A Dream Come True
The 136-foot Dreamer represents a lot of firsts for Hargrave
Dreamer was a real stand-out on Collins Avenue during the recent Miami International Boat Show. As I walked past I noticed her large forward windows, which really separated her from the pack. This 136-footer embodies some big firsts for the builder: the first composite Hargrave, the first Hargrave built in Turkey, and the longest Hargrave yet. So when I found out there would be cocktails onboard at 5 p.m., I knew I had to check out this yacht.
I learned that when the owners said they wanted a lightweight composite yacht, Hargrave suggested a Turkish yard with an excellent track record with that material. I also learned that because this was the first Hargrave to be built there, there were some challenges to overcome, but I sure couldn’t tell by looking at this beauty.
One of the stand-out features of the yacht is the galley with breakfast dinette. The counters have been raised to suit the needs of the owners, who do a lot of their own cooking.
Another is the crew quarters, which are fitted out with the same level of detail as the rest of the yacht. Mike Joyce, Hargrave president, explained that this is a subtle message to the crew indicating their importance.
I walked up to the skylounge, which has an unusual dark-wood floor featuring circles in concentrically expanding patterns. They looked as if someone had dropped pebbles to purposely disrupt the grain of the wood. Up one more level I came to the sundeck with its second helm station—coincidentally where the drinks and appetizers were. The owner and family were seated on the starboard banquette. They explained that the name on either side reads DREAmer because it combines the English word dream and the French word mer, or sea, to yield “sea dream”.
As the sun was setting, I sat there with a glass of white wine in my hand thinking how this yacht really must have been their dream come true.
This article originally appeared in the June 2011 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.