Inside, though furniture and art were stowed for the delivery transit, Westport's attention to fit and finish was clear, and despite the lack of places to sit, the yacht oozed comfort. The saloon doors silently opened with a push of a button, large winwindows let in light and views, and the joinery was flawless. Stowage was plentiful in built-in cabinets topped by onyx.
The galley was one of the best I've ever seen. Beautifully designed for cooking in a seaway, with a U-shape work area that housed an under-counter Fisher & Paykel stainless steel, drawerstyle dishwasher, a Perlick wine refrigerator, an ice maker, and a deep sink, this space would cradle a chef in even the worst weather. A Gaggenau range was tucked into the starboard corner and a double-door stainless steel refrigerator, also to starboard, rounded out the appliances. Forward of this area was stunning floor-to-ceiling stowage, executed in a herringbone joinery with stainless steel trim. It was a flourish that made the galley as beautiful as the rest of the yacht, despite its impressive practicality.
Guest accommodations were simply lovely. My VIP cabin had windows that allowed in the light, a king berth that was comfortable, the requisite wall-mounted flatscreen television with Kaleidescape entertainment center at the ready, and an en suite head that was finished in a dark marble.
I checked out the engineroom, of course, which was a vast and spotlessly white home to twin MTU 12V 4000s and twin 65 kW generators. Honestly, I've lived in much smaller, less comfortable New York apartments. Like all Westports, the 40m comes completely finished, (including furniture, soft goods, etc.) and should only take a little longer to deliver than the 130, which is completed, furnished, and fully ready to go, 75 weeks after signing the contract.
The 40m was running about a knot slower on our trip. Captain Hammond said they were using the delivery run to tweak improvements to the 40m-trying to find ways to get the weight down to improve the fuel-burn rate. "We've got 5,000 miles to practice," he grinned, clearly willing to do his partó maybe because of the way the 40m rides. Hammond says he actually preferred it to the 130, which he loves and has run all around the world, both on deliveries for Westport and for private clients.