Har­grave 80

Power & Motor Yacht - - NEW BOATS -

Ev­ery so of­ten a new model comes along that turns our per­cep­tion of a builder up­side down. For me, a new Har­grave 80 ap­pro­pri­ately named Deal Maker did just that, start­ing with its metal­lic brown-ish hull color. Now, that’s dif­fer­ent, I thought to my­self.

“Yeah, Ster­ling Paints made a cus­tom paint just for this boat,” con­firmed Har­grave Pres­i­dent Mike DiCon­d­ina. “Like most of the fea­tures aboard, the owner got to pick the color. He liked a mocha and a choco­late color but wanted to com­bine the two so that’s what he got.”

Deal Maker’s owner is a re­peat Har­grave cus­tomer who was look­ing to down­size from his 100-footer yet main­tain his cruis­ing am­bi­tions with just a cap­tain and stew aboard.

Like many Amer­i­can yachts­men, this owner knows that a happy crew means a happy you, so he pushed Har­grave and de­signer Jack Sarin to add com­fort to the crew’s quar­ters; he was adamant that their ac­com­mo­da­tions have two state­rooms, two heads, and a com­pa­ra­ble crew mess to what he had on his 100.

That’s not the only thing the owner re­fused to give up, ac­cord­ing to DiCon­d­ina. The owner also wanted to main­tain the his-and-hers bath, the same amount of closet space, and the nice-sized bar on the up­per deck.

If you for­got Har­grave built sub-100-foot­ers you’d be for­given. The builder pro­duced two 76s—the most re­cent be­ing com­pleted three years ago—from a dammed mold that ac­com­mo­dates hulls of 70 to 85 feet LOA. It was ul­ti­mately agreed that ev­ery­thing the owner wanted could be ac­com­mo­dated within an 80-foot shell.

There are dif­fer­ences be­tween the 80-foot Deal Maker and his 100-footer, of course. “In­stead of our tra­di­tional built-in seat­ing they wanted to go with club-style seat­ing, so it’s low,” says DiCon­d­ina. “We found a cus­tom fur­ni­ture guy for them in Mi­ami and locked it down.”

It wasn’t just in the ac­com­mo­da­tions where the de­ci­sive owner made his de­mands known, but in the range as well. “He re­ally wanted a range of 1,000 nau­ti­cal miles; we man­aged to achieve that at 11 knots with full fuel and wa­ter.”

Asked if there was any­thing Har­grave couldn’t ac­com­mo­date, DiCon­d­ina laughs. “All I do is say yes. I don’t say no un­less it’s un­safe. We’ll ad­vise about re­sale, of course, and the mar­ket. But then we’ll get with Jack [Sarin] and go over ev­ery­thing to make sure all el­e­ments, from the lam­i­na­tion process to the bal­ance and cen­ter of grav­ity, are on point.”

When a cus­tom boat­builder like Har­grave is will­ing to match your vi­sion to that de­gree, it makes me think that the Deal Maker moniker is a bet­ter fit for the builder than the boat her­self.

— Daniel Hard­ing Jr.

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