The Azimut 116 and Westport 112 have many great features and would make any yachtsman proud. These yachts have many things in common, including similar cruise speeds, MTU 16V2000 main engines, similar beams, and similar weights. They also have features and aspects that typically appeal more to certain types of buyers.
116 Azimut Yacht
The Azimut 116 hails from Azimut’s Grande Collection, their megayacht division offering the utmost service levels, complete guest/crew separation, and options for customization. Built in Viareggio, Italy, the RINA-certified 116 boasts Azimut’s tradition of luxurious Italian styling and attention to detail. The excellence of Italian manufacturing carries through these luxury yachts to the quality construction, delivering on safety, comfort, and performance.
Noted as more superyacht than production yacht, Azimut offers a high degree of customization in this model. For instance, the owner’s suite can occupy the main deck with four guest cabins on the lower deck, or all five cabins can be situated on the lower deck to free up more space on the main deck for an optional country kitchen. Crew cabins are situated in the bow on the lower deck and can be configured with two or three cabins (each with their own head) with an eating area or laundry area.
The 116 Azimut’s sleek exterior lines are matched by a beautifully modern-styled interior. Her mirrored, reflective glass windows provide privacy and protection to her guests and interior, in addition to complementing the elliptical window design. A compelling feature of this vessel is the retractable, convertible hard top that covers the wide flybridge deck which is amply set up for entertaining with optional wrap-around lounge and table, a bar with built-in stools, a whirlpool, a diving board to the sea, and sunpads.
The large flybridge is made possible by the generous tender garage, a large selling point of the Azimut 116. Featuring a full-size garage door on the transom, the garage is large enough to house one tender, in addition to two jet skis. (An alternative to one jet ski is a small crew cabin and bath.) When open, the garage door becomes a wide swim platform. Another popular spot on the 116 Azimut is the aft cockpit with its outside dining accommodations up to 12.
With a LOA of 116’6’ and a beam of 24’11”, she typically draws between 6’8” and 7’7” depending upon configuration. Engines vary so cruising speeds range from 22-24 knots, topping out at 25-28 knots with a range of around 1,300 nautical miles at cruise. Some models feature twin MTU 16V 2000 M91s, and others may have twin MTU 16V 2400 M93s. Future yachts will be available with the new 16v2000 M94s. All of the yacht’s systems are contained on one central touch screen, a growing trend of which Azimut sits at the forefront.
US-based Westport Yachts got its start in 1964 with commercial fishing boats in the North Pacific, contributing to their strength today as a builder of seaworthy luxury motoryachts. In fact, Westport is currently one of the largest producers of 85- to 164-foot fiberglass yachts, yielding from yards in either Westport and Hoquiam, Wash., or Port Angeles. A pioneer in composite construction, Westport Yachts are lighter weight and thus faster and more fuel-efficient than vessels made with steel or aluminum. Westport Yachts are also quieter in their operation, less susceptible to corrosion, and offer excellent structural integrity thanks to the composite materials (think less maintenance).
The iconic 112 Westport has been hugely popular, a bestseller for the company with its classic, American styling and interiors. While seriously set up for entertaining of owners and guests, the Westport also provides a design that enables discreet onboard operations and staff servicing. The Westport 112 sleeps up to eight in four ensuite rooms (including optional ondeck master) and up to five crew.
The 112 Westport’s outdoor areas are welcoming with a bridge deck outfitted with generous lounge seating, a sun pad, full-service bar, and hot tub. A raised settee can accommodate four guests that will enjoy stunning sea and coastline views from windows on three sides. Aft, the bridge deck with custom hard top can accommodate a 2,000-pound davit and chocks for a life raft and outboard powered tender (standard).
The advanced Jack Sarin-designed hull on the Westport 112 delivers high performing cruise speeds and a moderate draft (about a foot less than the Azimut 116). With a beam similar to the Azimut, the Westport allows for an open, spacious salon accented by large and numerous view windows. In fact, she rivals the volume of yachts much larger.
Configured with twin MTU 16V 2000s, the Westport 112 boasts cruise speeds of 22 knots, max speeds at about 28 knots, and a range of 2,500 nautical miles at 12 knots a result of carrying significantly more fuel. Her anti-vibration engine mounts, a proprietary underwater exhaust, and sound-insulating bulkheads ensure a quiet, smooth ride.
Larger families desiring sexy euro-styled yachts will lean towards the Azimut 116. In addition, the Azimut 116 is more unique as there are fewer of them on the water. She is larger and can accommodate more guests, and many buyers like the retractable hard top feature and large tender garage.
For those who prefer a more conservative, classical-styled yacht with more buttoned up looks the Westport 112 is recommended. Her available on-deck master, longer range, and less draft are also attractive to buyers. The larger outboard powered tender carried on deck aboard the Westport 112 is something that will be appreciated by the yachtsman who frequently spends time anchored.
Other yachts to consider in this range are the 114 Hargrave, 120 Benetti, 120 Ocean Alexander by Christensen, 116 Lazzara, 110 and 120 Horizon, 115 Falcon, and 34m Sunseeker.