The Hargrave 100 series yacht was created for discerning owners who understand all of the possible functions of a motoryacht and who want to create one with their specific uses in mind -- not those of a production boat builder’s designer. There are relatively few builders who will offer the high-degree of customization wanted by most experienced owners -- and, Hargrave is one of those few.
So, the mission of this vessel is whatever the owner wants. In the case of this particular Hargrave 100 -- which was commissioned by a very experienced yachtsman and a repeat Hargrave owner -- it was to be a capable world-cruising motoryacht for 10 people as well as being a five-star entertainment platform. A tertiary mission was to be an attractive boat for the charter trade, if not in her first life, then perhaps in her second one. By building a yacht with five staterooms, her opportunities are enhanced as she ages.
In this report we will describe a specific Hargrave 100 -- Sassy. The layout and all equipment and décor was a collaboration among the owner, Hargrave personnel, and Yacht Interiors by Shelley.
How Commissioning a Hargrave Works
Hargrave has been in business for over 60 years and since they started building yachts under their own brand name have built well over 100 large motoryachts, mostly for the American market. The company is located in Ft. Lauderdale, and it is here that customers work with the Hargrave staff to select the size of motoryacht wanted to fit the owner’s mission, then work out the layout, interior décor, list of equipment, and virtually every other detail of the vessel.
The second part of the process is the engineering and building of the yacht, which in the case of this particular yacht was accomplished at the Kha Shing shipyard in Taiwan. For over forty years the yard Hargrave uses for this series has been building motoryachts up to 185’ (56.4 m). Most of its craftsmen have been working there for over 20 years, and some much longer. All Hargrave boats are designed and built to meet ABYC and CE requirements, Det Norske Veritas class rules, and, in many areas, are built to ABS standards, as well.
Hargrave personnel are permanently stationed at the boatyard and work with the builder and engineers on every aspect of the boat during construction. Generally, three to six Hargrave boats are under construction at any given time in the Kha Shing yard.
World-class materials and equipment are selected and installed at the yard and the yacht goes through full sea trails and certification with key suppliers like Caterpillar and Naiad aboard, and then when the yacht is delivered here in the US, Hargrave duplicates the process again to ensure trouble free boating experience for their clients.
- • Five Staterooms: Master and Four Guest Suites – The master on this Hargrave 100 sits on the main deck, forward of the galley, and Hargrave describes it as the “Pewter Suite,” in reference to the interior design color scheme. The remaining four guest cabins -- on the lower deck -- are named for their color scheme (Citron, Azul, Coral, Jade) and all have en suites and “queen+” berths.
- • Nine Heads on Board – The Hargrave has a main deck day head, a master en suite, and en suite heads on every one of the four guest cabins, aft lazarette plus crew heads.
- • Crew Quarters and Utility/Lazarette Space – The crew accommodations on the Hargrave 100 are easy to access from the galley and main deck, with a captain’s quarters and two additional cabins, a small galley and dining area, and a private head for each cabin. Further, a utility space with lazarette is just off the crew quarters.
- • Flybridge Spa/Jacuzzi – One of the Hargrave 100’s premium entertainment venues, the flybridge features dining space for as many as 16, wet bar and grill, and a hot tub.
- • Fully Stocked with A/V Entertainment Equipment – The Hargrave 100 features as many as six big-screen HD TVs, in addition to stereo capabilities with the ability to sync with smartphones, high-quality speakers throughout the yacht, Blu-Ray players on the TVs, and extensions for using an iPad for control of much of these electronic packages.
Details of Construction of Sassy
Following are some construction details that set the Hargrave 100 apart from many other boats on the market. Some motoryachts have some of these details, but few have them all—
Fiberglass decks throughout -- no interior plywood decks. Extruded fiberglass “I” beams are used under the decks for support.
- • Teak on exterior aft decks.
- • 4” (.10 m) Diameter SS Aquamet 22 shafts; SS Rudders
- • Double layer of sound and heat insulation in the engine room with three layers between engine room and accommodations.
- • Color-coded wiring throughout.
- • Watertight bulkheads in the engine room with Aritex SS watertight engine room door.
- • Three Freeman dog-down steel, commercial-grade hatches on weather decks for water-tight integrity.
- • Hardtop over the flying bridge.
- • Five 13” x 28” (.33 m x .71 m) opening portlights with screens in the lower deck cabins. This is an important safety feature that many boats don’t have.
- • Four aluminum fuel tanks in the bilge of the boat, totaling 3,200 gallon (12,113 kg) capacity, with sumps and acrylic inspection ports.
- • 600 gallon (2,271 kg) stainless steel water tank.
- • Sea chest in the engine room, thus reducing the number of thru-hull fittings. It also means that all raw water shut-off valves are easy and quick to reach because they are all at the sea chest rather than being scattered all around the boat’s bottom.
- • SS Rub rail in a fiberglass 4” (.10 m) protrusion from the hull side from the point of bow flare to the stern. This run rail is supported by solid wood and protects the hull from dockside damage as well as to strengthen the structure.
Notable Equipment on Sassy
As we run our eye over the list of equipment on Sassy, we find a number of items that we deem of particular importance for a vessel of this type—
- • Remote windlass operation from both the lower and the upper helm stations. A 316 SS 210-pound (95 kg) plow anchor with a 300’ (91 m) chain and Maxwell Nilsson VW 4000 windlass.
- • Hydraulic bow thruster; 38-hp with 16” tube. Preferable to electric for durability and long-term operation without overheating.
- • Vimar high-quality sockets and switches in all locations.
- • Three 4-ton CruiseAir chillers, plus two soft-start 18,000 BTU reverse-cycle units in the pilothouse and in the galley.
- • Naiad stabilizers, model 302, with 9 sq. ft. fins and datum controller.
- • Back-up PTOs for both stabilizers and thruster on port and starboard main engines.
- • Glendinning propulsion system controls with one remote.
- • Two high-capacity Jabsco AC bilge pumps in engine room bilge with four pick-ups.
- • Two 30 gallon (114 L) water heaters.
- • Delta-T demisters and engine room ventilation system.
- • In-line recirculating hot water pump for nearly instant hot water at all taps.
- • Headhunter toilet system in all nine heads.
- • Quick Lift 2000-lb. hydraulic tender davit.
- • 1500 GPD watermaker.
- • Twin Phasor 34 kW generators with sound sheilds.
INSPECTION of SASSY
The aft swim platform is fiberglass with standard teak decking and is lined on the aft end with stainless steel guardrails. The owners of Sunny specified that the teak decking be laid on the diagonal, setting it apart from most yachts in class.
Steps up to the aft deck cockpit come to port and starboard with U-shaped teak-lined steps and stainless steel guide-rails. There is a hot and cold shower wand on the aft deck. Also located there are the two standard Glendinning 100 Amp shore power outlets with 125’ (38 m) of cable, and water washdown bibs.
The Aft Deck
Two boarding access points come to port and starboard via small hinged gates with two additional boarding accesses from the bow. The aft deck covered in standard teak sits under an LED-lit, stereo-speaker-outfitted overhead that covers the entire aft deck. Along the transom is a dining settee that can seat as many as ten comfortably around a customized wood table with inlay of the owner’s choice.
To port, a 42” HD TV lowers from a recessed space in the overhead, just above a walk-up bar with icemaker and refrigerator below. To starboard is the access stairway up to the flybridge.
By covering the aft deck completely with the boat deck, not only is shade and rain protection provided for this prime real estate, but it also can be completely enclosed in isinglass creating a three-season venue. When cruising, this is one of the most comfortable and relaxing places in which to enjoy the vessel and the passing scenery. On cool or windy days, the isinglass makes the aft deck warm and cozy.
The Entertainment Deck. Immediately to port upon entry to the flybridge from the aft deck is the boat deck. Because of its size, it can easily handle a large tender. A 2,000-pound (907 kg) Quick Lift hydraulic comes standard. We suspect that the AB tender chosen for this boat will not weigh 2,000 lbs. (907 kg), but it is good to have over-capacity here to handle shock loadings that can occur in some situations.
The decks on this Hargrave 100’s flybridge are painted in a light gray which cuts down on the glare from white fiberglass and is easy to maintain and keep clean. This is a color concept of design followed throughout the boat and is a cooling feature when entertaining in the sun.
Perhaps, most important about this flying bridge is that it can seat 24 people.
Amenities. The flying bridge is covered by a standard hardtop that has LED lighting and the ship’s stereo speakers installed, but is wide-open otherwise. The aft end of the flybridge storage compartments to port and starboard with think high-gloss countertops. A large sun pad and 68” diameter Whirlpool fiberglass hot tub are just forward of the storage to port.
Hargrave calls this sun pad a “sunless pad” because the hardtop was purposely put over it to create shade here. The hot tub has a high-gloss wood bar along its aft end for drinks and hors-d’oeuvres. Just above the sun pad on the portside bulkhead is a 46” LED TV, installed standard.
The flying bridge is divided into five parts for nine distinctly different functions. Not seen is the boat deck, which serves two of the fly bridge’s nine (and counting) functions.
1) Boat deck for storing the ship’s tender and jet ski’s when underway or when not being used.
2) The boat deck is also a sunning deck when at anchor with fold-up chaise deck chairs after the tender is launched and the cradle is stowed.
3) Forward is the BBQ grill which acts much like an outdoor BBQ grill in one’s backyard. Here, the owner (or the ship’s chef) can grill a fresh catch and veg for a refreshing lunch or dinner. The wood countertops to starboard can serve as a sideboard for food, snacks, and beverages. Under them are Sub Zero refrigerator drawers to keep guests well-supplied with cool beverages.
4) Onboard Spa. Next we come to the hot tub and “sun less” pad. To the aft side is a wood counter for drinks and snacks. During the day, or evening, when the boat is at rest this venue becomes a convivial place for guests to get to know each other. Of course, children of the owners, or grandchildren will love to play here.
5) Mega Dinner Party. With the 100’s port and starboard L-shaped settees and tables, with the addition of some folding deck chairs and counting the seven stools at the two bars, this flying bridge can easily seat 24 for dinner. Add a coulple of rented tables to the boat deck, it could probably seat 12, or so more.
6) Cocktail Party Time. By owning a luxurious yacht of this size and quality comes the responsibility to one’s friends of having them all aboard every year or so for an evening cocktail party on the water, either at the dock or in slow cruise mode. With the boat deck cleared of dinghy and chairs, nearly the entire flying bridge becomes a huge venue for cocktail parties. Add the aft deck and the salon below, and this 100-footer can easily handle over 70 people or more for cocktails and finger food.
7) Spectator Boat. This yacht is well-suited to also be a spectator boat. Because her flying bridge is so large, and she has so much built-in seating there are many places for people to sit while they watch the start of sailboat races or Fouth of July fireworks. Add some fold-up chairs on the boat deck, and a couple of dozen people can be comfortably accommodated.
9) Upper Helm. Forward to port is the flying bridge helm, which has a Furuno MFD 12” multi-function display, a weatherproof Nauticomp mouse, and a Furuno RD33 color LCD remote display -- among many other electronic devices. There are far too many to list in this report.
To starboard of the helm is an access stairway to the Hargrave 100’s lower helm.
The interior design was the work of Yacht Interiors by Shelley (YIBS) and the owners. All upholstered furniture in the salon was fabricated expressly for this yacht by American Leather Group. The sectional sofa is upholstered in a linen blend of neutrals. Across the salon are two gray leather chairs.
The cocktail and dining tables are of driftwood gray maple from Toseva and were custom designed for this yacht by YIBS.
The room consists of blends of neutral grays, taupes, and whites to contract with the rich walnut cabinetry and bulkheads.
We would like to point out several important features of the salon/dining area. First, the windows come down low so that everyone seat can see out. This is an important feature for a lot of reasons: bringing lots of light in, ability to see the passing scenery or boats without having to get up, and ability of guests to always see the horizon.
The mullions are thinner than we often see, again providing better visibility. The air conditioning flows out from the valances rather than through grates in the bulkhead. The passage forward from the dining area on the starboard side can be closed off with a pocket door, a good solution for providing privacy to both those in the salon, and in the master stateroom.
The walk-up wet bar aft, we think, is far preferable to a more conventional bar which extends out into the living space and takes up a lot of room. Also, for many people it sends the wrong signal as to the primary use of the salon. The primary drinking and entertainment venue of this particular vessel is on the flying bridge -- where there are two bars.
Décor Details. To port in the aft salon end of the space is a large sectional sofa with upholstered lounge chairs with oyster linen texture upholstery. To starboard are dark high-gloss walnut cabinets.
The galley offers two tall Sub Zero refrigerators, with two additional Sub Zero drawer sets. There are two GE ovens, a 4-burner induction cooktop with exhaust hood, and microwave. There are two stainless steel sink-and-faucet stations with in-sink garbage disposals, and a GE Profile dishwasher. The galley has four separate pantries behind high-gloss wood doors, and two trash containers. The countertops are all Calcutta granite.
The decks are plank wood and lighting is plentiful both overhead and around the circumference of the space just under the overhead storage cabinets.
Consumer Caveat. Galley equipment is specified by the owner in concert with the advice of Hargrave. Since the folks at Hargrave work every day with all other boat owners in the after-market, they know what brands and models of appliances are the most reliable. Sometimes exotic high-end European brands are not the best option when it comes to repair and spare parts in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Reliability and ease of repair trumps status symbols.
Pilothouse and the Helm
The raised pilothouse can be accessed via the fly bridge staircase or the pilothouse door on the starboard side. The pilothouse is a study in the ship’s high-gloss wood designs and upholstered overheads. To port, up two small steps, is an “L”-shaped settee wrapped around a hi-lo cocktail table in the driftwood accent.
This is a comfortable place for the crew to join the captain on long runs. With the table down, a bunk is created for the captain to get some rest yet still be close to the second in command if need be.
The Helm is Jointly Designed by the Owner and Hargrave. In this way the new owner can specify all of the equipment wanted with screen and control placement at the owner’s discretion with advice from Hargrave’s staff. Generally, boats of this caliber are loaded to the gills with electronics. Hargrave has a symbiotic relationship with Concord Electronics located in Ft. Lauderdale, which generally install most of the electronics on Hargrave motoryachts.
Accommodations/On Deck Master Stateroom
The on deck master stateroom is forward of the galley on the main deck. This is a prized location, and most builders go to great lengths to create a functional master stateroom. The stateroom has the same big, wide windows with custom blinds, and carpeting on the decks that we found in the salon. The bulkheads are upholstered with walnut and upholstery in a décor arrangement that sets the tone for the rest of the accommodations below.
All Hargrave owners have full control of the décor design process. This particular Hargrave 100 has for its color palette platinum, pearl whites and pale taupes.
The berth is king-sized, and has two nightstands to port and starboard with walnut storage bases and Calcutta stone countertops. There are storage lockers, including hanging storage space. The aft wall of the space has a 55” LED TV and stereo capabilities with stereo speakers.
On Deck Master En Suite
The on deck master en suite is nearly full-beam and is right off the entrance passage into the stateroom itself. It features another big picture window with a custom shade to blackout the view entirely.
The head has a 40” custom Lacava sink in a trough style with dual Grohe Allure faucets. Floor-to-ceiling cabinetry gives ample storage space for linens and necessities, and also features a full vanity for makeup. The mirror above the sink is large and extends the length of the counter space.
The shower is white Macabas marble including a bench inside, measuring approximately 12 sq. ft. (1.11 m).
The toilet is made by Headhunter and sits between cabinets opposite the mirror and vanity.
Accommodations Deck Lower Foyer
The access stairs down to the lower foyer and accommodations deck are carpeted, with the beautifully appointed designs carrying through to this passage space as well. The decks are slab marble, with upholstered bulkheads and overheads and high-gloss wood storage.
The foyer features a U-line black refrigerator and separate GE washer and dryer units.
Accommodations Deck/Four Guest Staterooms
Hargrave’s guest accommodations are of equal size and appointments and are an attractive touch -- nothing about them feels perfunctory and we think they offer a great way to show elite hospitality to guests.
There are four guest staterooms on the accommodations deck, named for their color scheme: Coral, Jade, Azul, and Citron.
While the size and floorplan of each is not an exact match, they were designed to be equals in scope and accommodation. All have hanging lockers and bedding storage under the berths. Each has either king or queen-plus berths.
Each have walnut nightstands with Calcutta stone tops and driftwood accents continuing up the wall in the same fashion as the master. Each has a 42” HD TV and stereo/Blu-Ray entertainment setups. Finally, all four staterooms have their own private en suites.
The vanities, floors, and countertops in the guest en suites are Calcutta marble. The shower is spacious, with a bright white design, bench, and large porthole for sunlight.
The mirror is large, with the end just above the head resting on opening cabinet doors. Further storage in two separate sets of drawers and latched cabinets opposite the mirror.
Crew Quarters/ Utility Room/ Lazarette
The crew quarters are another facet of this yacht’s mission, making the Hargrave not just capable of longer, well-staffed excursions, but the details -- ample space for a large crew and access routes to keep guests undisturbed by their work -- make for a yacht that won’t just please guests and family, but also the crew.
The crew quarters are designed and finished in the same manner as the rest of the boat, and can support a staff for this large motoryacht. It has a mini-galley that offers a microwave, refrigerator, and sink; dining area with 32” TV; large settee; and 4’ x 5’ table.
The crew quarters has three cabins, each with private heads. The captain’s quarters has a queen berth, a desk, hanging locker for storage, and the same finishing as the staterooms throughout the Hargrave 100. Forward the captain’s quarters are two additional crew suites, with extra-long berths in bunk bed-style design. All the crew quarters have phone charging stations and storage for personal belongings.
Access to the crew quarters comes via the access stairs off the galley and by a door on the port side deck.
This space can be used as a utility space for the crew, staging watersports or dealing with issues away from the guests.
The bow can be accessed by side decks off the forward watertight doors. It has two settee seating spaces, both upholstered -- one is a forward-facing loveseat-sized settee, and the other is an aft-facing V-shaped seat just abaft the stem.
This Hargrave 100 has two main engines, both with the following specs: Twin Caterpillar C-32 1622-hp with V-drives. The use of V-drives provides more living space in the boat. Hargrave generally recommends CAT engines because of their reliability, speed of spare parts delivery, and numerous CAT-certified mechanics in the U.S., Caribbean, and around the world.
Replacement price for the Hargrave 100 as described in this report is $8,700,000.
It should be remembered that today all world-class builders of motoryachts use pretty much the same materials, equipment, and engines. Therefore, the root cost is about the same, transportation and quantity discounts, notwithstanding. What is not the same are tooling costs, labor costs, national governmental taxes and requirements, marketing expenses, design and engineering costs, general overhead, shipping, and two or three-step distribution costs. These items are the ones that make one yacht with nearly identical specs more costly than another.
What sets Hargrave apart from all but a few brands, is its ability to deliver a seaworthy world-class quality motoyacht for a price that is usually substantially less than most builders. Further, the Hargrave organization is very much a family affair, which means the personal care for customer satisfaction comes with an intensity not exhibited by hired sales people that come and go. It also means that this is not their first rodeo in a building project that is as complex as they come in boating.
Standard and Optional Features
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|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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