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Hargrave 95 Freedom (2018-)

Key Features

  • Semi-Custom Motoryacht
  • 22’ beam
  • 3600 gal. Fuel Capacity
  • 600 gallon stainless steel water tank
  • 4 En Suite Staterooms
  • Large Crew Quarters
  • Twin C32 ACERT CAT Power
  • Naiad Stabilzers
  • 2 Generators
  • Long Standard Equipment List


Length Overall 95' / 28.96 m
Beam 22'
6.71 m
Dry Weight 201,260 lbs.
Draft 5' 11-7/8''
1.83 m
Air Draft 34' 10-3/4"
10.64 m
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A
Fuel Capacity 3600 gal
1,3636 L
Water Capacity 600 gal
2,271 L


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Engine Options

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Std. Power 2 x 1925-hp CAT C32
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Captain's Report

Hargrave 95 running

Freedom is built on a new Jack Sarin-designed 22’ beam hull platform, with foam-cored fiberglass hull, and powered by twin Caterpillar 1925-hp diesels.


The Hargrave 95 is a custom-built motoryacht suitable for private use and for chartering. This report describes a specific Hargrave 95 -- Freedom, hull 95-J03. Freedom has four en suite staterooms for the owner and guests, or for a charter party, and accommodations for five crew members. The layout and all equipment and décor was a collaboration among the owner, Hargrave Yachts, and interior designer Shelley DiCondina of Yacht Interiors by Shelley in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

This yacht can go anywhere she wants, all she needs is the fuel to get there -- and at displacement speeds, because she carries 3,600 gallons (13,627 L), she can go quite far.

Hargrave creates each of their yachts to meet the specific needs and desires of the client, so subsequent 95s might be much different from this one, while sharing a common hull. Custom-building appeals to experienced owners with definite ideas about how they will use their yacht -- about what their yacht's mission will be -- and who want to create a unique vessel to carry out that mission. Hargrave is one of a relatively small number of builders who offer such a high degree of customization.

Hargrave 95 running

Naiad zero-speed stabilizers keep Freedom on an even keel underway and at rest, and Naiad bow and stern thrusters make her easier to maneuver at low speed. Both thrusters and stabilizers have hydraulic-noise suppressors -- not so important for thrusters, which operate only in short bursts, but stabilizers work constantly when activated, so quieter is better.

How to Commission a Hargrave Yacht

Hargrave Custom Yachts has built more than 100 yachts in the last 20 years; and, typically, several are under construction at any one time.

The first step is imagining and creating the yacht on paper, or, today, on the computer. Working with the Hargrave staff, clients determine the size of motoryacht needed to fit the mission, then develop the layout, interior décor, list of equipment, and virtually every other detail of the vessel.

The second part of the process is engineering and building the yacht, which in the case of Freedom was done at the Kha Shing shipyard in Taiwan. For over forty years Kha Shing has been building motoryachts up to 125’ (38 m) in length. Most of its craftsmen have been working there for over 20 years, and some much longer. Depending on the size of the boat, the complexity, and the number of change orders, it can take anywhere from nine to 16 months to complete a Hargrave yacht. Typically, it is one year to 18 months.

After a reasonable down payment, one scheduled payment is made when engines and generators ship and the balance is not due until the very end. This gives buyers time to sell their current boat without being under pressure as the work progresses. Hargrave submits pictures and reports as construction progresses and owners are invited to visit the yard to share in the excitement. The final payment is not due until after the sea trial. Then the boat is shipped to its destination.

The Build

Hull. Freedom was built of foam-cored fiberglass, hand-laid and vacuum-bagged where appropriate. Her stringers are laminated into place with several layers of fiberglass fabric, to create a strong, stiff hull. Vinylester resin is used in the skin coat to prevent osmotic blistering. Otherwise, Hargrave builds each yacht to D.N.V. and ABYC construction standards and full classification is available at additional cost.

Full-time Hargrave staff at the yard work with the builder and engineers on every aspect of the boat during construction. First-class materials and equipment are selected and installed at the yard; appliances and other systems are selected from manufacturers with proven sales and service networks in the U.S., so maintenance isn't an issue down the road.

Once the yacht is launched, she undergoes full sea trials and certification by key suppliers like Caterpillar and Naiad aboard. Once the yacht is delivered in the U.S., Hargrave personnel duplicate the entire process to ensure trouble free boating experience for their clients.

Hargrave 95 running

Freedom's stern platform is relatively small, but functional, and roomy enough for folks to climb aboard the AB Inflatables Oceanus tender when she's launched. The 2,500-pound (1,134 kg) capacity Quick Lift hydraulic davit makes easy work of launching and retrieving the RIB.


  • Four Staterooms: Master, VIP and two Guest Suites – The master, VIP and one guest cabin have double berths, the fourth cabin a pair of singles. The beds in the master and VIP are on pneumatic lifts for easy access to stowage beneath.
  • Seven Heads on Board – The Hargrave 95 has a main deck day head, a large en-suite head in the master stateroom, en-suite heads in the VIP and two guest cabins, and two crew heads. The master head has a walk-in shower. All heads are by Headhunter, which is considered one of the best brands in the business.
  • Crew Quarters – Accommodations for five crew, with direct access from one crew cabin to the engine room through a watertight door.
  • Flybridge Spa/Jacuzzi – There's an 80.5"-diameter Spa City Octi-Round hot tub, with access to the flybridge bar.
  • Fully Stocked with A/V Entertainment Equipment – The Hargrave 95 features big-screen HDTV on the flybridge, in the salon, galley, and each stateroom -- in almost every space. The high-tech stereo system can 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. DirecTV and Apple TV provides the content.
  • 600-Gallon (2,271 L) Water Capacity. This is a place where most builders scrimp for some reason. Perhaps they’ve never cruised with six people aboard or more using the showers, dishwasher, or washing machine for a couple of days.
  • 3,600 Gallon (13,627 L) Fuel Capacity. Only serious motoryachts carry this much and there are not many 95-footers built with this capacity. At 8 knots this boat has transpacific range with a 10% fuel reserve.
  • Vacuum-Resin Transfer Hull. Pulling a vacuum on a hull this big is not easy, but it helps ensure a better glass-to-resin ration.

Hargrave 95 salon

The salon is decorated in minimalist style, with light-colored painted wood, white overheads, lots of open space, large deckhouse windows with Roman shades and plenty of recessed lighting. European hardware -- Italian door handles and German push/pull locker latches -- is used throughout the yacht.

Freedom: Less Is More

Freedom's owners are experienced yacht owners with many vessels under their Top-Siders -- most of them sport fishermen. For their first motoryacht, they asked Hargrave to create a vessel with contemporary American exterior styling and a minimalist, but elegant, interior design.

The result is a yacht that we think hits the mark: She has plenty of eye appeal without being visually aggressive, with lines that recall the latest look coming out of Milan.

Hargrave 95 interiors

Yacht Interiors by Shelley worked with the owners to implement their vision of the yacht’s interior.

Hargrave 95 sofa

The conversation pit in Freedom's salon will seat the whole crew, and is a snug refuge on cool nights or in bad weather. There's equally comfy seating on the flybridge. Air conditioning wafts over the valences above the windows. No ugly vents are visible.

Décor Data

Much of the decking aboard is Balterio-Metropolitan/Misty Oak, Bulkheads and many cabinets are lacquer paint in light gray. Other bulkheads are veneer painted gray. Free-standing cabinets are taupe/walnut engineered veneer. Headliners are lacquer pain in Snow White.

Countertops and decks in the master head are Carrera marble with a honed finish.

Her main deck reminds us of a high end New York City loft apartment, segueing smoothly from an uncluttered living and dining area amidships into the open galley forward, steps away from, and on the same level as, the fully equipped lower helm station. The aft deck, through automatic sliding doors, is ideal for watching the sunset.

Aft Deck

Hargrave 95 aft deck

The aft deck is hard to beat when dining al fresco in fine weather. Stairways port and starboard lead to the stern platform. Another set of stairs leads up to the flybridge deck. Note the stainless steel bitts, and the corresponding hawse holes with rollers to reduce chafe. The bitts are reinforced to tow a 7,000-pound (3,175 kg) boat -- a big center console, for example -- which is something something Freedom's owner does when he wants to fish.

Hargrave 95 aft deck

One needn't be a Captain Courageous (arrow) to hang out on the aft deck. It's covered and furnished way more comfortably than a Glouscester fishing schooner. There's access to the stern platform and flybridge. Because the boat deck extends to the transom, this aft deck can be buttoned with isinglass up for three season use.

Hargrave 95 stairs

Lighted steps lead to the flybridge, a nice touch both aesthetically and for safety.

Dining Area

Hargrave 95 dining table

The main deck dining table seats eight, and is just steps from the galley. We rarely see a square table on a boat and not only is it a good use of space, it also keeps everyone in the conversation.

Hargrave 95 passage

There's unencumbered passage from the salon to the galley and then into the pilothouse, with just a couple of steps to negotiate. We like the barble covered credenza at right which doubles as a side board.

The Galley

Hargrave equips its galleys with top-quality appliances that are easy to maintain and service in the U.S. and Caribbean. Some foreign-built yachts carry European high-end brand appliances; but, good luck finding a burner for the stove, or repair man for the refrigerator on a Caribbean island or in British Columbia. Freedom's galley is a showroom of premium GE, Sub-Zero and U-Line appliances, the equal of any modern kitchen onshore.

Hargrave 95 appliances

The galley is equipped with name-brand appliances that are easy to service in the U.S., not always the case with American and foreign-built yachts which often have high-status appliances with low customer service. Note the watertight door leading onto the side deck.

Because the Hargrave staff has little or no turnover, and handles each customer’s needs long after the boat is out of warranty, it knows what appliances can be quickly fixed, and which cannot. They have been there and have done that.

Having said that, owners can have any appliance brand they want. (Just put it in writing.)

There are auxiliary fridges and icemakers on the flybridge, aft deck and in the salon, and a propane grill and wet bar on the flybridge (convenient to the hot tub).

Hargrave 95 galley

The galley is fitted primarily with GE Profile appliances, with a Sub-Zero drawer fridge/freezer and Fisher & Paykal dishwasher. The minimalist decor carries into this space, which is open and light-filled. Taking food to the salon table is easy for the cook, and feeding the captain at the helm is convenient, too.

Hargrave 95 galley

Is the galley part of the bridge, or vice-versa? Who cares: Any helmsperson is happy if food is close at hand. Note the single Stidd helm chair -- Freedom's lower helm is no place for kibitzers. There's seating for them on the flybridge deck.

Command Center

The primary steering station is on the flybridge deck, with duplicate equipment on the main deck forward of the galley. There's a complete array of Furuno electronics, including all of their high-end models. The yacht carries 72- and 30-mile radars, a Navpilot autopilot, a FLIR thermal night-vision camera and an AIS transponder, something all vessels should have, in the name of safety. Electronic charting is by Nobletec, ship-to-shore communications by KVH Tracphone, bridge-to-bridge by multiple Standard VHFs.

Hargrave 95 helm

The Furuno electronics displays are flush-mounted at the spacecraft-style lower helm, which has exceptionally good sightlines forward and P&S. However, we think the captain will perform close-quarters drills from the flybridge helm. The yacht has bow and stern Naiad thrusters, controlled by twin sticks (arrow). Props are conventional five-blades on straight shafts; no pods on this yacht. But with the two thrusters, a skilled boat handler won't need them.

Hargrave 95 helm

The upper station is basically a copy of the lower, but with better 360-degree sightlines and more fresh air. Again, a single helm seat means the pilot can concentrate on steering, not dealing with chatty companions.

Hargrave 95 fly deck

The flybridge deck is an open-air salon with a dining table, wet bar with stools and a Spa City 80.5" Octi-Round hot tub. The RIB tender with its 90-hp Yamaha outboard lives on chocks behind the camera position; it's launched with a hydraulic davit.

Hargrave 95 sun lounge

There's a sun lounge opposite the hot tub, but we think it'll work fine at night for watching city lights over the stern. NIce lighting effect on the tender, too.

Hargrave 95 fly table

The flybridge table is big enough for all the guests. We suspect most meals are taken here -- the view is unbeatable, and there's a TV for foggy days. The fiberglass hardtop is standard.


How Many Staterooms?

One of the decisions custom-yacht buyers have to make is how many staterooms? Too many, and the cabins get smaller; but if the plan is to accommodate grandchildren and their nannies, then more can be better. Too few staterooms, even though they are relatively palatial, can turn out to be disappointing on some occasions and will definitely limit the yacht’s chartering opportunities.

Hargrave 95 space

Plenty of room to move around in the master, and lots of closets, too. The under-bed lighting is cool.

A good example of big yachts with too few staterooms were the Feadships and Burgers built in the 1960s and early 70s. They were large motoryachts at the time (i.e. 100’ to 125’), but they had only three staterooms. Today, they sell on the used boat market for low prices because they can’t be chartered because they can only accommodate three couples.

Freedom has four guest suites: a luxurious master, two almost-as-luxurious doubles and, finally, a twin-berthed cabin for those who want to sleep alone. All are decorated in the same minimalist style as the common areas of the yacht.

Hargrave 95 master

The full-beam master stateroom looks to us like the bedroom in a posh Tribeca hotel, with its uncluttered Euro-style decor. We like the soft neutral tones that maximize the natural light coming through the hullside windows. And the big flatscreen TV is mounted just right for watching old movies.

Hargrave 95 master head

The master head has twin Kohler sinks and a walk-in shower. All Freedom's toilets (there are seven) are by Headhunter; there's a full waste-treatment system and a 100-gallon (378 L) holding tank. We come across very few large yachts with their own waste treatment, and we’re glad to see it.

Hargrave 95 vip head

The VIP head has an enclosed shower and large sink, with towels stowed on a shelf under it. We prefer this to bumping into towel racks, a hazard in rough weather.

Hargrave 95 double guest

One of the two double-berthed guest staterooms is called a VIP cabin, the other isn't (this is the one that is), but they look similar to us. Both are decorated like the master, but are smaller and not full-beam. There is stowage under the berth, which has a pneumatic-lift opening. Both staterooms are en suite, one with a walk-in shower, the other with a stall.

Hargrave 95 second guest

The second guest stateroom, the one not called "VIP," looks good to us. There's only one window, but who cares at night?

Hargrave 95 head

Here's the non-VIP head with its enclosed shower. We think the line of demarcation between "VIP" and "non-VIP" is very fine aboard Freedom.

Hargrave 95 en suite head

The en-suite head in the twin cabin has a stall shower. Its floor appears to be sloping, but we think that's a trick of the wide-angle lens.

Hargrave 95 twin beds

This Hargrave 95 has one twin-berth stateroom, always a good idea: Not all guests travel in couples, so it makes sense to provide for solo sleepers. One berth slides to create a double in this cabin. Yes, it's also en suite.

Hargrave 95 crew cabin

One crew cabin has direct access to the engine room through a watertight stainless-steel door, an ideal arrangement for the engineer. Note the overhead drop-down ladder that provides alternate egress through a hatch. The Hargrave 95 has accommodations for five crew members.

Hargrave 95 captains cabin

The captain's cabin has a double berth and private head. Nice job if you can get it.

Hargrave 95 deck hands

Deck hands sleep up and down in the second cabin.

On Deck

Freedom has unshaded lounging areas on the foredeck and the after end of the flybridge deck, on both moveable lounge chairs and a built-in seat and sun pad on the foredeck. And there's the stern platform, a bit small but fine for taking a swim or dangling one's feet in the Caribbean.

Hargrave 95 lounge

Freedom carries six lounge chairs for sun-worshipping. The tender is behind these three; the davit is behind the tender. Note the shadow of the KVH satellite domes falling on the tender; one is for communications, the other for TV.

Hargrave 95 bow lounge

After a hard day of yachting, what better place to unwind with a cold drink than on plush foredeck cushions? There are stereo speakers under the seat, so no music need be left behind. Freedom has nonskid decks rather than teak, much easier to maintain and, in our opinion, the smarter choice, from a maintenance standpoint.

Hargrave 95 windlass

The foredeck isn't all fun and games. Dual Maxwell windlasses and chain rodes mean this owner is serious about anchoring. When the anchor's down and holding, the chain is secured in stoppers (arrow). This takes the strain off the windlass. The vertical capstans retrieve rope anchor rodes, which are secured to cleats while at anchor.

Power Plant

Hargrave installs twin Caterpillar C32 ACERT diesels in their 95-footers. These engines can be tuned to produce various horsepower; Freedoms are the most powerful option, at 1925-hp. each. A charter brochure we found on Freedom says she has a top speed of 24 kts., cruises at 21 kts. We haven't tested her, so can't vouch for these numbers, but they sound reasonable.

Hargrave 95 demister

Even in a vessel with a 22’ (6.71 m) beam, the machinery expands to fill the space allotted to it. Note the Delta-T demister vent system which is generally considered the best in the industry to keep salt spray out of the engine room.

Hargrave 95 ac

Three Cruisair A/C units cool Freedom's accommodations. The units are easy to access and service.

Hargrave 95 labeled systems

All systems are clearly labeled and neatly installed. The fuel manifold (red arrow) is complex on a yacht like this one, with twin engines, twin gensets and several fuel tanks. The Reverso oil-change system (green arrow) is next to it. That vertical box below the red arrows is a raw water sea chest, a signature detail of most Hargrave boats.

How Much Horsepower is Needed?

Not every Hargrave 95 owner will need so much horsepower -- those interested in long-range cruising will do fine with less. After the basic 1550-hp C32 ACERTs the small increase in speed increments aren’t worth the commensurately greater fuel burn for most people.

Hargrave 95 engine room

The highly polished stainless steel door at center leads to the crew's quarters. Note the stainless rails around the diesels, an excellent safety feature. Freedom also carries two 38 kW Northern Lights gensets, providing plenty of juice for even energy-hungry guests.

The charter brochure says Freedom has a "reduced-speed range" of 1,700 miles. Since it's necessary to throttle back substantially to maximize range, folks who want to make frequent long-distance passages should consider installing lower horsepower C32s, such as the 1550s, or maybe even something less.

Say What? For years we have heard on the docks that it is not a good idea to throttle back a high horsepower diesel. We’re not sure that is true because when we asked our Cat distributor how he would gauge engine longevity, he responded by saying it all has to do with the pounds of fuel run through the engine. Modern diesels are held to far stricter emission standards (VW notwithstanding) than they once were, and therefore burn far cleaner than in the past at all RPM settings.

Buying a custom yacht lets each owner make his/her own decisions on questions like this, with knowledgeable input from the experienced, veteran Hargrave staff to fend off costly errors.

Partial Equipment List

As we peruse the equipment list for Freedom we notice a number of items that are noteworthy for one reason or another. In no particular order—

  • Two 38 kW Northern Lights Generators. Under normal conditions the boat can operate with just one, but when everything is on, plus a couple of hair dryers, both will probably be needed. We also like redundancy. These fins are huge and will cost the boat a couple of knots at the top end.
  • Hydraulic Noise Suppressors. No stabilizer system should be without noise suppressors.
  • Hydraulic Bow and Stern Thrusters. These are much more reliable than those which are electrically-driven. They are made by Naiad and they are 46-hp and 38-hp, bow and stern, respectively. They also have back-up hydraulic systems on the PTOs.
  • Delta-T Demisters. There are four fans and the plastic vanes which keep salt mist out of the engine room.
  • Algae-X Fuel Filter System. This is in combination with the Standard Racor system.
  • Naiad stabilizers, model 360, with 18.3 sq. ft. fins. They have datum control and the At Rest system, which means they will dampen the roll when the boat is at rest at anchor or at the marina.
  • Chilled Water A/C System. The Cruisair system has a 15 ton capacity.

Standards and Options

These yachts are custom. Other than the structure, almost everything is optional. It's up to the buyer. FYI, the equipment list for Freedom runs 13 closely spaced pages.


Hargrave lists the price of the Hargrave 95 on the new Sarin 22’ (6.71 m) wide-beam hull described above as $8,267,000. Because each 95 is custom, this price will surely vary from boat to boat, depending on the client's needs and depth of pocket.


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 cost more than another of the same quality.

What sets Hargrave apart from all but a few brands is its ability to deliver a seaworthy world-class motoryacht for a price that is usually the same or less than most production yacht 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.

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