Custom Yachts 94 Carissima — By Diane M. Byrne
— March 2003
The Third Time’s the Charm
|Part 2: The most striking touches are reserved for the master.|
All of these details highlight a practical, open layout. "This is my floating house, not [just] a boat," Menzano says, referring to how comfortable he feels aboard. "I can enjoy staying in any one [room] for a while." For example, the saloon and dining area occupy the same deck space but are separated by a buffet-like room divider. That room divider in turn conceals a pop-up television, positioned for easy viewing from the bar in the aft port corner or the conversation area in the middle of the saloon. It's easy to imagine the Menzano children, ranging in age from three to 27 years old, watching one of their favorite videos or, if Carissima is en route to a major destination, the family calling up a chart of the area, as the yacht's integrated computer system allows information to be shown on all monitors and TVs. Regardless, the central seating area is definitely more convivial than the customary approach of flushing furnishings to each side of the room.
Also more convivial is the galley layout. As you'd expect of a 94-footer, Carissima has a country kitchen, featuring a C-shape settee and table. But it faces aft, a different configuration than previous Hargraves and even most other builders' offerings, treating the Menzanos to the finest show onboard. Also as an improvement over previous models, the galley contains two extra drawer-style refrigerators and freezers, beyond the customary stand-up unit; those will certainly be put to good use on the Menzanos' voyages.
The Menzanos could--and should, in my opinion--opt to dine outside on the upper deck. Most tridecks up to 100 feet LOA feature a rather small area that's really only suitable for stowing a tender, but Carissima features one of the largest upper aft decks I've seen on a yacht this size. Hargrave decided to extend the deck to fully overhang the main aft deck below. This created room for a C-shape banquette to port, opposite a sink and a space large enough to retrofit a grill, plus a davit and tender aft.
Back inside, in a step that's mindful of young children and even those adults who sometimes have two left feet, Hargrave placed glass panels alongside the floating staircase, opposite the dining area. It leads up to the enclosed bridge and sky lounge, which features more of the intricate design work mentioned previously. In the sky lounge, the bar to port is adorned with black-leather triangles and gold-tone diamonds. (I overheard one Hargrave staff member, referring to the bar's proximity to the helm, joke, "It's always good when the captain gets his own bar.") In a clever touch, when the family is seated aft in the sky lounge, they can watch the television that's to starboard either by simply bending down and opening the cabinet doors or pressing a button to have it rise up.
Continuing the emphasis on family, the 94 features all four staterooms off the same foyer, accessed via an aft staircase in the saloon. (In a smart move, that foyer also contains a concealed washer and dryer.) Shoji screens in each room--the master with double-door entry, two twin staterooms with Pullmans, and a queen stateroom--have a subtle bamboo pattern on them. But the most striking touches are reserved for the master. Leather and high-gloss wood cover bulkheads, and there are even decorative inlays on the closet doors. The woodwork is smoothly finished on all sides (I even ran my hand underneath the TV cabinet and above the vanity to check).
If the Menzanos decide to stay in port for a while and give the crew some time off but still want extra friends or family to stay aboard, the crew area, accessed forward of the galley, could certainly do the trick. A bunk-berth stateroom shares a head with a double cabin below decks. Since the area was designed for crew, however, there's a dining mess (which also contains a concealed washer and dryer) and, in the bunk stateroom, a ladder leading to a foredeck hatch.
And even though guests typically don't venture into engine rooms, Hargrave gave it the same spacious treatment as the relaxation areas. I paced off about eight feet of space from the entrance to the twin Caterpillar 3412s, and headroom appeared to be about six and a half feet. There's also one step down between the engines, although there isn't outboard walking space.
When Menzano and I last spoke via satphone while he was still in the Bahamas, he had just finished telling me how he wanted to help make Hargrave more of a national name, and even an international name, by exhibiting the yacht at shows in Newport, California; Seattle, Washington; and Sydney, Australia, when his three-year-old daughter entered the room. She kept asking who was on the line, so he simply handed her the phone, and the two of us promptly had a short but sweet conversation, ending with her telling me she was blowing kisses ("besos!"). Not until she's much older will she realize how fitingly she embodied the sharing spirit of so many Hargrave owners, just like her dad.
Hargrave Custom Yachts Phone: (954) 463-0555. www.hargrave-usa.com.
This article originally appeared in the March 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.