Review of the Hargrave 105 Superyacht
The Hargrave 105 Irresistible is the owner’s third project with the yacht builder.
A Hargrave owner on his third yacht says, "I love my Hargraves because of one thing.". He says, "Mike Joyce never says no."
A Hargrave Custom Yacht, Irresistible, exemplifies many ways the builder customizes its designs to what owners want. Joyce is the CEO of Hargrave Custom Yachts.
There is a raised pilothouse on Irresistible, which creates an all-weather backup to the flybridge helm. Instead of a sky lounge on board, the bridge is shaded by the fiberglass hardtop. With a new hull designed by Jack Sarin that tops out at 21 knots and cruises at 18 knots, that's already a lot of personalization. Additionally, this owner planned 1,000 nautical mile voyages, so he selected twin 1,600 horsepower Caterpillar C32 Acert diesel engines. According to reports, Irresistible can travel 2,000 nautical miles at 10 knots. In my experience, the hull is also comfortable in Gulf Stream lumps.
Hargrave says the 105 has more than 3,870 square feet of living space, including four staterooms and four heads. Courtesy Hargrave Custom Yachts
A widebody yacht like this has a salon that stretches the entire 23-foot beam, allowing for a formal dining room forward and an entertainment area aft, all with seven feet and two inches of headroom. An aft deck with alfresco dining and lounges is connected to the salon via oversize sliding doors.
On many Hargraves, the galley is designed in the style of a country kitchen and has seating for guests. To prepare and plate meals, the marble countertop stretches 7 feet, 6 inches.
The full-beam master stateroom has a California king berth. Courtesy Hargrave Custom Yachts
Pilothouses are likely to be a gathering place aboard and are fitted with a settee and table, as well as skipper's offices.
The owner's suite is accessed by curved stairs from the salon. It has an 11-foot walk-in closet more than 4 feet wide and a California king bed (6-by-7 feet). The atmosphere is similar to that of a second home on a liveaboard. A twin berth stateroom and a queen stateroom are located off the foyer.
There are 23 feet of space in the salon of the Hargrave 105. There is an average height of seven feet, two inches of headroom. Courtesy Hargrave Custom Yachts
From the galley, stairs lead to the VIP stateroom forward. As with the other staterooms, the VIP has a queen-size bed and an en suite head with a shower large enough to pick up dropped soap, Joyce notes.
With a dining table, a bar with four stools, and space aft for a hot tub, the bridge is likely to be an alfresco salon for entertaining. The Quicklift 2,000-pound hydraulic crane can still launch two PWCs or a tender.
The owner plans to cruise 1,000 nautical miles. During rough weather, this pilothouse will be in high demand.
Irresistible's crew quarters are located behind the engine room. Two crew members have berths that are wider than twins, at 40 inches, in another cabin, while the captain has a double bed with en suite head. Among the other amenities onboard are a galley, a dinette and a lounge.
It will be possible for crew members to maneuver around the two 38 kW Northern Lights generators and the two large Cat diesel engines in the engine room. There is no diamond-plate walkway on this yacht, unlike yachts 30 feet longer. DNV and ABYC standards ensure easy access to the yacht's systems. The yard's expertise in lamination can be seen in the foam-cored hulls and superstructures with exposed fiberglass.
In terms of stowage, Hargrave uses space exceptionally well. All Hargrave 105s are equipped with lockers and drawers in every dead space in addition to hydraulic lifts for raising the berths.
Irresistible's equipment list includes triple Glendinning shorepower cords, Naiad stabilizers, and decor from Yacht Interiors by Shelley in Fort Lauderdale. Whether it's an offshore cruising yacht or a second home, Irresistible is irresistible to me.
Hargrave owners are building their second, third, and even fourth homes more than 50 percent of the time. He means what he says when he says, "Sure, let's do that."