By Charl van Rooy
Hargrave has over the past forty years established themselves as a genuine market leader in the American yachting community. They are a prime example of an American run shipyard constantly adapting to changes within the market, and with their latest creation, the 101’ Sassy, this philosophy becomes all too clear.
The partnership Hargrave has with fellow Fort Lauderdale based interior designer Shelley DiCondina from Yacht Interiors by Shelley (YIBS) is reaching nearly one hundred projects, and it is this consistency that has resulted in a wonderfully spacious and well laid out vessel. “Our theory has always been that yachting is supposed to be comfortable and not just pretty for your 20 minute tour,” says the designer.
On an exterior level, Sassy shares a very similar design to her previous 101’ sisters. Hargrave has however altered the transom of this latest edition with a very distinctive curved shape, adding a more sporty appearance.
A wide staircase on either side of the transom leads up to the aft deck where the diagonal teak deck is what captures your attention first. A large cushioned settee follows the natural curvature of the transom and together with individual deck chairs provides comfortable seating for six. An outdoor entertainment area with bar and sink is on the port side with an access door to the crew quarters directly below, to starboard.
The main saloon and dining area on Sassy is quite different to previous Hargrave interiors. DiCondina opted for neutral colours fused with a mix of soft and textured materials. The interior was finished for the first time using European Cherry wood; a lighter variant to the American Cherry wood commonly found on other Hargraves. Together with large side windows, the use of this wood further brightens up the space.
All furnishings in the main saloon are custom designed for Sassy. The lounge area seats ten guests comfortably and features tones of grey, silver and some black. Touches of mineral blue add a vibrant feel throughout. Past the eight seating dining table to starboard is a corridor leading through the very impressive loft-style foyer and finally into the trademark American-style full beam galley placed forward.
The galley features a large Silestone Yukon-top island with an L-shape workbench finished in the same glistening white stone. There is great storage both overhead and under the countertops while leaving plenty space for the large windows to offer those priceless early morning sunrises. Appliances are finished in modern brushed stainless steel and a 26’’ TV rounds off the amenities.
The VIP cabin is located forward and is connected to the galley by a staircase to starboard. This cabin features large storage space despite its forepeak location, with two hanging closets and six under bed drawers.
The remaining three cabins are situated on the lower deck with two guest cabins forward and the full beam master suite placed aft. The impressive lower foyer features a striking Pearlato marble floor design which is echoed in the mirrored ceiling above.
Each guest cabin’s main focal point has to be the elegantly styled headboards. These frame the cabin’s portholes perfectly and lend a homely feel to the space. The silver/grey colour tone from the main living area is continued here and adds a feeling of airiness to the entire cabin. Each guest cabin has an en suite bathroom, spaciously laid out for a boat of this size.
The master suite is elegantly decorated with the tasteful use of boxed patterned upholstery finished in a high-end vinyl veneer. The stylish silver colour theme is even more evident here and the dual mirrors above the nightstands reflect these colours throughout the cabin. The space is wonderfully laid out for both him and her with large separate closets in each forward corner of the cabin. The full beam of the yacht has been made use of in the en suite too, with an impressive walk through area connected by a very large shower and his and hers areas on either side.
The yachts exterior trump card is most certainly the large and airy flybridge area, connected to the interior through the bridge and main foyer. It is clear that much thought has gone into the layout of this area, with the entire deck being divided into separate meeting areas. A functional bar is situated just aft of a forward facing bench and directly serves the two large L-shaped lounges placed midships.
There is a ‘sunless pad’ aft which caters for guests who enjoy being outside but not necessarily in direct sunlight. A spa tub with teak table and three bar stools forms part of the sunless pad, and can be completely covered to expend the surface area should guests choose to do so.
A private meeting area for guests can be found on the foredeck where two separate settees offer a tranquil spot to enjoy the surrounding views.
With the launch of Sassy, Hargrave has shown to be a shipyard with great experience and a bright future ahead.
Yacht Interiors by Shelley
Fort Lauderdale, United States
Hargrave Custom Yachts
Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States