For decades, Hatteras Yachts has been known for its "bulletproof" approach to boatbuilding. Not only did Hatteras prove to the industry that fiberglass was a viable building material for yachts, we have also led the industry in hull design and innovative propulsion. From our convex hull shapes to our deep propeller tunnel technology, every aspect of our hulls is designed to give the customer the most comfortable and safest ride on the water while delivering the best possible performance. Combine our rigorously tested hull design with our rugged construction, and you have a boat that is ready for any challenge.
Solid Fiberglass Hull Bottoms and Closed-Cell Foam Coring
All Hatteras Yachts feature solid fiberglass construction in our hull bottoms for toughness, durability and safety. The resulting strength allows Hatteras the confidence to offer a ten-year hull warranty -- one of the best in the industry.
Above the waterline, all Hatteras hull sides, decks, structural bulkheads and superstructures are built with closed-cell PVC foam encapsulated in fiberglass. This combination produces light components that are extremely stiff, yet will not absorb water or decay like organic coring materials such as plywood or balsa.
Convex Bow Shape, Variable Deadrise Hull Design
and Deep Tunnel Pockets
Hatteras Yachts' convex hull shape provides great sea keeping attributes and a softer ride by reducing impact accelerations. This design allows owners a more comfortable ride at the helm, faster trips in offshore conditions and improved tracking into quartering seas. The shape also creates more interior volume, which means more comfortable living space for the owner and guests.
Accompanying our convex bow shape is our highly variable section design, in which the hull deadrise transitions rapidly from the convex bow to a nearly flat deadrise at the stern. This shape provides greater efficiency, improves speed and performance, and offers increased stability in all sea conditions.
Hatteras Yachts has long been an industry leader in tunnel design. Our deep tunnels reduce the drafts of our boats, giving our owners more options when it comes to travel. Tunnels also offer improved performance by reducing the shaft angle and optimizing the thrust of our large-diameter propellers.
When Hatteras introduced all of these elements together for the first time with the 54 Convertible; many editors, anglers and competitors were more than skeptical of the then-new design. Today, anglers and editors agree that these elements have changed industry standards for the better. As for our competitors -- imitation is the highest form of flattery.
Hatteras Yachts is one of the few production yacht manufacturers that paint their exteriors. Why? Gelcoat is a porous surface that will oxidize over time, causing it to fade and become chalky. Painting provides a hardened, polyurethane finish that repels dirt and with proper care will withstand the abuse of being in a harsh marine environment. When placed side by side, there is simply no comparison of a gelcoat to painted finish. The hardened finish provides better distinction of image, requires less waxing and maintenance than gelcoat, and is easier to blend and repair when damaged.
While paint does not make the structure stronger, it protects the durable foundation that gives a Hatteras her strength.