When a yacht is intended to join the crowded South Florida charter circuit, she has to stand out. In order to make their new 100-foot Hargrave King Baby into one of the more memorable vessels around, the yacht’s owners hired Yacht Interiors by Shelley, which gave her a truly unique look.
The attention to detail is readily apparent. In the saloon, the camphor-burl gloss cherry cabinetry is at waist height, engendering an open feeling. Boyd Pacific Heights sconces along both walls, as well as Boyd Palos Verdes light fixtures in the suede-based, quilted diamond overhead, further increase the sense of space. (Of course, the 7'2" of headroom doesn’t hurt either.)
Fine dining is another key to making a name in the charter market, and getting meals onto the table requires a proper galley and a great staff. In order to entice the best chefs, Hargrave outfitted King Baby’s galley with GE appliances and Larbrodite Blue Australian granite countertops. And when meals are ready, guests will be able to enjoy them at the eight-person, platinum-glazed dining table located in the forward end of the saloon. (A gloss-cherry soffit in the overhead reiterates the curves of the table beneath it.) If that’s not enough, there’s also a Renaissance Glassworks custom crystal sink mounted on emperadora dark marble in the day head.
Pampering guests is what chartering is really about, and this yacht’s flying bridge has all the amenities to do just that. A 60-inch-diameter Jacuzzi tub, gloss-teak bar with star inlays, and retractable sunroof all add to a relaxing ambiance. But the crew isn’t left out: Their quarters even have customized marble shampoo holders.
But there’s more to the dcor than just stone and hardwoods; there’s also theming. Photographs of famous rockstars from The Rolling Stones to Motley Cre can be found in the staterooms, stairwells, pilothouse, and even the heads. And King Baby Studio jewelers of Santa Monica, California (whose owners are close friends with those of the yacht), created the boat’s logo, which adorns the engine room door, soft goods, and other accessories aboard.
To keep the rock’n’roll theme from extending to the vessel’s at-sea performance, Hargrave outfitted her with a pair of nine-square-foot Naiad stabilizers. A 19-inch keel is also part of the hand-laid fiberglass hull, which features a foam-cored, resin-infused stringer system. Hargrave claims a top speed of 21 knots and a cruise speed of 18 knots. At 12 knots, this 220,000-pound (wet) vessel has a range of 1,000 miles, which will take charter guests anywhere in the Bahamas without having to refuel. Twin 40-kW Phasor gensets should provide all the power they need for overnight anchoring. As for shoreside excursions, they can be made with the PWC or the 16-foot Nautica tender. King Baby charters for $45,000 per week.
CONTACT: Hargrave Custom Yachts, (954) 463-0555. .
This article originally appeared in the May 2009 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.