May 29th 2013. By Diane Byrne.

Hargrave 125 Gigi II: Raised Pilothouse Megayacht

In a size range dominated by tridecks, Hargrave Custom Yachts creates a raised-pilothouse yacht that manages to offer more.

When a yacht builder like Hargrave Custom Yachts can state that more than half of its clients return to buy a second, even a third, boat, you have to sit up and take notice. And when some of those clients and Hargrave alike rethink the traditional ways of designing a yacht, as evidenced by the 125-foot Gigi II, it’s worth taking an even closer look. A raised-pilothouse design in the sea of tridecks available these days, Gigi II flouts the norms of modern layouts. She’s not different for the sake of being different, either—she’s different for good reasons. Her owner’s got chartering in mind (read Hargrave Gigi II: Superyacht Space in a Megayacht Package on YachtWorldCharters), as well as comfort for family and friends.

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With a reported top speed of 19 knots and a cruise speed of 15 knots thanks to Caterpillar C32 diesels, Gigi II was commissioned by a couple who likes taking family and friends out cruising. The nearly wrap-around windows mean there’s abundant light inside for parties. There are also good alfresco spaces offered on the main and upper decks, each feeling larger than you’d expect for a yacht of her LOA. Photo: Suki Finnerty

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Walnut wood flows into Gigi II’s formal dining area, with zebrano accents on the custom table. Note the etched glass doors forward to both port and starboard. They’re both aesthetic and practical. They lend privacy to the owners and their guests while dining, and the same to the chef and stews while prepping platters in the galley. Photo: Marc Paris

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Hargrave’s in-house team and the owners collaborated closely to give Gigi II what Hargrave terms the “wow factor.” It’s an appropriate description, uttered by many visitors when the chic and contemporary yacht made her boat show debut. Marble soles line the aft entry, and high-gloss walnut is used for paneling. It exudes a sophistication that thankfully avoids being so precious as to make you fear touching something, lest you leave a fingerprint. Photo: Marc Paris

If you don’t usually pay attention to stairs, do so here. Aboard Gigi II, the stairway leading to the lower-deck foyer widens from 36 inches to 54 inches at the base, for a deliberate grand effect. The foyer may seem simply pretty, lined with marble with stainless-steel inlays. But, each of the corners hides handy stowage for linens, cleaning supplies, and even beverages.

If you don’t usually pay attention to stairs, do so here. Aboard Gigi II, the stairway leading to the lower-deck foyer widens from 36 inches to 54 inches at the base, for a deliberate grand effect. The foyer may seem simply pretty, lined with marble with stainless-steel inlays. But each of the corners hides handy stowage for linens, cleaning supplies, and even beverages. Photo: Marc Paris

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Each of Gigi II’s three guest staterooms is equipped with a king-size bed. Yes, you read that right: three, not four, guest staterooms, and all kings aboard a 125-footer. They can convert to twins if needed, of course. But guest comfort was a major driving factor from the start, especially since the yacht will be available for charter. Initial configurations with five and even six total staterooms, including the master, were scrapped in favor of this layout. Photo: Marc Paris

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Speaking of Gigi II’s master, the zebrano wood flanking the upholstered headboard and adorning the nightstands as well as the base of the bed make the sleeping area the center of attention. Note, too, the three ports, mimicked on the opposite side of the full-beam suite. Naturally, Gigi II has a his-and-her head, too, just visible beyond the bed, with the shower in the center. Photo: Marc Paris

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Megayacht galleys are sometimes strictly work spaces, and that’s possible aboard Gigi II, especially if the owners are entertaining. But it was equally important for the owners to feel comfortable sitting here. That’s why the high-gloss walnut found in relaxation areas reappears in the area. It’s also why, just visible at right, barstools join a table and settee. Not visible are the nearly wrap-around windows seen in the yacht’s profile. Photo: Marc Paris

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Whether hosting big gatherings or enjoying time by themselves, the owners of Gigi II have a variety of outdoor options. The main aft deck has nearly eight feet of headroom, enhancing the already big feel that Hargrave’s naval-architecture team gave the area. The space is ideal for cocktails or, thanks to an aft table and settee, breakfast in a private anchorage. Photo: Marc Paris

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No ownership experience can be enjoyable without a content crew, so Gigi II’s crew’s quarters feature the same fit and finish as the guest spaces. The crew mess is cozy but practical, with a microwave, refrigerator, sink, and stowage. More impressive, the two crew cabins as well as the captain’s cabin all have private heads, unheard of even on far larger megayachts. Photo: Marc Paris

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The height of the sundeck eliminates most concerns about privacy, and the abundance of alfresco space makes it a multi-purpose platform. Gigi II’s owners can indulge in sunning or soaking in the hot tub, for example. Respite from the sun is available beneath the hardtop, where you’ll also find a dining table. They can join the captain fully forward at the extra helm, too. Photo: Suki Finnerty

Specifications: LOA: 125’0” • Beam: 25’0” • Draft: 7’9” • Displacement: 190 tons • Fuel capacity: 8,000 gallons

A lot of thought went into Gigi II before the first fiberglass was laid. From the raised-pilothouse configuration to the all-king guest staterooms, it’s clear this Hargrave’s owners wanted to up the ante on both sensory-oriented and sensible solutions. Yacht buyers wanting to put this degree of personal imprint on a project don’t have many choices these days in the 100-foot size range. Hargrave being a fully custom builder, however, not only offers it, but welcomes being challenged by owners to rethink longstanding traditional ways.

For more information, contact Hargrave Custom Yachts

Read Hargrave Gigi II: Superyacht Space in a Megayacht Package on YachtWorldCharters



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.