Superyacht of the Week: Black Gold breaks the mould

Written by Charl van Rooy

Westport has consistently been delivering high-quality American-built superyachts ranging from 112 to 164 feet since the early 2000s - over 50 units of their popular 112โ€™ model is cruising the ocean. When the brand revisited their existing superyacht line up the result was a brand new, sculpted, 38-metre motor yacht that is a step away from the iconic Westport style that has become so recognisable over the years. However, as we found out, Black Gold still retains the build quality and customisable nature that owners have come to love about Westport.

Built for a repeat client, the first Westport 125 was developed by the companyโ€™s in-house engineering and design teams. She is sleek and sporty, but somehow manages to hold on to a few noticeable Westport styling features. Those extra large main and bridge deck windows create a dramatic look from the outside. The shape is repeated in a smaller form on the lower deck and serves the lower deck guest cabins.

The flybridge is equipped with a proper helm station, perfect for those family exploration cruises in the warm climes of the tropics. A large forward-facing seating area makes this one of the best outdoor social spots when at anchor or underway. There are virtually no visual interruptions from up here apart from two slim support plated on either side.

Guests in search of some natural sunlight will find the foredeck settee far more appealing. Here one can enjoy the sea breeze while soaking up the sun or simply experience a late afternoon cruise into port with the wind through your hair.

Truly the most innovative exterior guest area on board Black Gold is the beach club. Developed by Westport, this setup is completely unique to their existing range of yachts. The transom door still folds upwards, but to offer guests a sizable wet area, a hydraulic platform slides out to double the available space. High enough above the waterโ€™s surface to avoid any slamming from the swell, guests for the first time have a luxury beach area complete with bar and day head.

Moving inside, the owner worked with the Westport team of designers and decorators to style and finish the interior. Those large windows on deck allowed the owner to play with darker woods and materials without having the main saloon feel too gloomy. Clever LED lighting systems and a bright lacquered deckhead completes the look.

Walk past the main lounge and dining area, and to port side you find a family-style galley. Taking up over half of the yachtโ€™s beam, this spacious dinette is perfect for informal meals and late-night snack missions.

The full-beam master suite is forward on main deck and decorated in a rich, yet tasteful manner with various metals and glass inserts that add a touch of opulence. The very forward part is reserved for the ensuite bathroom with his and hers grooming areas.

A standard layout was selected with three double guest cabins on the lower deck along with a possible twin cabin and exercise space.

In true family style, the wheelhouse is fitted with a comfortable U-shaped lounge where guests can enjoy the manoeuvring action unfolding right in front of their eyes while taking in the surrounding views from what could be the best interior space to do so.

With her efficient hull, Black Gold is capable of reaching a top speed of 27 knots. Pulling back on the sticks to a more economical cruising speed of 13 knots, she burns a mere 53 gallons (200 litres) an hour.



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