t first, he didn’t want to share. The yachtsman had owned a 28-foot Chris-Craft as well as 64- and 95-foot Azimuts, but at boat shows, he always admired the Westports. He loved the speed and style of his own rides, but he craved more space, which he got with the impulse purchase of a Westport 40m at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. “We said we were going to put her in charter,” he recalls, “but once we got on her, I thought we wouldn’t. Why would I want strangers on my boat?” Like a lot of Westport owners, he softened after the first few years of ownership, and he found a near horde of clients clamoring to charter his yacht. Far Niente, during the first half of 2018, booked seven charters in six months. That’s more business than many yachts get in a year — a level that has kept owners of Westport 112s and 130s flush with revenue for years, and a marketplace that the builder now hopes to tap into itself.