Hatteras Yachts was pleased to once again present our fleet of exceptional motor yachts and sportfishing convertibles during the 2012 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. Although Hurricane Sandy made her presence felt during the first two days of the show, the weekend was beautiful. Along with the sunshine, Saturday brought record crowds to the display, giving Hatteras its biggest single day attendance in four years!
The entire GT Series continued to receive lots of attention, with scores of anglers and sportfishing aficionados lining up to tour these 40+ knot performance convertibles. Also on display was the 68 Convertible -- its 21'6" beam dominating the dock side, beckoning its admirers to come aboard and experience its cavernous salon deck and full-beam master suite. The immense cockpit, with its full mezzanine seating and numerous storage compartments, left no doubt that this battlewagon is built to dominate the competition.
Although the convertible lineup was displayed prominently at the front, the newly redesigned 80 Motor Yacht definitely stole the show. The external cues were easy to spot. The new arch placement, new portlights found amidship, and new bow observation lounge are all pleasant aesthetic improvements -- but the dramatic changes found inside left each visitor almost speechless. The open floor plan, combined with a modified arrangement and additional storage, truly elevates this already successful motor yacht to a new plane.
It goes without saying that the successes realized at big shows like Ft. Lauderdale and Miami would not be possible without the dedication and efforts of our crew -- especially with a hurricane bearing down on them. The same craftsmen, carpenters and service professionals that build our boats also design and construct our show displays. During the show they greet our owners and friends with a smile and a handshake or offer a complimentary drink at the hospitality bar. Most never see the work they do early in the morning and late at night keeping the display and the boats clean and comfortable for our visitors. We are fortunate to have such talented and hardworking individuals as a part of our team.
Thank you to all those who came to visit during the Ft. Lauderdale show, and thank you to those that left the show as new Hatteras owners. We look forward to working with you toward the completion of your Hatteras, and eagerly anticipate seeing you all again in 2013 at the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show.
To see more photos from this year's show, click here.