A Diamond In The Rough: A Westport Yacht Transformation

“This is a complete Westport yacht transformation; it’s an absolute WOW,” says Westport Yacht’s Director of Marketing Ron Nugent of the 2003 Westport 112 Hannah, aboard which we recently completed an extensive nine-month refit.

Our client had always wanted a Westport, and had been watching the resale market for the last decade. When this boat came on the market, the price was right but she had not been maintained for some time, her interior was dated and worn, and she was in need of significant upgrades.

The idea was to update the interior to create a clean, modern space and to create a decor that echoed the high-end contemporary style of the owners’ home but with a comfortable, charter-friendly appeal. Of course, as we got into the refit, we uncovered areas that needed attention which led to more work. Our client had a thorough attention to detail and wanted the project to be done right, so we addressed each area with the aim of bringing the entire yacht up to 2020 standards.

“This was a complete Westport yacht transformation; it’s an absolute WOW,”



The main salon illustrates the dramatic onboard transformation. We removed the center pop-up television console to give the space an open feel, added a bar and a television cabinet to port and starboard aft, and added two large windows to either side of the salon doors to further welcome the natural light in this area. I visited the owners’ home to get a sense of their style, which was modern with cool tones and plenty of texture, and incorporated this into the yacht’s overall look. We painted the yacht’s original orange-toned cherrywood in white and gray paints – some satin pearlescent and some high-gloss metallic. Other areas were re-veneered using gray-toned woods. We based the design on a very clean palette of neutral colors with moody deep blues and soft cerulean blues paired with different shades of whites and grays. Unexpected organic elements add hints of thoughtful character.

Hannah Main Salon

Pearl tones are always en vogue when it comes to accessories - and even the decor itself, particularly when lightening up a traditional interior. Pairing sleek high gloss, metallic and pearlescent painted surfaces with the more rustic, wire-brushed oak contrasts pleasantly for a casual yet refined ambience.

Foyer Art


This phrase of significance for the owners, and welcomes guests entering through the foyer.

Throughout the yacht we eliminated and upgraded the original Crestron system and switched to all-LED lighting, adding more lighting in nearly every space. We updated the headliner throughout the entire interior, brought in all-new furnishings and selected multiple textured wall coverings for a modern, chic feel. 

Main Salon Dining

The owners plan to use the boat with their family and offer her for charter, so we selected materials that were durable and easily maintained. For the main deck, we chose wire-brushed oak engineered wood floor, which immediately conveys a contemporary coastal feel. We selected an outdoor Perennials rug for the main salon and utilized Perennials fabric for both the exterior and interior furnishings, which is a great choice for a yacht that is meant to be lived in and enjoyed.

Sound attenuation was another factor we considered. The wood flooring had a double layer of sound barrier glued down with sound control-rated adhesive. We also added additional insulation in the pilothouse overhead for heat reduction and in the master stateroom overhead for sound reduction.



One of the hallmarks of the Westport 112 design, the country kitchen forward was upgraded with all-new appliances and Cambria quartz countertops. We added additional cabinetry and fitted a new television in the upper cabinetry to starboard.



Hannah is a five-stateroom boat, but the previous owners had converted the original forward VIP into two small twin en suite cabins for staff. We renovated this area to return it to a spacious VIP with separate shower and toilet rooms and converted the second bathroom into a spacious cedar-lined closet.



On the lower deck, we removed the tub in the full-beam master and outfitted each of the staterooms with contemporary furnishings, new carpeting, new upholstery, updated tile, stonework and fixtures. In the twin guest stateroom we added a Pullman berth and modified the twin beds to slide together easily to create a king. We expanded the housing in the crew quarters by adding upper bunks to two of the three cabins.



In the pilothouse and flybridge we updated the finishes and upholstery as well as the helm chairs and added new cabinetry along the aft wall. The owner added all new instruments and navigation equipment, and a compass inset into the overhead.



On the aft deck, we spruced up the upholstery and refinished the original dining table to carefully remove the dated compass rose inlay. The result was a beautiful as-new table! This area features a wet bar and television area and is a perfect spot for a sunset dinner.

Mechanically, the owners had the 4,000-hour maintenance performed on the engines and generators and installed a new A/C system and chillers throughout. Hannah also received a complete paint job, with a dramatic silver accent being added to the radar arch.

A Complete westport Yacht transformation!

“If you buy it right, you won’t waste money,” our client says of his new Westport. His family is of utmost importance to him and we kept this intention at the forefront with every detail – down to the games table in the main salon for family card games. We thoroughly enjoyed working with this wonderful owner and transforming his diamond in the rough to a stunning 2020 yacht.

"All is well with my beautiful yacht!! My fantasy dream is a reality and Life is Beautiful!!" – OWNER

Previously named Via Kassablanca. Sold by Andrew Miles of Miles Yacht Group.

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Destry Darr Pethtel is an award-winning interior designer based in Florida. Her designs have been featured in several luxury yacht publications such as Showboats, Boat International, Yachts International, Yachting, Luxe Magazine to name just a few! Read More About Destry >>

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