When someone says a yacht is ready to hit the road, they don’t mean that literally. Yet, in the case of the newest megayacht from Hargrave Custom Yachts, it truly was literal. One of several projects in build right now, a Hargrave 118 “cruised” along the highway in the builder’s home in Taiwan.
The Kha Shing shipyard, where all Hargraves are built, is in Kaohsiung City. However, it’s not directly on the harbor. So, all launches take a trip via truck to the Port of Kaohsiung. Late last week, the Hargrave 118 made the journey during the night. (On a side note, some other shipyards around the world do the same thing. This lets them take advantage of fewer vehicles needing interruption.)
There’s no music in this video, but thanks to the shipyard craftsman who shot it, you learn just what has to be juggled to launch a yacht. Especially a big yacht—one whose width and height could inadvertently encounter trees, street lights, and more on the roadway. Note especially how several people carrying light safety wands gesture to the truck driver to steer the Hargrave 118 left, right, etc. It’s akin to airport marshalling, the visual signaling between the airport ground personnel and pilots on arriving and departing planes.
The megayacht is not yet ready for delivery. That’s set for early next year. As her nameboard indicates in a few scenes, she’ll cruise as Catera.