Hargrave Custom Yachts’ chairman and CEO Michael Joyce has a simple answer as to why Hargrave created the 114 Raised Pilothouse Cockpit Yacht with noted naval architect Jack Sarin.
“I’ve had the chance to study this industry up close for over 40 years,” he says. “Historically, the only way any company can dig out from under a nosedive recession is with hot new designs.”
While Hargrave has previously built a raised-pilothouse 114, a new hull is giving it an edge against mostly production offerings in this size range. “We’re in the speed business,” Joyce says. “We’ve never been in the speed business before, and it’s kind of fun.”
Hargrave approached Sarin to design the hull so that it could be more competitive against other American brands like Westport Yachts and even Lazzara Yachts. Besides wanting a soft ride, Hargrave wanted better speed. It got it: a reported 25-knot top end and 20-knot cruise. Each of those figures is eight knots better than a Hargrave 114 from a few years ago.
The increase in speed is also due to the new 1,900-hp Caterpillar C32 ACERT diesel engines. When Hargrave learned of the engines’ availability, the builder was impressed with the performance promise. That performance includes a reported range of 2,900 nautical miles.
The Hargrave 114 is termed a cockpit yacht; note the six-foot-long, teak-lined area aft. If you’re so inclined, you can use it for fishing, as it’s outfitted with a livewell and rod holders. Also note the flying bridge. Hargrave says it offers 30 percent more seating than other same-sized yachts, plus room for sunning and dining, the latter shaded by the hardtop.
“Traditional with a contemporary edge” is how Shelley DiCondina, owner of Yacht Interiors by Shelley and Hargrave’s go-to interior designer, describes the 114’s decor. Satin-finished cherry envelops each room, such as the saloon and dining area (for eight) here. While it’s not visible in the photo, a bar sits in the aft starboard corner, and the TV is opposite it. Both can be closed off when not wanted.
Like most American yacht owners, Hargrave buyers like country kitchens, so the 114 follows suit. However, rather than have a bank of windows forward above the eating area, this yacht has abundant cabinets for stowage. They’re deep enough for platters, a nice touch, which can then be staged for serving at the stone-topped prep island. More stowage lies beneath the seats.
Fitted with a good-size observation settee and already roomy, the Hargrave 114’s raised pilothouse feels even larger than it is. Because the captains of previous Hargraves have requested more stowage and work space, the yacht has a pull-out desk on the port side. The helm chair closest to it swivels to face it. Also due to requests, Hargrave created stowage for a fax/copier behind the cabinets.
Because of the healthy-size country kitchen, Hargrave situates the master stateroom belowdecks. It extends through the full beam just forward of the engine room, with his and her heads sharing the shower. Two walk-in, cedar-lined closets handily hold whatever clothes you take on a trip, as well as what you buy in your travels—because you know you’re going to be shopping.
Two of the three guest staterooms aboard the Hargrave 114 feature nearly king-size berths (the other is a queen). The frosted-glass effect on the bulkhead brings a touch of elegance to the decor. The same holds true with frosted glass light strips on the mirror in the en suite heads. DiCondina says the strips are also practical, employing LEDs and giving guests more light, which they’ve requested.
Art niches add flair to the stairway leading down to the stateroom foyer belowdecks. Look all the way down, and you’ll note a marble sole in the foyer. It features a combination of Gray Emperador and Dark Emperador marble, with ring-pattern inlays. The design features are more like those that you’d see aboard larger megayachts.
No ownership experience can be positive without having a happy crew. Judging by this cabin, dedicated to the captain, Hargrave understands the concept quite well. It has a private head, too. Two bunk cabins, which share a head, house additional crew. All of the crew’s quarters are aft of the engine room.
Specifications: • LOA: 114’0” • Beam: 24’0” • Draft: 5’10” • Displacement: 291,369 lbs. • Fuel capacity: 6,000 gal.
“When you’re custom, you can afford to be different,” Joyce says. But Hargrave isn’t different just for difference’s sake. They built the 114 on spec to show its capabilities. It worked, as the 114 sold and is now christened Donna Marie II.
Just as important is understanding where clients and potential clients are “in their head,” as Joyce says. There’s good news there, too: “What we’re finding is, regardless of any kind of politics, people are ready to move ahead with decisions,” he explains. “People are in the ‘go’ mode.” So is Hargrave, which will be introducing more new models soon.
For more information, contact Hargrave Custom Yachts.
Photos by Suki Finnerty and Marc Paris