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How to design superyacht interiors for children

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Designing interiors for children

Some years ago, a client with four small, active children approached Hargrave Custom Yachts to design a 19.8 metre Monte Fino motor yacht. The owner asked the build team to incorporate an aft deck enclosure much like a batters’ cage that would keep his children safely ‘contained’.

Aboard for the first time, the owner surveyed the enclosure, asked if it was strong enough, and then proceeded to launch his 210-pound frame against the screen blocking the steps to the swim platform. As he bounced back he concluded, ‘That’ll do.’ During the demonstration his five year-old had set off to explore the interior. Within 30 seconds the port engine fired up. Without missing a beat the owner muttered, ‘We’ll have to do something about the bridge, too.’

Anyone who has young children understands the patience necessary to venture out to something as innocuous as a grocery store with them in tow. The thought of bringing them aboard a moving vessel might seem completely impossible. Yet, before you change your lifestyle, know that it’s feasible to take small children cruising safely and without losing sanity. If you're considering biulding a new yacht, or even just a family-friendly charter, here's our essential guide to designing superyacht interiors for children...

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