Everyone knows Hatteras for their outstanding fiberglass quality and long run of motoryachts and sportfishers. One commonality to all their designs is the solid Fiberglass (FRP) hull construction below the waterline. It makes these bottoms almost impenetrable (Taiwanese builders commonly use this method as well). During the 1980’s, these motoryachts were often extended with cockpits and euro-transoms. After 1987, the Hatteras motoryacht was redesigned and morphed from a rounded superstructure with 5 windows in the forward lower windshield to a more angular style with 3 windows, thus allowing for better visibility (look for signs of leakage in the front windshields as they need periodic resealing). The wood paneling inside (actually is …… rather than teak or walnut as many suspect) was exchanged in the early 1990’s for a whitewashed, or ‘pickled’ ash look. Plenty of these good ol’ boats are still around with many being refit over the years. It is not too uncommon to see original Imron paint still in good condition because of good maintenance.
GM engines were the only game in town before the mid 1990’s when some Caterpillar 3412 engines were installed. The Detroit 8V92’s were the norm up to about 58’, when the Detroit 12V71’s were implemented. These are good engines , as long as they are run cool and not hard (otherwise, look for rebuilt engines – which is a good idea anyway ). Other must haves are stabilizers and twin gensets.
In the early 90’s Hatteras came into the superyacht market with several stylish Hatteras 110 and 112’ motor yachts. Some of these were powered with triple engines (run on 2 most of the time, with the third kicking in when it was time to move faster). Built to last, these are still around.
In the mid to late 90’s Hatteras developed some nice Sportdeck models (Hatteras 65’ and Hatteras 74’ ) models. These offered 4 or 5 stateroom layouts (a his/her aft bath was available in the hatteras 74 model). Full beam engine rooms with GM Detroit 12V92 engines (1050 hp) are found here (actually started with the Hatteras 70 motor yacht models) . Also introduced were the Hatteras Elite series – Hatteras 82 and Hatteras 94 elite models. These feature either 3 or 4 staterooms with proper crew quarters forward and aft engines.
The 2000 plus era has seen the advent of the Hatteras 64 motor yacht Hatteras 75 cockpit motor yacht - popular boats with European flair and Caterpillar 3412 engines. These boats have feature big aft deck and a large master aft with his/hers baths, with (3 staterooms forward on the 75). In 2005, they came out with the Hatteras 80 sky lounge motor yacht – a very sexy and popular competitor to European imports. Additionally, the 94 has morphed into a Hatteras 100’ motor yacht with very pleasing lines and layout.