For the past 45 years, a couple in Florida have been clients, and friends, of Carmine Galati at Galati Yacht Sales. Theirs is the kind of relationship that involves going beyond the basics; when the couple wanted to be married on board, Galati became a notary so he could personally perform the ceremony.
And so, when the couple wanted a customized build in the 120-foot range, Galati was eager to help them find the right yard for their vision. The couple already knew Hargrave Custom Yachts because they owned a 101-footer, and Galati had worked on deals with Hargrave for two decades. He felt like the builder was ready to flex its muscles a little more than usual.
“Their abilities are amazing,” he says. “I knew they had it in them, in all aspects.”
The result is the Galati G120 Signature Series by Hargrave Custom Yachts, with Hull No. 1 serving as an example to inspire other owners who have custom ideas. This couple’s requirements included five staterooms instead of the usual four in this size range, along with extra soundproofing for quiet onboard experiences. The owners wanted to be able to cruise at 22 knots and push the boat to 25 knots in a pinch. And they wanted the standard 5,500 gallons of fuel increased to 7,000 gallons, for better range—a requirement that Hargrave achieved by turning the fuel tanks athwartships, in a way that not only allowed the tanks to be bigger but also let them serve as extra soundproofing between the engine room and guest area.
“We did things that Hargrave typically doesn’t do,” Galati says. “We added to the beam. I think we added a foot and a half. Consider what that gives you in volume—it’s a lot.”
The G120′s 25-foot beam allowed for a sizable country-kitchen-style galley, which was a must-have on the owners’ list because they do a lot of family cruising. Other owners can go without the oversize galley and instead move the master stateroom from amidships belowdecks up to the main deck forward. With that layout, it’s possible to add a beach club aft without losing any crew space.
“I ran our service department for 17 years, so I know the importance of crew,” Galati says. “We took the whole design and went into painstaking detail in terms of placement of everything.”
The yacht’s widened beam also allowed for some bigger-boat features such as walk-around side decks and a day-head on the top deck, near the hot tub. Shelley DiCondina of Yacht Interiors by Shelley worked with the owners to select upgraded fabrics, stonework and more. The owners personally visited a quarry in Taiwan to select the slabs that are used in the galley, Galati says.
Catera, as Hull No. 1 is called, was delivered in May 2019 and made her public debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this past fall. The owners have since been cruising in Florida and the Bahamas, where by all reports, Galati says, they feel that Hargrave built exactly what they wanted. That’s especially true of the soundproofing, which is put to its toughest test when the whole family is aboard and the yacht is underway.
“People can be in the hot tub on the top deck, and they don’t hear anything in the salon,” Galati says. “You only hear what you want to hear in every room.”
Going forward, Galati and Hargrave are eager to find the right owner to build Hull No. 2. From contract signing to delivery, the process is expected to take 14 to 16 months.
Onboard wedding planning, of course, is an optional service.
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