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The Hatteras legend began on the barrier islands of the North Carolina shore where the frigid waters of the Labrador Current encounter the tropical Gulf Stream. The outcome is Diamond Shoals – home to some of the most turbulent and untamed waters in the Atlantic and some of the... Read more

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The Hatteras legend began on the barrier islands of the North Carolina shore where the frigid waters of the Labrador Current encounter the tropical Gulf Stream. The outcome is Diamond Shoals – home to some of the most turbulent and untamed waters in the Atlantic and some of the best sportfishing in the world.

Here in 1959 at Cape Hatteras, where nor'easters can blow almost as fiercely as hurricanes, Willis Slane envisioned building a boat that could conquer the waters of Diamond Shoals and surmount the Hatteras weather. It would not be an ordinary boat – no traditional wooden fishing boat could do this. This new boat would have to be rugged and robust to take the pounding of Hatteras waters. But most importantly, it would have to be a great sportfishing boat – big enough to handle a group of avid fishermen and comfortable enough for family back at the dock.

Breaking with all tradition, Slane chose a new material – fiberglass – to build this noteworthy yacht that launched an industry.

Hatteras produced its first sportfishing yacht on March 22, 1960, in the town of High Point, North Carolina. Christened the Knit Wits, she was a 41-foot twin cabin sportfisherman with a 14-foot beam and a pair of 275-hp Lincoln V-8s. The response was enthusiastic and the Hatteras legend was born. In a testament to the ruggedness that has become synonymous with Hatteras Yachts, the Knit Wits is still in service today after a fishing career that includes service in the Gulf of Mexico and Piñas Bay, Panama.

Within two years, Hatteras premiered the 41 Double Cabin, the first fiberglass motor yacht and the precursor of its cruising yacht line. Additional sportfishing models quickly followed.

The market soon demanded bigger boats, and so the Hatteras sportfishing fleet expanded – first to 50-foot boats and now up to 90-foot convertibles. Hatteras also began designing and producing a line of cruising yachts that now ranges from 63 to 100 feet in length.

In 1967 Hatteras added a second manufacturing facility in the coastal town of New Bern, North Carolina. Thirty years later, the original facility was closed and all manufacturing was consolidated at the 95-acre waterfront site in New Bern, where operations remain today.

However, some things at Hatteras have not changed. Hatteras yachts continue to set the standard for ruggedness and high performance in all waters. Hatteras builds all its boats with a solid fiberglass hull bottom, and only Hatteras warrants its hull for five years – a testament to the ruggedness of its boats.

This commitment to superior craftsmanship began with the Knit Wits and continues today. Whether the choice is a sportfishing convertible or a motor yacht, both deliver the "renowned Hatteras ride" in comfort and style.

The Carolina Edition
The line between custom and production got a little more blurred with the introduction of the new Carolina Edition teak option package. The Carolina Edition includes a top-quality teak application that dresses up any Hatteras convertible from 50 to 70 feet in length. Available in the package is a teak cockpit deck, covering boards, toe rail and helm pod. When combined with a tinted hull color and custom bow rail, the Carolina Edition is a sure head turner.

The Carolina Edition is the newest example of Hatteras' ongoing efforts to deliver a turn-key product at the company's New Bern facility. In early 2004, Hatteras delivered three vessels that all reflect the factory's new turn-key ability -- including a 50 Convertible, 54 Convertible, and the 60 Convertible Hatterascal. Each of the three models have full towers, custom electronics packages and extensive teak treatments, including cockpit sole, covering boards, helm pod and (on the 54) toe rails. Most impressively, each of the three departed the factory either in the same timeframe as originally scheduled for standard completion, or within two weeks of that original target date.

According to construction manager Nile Mitchell, the ability to deliver a turn-key product goes beyond having good vendors. "We're continuing to refine the process we use to build our boats," Mitchell says. "We're putting plans in place on the production floor to accommodate this customization from the start. We're designing for teak work up front, rather than adding it after the fact. We're running raceways for custom electronics to allow for any combination of equipment. We've even installed alternate aluminum plates into our superstructure lay-up to give customers an option on where their tower legs can be placed."

An example of this newest change can be seen on the new Hatterascal, where the tower legs are mounted to the side of the house rather than the covering boards, freeing up the coaming for easy navigation to the bow.

So what does all this mean to the customer? It means flexibility, assurance and satisfaction. First, know that Hatteras has the processes and relationships in place to deliver a turn-key motor yacht or sport-fishing convertible in the same basic timeframe as a standard production boat. This installation will be completed to Hatteras' strict standards, and will be followed by a final review by Hatteras prior to delivery to the customer. This final review includes a full check of propulsion systems to make any necessary adjustments caused by increased weight or wind resistance.

Secondly, realize that Hatteras' on-site partners (including Ensley's Radio, High Seas Technology, Pipewelders and Jarrett Bay Boatworks) have the industry's best reputation and track record for their scope of services, backed by a proven network of repair centers to troubleshoot problems should they arise.

"This type of turn-key service is what our customers deserve, and it's where we have evolved to," says executive vice-president Don Farlow. "We certainly aren't the only company offering tower and electronics work on-site, but we are one of the few sending boats out the door on schedule with custom installations of the top brands available. And with the most recent addition of a complete teak package available right here in our facility, we are unique in the industry."


From the moment you fire up the engines and cut through your first wave, the Hatteras Advantage is apparent.

As our naval architects and engineers know, deep V-design hulls have a tendency to roll and incur high hull resistance. Flat-bottom hulls offer less resistance but pound in normal sea conditions. Thus, Hatteras has developed a series of convex and modified-V hulls that provide the best of both designs. These hulls deliver a sharp entry and a soft, stable ride – the renowned “Hatteras ride.” Further, most Hatteras hulls feature a double chine with hull side “step-outs” to help reduce spray while increasing the beam above the waterline. The benefits – a dryer ride and more interior space.

Hatteras also uses in-house designed 6- and 7-bladed nibral propellers custom built to our specifications. These propellers are dynamically balanced to effectively match the boat’s weight, speed, horsepower and reduction gear. Using large blade area ratios, the propeller’s load is distributed over a greater prop area. This reduces cavitation, vibration and noise and, at the same time, improves fuel economy and performance.

Hatteras engineers specify deep gear ratios combined with larger propellers to obtain optimum performance. There are many advantages to turning a larger propeller slower:

  • Decreased load sensitivity
  • Constant speed under variable conditions
  • Increased cruise speed
  • Decreased drive train vibration
  • Increased fuel efficiency
  • Decreased propeller slippage

Using advanced propulsion theories, Hatteras has also incorporated propeller tunnels into the hull bottom design. Tunnels allow the shaft angle to be reduced, which aids in the boat’s efficiency. This reduces the overall draft and allows the use of larger propellers to achieve the performance benefits above.

Only Hatteras provides the deep gear ratios needed to deliver the high performance you demand under full-load and real-world sea conditions – with the renowned Hatteras ride.

Construction Integritry

Hatteras built its reputation on bulletproof construction techniques, and its hull bottoms remain as rugged as ever today. All Hatteras hull bottoms are solid fiberglass, and you won't find any absorbent balsa core anywhere aboard a Hatteras. We use PVC non-absorbent foam core in the hull sides and superstructure to deliver a high strength-to-weight ratio.

Hatteras features a precise hull-to-superstructure “shoe box” fit, provided by a four-part bonding process of adhesive caulking, fiberglass bonding inside, monel screws every 3 inches and a stainless-steel rub rail.

Our stringer system is composed of all fiberglass members – no structural plywood is used in Hatteras stringers. Athwartship stringers made of PVC core encapsulated in fiberglass complete this grid-like stringer structure. Further, fiberglass ribs provide additional structural integrity to the hull and superstructure.

Engine beds are mounted to steel plates completely encapsulated in fiberglass stringers with anti-corrosive zinc plated bolts. Because Hatteras mounts the engines to the integrated stringer network instead of exposed corrosive I-beams, force is evenly distributed and vibration is reduced throughout the boat.

For bulkheads and decks, Hatteras uses state-of-the-art fiberglass vacuum-bagging techniques that provide structural and thermal advantages over plywood as well.

We construct all primary thru-hull fittings of anti-corrosive bronze. Then we take it one step further and imbed these thru-hulls in solid fiberglass. You will not find any plastic fittings or marine plywood backing in Hatteras construction.

All Hatteras fuel tanks are U.L.-approved – not many boatbuilders can make that claim. (U.L.-approved fuel tanks can mean lower insurance rates for you.) All fuel and water tanks feature a grid of fiberglass baffles, laminated and mechanically fastened to the tank, sealed with a fiberglass reinforced adhesive, then sealed again with fiberglass and resin. All tanks have bronze tank plates and fittings.

We construct our anchor chutes of 316L stainless steel – sheet metal anchor chutes lack durability and strength. All cleats are made of this same stainless steel.

All stanchions and cleats are mechanically fastened, using aluminum backing plates encapsulated into the laminate. Backing plates are drilled and tapped offering ease of removal if necessary.

From fiberglass hull bottoms to anti-corrosive bronze fittings, Hatteras Yachts reflect a commitment to continuously elevate the art of boatbuilding – doing it better and doing it stronger. This gives you the Hatteras Advantage.

Mechanical Systems

Our master craftsmen, designers and engineers utilize only the highest grade materials and quality parts to assure that all mechanical components work reliably and in harmony. We go to great lengths to not only design and engineer systems that exceed industry standards, but also assure your safety and ease of operation every nautical mile.

Rudders and Propellers
Hatteras uses a pultruded fiberglass rudder shelf that provides a strong, stiff, well-finished part. No plywood (that may rot), corrosive aluminum or similar metal is used here. Stainless-steel rudder tie rods are used exclusively rather than milled steel tie rods, which deteriorate with saltwater exposure.

Each rudder and stock is cast as a one-piece bronze part, eliminating any potentially weak bonds. We install a locking collar and thrust washer on the rudder stock at the rudder port, as well as the rudder shelf. This permits the hull bottom to carry the weight of the rudder and reduces vibration in the rudder shelf. Hatteras uses orcot rudder bearings – not plastic bearings that may deform over time.

Hatteras' in-house designed shaft and rudder seals are constructed of bronze for safety and durability. Bronze eliminates the possibility of a seal failure associated with plastic seal housings that can melt with the loss of cooling water.

Hatteras machines all propeller shafts in-house, from the highest grades of austenitic stainless steel. The superiority is a result of its corrosion resistance and its ability, for a given size, to withstand the stresses and torques created by today’s higher horsepower engines and deep gear reduction ratios.

Included with each new Hatteras is a prop puller/pusher that ensures optimal surface contact between the shaft and propeller hub. The same mechanical advantage that is used to create an extremely tight custom fit also facilitates ease of prop removal.

Water Systems
Hatteras utilizes polyethylene tubing for fresh water in lieu of copper or polybutelene for reduced corrosion and resistance to damage in cold weather climates. For additional purification, Hatteras uses a charcoal carbon freshwater filtration system with back flush capability. We do not use single paper filter.

All of our models include duplex fuel/water separating filters for engines and generators, hydraulic power-assisted steering, fuel priming system, and a water-fill hose in the engine room.

Most of our yachts incorporate the use of a water manifold block to distribute fresh water throughout the boat. This system allows for fewer fittings and leak possibilities, and enables you to isolate and shut off a particular system to solve a problem, while leaving the rest of the boat’s water system intact. You don’t need to turn off all the water to fix a problem.

Exhaust Systems
All mufflers and exhaust tubes are built out of fire-retardant fiberglass and customized for each engine installation, ensuring optimal sound reduction, maximum usable space and minimum exhaust back pressure. Our side exhaust outlets are designed so that the majority of the opening lies underwater at idle speeds, thereby directing exhaust away from the vessel into the yacht’s slipstream to reduce odor and soot in the cockpit.

All Hatteras generators have sound shields to reduce noise, and on all convertibles the discharge exhaust is just forward of the engine exhaust, providing a clean hull side. Exhaust tubes are run separately from the main engine exhaust system to eliminate exhaust contamination to either the main engine or generator when both are not operating simultaneously.

Comfort and Safety
Hatteras air-conditioning capacities are designed to provide comfort in even the most difficult areas. Hatteras uses an air-conditioning control system that allows most staterooms to control both the climate and fan speed individually, not just the fan speed.

An integrated smoke detector system with units installed in each stateroom and some common areas is linked to the systems monitor. Each smoke detector unit will sound individually, as well as via the systems monitor.

We design and install an automatic fire suppression system with automatic and manual activation, both of which trigger the system monitor. Once the system is activated, all engines, generators and blowers are shut down and the fire-fighting agent is dispersed. Thus, engine air intakes or blowers are not operational to ingest or dilute the valuable extinguishing agents.

Hatteras uses fire-resistant, steel-braided, high-pressure hydraulic hoses with brass or stainless-steel fittings throughout the steering system.

As you can see, quality, strength and safety are far more than a Hatteras tradition. They are an obsession.

Electrical Systems

When considering safety and reliability on the open seas, it’s one thing to meet electrical standards. At Hatteras, we believe it is far greater to exceed them. That’s why we surpass requirements of NMMA Standards, ABYC Standards and the National Electrical Code.

Wiring and Cables
All wire and cable, regardless of applied voltage, is U.L. listed to 300 volts or more (often to 600 volts)to provide greater insulating protection. All wire is tin-coated (to prevent corrosion) stranded copper (for improved flexibility) and sealed in an insulated jacket.

Chafing shortens the life of wires. So Hatteras installs anti-chafing protection on wires that penetrate bulkheads or stringers or cross other sharp edges. We use insulated wiring clamps, nylon tie wraps, insulated bushings and silicone bedding compounds to protect the wires and extend their life.

All Hatteras wiring harnesses are tie-wrapped every 6 inches and secured at least every 18 inches – even when these wires are concealed in wire trays and ducts. You'll find no loose wires just stuffed out of sight on a Hatteras. All wiring is color coded and numbered at each terminal end and well documented in the owner's manual. System

Hatteras uses AC and DC magnetic circuit breakers that respond only to the amount of current flowing through the breaker, versus thermal circuit breakers that respond to temperature as a function of current. Magnetic breakers are much more reliable, as thermal breakers may trip prematurely in ambient temperatures. Our magnetic circuit breakers are front-wired and back-mounted in aluminum panels for ease of maintenance.

Shoreline polarization transformers are standard on every Hatteras. These polarization transformers also protect the boat’s electrical system against common marina-related dock electrical problems such as reversed polarity or loose shoreside neutral connections. In addition, we furnish digital shoreline/generator switching panels that provide voltage adjustment through a boost transformer, for low dockside power.

We use stainless-steel exterior shoreline inlet components mounted in aluminum enclosures with fuses to provide a fire- and corrosion-resistant mounting surface for inlets, and to protect wiring components from the inlet to the AC switching panel. Further, Hatteras uses electrical junction boxes to enclose connections on all AC circuits.

In addition to audible alarms and visual readouts on engine gauges, we also provide a systems monitor. The Hatteras Systems Monitor features audio and visual alerts if you experience high engine exhaust temperature, high bilge water, AC power loss, fire extinguisher discharge, smoke detector loss, holding tank levels and alternator/DC voltage monitor on models that apply.

All engines have single-lever electronic throttles and all gears are electronically operated. In addition, all standard engine and gear controls feature emergency backup controls. Hatteras installs a 24-volt DC circuit breaker distribution panel at the flybridge helm station dedicated for console electronics.

The Hatteras Advantage – it delivers safety, performance and reliability.

Paint/Exterior Finish

Boats are meant to be on the water, not in dry dock awaiting exterior maintenance. Only Hatteras paints every exterior fiberglass surface above and below the waterline. Our process provides a hard outer surface with a beautiful high sheen and a longer lasting hull finish. The benefits -- less waxing, increased UV resistance and less exterior maintenance.

From the waterline down, Hatteras uses both a vinylester blister-resistant gel coat and vinylester resin in the skin coat. This process provides additional blister resistance and reduced water intrusion.

Hatteras utilizes two other gel coats: an exterior white gel followed by an interior black gel. Both gels are resin-based. Application of the black gel provides a dark backdrop that improves the fiberglass lay-up quality during construction.

All exterior fiberglass surfaces above the water line are painted. First, we sand the entire exterior, then apply two coats of primer, re-sand the surface again, and finish by applying three coats of polyurethane paint. This process has several advantages:

  • Produces a high sheen finish
  • Provides UV resistance
  • Requires less exterior maintenance
  • Retains luster without continuous re-waxing

In the event of any damage to the boat, this finish is also easier to repair. Unlike a porous gel coat that may yellow or oxidize over time, this finish retains its color and is much easier to match.

The last finish that is applied to every Hatteras hull bottom is an ablative anti-fouling paint. While some anti-fouling paints lose their effectiveness with age, an antiblative paint sloughs off inactive components of the aging bottom paint.In turn, this exposes new anti-fouling agents. The bottom paint process consists of a two-part polyurethane primer, two coats of epoxy primer and finally two coats of copper-based anti-fouling paint.

The maintenance advantages of our paints and processes are evident in other areas of our boats as well. We coat all walkways and decks with a non-skid finish utilizing polymeric beads. While the beads obviously improve footing, they also remain white and do not blacken with wear. Hatteras also paints engine rooms and bilge areas with white polyurethane to produce a smooth finish that is easy to clean.

Interior design

We furnish every interior with luxurious amenities to make your time onboard as comfortable and pampered as possible. Our attention to detail is unprecedented, as is our commitment to quality. You will find this advantage everywhere.

It speaks to you in our fit and finish. It is clearly evident in our genuine wood veneers, exquisite cabinetry, draperies and quilted fabrics – all crafted on-site by Hatteras craftsmen and designers.

We offer a selection of interior woods, with cherry offered as standard on most models. Hatteras uses pre-finished, flush-filled panels in either a satin or high-gloss polyester finish as standard.

Contemporarily styled rich wood cabinetry includes:

  • Solid-stock bullnose moldings
  • Flush-mount doors and drawers
  • Frameless styling
  • Stylistic reveals used where panels or solid stock parts meet
  • Bowed cabinetry fronts in selected models

All solid-stock wood parts are milled in-house by experienced Hatteras craftsman utilizing wood purchased from high- quality millwork suppliers. Hatteras standards require that all backsides of interior wood placed against the hull side be sealed prior to installation to prevent moisture absorption.

In an effort to achieve an open feel in the salon, fabric lambrequins and cornices have been replaced by solid-stock fluted wood cornices and window-conforming moldings that house 1” and 2” wood blinds. These rich wood cornices are not only beautiful but practical as well. Air conditioning is vented through the cornices on most models the entire length of the salon and galley, both port and starboard, to provide uniform and comfortable climate control.

A custom salon sectional, with throw pillows, comes standard in all models. Convertible sectionals feature rod storage, spring-down seat cushions and baseball stitching. Motor yacht sectionals offer storage and spring-down cushions.

Avonite is used in the heads and galleys of all models incorporating integrated sinks. Solid surface backsplashes protect the wood and wallcoverings. Amtico flooring – with the rich look of teak and holly – is easy to maintain and makes cleanup easy.

Drawer type refrigerator/freezers are standard equipment on all models that offer standard under-counter refrigeration units. Some of our larger models feature upright units.

For a bright and airy atmosphere, Hatteras models feature more interior lights than any builder in the industry. You can set your own mood with dimmers installed throughout the boat on most models.

Hatteras offers a real storage advantage. All king and queen berths that do not house tanks conceal cedar-lined storage compartments beneath the berth’s hinged, gas cylinder-assisted lid.

All Hatteras sleeping berths typically measure 80” long throughout the boat. Queen-sized berths measure 60” wide, king-sized berths measure 76” wide and twin berths normally measure 38” wide. We construct 5”-7” thick mattresses, held in place by professionally upholstered keepers. Hatteras also includes mattress pads and a set of linens for every berth.

Classic elegance and luxurious amenities are only achieved through superior talent and true attention to detail. That's what Hatteras offers – a higher level of boatbuilding.