The word "integrity" takes on all manner of meanings at sea: The integrity of the hull comes immediately to mind. A lesser-known usage refers to the quality and consistency of electronic data. The integrity of one's shipmates, a necessity on long passages-or in a marriage- is even more important. And all of these definitions come into play aboard Sandrine, a new 120-foot Hargrave motoryacht.
Hargrave Custom Yachts built the pretty trideck to order for Rick and Sandy Sorenson, and the entire vessel was executed the way they wanted it. Sandrine is a showpiece, a prime example of how far Hargrave has come in finish and sophistication. It starts with the interior, but it goes well beyond that.
Sandrine has four staterooms belowdecks, a spacious country galley forward, a cozy skylounge abaft her wheelhouse, and an open flying bridge for casual relaxation. No one doubts that Hargrave knows how to build a solid yacht. But Sandrine takes Hargrave to a new level in a number of areas, first of all in their interiors: Mountain verde marble forms the sole amidships on the main deck, perfectly bookmatched in four large quadrants that define the boundaries of the dining room and foyer. There are also a number of cast-glass art panels, including a large one between the dining room and salon, and a smaller one in the skylounge day-head. The skylounge itself is a special treat, decorated in an African theme with tribal masks and art, and finished with wenge and zebra wood joinery.
The interior design was a collaborative effort of Yacht Interiors by Shelley, who have worked with Hargrave on a number of yachts, and Sandy Sorenson. The interior arrangement, the exterior styling, and the naval architecture are by Hargrave's in-house team, and their talents show in little details that may pass without notice unless you're watching for them. For instance, the central stairway that runs from the belowdecks guest accommodations through the maindeck foyer to the upper-level skylounge is a compact design that takes little away from the generous, but still finite, space available on a yacht of this size. To conserve space and volume, the staircase is close to being a spiral, but without the drawbacks of that classic feature. The stairway aboard Sandrine, called a "winder," has a small hollow central core that allows a few more inches of tread for your feet as you climb, making it both safer and more comfortable than a spiral. It's a small distinction, but an important one when you're descending the stairs with the yacht rolling in a beam sea.