October 2nd 2017. By Diane Byrne.

Westport 125 Review

Is Westport crazy for creating a model five feet smaller than another long-successful model? Crazy like a fox.

To best understand a yacht, you need to look beyond the length. The Westport 125 is an excellent example. The well-known Pacific Northwest yacht builder has met with great success for many years with its Westport 130. In fact, a number of the buyers for that model stepped up from the Westport 112. However, some other 112 owners informed the yard’s management that the tri-deck arrangement of the 130 made for a too-big-for-comfort jump. To keep them in the family, and further attract other similarly minded buyers, Westport went to the drawing board. The result is the 125, a raised pilothouse like the 112 but accommodations arguably rivaling those of the 130.

With more curves and an elongated port below decks, the 125 caters well to contemporary tastes, without making traditionalists feel the yacht looks too trendy. Note, too, the hardtop, for sporty appeal.

With more curves and an elongated port below decks, the 125 caters well to contemporary tastes, without making traditionalists feel the yacht looks too trendy. Note, too, the hardtop, for sporty appeal.

For years, foredecks simply contained stowage beneath, and the bow was entirely a crew task area. Aboard the 125, Westport wisely fulfills the all-important desire for alfresco relaxation space.

For years, foredecks simply contained stowage beneath, and the bow was entirely a crew task area. Aboard the 125, Westport wisely fulfills the all-important desire for alfresco relaxation space.

Another all-important desire: a beach club. While Westport lets customers specify what they want, a television is a standard offering. Also standard, a head tucked just inside the doors.

Another all-important desire: a beach club. While Westport lets customers specify what they want, a television is a standard offering. Also standard, a head tucked just inside the doors.

The owner of the first Westport 125, christened Black Gold, requested an open floorplan for the main deck. The floating stairs to the pilothouse preserve the sense of space.

The owner of the first Westport 125, christened Black Gold, requested an open floor plan for the main deck. The floating stairs to the pilothouse preserve the sense of space.

Speaking of space, even with a formal dining area, the galley aboard Black Gold is significant in size. It’s large enough to contain a country kitchen, along with a barstool-lined prep island.

Speaking of space, even with a formal dining area, the galley aboard Black Gold is significant in size. It’s large enough to contain a country kitchen, along with a barstool-lined prep island.

Main-deck master suites are coveted. The stateroom spans the beam aboard the 125, as you’d expect. The standard wood offering is mahogany, with pomelle sapele accents. Again, clients can choose what they wish.

Main-deck master suites are coveted. The stateroom spans the beam aboard the 125, as you’d expect. The standard wood offering is mahogany, with pomelle sapele accents. Again, clients can choose what they wish.

Clients can also choose four staterooms below decks or three cabins with a gym. Furthermore, Westport will move non-structural bulkheads for more tailored layouts, something not all semi-custom builders do.

Clients can also choose four staterooms below decks or three cabins with a gym. Furthermore, Westport will move non-structural bulkheads for more tailored layouts, something not all semi-custom builders do.

Because buyers of raised-pilothouse motoryachts often like to take in the views while chatting with the captain, the Westport 125 has an ample, and elevated, observation settee.

Because buyers of raised-pilothouse motoryachts often like to take in the views while chatting with the captain, the Westport 125 has an ample, and elevated, observation settee.

Happy crew make for a happy ownership experience. Westport’s standard approach sees satin-finished beechwood in the captain’s cabin, shown here, as well as the crew’s quarters for four.

Happy crew make for a happy ownership experience. Westport’s standard approach sees satin-finished beechwood in the captain’s cabin, shown here, as well as the crew’s quarters for four.

While customers coming up from the Westport 112 definitely will see differences, they’ll get familiar performance. Range should be about 2,500 nautical miles at 12 knots, under twin 2,600 HP MTU power. Furthermore, the Westport 125 should cruise comfortably around 20 knots. The reasons: The builder based the hull design on that of the 112. After all, customers had no complaints about the 112. They simply wanted what most repeat yacht buyers do, that being more space to do more things. In combination with Westport regularly relying on client feedback, they’re getting plenty to please them.

LOA: 125’0”   Beam: 26’2”   Draft: 5’9”   Displacement: 355,000 lbs.   Fuel capacity: 7,065 gallons

For more information, visit Westport Shipyards.

View Westport 125 listings on YachtWorld.



Diane Byrne
Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she contributes to Super Yacht World, Superyacht Business, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and a founding member of the U.S. Superyacht Association.


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