When an Owner Can Participate in the Design,
It Truly Becomes His
“Custom yacht designs” sometimes seems like a tired, overused phrase. When new yacht builders use the term, but customers still don’t get what they want, it seems meaningless. When Hargrave says they design and build custom yachts, they mean what they say, and their customers and reviewers confirm that.There’s an old saying, “Bragging always sounds better when it passes over someone else’s lips.”
We Could Tell You How Good Our Yachts Are,
But We Don’t Have To
There is no greater compliment than when owners, or especially third-parties, declare your virtues and becomes your biggest advocates. That’s when the bragging sounds the very best and is the most believable. Several of the leading yacht-enthusiast magazines have quoted reviewers and owners telling about their custom yacht designs and building experiences.
“Custom is literally Hargrave’s middle name, and the company takes the distinction seriously.“
Hargrave Builds One-of-a-Kind Luxury Yachts
Every Hargrave custom yacht is designed and custom-built entirely around a specific owner. All design details are customized before production ever begins. By far the most popular custom yachts are those in the 70-foot to 135-foot range, which is Hargrave’s specialty. No two Hargrave yachts are alike because each owners each want something a little different. Hargrave makes sure they get exactly what they want in their luxury yacht.
“The owners of the new Hargrave SEA LEGEND didn’t set out with the intention of building a new 114ft Raised Pilothouse megayacht – more than double the length of their current vessel. . . .
They spoke with several shipyards, but only Hargrave Custom Yachts offered the ability to design a unique yacht that would both fill their requirements and fulfill their far-flung dreams. . . .’We wanted to do all the things that were important to us.’ “
- Louisa Beckett, “114’ SEA LEGEND,” Boat International USA; February, 2009.
Another Bigger and More Beautiful Yacht for the Owners of Sandrine
Up until the last half of 2010, the largest and most luxurious Hargrave motor yacht was SANDRINE. SANDRINE is the ultimate in luxury yachts and is all business when it comes to pleasure. The owners planned every detail into her design. One of Hargrave’s greatest talents is maximizing interior layout space. That skill mimics the roominess, comfort and luxury of mega yachts, in sizes smaller than one would expect. SANDRINE is such an example.
“Hargrave Custom Yachts built the pretty tri-deck [SANDRINE, 120-Hargrave motoryacht] to order for Rick and Sandy Sorenson, and the entire vessel was executed the way they wanted it. SANDRINE is a showpiece, a prime example of how far Hargrave has come in finish and sophistication. It starts with the interior, but it goes well beyond that.”
- Dudley Dawson, “84’ ON A ROLL,” Yachting; January, 2009.
High Reorder Rate is Proof of Customer Satisfaction
Hargrave, and its willingness to bring owners to the head of the designing table, earns admiration and loyalty from its power yacht owners. The fact is, over 52% of Hargrave owners return to build another one. Some owners have come back to build four times in ten years. The reorder rate is the highest of all other yacht builders.
“SANDRINE shows Hargrave is willing to adopt the latest technology, but some of the company’s proven standards will never go out of style. The company’s dedication to Hargrave owners seems to increase with each delivery, a feeling the owners seem to reciprocate. And builds like SANDRINE go a long way to explaining this mutual respect and admiration. It all comes down to one word owners consistently use when they talk about the company: ‘integrity’.”
- Dudley Dawson, “120’ SANDRINE,” Yachting; January, 2009.
With a keen expertise at laying out spectacular interiors, coupled with the ability to create full custom motor yachts, Hargrave can accomplish some remarkable objectives when it comes to making interior spaces the most they can be.
“At 6’6” tall, the owner [a veteran NFL Pro] had established an interior headroom requirement greater than seven feet, a mandate that, according to crewmembers, production builders could not accommodate. As a custom builder, Hargrave could, a capability that earned them the order to build KATINA.”
- Staff Report, “100’ KATINA,” Yachts International; January, 2006.
It Takes Genius to Make the Inside Larger Than the Outside
The most popular overhead height on a Hargrave has become 7’2″ to 7’4″ – higher than any production yacht. Even the latest Hargrave, the 135-foot Tri-deck super yacht, DREAMER, has those overhead dimensions in all living spaces.
Hargrave has entertained many requests for special, unconventional deck plans. Every configuration imaginable is possible with Hargrave’s genius for deck layouts and interior design. Hargrave routinely does what other builders consider impossible.
“We talked to a number of manufacturers, but they couldn’t allow us to make changes to the layouts to get the boat we wanted…. A broker suggested Hargrave and they went to work on a design before we even discussed making a deposit.”
- Marilyn Mower, 82’ ADVENTURE US, Southern Boating; October, 2008.
It’s the Owners Who Make a Hargrave Truly Unique