For decades yachting was considered a man’s pursuit, and women either came along for the ride or picked out the pillows—but that was never the case with the woman who commissioned Adventure Us II, a Hargrave 94 Sky Lounge. She’s enjoyed a long boating career—in fact, she bought her first boat, a Sea Ray, some time ago, gradually stepping up every few years to something bigger. Having enjoyed life aboard Adventure Us, an 82-foot Hargrave, it was time again for a bigger yacht—and one designed fully around her family’s enjoyment.
With creature comforts galore to benefit the owner’s family, Adventure Us II shows how far custom construction can be taken in a size range dominated by semi-custom yachts and, increasingly, fully production ones. And in this case, the word “family” extends to the crew, too. When’s the last time you saw a 94-footer with a snack area in the crew’s quarters? And when’s the last time you saw a full laundry room on a yacht of this size—rivaling ones aboard megayachts far larger? Many a megayacht owner can learn a lesson or two from the lady of this house.
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.