An owner’s vision results in an innovative interior for a stalwart member of the Hatteras motoryacht series and one that will now be the new standard for the venerated builder.
By Ken Kreisler
H2OME. Aboard this Hatteras 80 motoryacht, with its newly designed interior and on whose transom this boat’s name is adorned, the yacht’s moniker means a lot to its owner and his family. It goes way beyond an enthusiasm for being able to achieve the finer things in life and adds a genuine appreciation for the means to get what one wants and needs. And besides, it is their second home in more ways than one.
“Designing the interior of one of our boats, whether it’s a sportfish or a motoryacht, is just about the same. We always find out, covering every little detail, no matter how minor or seemingly insignificant, how the owner is going to use it and go from there,” says Cullen Moser, Hatteras’ interior designer and one of the Hatteras team most closely associated with the end result of what goes on inside. “With this boat however, things were pretty different. The owner, who already had purchased one of our 80 motoryachts, it was hull #39, came to us and said, ‘…this is what I want, let’s make it happen.’ And so we did.”
Since H2OME’s owner wanted a much more contemporary layout, one that fit his particular lifestyle and taste, more so than the traditional arrangement Hatteras had been offering, Moser, along with construction manager Jimmy Talvacchio, set about turning his dreams into reality.
“Given that he bought this one even before he sold his other boat, we knew we were dealing with a highly motivated owner. To that end, we needed to review each detail, comparing everything from his original layout to flooring and fabrics, lighting, hardware and hinges, as well as having to deal with possibly repositioning structural bulkheads, designing portlights, and, going from 1,600-hp to 1,900-hp, allowing for larger engines, ” said Talvacchio. “We even visited with him at his home in Florida, spending lots of time on the 80 he had at the time just to see where and what we could do. And of particular importance was a redesign of the bridge deck and adding a hydraulic swim platform.”
One of the biggest issues in dealing with building this boat was that the project would push Hatteras pretty far out of its comfort zone. Once the proposal was accepted, a major portion of the ensuing planning discussions centered on how, after 41 hulls, was #42 going to affect subsequent builds going forward. It was a question that any builder would be thinking of. “We knew this was an owner who was just not going to take ‘no’ for an answer,” said Moser. “It was going to be a game changer.”
With a company like Hatteras, whose very DNA is rooted in change, the solution was to go for it. It all started in 1960 with its tenacious and determined founder Willis Slane launching Knit Wits, a sportfishing boat whose construction broke with tradition by being fabricated out of hand-laid fiberglass. By deciding against a wood build, which was the current material of choice, Hatteras would set a precedent in boat construction and steer the industry in a new direction. In 1962, the first 41-foot, double cabin motoryacht was launched thus heralding the beginning of the company’s cruising yacht line.
H2OME is as custom as custom can get from a production builder. Talvacchio and his crew actually had to move a structural bulkhead on the lower level to accommodate one aspect of the redesign, moving it aft some 10 to 12 inches so as to achieve the desired layout. “Once the work began, we maintained a very close relationship with the owner at each phase as the project moved forward,” Talvacchio said as he and Moser took me on a tour.
The aft deck, with its teak sole presents a transom seat with accompanying table for al fresco dining opportunities with a wet bar tucked neatly into the forward starboard corner. Access to the upper deck from here is via a molded in stairway to port.
Contemporary in its presentation with a bit of Euro flair best describes the interior. Entering through the rear glass door, itself an impressive and robust piece of equipment as it silently auto slides open and closed, one is greeted by a wide open salon that can be fitted out in many ways so as to accommodate any kind of family gathering or entertaining space.
For this presentation, on the port side aft, there is an intimate seating arrangement featuring a stylish area rug underfoot and an L-shape couch and two opposing club chairs. Forward of that is a formal dining table with seating for six. Tasteful artwork both hanging on the bulkheads as well as the various other art objects here and there, all handpicked by the owner, compliments the overall design and is an indication of the quality of his personal touch.
The wood floor, with its wide planked design, adds to the striking design as one’s eye is drawn to the sharp lines and finely finished woodwork of the furniture, well-balanced interior architecture, and custom-built cabinetry. “While we left the structural positioning of all the bulkheads here on the main deck, this décor design is all new,” Moser pointed out.
Forward on the centerline, is the access way to the galley. This space has a fully appointed layout and forward eating area and gives new meaning to being able to have outstanding gastronomical opportunities. The counter space, both on the starboard bulkhead as well as the island in the middle of the room, affords the kind of opportunity to create anything from a casual snack to a memorable dining experience. There is a full size stainless refrigerator freezer, ample storage space in finely fashioned cabinetry, plenty of ambient light courtesy of large windows all around as well as forward—which, with the touch of a button, can be shaded automatically—and a pair of sturdy, aircraft-style doors to either side, giving easy entrée to the bow area and its comfortable seating space.
Back in the salon, and on the starboard side, is the hallway down to the four stateroom, four head living accommodations where the dramatic décor theme is continued. Whether in the VIP forepeak, with its striking portlight design to either side, the mirror-image matching quarters of the twin staterooms, or the impressive, full beam master suite, all are tastefully outfitted with fine linens and obvious attention to detail along with more than ample storage space for extended time away from terrestrial home.
For ultimate entertaining while underway, the enclosed and teak-soled bridge deck affords the owner and his family and guests a place from which to not only watch the world go by but be quite comfortable as well. Accessed via the aforementioned aft deck stairway, or by the interior stairway in the galley, this space is the result of both owner and builder input and, as with the interior design, become a permanent change in the 80 line. “We moved the arch back and changed the look of the hardtop to create the kind of the upper deck we knew he was looking for,” said Talvacchio as we stood up on high, surveying the 360-degree views.
A curved bar is to port while a seating/dining area is over to starboard. Moving aft and to starboard is the cooking space, itself enclosed in a beautifully finished cabinet with under counter refrigeration to port. Fully aft is a lounging area with enough room for several chairs.
At the helm, the skipper—or hands-on owner—has command of a vast array of HST installed electronics and large screen navigational equipment, including a Northstar GPS/plotter, ICOM VHF, Simrad autopilot repeater, and Furuno depth and temp gauge. I noted that everything was not only within a comfortable reach but easily seen as well. And for the co-pilot, there is a doublewide seat to starboard.
As with everything aboard H2OME, her engine room is as well designed and laid out as any found on yachts of her size of even larger. To that end, I found plenty of space to get both hands on any piece of necessary equipment, easy access to both inboard and outboard sides of the twin CAT C32 1,900-hp powerplants as well wide open spaces for all critical fluid checks and maintenance areas. In addition, there is abundant storage space for tools, filters, and any other items that may be needed here.
Before leaving for some time away from the dock aboard H2OME, I paid a visit to Bruce Angel, who along with being the company’s marine architect is the Senior VP of Operations and Construction Management as well as overseeing Quality Assurance. “While the performance might be different between true planing motoryacht and sportfish design, whether a 40-knot 63 Convertible or a 27-knot 80 Motoryacht, the same design philosophy goes into it,” he said. “While structural consideration may vary because the boats used in two distinct and different way, the convex bow sections for head entry into the sea and the variable deadrise transitioning at times to zero degrees at the transom, the deep tunnels, the deeper gear ratios to get the maximum efficiency out of the propulsion, and all of the math that goes into the development is the same. “
Because H2OME’s owner wanted larger engines, and because Angel and his team had all the empirical data on his other 80, they were actually able to design the props to match the higher horsepower. “Absorbing the power is easy; it’s getting it into the water so you can really see something tangible. In this case, getting a top speed of around 27 knots. This is as fast as any 80 we’ve built.”
To Angel’s point, the H2OME is all Hatteras while underway. While my time aboard saw calm seas with a bit of wind, there is little concern that she is a comfortable, proven and sea-worthy vessel. Equipped with both bow and stern thrusters, she is quite nimble around the dock whether leaving port or arriving. While speed, range, and fuel consumption can vary from vessel to vessel, and depending on prevailing conditions on any given day, estimated performance includes a reasonable cruising speed of anywhere from 19-21 knots at about 2000 rpm with a fuel consumption of about 122 gph. At that turn of speed, one can anticipate somewhere around a 445 nautical mile range. Knock that down 200 rpm and give up a bit of speed, and further fuel savings can be expected. Given her 190,000 full load displacement, and 2,858-gallon fuel capacity, the Hatteras 80 motoryacht can take you to places far and wide in comfort, safety, and peace of mind.
How far is the Hatteras team willing to go with this proven model? “We’re going to do anything we can to make our customers happy and have already discussed building a 100-foot motoryacht for H2OME’s owner and his family, hopefully in the near future. In addition, and but for adding a bar in the salon, the owners of 80 #46 want what they’ve seen,” Moser said. “On our next hull out, that being #43, the request was to eliminate the starboard stateroom as you come down the steps and instead, make it an additional seating and entertainment space,” Talvacchio added.
Hatteras has come a long way since the company was founded back in the 1960’s. Embracing new technologies, staying ahead of the curve, and giving their owners what they want is the way it has maintained its position in the rarefied air of successful production boat building. And now, with its ability to provide a custom design to suit individual needs and wants, Hatteras will once again, be changing for the better. Hatteras Yachts, 110 North Glenburnie Road, New Bern, NC 28560 USA. (252) 633-3101. http://www.hatterasyachts.com
Length Overall: 79’10” / 24.33 meters
Beam: 21’3″ / 6.48 meters
Draft: 5’8″ / 1.73 meters
Freshwater Capacity: 326 gallons / 1,234 liters
Gray Water: 252 gal / 953 liters
Fuel Capacity: 2,858 gallons / 10,819 liters
Holding Capacity: 388 gal / 1,468 liters
Weight Displacement: 190,000 lbs / 86,183 kilos
Height Above Waterline to Top of Flybridge Windshield: 18’10” / 5.74 meters
Height Above Waterline to Top of Arch: 21’1″ / 6.43 meters
Waterline Length: 68’10” / 20.98 meters
Twin CAT C32A Diesel Engines (1800 BHP)
Twin CAT C32A Diesel Engines 1600 BHP
Twin CAT C32A Diesel Engines 1900 BHP
Twin MTU 16V2000 Diesel Engines 2000 BHP
RPM SPEED (KN) GPH (ENGINES ONLY) RANGE (NM)
2300 25-27 198 357
2100 22-24 160 390
2000 19-21 122 445
1800 16-18 99 466
Fuel consumption is based on (2) engines at any given RPM. Speed and ranges are estimates based on engineering calculations. Range is based on 95% fuel capacity. Actual performance will vary and be affected by water and weather conditions, load and conditions of boat, engines, and propellers. Speed will increase as fuel is consumed. All data is illustrative and not warranted.