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.
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.
Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the daily updated website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she also contributes to Yachts International, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the U.S. Superyacht Association.