The Hargrave 94 Adventure Us II has been written up elsewhere as the “Granny’s boat,” since the primary owner is a grandmother and that’s certainly unique in this male-dominated sport. But that story angle completely misses the essence of the yacht and Hargrave, which designs its yachts from the ground up to meet every expectation from a new owner.
Many production yacht builders say they build custom, but they don’t. They’ll change little things, maybe move a bulkhead a bit, but that’s it. Every Hargrave grows from a blank sheet of paper. In the case of the 94, there is a suggested layout for clients to consider, but the finished product is entirely up to the client.
One such custom touch that was incorporated into this build is the way the artwork pulled from the owners’ collection is displayed, with walls and cabinet tops carefully designed to showcase and light specific pieces of artwork. The saloon, for example, was designed around a spectacular, 1920s-era glass etching of an elegant Parisian woman that was placed and lit in the dining area.
This owner wanted a yacht where everyone could sit at one table and have a civilized meal. This yacht is all about family. And so Hargrave created a stretched skylounge to allow a dining table that will seat—wait for it—20 people! The whole fam-damn-ily on a 94-footer! And when it’s not a long table holding a holiday turkey, it breaks into smaller cocktail tables so three generations can enjoy movies or football games together. For New Year’s Eve, this skylounge hosted 30 people without crowding. Another smart touch on this family yacht is the dayhead in the skylounge and another in the saloon: Kids can’t wait, you know.
The owners wanted an outdoor “feel” to the skylounge so the décor was kept light and airy with white finishes, rather than the usual darker wood often found in skylounges meant to look like gentleman’s clubs. In the saloon, a formal dining table hosts eight comfortably and, if alfresco is your choice, the table on the afterdeck seats ten.
Though usually found only on much larger yachts, this on-deck suite provides a quiet getaway when needed, but it also makes clever use of space. A hidden door concealed behind a nightstand reveals a walk-in closet for the owner’s husband (who calls it his “bat cave”) that draws space otherwise lost to an on-deck locker.
A palatial VIP suite is forward on the lower deck for the grown children, and it continues the geometric Art Deco inlays that interior designer Shelley DiCondina (owner of Yacht Interiors by Shelley in Ft. Lauderdale) used throughout the yacht.
Power for Adventure Us II is a pair of 1,600-horsepower Caterpillar C32 ACERT diesels that give her a surprising top speed just shy of 23 knots, so granny’s yacht picks up her skirts and moves right along. With 3,200 gallons of fuel, she has a range of 1,200 miles at nearly 10 knots, making her economical for longer trips, and yet fast enough to get the family home in a hurry. A 20-kilowatt Cummins Onan generator in a sound shield is easily accessible in the engine room, and all systems are neatly plumbed and labeled.
Hargrave Custom Yachts, 954-463-0555; www.hargravecustomyachts.com
: 230,600 lb.
: 3,200 gal.
: 500 gal.
: 2/1,600-hp Caterpillar C32 ACERT diesels