Hatteras Yachts has a well-known legacy of building fiberglass yachts. The greatest testament to the company’s prolific construction is probably the large number of its boats still plying the fishing and cruising grounds of the world, but Hatteras probably gained its greatest share of fame from its distinctive convertibles that launched the Carolina legend.
The latest fleet of the company’s sportfishing models includes a 77-footer and four models in the hard-charging GT series ranging from 54 feet to the newest and largest of the lot—the Hatteras GT70.
Hatteras has a worldwide presence for many years. The GT70 takes that heritage to a refined level and very successfully combines more than a half-century of fishing know-how, modern design, and construction into a great-looking boat with a big bow, some low-profile windows, and a dark wraparound painted mask. “The mission of Hatteras with the GT series is to be an industry leading provider of tournament sportfishing boats, designed for owners who favor quality ride, speed, performance, and traditionally influenced, luxurious interiors,” says Jeff Donahue, director of North American sales for Hatteras. “These principles have been the hallmarks of the Hatteras brand since Willis Slane founded the company 56 years ago and we remain true to those values today.”
To keep up with the market and meet the growing competition from custom builders head-on, Hatteras has adopted a semi-custom approach for its clientele. In order to satisfy customer demand, the GT70 is a production boat with custom features and capabilities. “We have the flexibility to customize arrangements and work with owners to personalize their specific tastes and desires,” Donahue says. “Our semi-custom build time is shorter and we have the ability to service a Hatteras yacht anywhere in the world.”
”While the structural bones of the GT70 are progressing, Hatteras in-house interior designer, Cullen Moser, continues to plan the interior styling of each space. “Our five stateroom, four head layout with flexibility for crew’s quarters, will have the traditional GT styling and performance with an elevated and innovative look and feel.”
The GT70 is stable at cruise and very comfortable on the bridge and below. Where the builder has found areas to improve upon it has done just that, but the basic elements that have made the GT series well received by offshore fisherman have not changed such as the noticeable bow flare and the eye-catching tumble home transom. “The tournament fisherman loves the exterior styling, the speed, the clean cockpit with great stowage, and our clean engine room where thoughtful professionals took the time to do it right,” Donahue says. Hatteras will never be accused of underbuilding a yacht and the GT70 is certainly no exception. Combine solid construction and power and you get a ride that’s strictly Hatteras.