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If you want all the advantages of an express-style fishing boat combined with the added fishability of a flybridge helm, the new Hatteras GT45X with Flybridge Option is the boat for you.

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The Hatteras Yachts R&D team kept the original boat's proven hullform, large cockpit and generous interior, and added a flybridge with fully equipped upper helm, two chairs and lounge seating.

The Palm Beach-style upper helm on the new GT45X with Flybridge Option has power-assisted steering for nimble maneuvering when there’s a fish on the line. Other key features include single-lever controls, engine instrument panel with audible warning system and systems monitor display panel. Neutral interlock switches allow the twin Cats to start in neutral only. The sleek helm panel design includes plenty of room for a large, easy-to-read, multifunction display. The upper station also has an ICOM VHF, digital depth and temp. Tunes are provided by a D/C AM/FM stereo receiver with a USB dock and speakers.

The peninsula-style helm console has a built-in forward lounge with comfortable seat cushions and under-seat storage. To starboard is another cushioned bench seat with rod storage beneath.

You reach the flybridge via a polished, anodized aluminum ladder that is side-mounted so it won’t impact traffic flow on the bridge deck and cockpit. Polished, anodized aluminum rails are available for both the flybridge and foredeck as shown above. You also can order the boat with an optional half or full tower.

The lower helm station with its large, clear, obstruction-free windshield remains in place on the 45 Express, even after the flybridge and upper helm have been added. This gives you the option of driving from below when the weather turns foul.

The GT45X with Flybridge Option also features the same spacious interior layout found in the 45 Express and 45 Express Sportfish, including the well designed, open-concept salon/galley. One- and two-stateroom versions are available. Both feature a large, private master stateroom; in the two-stateroom version (shown at left), a bunkroom replaces part of the salon sofa – not much of a sacrifice if you want to bring family or buddies along.

For more information about the Hatteras GT45X with Flybridge Option, click here. See the new GT45X with Flybridge Option in person at the Fort Lauderdale International International Boat Show in Florida, Nov. 1-5, 2017.