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                    HATTERAS YACHTS LOOKS EAST

The iconic American sportfish builder inks an agreement with European SNO Yachts.

                                    By Capt. Ken Kreisler

Since it appeared on the scene in 1959, and led by its no-nonsense and visionary founder Willis Slane, Hatteras Yachts has continued to be in the forefront of sportfish design and technology.

With such innovations as full hull infusion, its GT Series of sportfish yachts, and a newly designed motoryacht line up, led by the 100 RPH, New Bern, North Carolina-based Hatteras Yachts is an industry leader.

Hatteras/CABO President John Ward.

Hatteras/CABO President John Ward.

Recently, and with the same determination that continues to drive the iconic builder forward, Hatteras Yachts has launched Hatteras Yachts Europe. This joint venture with SNO Yachts, its dealer for Italy, France and Monte Carlo, will see SNO oversee the distribution of the Hatteras boat range across Europe.

“This partnership will allow us to be the official voice of Hatteras in 32 European countries, providing customer service and an exclusive and direct contact with the American shipyard,” comments Andrea Pirro, president of SNO Yachts. To commemorate the event, the GT63 will be available for the first time Europe and be at both the 2014 Cannes and Genoa boat shows.

The awesome GT63 will be available in Europe for the first time.

The awesome GT63 will be available in Europe for the first time.

“SNO Yachts is an important partner for us and a significant way to show our appreciation will be the degree of independence with which the brand Hatteras Yachts Europe will be promoted,” commented John Ward, president of Hatteras Yachts.

The SNO team is ready for its new partnership with Hatteras Yachts.

The SNO team is ready for its new partnership with Hatteras Yachts.

SNO Yachts is based in Olbia, in Sardinia, Italy. Other locations include Porto Cervo, Porto Rotondo, Puntaldia, Roma, La Spezia, Lavagna, Lignano, and Monte Carlo.

For more information, please visit http://www.hatterasyachts.com and http://www.snoyachts.com

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Posted by on March 4, 2014 in Dock Buzz

 

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Boat wake from bridgeChange For The Better

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

The latest Hatteras 80-foot MY, H2OME, sports a brand new paint job as well as a game changing interior.

The latest Hatteras 80-foot MY, H2OME, sports a brand new paint job as well as a game changing interior. (Photo: 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.

Interior Designer Cullen Moser (right) and Construction Manager Jimmy Talvacchio are all smiles in H2OME's main salon.

Interior Designer Cullen Moser (right) and Construction Manager Jimmy Talvacchio are all smiles in H2OME‘s main salon. (Photo: Ken Kreisler)

“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.”

Moser and Talvacchio worked very closely with the owner so as to achieve the dramatic and contemporary design statement of the yacht, here typified in the main salon.

Moser and Talvacchio, and their Hatteras design team, worked closely with the owner to achieve the  contemporary decor statement of the yacht, here typified in the main salon.

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.

The spacious aft deck offers the opportunity for al fresco dining.

The spacious aft deck offers the opportunity for al fresco dining.

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.

Wide open spaces and plenty of counter room will make the galley one of the centerpieces aboard this Hatteras Yacht.

Wide open spaces and plenty of counter room will make the galley one of the centerpieces aboard this Hatteras Yacht.

Hatteras 80MY Galley 2

The forward section of the galley is also available for dining.

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.

Comfortable seating on the bow guarantees a front row seat from which to view the sights while underway or on the hook at a special anchorage.

Comfortable seating on the bow guarantees a front row seat from which to view the sights while underway or on the hook at a special anchorage.

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.

The expansive bridge deck is a great place to entertain and dine as well.

The expansive bridge deck is a great place to entertain and dine as well.

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.

The bridge helm has all the necessary space for flush mounting any array of your personal electronics and navigational instruments.

The bridge helm has all the necessary space for flush mounting any array of your personal electronics and navigational instruments. (Photo: Ken Kreisler)

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.

Carefully planned and laid out for maximum ability to reach all important maintenance areas as well as critical fluid checks, H2OME's engine room is as good as it gets.

Carefully planned and laid out for maximum ability to reach all important maintenance areas as well as critical fluid checks, H2OME‘s engine room is as good as it gets.

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. “

Bruce Angel discusses some of the dynamics about his hull design on the 80 Motoryacht.

Bruce Angel discusses some of the dynamics about his hull design on the 80 Motoryacht. (Photo: Ken Kreisler)

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.

Comfort and luxury are found in all the living accommodations and especially in the master stateroom.

Comfort and luxury are found in all the living accommodations and especially in the master stateroom.

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

SPECIFICATIONS

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

ENGINES
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

PERFORMANCE
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.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2013 in Sea Trials

 

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GYROS GIVE HATTERAS OWNERS “A MAGIC CARPET RIDE”

When Lt. Commander Scott Armstrong and his wife, Tiana, bought a 1979 Hatteras and gave her an extensive makeover, they had a specific vision for Finders Keepers.  “We didn’t want to just scamper from marina to marina,” said Tiana.  “We wanted to explore remote locations.”  Seakeeper helped them achieve that mission with the installation of two M8000 gyros.

Moored in MWR Harbor in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Finders Keepers’ recent refit transformed the 59′ Hatteras into a Kennedy-esque, retro-style yacht with 21st-century amenities.  When it came to stabilizing options, Scott said, “none satisfied our need for stability while underway and at anchor except for Seakeeper gyros.  We looked at the engineering and found Seakeeper would allow the Hatteras to do what she was always intended to do — go to sea.”  The M8000 gyros were installed by Gulf Coast Hatteras, Seakeeper’s dealer/service and installation partner in Alabama.

Before the gyros were fitted, “significant swells necessitated maintaining precise seamanship or our salon looked like a scene from The Exorcist with everything moving around,” said Tiana.  “Remaining on the flybridge was out of the question.

“After the Seakeepers were installed, a ‘magic carpet ride’ is a far more apt description.  Several of our guests are nervous at sea, but now everyone loves the experience, because the boat’s motion is far more predictable and gentle.  Seasickness is a thing of the past,” Tiana continued.  “It allowed my 70-year-old mother-in-law to move about safely in conditions that would have prevented her from doing so before.”

It was determined that the best location for the gyros was immediately beneath the master stateroom bed.  “The Armstrong’s were apprehensive about the noise,” said Gulf Coast’s marine electronics supervisor, Porter Lloyd.  But there was no need to worry.

“We are completely unaware of their presence,” said Tiana.  “The white noise of the generator and air handlers is several times louder.  And, there is no vibration unless you actually touch them.  It’s hard to believe there are steel flywheels whizzing along at 8,000 rpm a mattress away!  People’s eyes bug out when I show them off.”

The Seakeeper gyros also create fuel savings for the Armstrong’s.  “I can plan voyages without constantly maneuvering relative to the sea state, wasting time and diesel trying to find a smooth ride,” said Tiana.  “The vessel’s control has been improved and she tracks more precisely.  We also noticed that heave is a bit more controlled, due to the gyros’ position relative to the center of gravity and waterline.”

Seakeeper M8000 Gyro.

Gulf Coast Hatteras also oversaw Finders Keepers‘ comprehensive refit, including hull sandblasting, repainting and woodwork.  “We also built a new dining area, modernized the electricity, installed system monitors, and updated the fuel system and watermakers,” said Lloyd.

“Installing gyros under the master stateroom is unusual, but proves our flexible mounting options,” said John Kermet, Seakeeper VP of sales and marketing.  “To bring stability and more safety to a 33-year old classic yacht is rewarding.”  With no external appendages, Seakeeper gyros deliver unmatched stability whether a boat is at anchor, low speed, or underway.

Contact Seakeeper, 44425 Pecan Ct., Ste. 151, California, MD  20689.  410-326-1590.  sales@seakeeper.com,www.seakeeper.com

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2012 in Dock Buzz

 

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Boat Builder’s Profile

The New Hatteras GT Series

LAUNCHING A NEW GENERATION OF LEGENDS!

When Willis Slane launched the first fiberglass sportfishing boat in 1960, he established a solid foundation for what has become the world’s leading builder of luxurious convertibles and motoryachts. During the 50 years since, the 41-foot Knit Wits hit the water, numerous Hatteras models have so proven their mettle offshore that they remain industry benchmarks.

Today, that never-ending quest for perfection has brought the fleet to new heights and given birth to the new Hatteras GT Series. Thanks to intelligent engineering, innovative layouts and advancements in construction technology and hull design, these models are sure to thrill anyone looking for speed, style, a soft ride, long-lasting quality,and a rock-solid hull.

The new Hatteras GT Series is comprised of three models, the new GT54, the redesigned GT60, and the new GT63. This exciting family of tournament-class convertibles is designed for serious anglers and comes to market with best-in-class performance, unforgettable styling, and a construction pedigree that has made Hatteras Yachts the gold standard.

We invite you to take a closer look at these legends in the making!

Tournament Speed

GT63

The Hatteras GT Series is about unsurpassed performance and seakeeping. Each model in the series has a minimum top-end speed of 41 knots at full load, a 36-knot cruise, and range exceeding 400 nm. This performance is made possible by utilizing resin infusion technology in our solid fiberglass bottom hulls. This provides increased strength while allowing the boat to be much lighter than a traditional hand-laid vessel. Achieving these speeds while preserving our legendary ride, these convertibles represent the next generation in hull design from Hatteras.


Classic Styling

GT54

Design began with a study of generations of Carolina-built classics to create a forward-thinking design. As a result, the Hatteras GT Series is a showcase of style that harkens back to the grand years of sportfishing and family cruising. Each model features a striking bow flare, a well proportioned foredeck and sleek deckhouse, as well as tumblehome aft. In essence, we’ve updated the look of the Carolina-style boat. The distinctive styling is so timeless, we believe convertible lovers will be admiring the lines for years.


Fishability

GT60

Equipped to meet the standards of the most competitive anglers, these cockpits are designed for improved fishing as well as increased relaxation. Mezzanine seating is designed for comfort and cockpit features include a dedicated tackle center, in-deck fish boxes, and a recirculating live well at the transom. Stowage is excellent, with compartments for gaffs and boat hooks along with ample rod storage. Teak is available for the coaming boards and cockpit sole for those who want to play up the GT Series’ distinctive design.

Hatteras Pedigree
In keeping with Hatteras style, the comfortable accommodations found on these boats feature thoughtful layouts and luxurious amenities. Underneath these dashing good looks, the Hatteras commitment to quality construction continues with a no-compromise build philosophy. Each model in the GT Series is made in the Hatteras tradition, with robust electrical and mechanical systems, and incredibly durable hulls that are resin-infused for light-weight strength and performance.

For more information about the Hatteras GT Series or any of the other fine products from this great American builder, visit the company Website at www.hatterasyachts.com

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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