Patrizio Facheris of Facheris Design is known for his sleek superyacht design concepts and series from Cobalt, Cruisers Yachts, and RIB makers. In considering how builders try appealing to buyers, he says he often asks himself, “Who can use some help?” That question led to conversations with Michael Joyce, CEO of Hargrave Custom Yachts. Several months later, Hargrave is expanding its horizons, in what Joyce calls “our fourth generation of styling.”
Hargrave Custom Yachts has delivered more than 100 custom projects over the past 20 years. Joyce says the team realized it also would help having pre-engineered models with a choice of layout plans. This way, new clients can more quickly say yay or nay. Additionally, the builder can “start producing them without waiting for each buyer the way we do with custom yacht building,” he explains. Therefore, “the challenge for Patrizio is to help us create a new line of ‘production boats’ that have all of our best ideas.”
Facheris agrees with that characterization, adding that Joyce instructed him, “’Do what you think needs to be done.’” With three decades of yacht-design experience, he believes a yacht first and foremost needs to look elegant. Equally important, he says the looks and lifestyle amenities need to remain relevant “at least 10 years from now.”
The first Hargrave from Facheris Design is the Hargrave 120, a raised-pilothouse megayacht. “We developed it with four-, five-, or six-stateroom layouts, options for an elevator, country kitchen, etc.,” Joyce notes. Furthermore, since Facheris Design is in Miami, Facheris can easily visit Hargrave’s Fort Lauderdale office. “Clients love to sit down in person with the designer as part of the experience,” Joyce says. Facheris agrees, adding, “The success of my company is I mix the American flair with the European flair.”
While the Hargrave 120 has not yet started construction, she’s the first of several Facheris Design projects for the yard coming over the next five years. They’re all “what I believe is the next generation of boats,” Facheris states.
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