The Hatteras Advantage

Hatteras Yachts has been an industry leader in the production of sportfishing convertibles and luxury motor yachts for 50 years, and was the very first production builder to produce a fiberglass yacht over 40 feet. Since building its first boat, Knit Wits, in 1959, Hatteras has pioneered many of the technologies used today in the marine industry including state-of-the-art hull designs, lamination techniques and propulsion systems.

Situated on 96 acres in New Bern, North Carolina, the Hatteras production facility provides 660,000 square feet of manufacturing space. It also includes an in-house tooling facility to produce quality molds and a 62,000 square foot lamination building capable of laminating six hulls at once. The main assembly building features 280,000 square feet of workspace. It can house up to six production lines and is equipped with deck-level workstations and overhead cranes.

Its paint facilities are equipped with the latest environmental, temperature and air-handling controls to help Hatteras craftsmen achieve a mirror-like finish. Every Hatteras also undergoes extensive testing in a Launch and Make-Ready facility, comprised of 30 protected in-water slips on the Neuse River. Here, Hatteras applies final production procedures and completes meticulous quality-assurance checks on each yacht in preparation for final delivery to its customers.




Performance

From the moment you fire up the engines and cut through your first wave, the Hatteras Advantage is apparent. As our naval architects and engineers know, deep V-design hulls have a tendency to roll and incur high hull resistance. Flat-bottom hulls offer less resistance but pound in normal sea conditions. Thus, Hatteras has developed a series of convex and modified-V hulls that provide the best of both designs. These hulls deliver a sharp entry and a soft, stable rider - the renowned "Hatteras ride." Further, most Hatteras hulls feature a double chine with hull side "step-outs" to help reduce spray while increasing the beam above the waterline. The benefits: a dryer ride and more interior space.

Hatteras also uses an  in-house designed 6- and 7-bladed nibral propellers custom built to our specifications. These propellers are dynamically balanced to effectively match the boat's weight, speed, horsepower and reduction gear. Using large blade area ratios, the propeller's load is distributed over a greater prop area. This reduces cavitation, vibration and noise and, at the same time, improves fuel economy and performance.

Hatteras engineers specify deep gear ratios combined with larger propellers to obtain optimum performance. There are many advantages to turning a larger propeller slower:

  • Decreased load sensitivity
  • Constant speed under variable conditions
  • Increased cruise speed
  • Decreased drive train vibration
  • Increased fuel efficiency
  • Decreased propeller slippage

Using advanced propulsion theories, Hatteras has also incorporated propeller tunnels into the hull bottom design. Tunnels allow the shaft angle to be reduced, which aids in the boat's efficiency. This reduces the overall draft and allows the use of larger propellers to achieve the performance benefits above.

Only Hatteras provides the deep gear ratios needed to deliver the high performance you demand under full-load and real-world sea conditions - with the renowned Hatteras ride.




Electrical Systems

When considering safety and reliability on the open seas, it's one thing to meet electrical standards. At Hatteras, we believe it is far greater to exceed them. That's why we surpass requirements of NMMA Standards, ABYC Standards and the National Electric Code.

Wiring and Cables

All wire and cable, regardless of applied voltage, is U.L. listed to 300 volts or more (often to 600 volts) to provide greater insulating protection. All wire is tin-coated (to prevent corrosion) stranded copper (for improved flexibility) and sealed in an insulated jacket.

Chafing shortens the life of wires. So Hatteras installs anti-chafing protection on wires that penetrate bulkheads or stringers or cross other sharp edges. We use insulated wiring clamps, nylon tie wraps, insulated bushings and silicon beading compounds to protect the wires and extend their life.

All Hatteras wiring harnesses are tie-wrapped every 6 inches and secured at least every 18 inches - even when these wires are concealed in wire-trays and ducts. You'll find no loose wires just stuffed out of sight on a Hatteras. All wiring is color coded and numbered at each terminal end and well documented in the owner's manual.

Electronics

All engines have single-lever electronic throttles and all gears are electronically operated. In addition, all standard engine and gear controls feature emergency backup controls. Hatteras Installs a 24-volt DC circuit breaker distribution panel at the flybridge helm station dedicated for console elecrtonics.

The Hatteras Advantage - it delivers safety, performance and reliability.

System Protection

Hatteras uses AC and DC magnetic circuit breakers that respond only to the amount of current flowing through the breaker, versus thermal circuit breakers that respond to temperature as a function of current. Magnetic breakers are much more reliable, as thermal breakers may trip prematurely in ambient temperatures. Our magnetic circuit breakers are front-wired and back-mounted in aluminum panels for ease of maintenance. To ensure things go smoothly and you're confidently underway, a Hatteras-certified technician will be made available to travel with you on your maiden voyage to your first major U.S. port. After the initial orientation, Hatteras Customer Care also extends complimentary field training to orient a new captain on your vessel, if required.

Shoreline polarization transformers are standard on every Hatteras. These polarization transformers also protect the boat's electrical system against common marina-related dock electrical problems such as reversed polarity or loose shoreside neutral connections. In addition, we furnish digital shoreline/generator switching panels that provide voltage adjustment through a boost transformer, for low dockside power.

We use stainless-steel exterior shoreline inlet components mounted in aluminum enclosures with fuses to provide a fire- and corrosion-resistant mounting surface for inlets, and to protect wiring components from the inlet to the AC switching panel. Further, Hatteras uses electrical junction boxes to enclose connections on all AC circuits.




Mechanical Systems

Our master craftsmen, designers and engineers utilize only the highest grade materials and quality parts to assure that all mechanical components work reliably and in harmony. We go to great lengths to not only design and engineer systems that exceed industry standards, but also assure your safety and ease of operation every nautical mile.

Rudders and Propellers

Hatteras uses a pultruded fiberglass rudder shelf that provides a strong, stiff, well-finished part. No plywood (that may rot), corrosive aluminum or similar metal is used here. Stainless-steel rudder tie rods are used exclusively rather than milled steel tie rods, which deteriorate with saltwater exposure.

Each rudder and stock is cast as a one-piece bronze part, eliminating any potentially weak bonds. We install a locking collar and thrust washer on the rudder stock at the rudder port, as well as the rudder shelf. This permits the hull bottom to carry the weight of the rudder and reduces vibration in the rudder shelf. Hatteras uses orkot rudder bearings - not plastic bearings that may deform over time.

Hatteras machines all propeller shafts in-house, from the highest grades of austenitic stainless steel. The superiority is a result of its corrosion resistance and its ability, for a given size, to withstand the stresses and torques created by today's higher horsepower engines and deep gear reduction ratios.

Included with each new Hatteras is a prop puller/pusher that ensures optimal surface contact between the shaft and propeller hub. The same mechanical advantage that is used to create an extremely tight custom fit also facilitates ease of prop removal.

Water Systems

Hatteras utilizes polyethylene tubing for fresh water in lieu of copper or polybutelene for reduced corrosion and resistance to damage in cold weather climates. For additional purification, Hatteras uses a charcoal carbon freshwater filtration system with back flush capability. We do not use single paper filter.

All of our models include duplex fuel/water separating filters for engines and generators, hydraulic power-assisted steering, fuel priming system, and a water-fill hose in the engine room.

Most of our yachts incorporate the use of a water manifold block to distribute fresh water throughout the boat. This system allows for fewer fittings and leak possibilities, and enables you to isolate and shut off a particular system to solve a problem, while leaving the rest of the boat's water system intact. You don't need to turn off all the water to fix a problem.

Exhaust Systems

All mufflers and exhaust tubes are built out of fire-retardant fiberglass and customized for each engine installation, ensuring optimal sound reduction, maximum usable space and minimum exhaust back pressure. Our side exhaust outlets are designed so that the majority of the opening lies underwater at idle speeds, thereby directing exhaust away from the vessel into the yacht's slipstream to reduce odor and soot in the cockpit.

All Hatteras generators have sound shields to reduce noise, and on all convertibles the discharge exhaust is just forward of the engine exhaust, providing a clean hull side. Exhaust tubes are run separately from the main engine exhaust system to eliminate exhaust contamination to either the main engine or generator when both are not operating simultaneously.

Comfort & Safety

Hatteras air-conditioning capacities are designed to provide comfort in even the most difficult areas. Hatteras uses an air-conditioning control system that allows most staterooms to control both the climate and fan speed individually, not just the fan speed.

An integrated smoke detector system with units installed in each stateroom and some common areas is linked to the systems monitor. Each smoke detector unit will sound individually, as well as via the systems monitor.

We design and install an automatic fire suppression system with automatic and manual activation, both of which trigger the system monitor. Once the system is activated, all engines, generators and blowers are shut down and the fire-fighting agent is dispersed. Thus, engine air intakes or blowers are not operational to ingest or dilute the valuable extinguishing agents.

Hatteras uses fire-resistant, steel-braided, high-pressure hydraulic hoses with brass or stainless-steel fittings throughout the steering system.

As you can see, quality, strength and safety are far more than a Hatteras tradition. They are an obsession.




Exterior Paint

Boats are meant to be on the water, not in dry dock awaiting exterior maintenance. Only Hatteras paints every exterior fiberglass surface above and below the waterline. Our process provides a hard outer surface with a beautiful high sheen and a longer lasting hull finish. The Benefits -- less waxing, increased UV resistance and less exterior maintenance.

From the waterline down, Hatteras uses both a vinylester blister-resistant gel coat and vinylester resin in the skin coat. This process provides additional blister resistance and reduced water intrusion.

Hatteras utilizes two other gel coats: an exterior white gel followed by an interior black gel. Both gels are resin-based. Application of the black gel provides a dark backdrop that improves the fiberglass lay-up quality during construction.

All exterior fiberglass surfaces above the water line are painted. First, we sand the entire exterior, then apply two coats of primer, re-sand the surface again, and finish by applying three coats of polyurethane paint. This process has several advantages:

  • Produces a high sheen finish
  • Provides UV resistance
  • Requires less exterior maintenance
  • Retains luster without continuous re-waxing

In the event of any damage to the boat, this finish is also easier to repair. Unlike a porous gel coat that may yellow or oxidize over time, this finish retains its color and is much easier to match.

The last finish that is applied to every Hatteras hull bottom is an ablative anti-fouling paint. While some anti-fouling paints lose their effectiveness with age, an antiblative paint sloughs off inactive components of the aging bottom paint. In turn, this exposes new anti-fouling agents. The bottom paint process consists of a two-part polyurethane primer, two coats of epoxy primer and finally two coats of copper-based anti-fouling paint.

The maintenance advantages of our paints and processes are evident in other areas of our boats as well. We coat all walkways and decks with a non-skid finish utilizing polymeric beads. While the beads obviously improve footing, they also remain white and do not blacken with wear. Hatteras also paints engine rooms and bilge areas with white polyurethane to produce a smooth finish that is easy to clean.




Interior Design

We furnish every interior with luxurious amenities to make your time onboard as comfortable and pampered as possible. Our attention to detail is unprecedented, as is our commitment to quality. You will find this advantage everywhere.

It speaks to you in our fit and finish. It is clearly evident in our genuine wood veneers, exquisite cabinetry, draperies and quilted fabrics - all crafted on-site by Hatteras craftsmen and designers.

We offer a selection of interior woods, with cherry offered as standard on most models. Hatteras uses pre-finished, flush-filled panels in either a satin or high-gloss polyester finish as standard.

Contemporarily styled rich wood cabinetry includes:

  • Solid-stock bullnose moldings
  • Flush-mount doors and drawers
  • Frameless styling
  • Stylistic reveals used where panels or solid stock parts meet
  • Bowed cabinetry fronts in selected models

All solid-stock wood parts are milled in-house by experienced Hatteras craftsman utilizing wood purchased from high- quality millwork suppliers. Hatteras standards require that all backsides of interior wood placed against the hull side be sealed prior to installation to prevent moisture absorption.

In an effort to achieve an open feel in the salon, fabric lambrequins and cornices have been replaced by solid-stock fluted wood cornices and window-conforming moldings that house 1" and 2" wood blinds. These rich wood cornices are not only beautiful but practical as well. Air conditioning is vented through the cornices on most models the entire length of the salon and galley, both port and starboard, to provide uniform and comfortable climate control.

A custom salon sectional, with throw pillows, comes standard in all models. Convertible sectionals feature rod storage, spring-down seat cushions and baseball stitching. Motor yacht sectionals offer storage and spring-down cushions.

Avonite is used in the heads and galleys of all models incorporating integrated sinks. Solid surface backsplashes protect the wood and wallcoverings. Amtico flooring - with the rich look of teak and holly - is easy to maintain and makes cleanup easy.

Drawer type refrigerator/freezers are standard equipment on all models that offer standard under-counter refrigeration units. Some of our larger models feature upright units.

For a bright and airy atmosphere, Hatteras models feature more interior lights than any builder in the industry. You can set your own mood with dimmers installed throughout the boat on most models.




Innovations

Designs That Inspire. Hatteras engineers never stop looking for new ways to achieve higher performance standards without sacrificing the safety or integrity of our yachts. In the process, we have developed numerous effective innovations that have benefited not just our customers, but the entire boating industry.

Hull Tunnels

Early hull tunnels were really little more than "blisters" used to add propeller tip clearance under the hull. But in the late 1980s, Hatteras became the first production fiberglass builder of 50-foot-plus yachts to use true tunnels that actually penetrated the plane of the hull. In the years since, we have continued to lead in tunnel design by applying military technology that is now available to the public, providing our boat owners with the best handling and efficiency possible.

Deep Gears, Large Shafts & Big Propellers

It is more efficient to move a large mass slowly than it is to move a small mass quickly. Hatteras applied this principle in the mid-1980s when it unveiled a 48 Convertible that featured a reduction gear of 2:1. Large-diameter, 2.5-inch, high-strength alloy shafts delivered additional torque to the propellers, making Hatteras the first pleasure craft company to use this approach to propulsion design. It is an approach that is only now being fully appreciated (and replicated) by the rest of the industry.

Multi-Blade Propellers

Hatteras became the first yacht manufacturer to use five-bladed propellers when we convinced Rolla to design its first pair in 1985. The propellers helped our engineers significantly reduce engine vibration and increase efficiencies due to the additional blade area. We've continued our leading role in this area with the development of six-bladed (1995) and seven-bladed (2000) props. An eight-bladed propeller is currently in development and promises our customers even better performance.

Fully Resin-Infused Hulls

Hatteras has been using resin-infusion technology to create strong and lightweight decks, bulkheads, and other boat parts for years. But in 2008, we became the first yacht manufacturer to offer a fully resin-infused hull, on our 60 Convertible. The technology has since spread throughout our sportfishing and cruising lines. Resin infusion saves significant weight and adds stiffness while still providing the world-class ride our owners expect. It also means a much cleaner operation that virtually eliminates airborne pollutants ¿ benefiting all boaters and non-boaters alike.

Quick-Disconnects

In 1980, Hatteras engineers developed and patented the quick-disconnect device for fast and easy fluid transfers, including oil change for gears, engines, and generators; waste oil pump-out; clean oil addition; fresh and saltwater wash-downs; and dockside hookup. Other builders use renditions of the device in limited applications, but we remain the only major yacht manufacturer to use the original stainless-steel version throughout our vessels.

Electrical Codes

Few boat builders commit such time, energy, and expense to electrical safety as Hatteras does. While many competitors cite ABYC standards, few actually meet those standards throughout their electrical systems. Hatteras not only meets the standards, but helped author them, resulting in more safety and reliability for our owners.




A Timeline of Endless Craftsmanship

1959: Willis Slane envisions a fishing boat strong enough to withstand the waves off Cape Hatteras, where his prey of choice, the marlin, grow as big as the swells. Slane founds Hatteras Yachts in High Point, N.C., to pursue his vision.

1959: Slane commissions legendary marine architect, Jack Hargrave, to design the first Hatteras Yacht, beginning what would be a 25-year-long partnership. Celebrated for their seaworthiness and durability, many consider Hargrave-designed Hatteras boats to be American classics.

1960: The legend is born. Hatteras launches Knit Wits, the first sportfishing yacht built out of fiberglass, forever revolutionizing the industry.

1962: Hatteras premieres the 41 Double Cabin, the first fiberglass motor yacht, and in so doing introduces "solid sophistication" to the boating industry.

1967: Hatteras opens a manufacturing facility in the coastal town of New Bern, N.C. The facility is still in operation today.

1980: Hatteras engineers develop and patent the quick-disconnect device, variables of which can be found on garden hoses throughout the world today.

1985: Hatteras becomes the first production yacht builder to utilize five-blade propellers, helping to reduce engine vibration and improve performance aboard its yachts.

Mid-1980s: The introduction of multiple-blade propellers turning on shafts coupled to deep reduction gears improves cruising performance and docking maneuverability, while further reducing vibration and noise. Read more about Hatteras

Late 1980s: Hatteras becomes the first production fiberglass builder of 50-foot-plus yachts to use tunnels that penetrated the plane of the hull.

1997: Demand grows. Boats grow. We grow. Hatteras moves manufacturing operations to a 95-acre production facility on the New Bern waterfront.

2001: Hatteras' new partnership with Brunswick Boat Group strengthens the fleet with millions of dollars in product development, systems improvements, and facility enhancements.

2002: The new 54 Convertible introduces a convex hull design that enhances speed and performance without sacrificing the legendary smooth and stable Hatteras ride.

2005: Hatteras introduces spherical fuel vents that catch excess fuel in a reservoir, resulting in more attractive hulls and cleaner waterways.

2006: Hatteras adds a new, modern manufacturing facility in Swansboro, N.C.

2008: The new 60 Convertible becomes the fastest yacht in its class thanks to a fully resin-infused hull that increases stiffness while decreasing weight.