At heart, the GT63 is a showcase of the style that has resonated with convertible fans. Hatteras updated the look of the Carolina-style boat by taking styling cues from the classics to create a forward-thinking design. That style is marked by aggressive bow flare, a long and low foredeck, a sleek deckhouse and tumblehome aft — an artful element not common on convertibles in this size range. Lines are enhanced with optional teak accents more typically found on custom builds.
Speed is important to tournament anglers, and with a top-end of 41 knots at 2300 RPM at full load, the GT63 is packed with the power to leave the competition in its wake. They will also be very satisfied with the GT63’s cruise speed of 36-knots and 440 nautical mile range when powered with a pair of 1,900-bhp Caterpillar C32As. Built with long legs, the GT63 can take a crew on extended runs.
The brisk pace is in part due to the way Hatteras slashed weight from the hull with its proven resin-infusion process. The technique produces a more uniform structure with a superior glass-to-resin ratio that also makes for a stronger structure and more precise fit of bulkheads and stringers. To simplify operation and reduce weight, the GT63 adopts a single integral fuel tank that’s built to ABS specifications. Because it’s mounted down the centerline, it makes for better performance since the longitudinal center of gravity moves aft as the boat burns fuel.
The GT63 is a best-in-class tournament convertible, and its cockpit is proof of that. It’s sized and equipped to meet the high standards of the most experienced crews. In addition to clever stowage for everything from tackle and rods to gaffs, there’s an optional recirculating livewell in the transom,twin refrigerated fish boxes, and a drop-down wing station with clutch and throttle controls. Passenger comfort is key in a top-notch cockpit too, so Hatteras engineered a mezzanine seat with a sloped backrest that can make a long run in choppy seas feel like a luxury ride. The ladder from the mezzanine leads to the open bridge, which features a center console helm and ample seating and storage forward. The GT63 is also offered with an optional enclosed flybridge.