million.
A lot has changed since 1998. Yachts over 100 feet are no longer an anomaly. Select marinas around the country now cater to yachts nearly triple that size, while boaters barely bat an eyelash at wildly designed superyachts with metallic-colored hulls. But one thing hasn’t changed, no matter where you cruise, from Newport to Miami or Alaska to Southern California, you’re likely to cross wakes with a Westport 112. They are—truly—ubiquitous, proving that a well-engineered yacht with a smart layout is something that never goes out of style.
Power & Motoryacht spoke to a pair of brokers about what they see in the Westport 112 they have listed, to get a sense of what these superyachts have going for them. Here’s what they discovered. ▶
Westport Yachts, 954-316-6364; www.westportyachts.com
Displacement 275,000 lb.
Fuel 5,480 gal.
Water 1,000 gal.
Power 2/2,000-hp MTU 16V2000s
Years Built 1998 – present
Price Range $5 million – $10 million