The 101-foot Hargrave Raised Pilothouse Victoriano had been out of the shipyard just three weeks when I got aboard at last month’s Miami International Boat Show. And what a tour I scored: My guide was interior designer Shelley DiCondina of Yacht Interiors by Shelley. She has worked on more than 70 Hargrave custom yachts, including the three previous Hargraves that Victoriano’s owner has purchased. She knew every nifty amenity aboard this newest, $7.65 million motoryacht, and she pointed them out to me one after the next.
Victoriano boasts only the second on-deck master cabin that Hargrave has ever produced. (The first was aboard the 100-foot Sassy that launched in 2009, not to be confused with the 94-foot 2004 Hargrave of the same name.) Victoriano’s on-deck master is one of four cabins aboard, with another large cabin below in addition to two cabins with twin-size beds that can convert to queens.
“Mike Joyce, the president of Hargrave, likes to say this boat has two master cabins,” DiCondina told me. “Here on deck, the cabin has a single bathroom, while in the largest cabin below, there is a his-and-her bathroom. So this main-deck cabin might be considered a VIP, but me personally, I’d pick this room. The windows let in all the natural light, and the cedar-lined closet is huge.”
DiCondina said Victoriano’s owner asked that the yacht be designed for charter, though he hasn’t yet decided whether to offer it. To that end, Hargrave incorporated enough stowage for three complete sets of china and more than 60 bottles of chilled wine. The commercial galley appears to offer all that any charter chef could need, including double Sub-Zero freezers, a commercial exhaust system, and stainless-steel paneling so highly polished that I thought it was a series of mirrors as I walked past.
Smaller details throughout Victoriano also caught my attention. The nightstands on either side of the bed in the main-deck cabin, for instance, are topped with glass platforms that stand atop stainless posts, creating a second tier where guests can place belongings.
“We learned that people were staining the wood with water glasses,” DiCondina said, “so this solves that problem while opening the entire surface area for the phone, a book, whatever you want.”
Victoriano’s crew quarters are finished to the same standard as the rest of the yacht, with enough beds to sleep six comfortably (again, with charter in mind). In addition, Victoriano boasts 7 feet of headroom in the crew area as well as in the guest areas—serious spaciousness for a yacht in this size range.
And, speaking of space, I made special note of the showers in the twin-bed guest cabins. Often on boats this size, they’re a tight squeeze for larger men. Not so aboard Victoriano.
“Mike Joyce really likes people to have a big shower,” DiCondina told me with a chuckle. “He thinks you should be able to turn around and do what you need to do.”
’Nuff said about this lovely new Hargrave.