Hargrave’s Sassy — By Diane M. Byrne
|Part 2: “It’s everything they dreamed it would be and more.”|
“The sky lounge is blue to keep it dark up here for nighttime running,” says Chuck McGuirk, one of Sassy’s owners. “It has shooting stars on the ceiling, fiber-optics, and a 42-inch pop-up TV. Once we get done running the boat, we can entertain up here.”
Or they can retire to one of the other customized spaces aboard. Just aft of the sky lounge is an open deck with an oversize Jacuzzi. (“You don’t see a lot of them in a 94-foot boat,” McGuirk notes. “We can fit six people.”) Hargrave also designed a walk-through head on this deck, with doors opening to the Jacuzzi area and the sky lounge inside. It will be an effective waypoint for dripping-wet children to stop and change clothes before piling into the sky lounge for movies.
The McGuirks wanted the rest of their yacht’s layout and features to have similarly practical uses. The main deck saloon is open with lots of seating and places for kids to sprawl on the floor with board games. Forward on the main deck, the galley is oversize, with both a dinette and an island with barstools.
Below decks, the master cabin has a walk-in closet that has been converted to house bunks, for the children of the couple in that stateroom. The athwartships VIP cabin forward is adjacent to a twin cabin for that couple’s children, and the second twin cabin has a Pullman berth to accommodate a couple and a child. The rest of the clan calls the crew’s quarters home.
“There’s 13 of us,” McGuirk says, “and there’s room for 16 people to be able to sleep in beds.”
Of all the yachts the McGuirks might have chosen, the Capri makes the most sense. It’s one of three lines Hargrave produces, including the Raised Pilothouse and Signature Series, from 68 to 120 feet. While those models have thus far been in keeping with Hargrave’s design history, the Capri series was meant to be a break from tradition with a more curvaceous, European look. Sassy’s blue disco certainly makes sense in that scheme.
Joyce says there are design surprises in store for all three of Hargrave’s lines, in keeping with the builder’s philosophy that yachts should be customized to their owners’ wishes. He sees Sassy as evidence that Hargrave is willing to do what other builders aren’t for customers like Chuck McGuirk who have unique ideas and tastes. “He said we were the only people who were actually nice to them,” Joyce says. “They had children with them, and they were fluffed off at every boat show.”
Now that the yearlong order-to-delivery process has ended, DiCondina says the boat’s decor has grown on her. “It’s nothing I would’ve gone out to do, but it’s everything they dreamed it would be and more,” she says. “And you’d be surprised how many compliments we got at the boat show. A lot of people really loved it.”
Most important among those people were Chuck McGuirk and his family, and they still loved it as Sassy cruised toward her home port of Grand Haven, Michigan, this summer.
“They exceeded what we expected,” he says of the Hargrave team. “The quality in the boat, the people that represent it, they’re very accommodating people. And they’re very good about taking care of you after the sale.”
Hargrave Custom Yachts Phone: (954) 463-0555. www.hargrave-usa.com.
This article originally appeared in the July 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.