“We enjoy being custom,” says Michael Joyce, CEO of Hargrave Custom Yachts. “We like to do things differently, because we think it gives not only the owners a sense of pride, it gives us a real sense of pride and accomplishment as well.” Judging from the fact that Hargrave Custom Yachts has delivered 100 boats since it was established in the late 1990s, there’s a lot of pride to go around. There’s certainly a lot of pride among the owners of Sassy, a 101-foot raised-pilothouse motoryacht. Sassy is their third same-named Hargrave, bearing a new hull design and more sophisticated interior.
Joyce says the Hargrave team has admired Sarin for some time and knew he’d help the yachts gain speed without losing efficiency. Sassy sees an 18-knot cruise and 21-knot top speed with 1,675-hp Caterpillars. That’s a few knots better than previous same-size Hargraves—including the most recent previous Sassy, from 2010.
The new hull design means more volume. Interior designer Shelley DiCondina of Yacht Interiors by Shelley welcomed the challenge. She also welcomed the chance to create what she calls an upbeat urban environment. European cherry, which is blonder than red-hued American cherry, sets the backdrop for beautiful burls and intricate inlays.
Who says that a sink faucet is “just” a piece of hardware? DiCondina selected this shapely, wall-mounted faucet and sculpted basin to add the wow factor to the day head. Of course, the en suite baths in all the staterooms have statement-like stonework and hardware as well.
The shimmery, padded headboard here in Sassy’s master suite makes quite the statement, too. Note how the pattern of the squares is repeated directly overhead. The room gains a little more drama courtesy of the double-door entry from the main foyer (not visible). The door design is popular among Hargrave customers.
Even the window sheers convey a more high-end feel. Here’s the VIP stateroom, accessed via a private set of stairs from the country kitchen. (The latter is forward on the main deck.) Note the fabric headboard as well. There are two additional staterooms accessible from the foyer outside of the master suite.
Some custom-yacht owners are increasingly making the galley more of a commercial kitchen and therefore a crew-only work area. However, buyers (especially Americans) of yachts the size of Sassy still nearly always want the traditional country kitchen. The arrangement balances the chef’s and stews’ needs to work and move around with the family’s desire to watch and chat.
Speaking of the stews, the owners wanted the crew to have two dedicated access areas to their mess and quarters. One is the customary transom door. The other is unusual for her LOA: the stairway you see toward the right. It leads up to the aft deck, a configuration that’s the domain of much larger yachts.
There’s a mix of work and play spaces on the upper deck, in true raised-pilothouse fashion. Sassy’s captain can take the wheel here on nice days, pointing out pods of dolphins or other sights to the guests gathered on the settee just aft. The table accompanying the settee makes the area a nice dining spot, too.
Farther aft on the same deck, is the all-important hot tub and adjoining sunpad. The setup is abaft yet another settee and dining table, keeping everyone part of the same conversation. A raised bartop keeps cool drinks handy. The remaining area fully aft, partly visible here, is dedicated to a tender and davit.
It’s a safe bet that builders benefiting from repeat customers carefully listen to these clients and do their best to incorporate their requests. The owners of Sassy are in good company at Hargrave, where a little more than half of the buyers have come back for another project. Sassy’s owners seem to enjoy the yachting lifestyle so much, and the Hargrave team in particular, that they’re coming back yet again. They have a 115-foot Hargrave expected for delivery later this year. The new Sassy has a five-stateroom layout that promises even more personalized and creative touches.
For more information, contact Hargrave Custom Yachts.