Making time to get away BY KATHERINE SNOW SMITH PHOTOGRAPHS BY SCOTT KEELER
ancy and Steve Westphal keep a few changes of clothes on their 55-foot Prestige yacht at all times. Though the busy couple own and operate six restaurants, they try to head out on their new power boat, Cat’s Meow, at least twice a month. Sometimes they board the yacht docked at St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Yacht Basin on a moment’s notice. “If the weather is nice and the calendar is open, we can just go,” Steve said. “Sometimes we just go out for sunset or we’ll do a threeday weekend,” added Nancy. They’ll head down under the Sunshine Skyway bridge and dock at Marina Jack in downtown Sarasota. Foldable bikes stored onboard allow them to bike through St. Armands Circle, Nancy said. Egmont Key is another favorite destination for the day or a night or two. “Our favorite trip is out to Tampa to the Convention Center. We tie up and go to a boat show or hockey game,” Steve, 57, said. It was at a boat show in Miami in January 2016 that they fell for the Prestige 550. Steve loved that it has a hardtop flybridge where the captain can drive the boat up in the open air and that the protective main cabin has another fully equipped helm. You can have the wind in your hair and the smell of salt air on nice days, and air conditioning and the game on TV on sweltering ones. Though they had to wait six months while the yacht was built in France, Nancy, 53, liked that they could custom design it.
Steve and Nancy Westphal’s 2017 55-foot Prestige 550 Fly yacht in the Vinoy Marina, St. Petersburg.
They picked white leather for the couches in the main cabin, white Corian and stainless steel for the galley, and blond beechwood throughout. The master bathroom has a sleek white vessel sink and a black marble countertop. Both say the spacious design of the three-bedroom yacht was another big draw. There are two rooms at the bow and the master bedroom at the stern. (A small captain’s quarters also has its own bathroom and a large window.)