For several years, Hargrave Custom Yachts has enjoyed repeat business, seeing its customers gradually step up to larger megayachts. One such customer is stepping up in a big way. He commissioned a project known for now as the Hargrave 184. Emerging from her paint shed this week, she’s stirring excitement for him and his family, as well as the Hargrave staff. The Hargrave 184 reminds them of a same-size project the company’s namesake, the late Jack Hargrave, penned more than 30 years ago.
Since its inception, Hargrave Custom Yachts has partnered with the Kha Shing shipyard in Taiwan to build its boats. However, two exceptions exist: DREAmer, a 136-footer (41.45-meter) from 2010, and the Hargrave 184. Both took shape in Turkey, the latter at HSY in Antalya. Perhaps not surprising, both also are for the same customer, who is now a four-time Hargrave buyer. The dimensions exceed what Kha Shing can handle, so the owner sought alternative sites, with Hargrave’s help. The Hargrave 184 is steel and aluminum, too, whereas Kha Shing specializes in fiberglass.
Set to debut at this fall’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the Hargrave 184 accommodates an owner’s party of 12. One stateroom, the VIP, sits on the upper deck, while the master is in the customary place forward on the main deck. Several lounging and dining areas inside and outside are amid the 34-foot (10-4-meter) beam, too. HSY Yachts’ in-house team is working with the owner on the decor, while Antalya-based Unique Yacht Design is responsible for the styling.
The Hargrave 184’s sea trials are still pending. Hargrave Custom Yachts anticipates a 16-knot top speed and a 12-knot cruising speed, with a range of 5,000 nautical miles.
This is the largest megayacht under the Hargrave Custom Yachts brand. However, she’s not the largest to bear the Hargrave name. In fact, she’s tied for first. The renowned Jack Hargrave had a customer in the late 1980s who commissioned what was then an extraordinary-size yacht. The yacht was Katamarino, launched by Amels in 1991. (Following Jack Hargrave’s death in 1996, his design office evolved into Hargrave Custom Yachts.) Katamarino still cruises today, under the name Paris.
Hargrave intends to reveal more about the Hargrave 184 ahead of her debut at the boat show.
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