Why One Family Moved Up to the M90 Panacera
Since the Segrave family of Kinston, North Carolina, took delivery of their new Hatteras M90 Panacera motor yacht, Jetstream, in February, Jim, Lyndsay, and their four children have already put 450 hours on its engines.
Since the Segrave family of Kinston, North Carolina, took delivery of their new Hatteras M90 Panacera motor yacht, Jetstream, in February, Jim, Lyndsay, and their four children have already put 450 hours on its engines. They usually keep the yacht at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida, but in the past six months, they have cruised extensively through the Bahamas and even visited Bermuda. Later this year, they plan to cruise to the Turks & Caicos and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.
“We go cruising all the time,” said Jim, who is the boat’s owner/operator. He has a captain as well, but when he is aboard, he typically runs the yacht himself.
“I’ve been boating my whole life,” he said.
"My grandmother owned a Hatteras when I was growing up," Jim continued. "And she gave me a 15-foot Boston Whaler when I was 13 years old. That Whaler became my car. We ran it all day, every day in the summer."
Jim got his captain's license when he was 19 years old. He has owned a variety of boats since then but feels an affinity for Hatteras Yachts both because of his childhood experiences aboard his grandmother's boat and the fact that he and his family live not far from the factory. He bought his first Hatteras, a used 55 Convertible, in 2010.
"I used it for recreational fishing and cruising, but I played on it with family and friends more than anything," he said. "That's probably why I ended up with a motor yacht because cruising is how I use it most.
A few years later, Jim decided to purchase a new Hatteras M75 Panacera. He enjoyed visiting the Hatteras factory during the build process. “I’ve got pictures of every step along the way,” he said.
After taking delivery of the M75 Panacera in early 2017, the Segraves took it to Key West, the Bahamas (“Just about every island,” Jim said), Charleston, New York, Rhode Island, Martha’s Vineyard, and up the coast of Maine, putting over 600 hours on the engines. The family typically cruises with a large group, including their four children, their friends, a nanny, chef and stewardess, and by the end of the year, they had decided they needed a bigger boat. The brand-new Hatteras M90 Panacera was just the ticket.
With both their M75 and M90, Jim found that building a new Hatteras Yacht rather than purchasing a pre-owned one allowed his family to personalize the vessel to suit their tastes and needs. "You get it just the way you want it when you do that," Jim said. "I pay a lot of attention to detail, and both of them were very detailed builds."
In addition to working with Hatteras Yachts Interior Designer Cullen Moser in selecting the interior decor, the Segraves had their new M90 outfitted to support their passion for watersports. "It's got a dive system on it with a nitrox compressor, dive tank storage for eight tanks, and a hookah system with a couple of hundred feet of line," Jim said. The yacht also has an inflatable slide and a triple-outboard tender that they tow behind the M90.
So far, the M90 Panacera has been more than big enough to support their large family and friends on their island adventures. "It's massive--it's only 20 feet longer than the M75, but it feels twice as big. The extra width makes a huge difference," Jim said. "Once we were in eight- to -nine-foot seas. The boat is a battleship... It was only me who couldn't handle it; the boat was incredible and took the heavy seas in stride."
He also likes the fuel economy that the yacht's twin 1,900hp Caterpillar C32 Acert engines deliver, which has put distant destinations like Bermuda within reach. "At 10 knots, you can get it to where you're burning just three gallons per mile. It's so economical," he said. The top end is 24 to 25 knots.
Jim also appreciates the attentive customer service that Hatteras Yachts has provided him and his family to ensure they enjoy their cruising adventures without interruption. “That’s been a bright light,” he said. “They attack it. It makes having a problem not so bad.”
With the M75, for example, Jim remembers calling Hatteras Customer Service Manager Baird Paschal one evening from the Bahamas about the yacht’s electric aft sliding glass door, which was stuck. "Baird said, I'm so sorry, I can't get anyone there tonight, but I can get them there in the morning," Jim recalled. "The last flight to the Bahamas had already left."
As it turned out, thanks to the time change between North Carolina and Europe, Paschal was able to contact the door' Italian manufacturer that night while the Segraves were sleeping. In the morning, Jim said, "They got with our captain on the phone and they fixed it before 9 am, without having to come to the boat. That was impressive."