Superior Performance and Safety
From the moment you fire up the engines and cut through your first wave, the Hatteras Advantage is apparent. Hatteras has developed a series of hulls that deliver a sharp entry and a soft, stable ride– the renowned “Hatteras ride.”
This has been achieved by years of industry leading study and testing, the result of which is a convex style hull entry forward to midships that cuts through the waves while pushing water out for a dryer ride. Moving from midships aft, Hatteras hulls have a variable deadrise, which transitions the wave cutting entry point to a more flat aft bottom section for increased speed and improved stability.
The competitors, unable to compete with Hatteras in ride stability, go all out on speed…eeking out another knot or so by making a flatter bottom and tapering in the transom. This is all fine when you are running on a flat sea or in the intercoastal, but try going 30 knots in 6 foot seas out to the fishing grounds. In a Hatteras you can wave at the competition while passing them by.
Having a better ride also means that you can have more days out on the water while others stay at the dock.
Further, Hatteras hulls feature a downward angle chine with hull side “step-outs” to help reduce spray while increasing the beam above the waterline for more cabin space.
The benefit: a smoother, dryer ride and more interior space.
To maintain the utmost in structural integrity Hatteras constructs all of their yachts with a solid fiberglass bottom. Solid fiberglass is without question the strongest and toughest material to build a hull bottom with…it is also not the cheapest…and why many competitors have opted to core bottoms with cheaper material like balsa wood.
There was a time when the only ways to lighten the weight of a hull bottom was to make it with less fiberglass layers or with core material like balsa wood. Hatteras never compromised back then and opted to have a knot or 2 less speed in favor of a safer and more secure ride. Hitting a sunken log at 28 knots in a Hatteras would cause damage, but you would still be able to get home safely, get the boat repaired and go boating another day…you cannot say the same for a balsa core boat. The resin infused solid fiberglass bottom of a Hatteras is made to withstand heavy impacts, balsa core boats are much more likely to delaminate from impact. Even if there is minor visible damage, the delamination will cause water to seep into a balsa core over time, compromising structural integrity.
In the past few years a new technology has emerged that allowed Hatteras to keep the solid fiberglass bottom, while at the same time making it lighter and stronger than ever. It is a process called resin infusion. Resin infusion allows the manufacturer to more precisely control the resin to fiberglass ratio uniformly throughout the hull for optimum strength AND less weight. This is done by creating a vacuum seal around the entire hull and after extensive prep work and testing, infising the resin over the fiberglass layers of the hull in one sitting.
Not only does the resin infusion process make a stronger and lighter solid fiberglass hull bottom, but it bonds the entire hull together at once, creating a very strong uniform structure that will never de-laminate.
With the solid fiberglass bottom at and below the waterline for maximum strength, Hatteras utilizes an advanced, waterproof divinycell PVC foam sandwiched between layers of fiberglass for the hull sides. The hull sides are also part of the singular resin infusion process for strength and de-lamination protection, with the resin running through both the fiberglass and divinycell for the strongest bond possible. Should damage occur to the hull sides, there is no material in its construction that would be compromised by water…unlike the balsa wood core used in other manufacturer’s boats that will rot over time with water exposure, sometimes noticeable from stress cracks on the outside of the hull.
Cutaway of Hatteras Stringer System
For the stringer system, Hatteras uses a thick outer layer of solid fiberglass and ultra strong PVC foam center. The engines are placed on stringers that are steel reinforced for added strength where it is needed most. The main longitudinal stringers are also angled to widen out towards the base for increased integrity and support.
The benefit: A faster yacht that is uncompromising in solidity and safety, reaching speeds of over 40 knots in the GT and Express series.
Hatteras uses an in-house propulsion engineer to custom design 5 to 8 bladed nibral propellers optimized to each Hatteras model. The in-house propulsion engineers work with the Hatteras design team as well as Michigan and Veem Propeller companies to effectively match the boat’s weight, speed, horsepower and reduction gear for the best performance. Using large blade area ratios, the propeller’s load is distributed over a greater prop area. Hatteras mates these larger propellers to deeper reduction gears as well and this reduces cavitation, vibration, noise and at the same time, improves fuel economy and performance.
Additionally, Hatteras uses their in-house patented air induction system in the prop tunnels to further reduce noise and vibration by creating micro pockets of air between the propeller and hull bottom without sacrificing performance.
The benefits: Decreased load sensitivity, drive train vibration and propeller slippage, constant speed under variable conditions, increased cruise speed and increased fuel efficiency
Using advanced propulsion theories, Hatteras also incorporates propeller tunnels into the hull bottom design. Tunnels allow the shaft angle to be reduced, which aids in the boat’s efficiency. This reduces overall draft and allows the use of larger propellers while being able to run in shallow water.
The benefits: Shallower draft and increased fuel efficiency
Superior Electrical Systems
When considering safety and reliability on the open seas, it’s one thing to meet electrical standards. Hatteras believes it is far greater to exceed them. That’s why they 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. They 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. Blue is for 24V ship systems, Grey is for 120V systems and Brown is for 24V control systems.
You will not find any splicing or shrink wrap over the wiring systems, wires are run the full length from point to point with no cut corners. The electrical systems on a Hatteras go above and beyond the status quo to ensure many years of worry free operation…it is a true testament to the quality of a Hatteras to see that level of care throughout the boat, not just in the areas that are commonly seen.
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 electronics for easy access when you need it.
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 (like an engine room). Their 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.
Hatteras owners can rest easy with the knowledge that their yacht was build and wired with the highest of quality standards throughout, no compromises, no cut corners.
Superior Mechanical Systems
Hatteras 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. They 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 dissimilar metal is used here. Stainless-steel rudder tie rods are used exclusively rather than milled steel tie rods, which deteriorate with saltwater exposure.
The rudder and stock are both made out of the highest quality aquamet stainless steel, with grooves that fit them together and sealed with a strong weld, eliminating any potentially weak points. 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.
To make Hatteras yachts turn sharper and increase maneuverability, the Hatteras design engineers created in-house and patented the “Differential Steering” rudder arm. When turning at speed, the inside rudder turns at a sharper angle than the outside rudder because the diameter of circle it is cutting is smaller…this reduces drag and makes for a cleaner and smoother turn with less loss of speed. This will only be found on a Hatteras because they hold the patent. Other manufacturers have tried to imitate it but have not been able to duplicate it’s performance gains and failsafe simplicity.
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.
To create the strongest connection possible between the prop and shaft, Hatteras created and has a patent pending on the “hot dog key”, a protruded part of the shaft that fits a groove cut into the propeller. This eliminates the use of a separate prop key and greatly reduces the chance of a badly seated prop and subsequent shaft failure.
Traditional Style Prop Shaft with Groove for Separate Key that has Failed
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. They do not use a single paper filter.
All Hatteras 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.
Hatteras 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.
A unique Hatteras feature is the addition of hose inlets and outflows in the air conditioning and refrigeration systems. This allows for easy system maintenance and routine flushes without having to disconnect vital hoses.
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 and 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 staterooms to control both the climate and fan speed individually.
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.
Hatteras designs and installs 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.
Thru hulls on a Hatteras below the waterline are all solid bronze with a shut off lever for the utmost in safety and durability. Other manufacturers sometimes will just use a fiberglass fitting with no shut off lever…creating a potential safety hazard in the event of a water intrusion or burst hose…on a Hatteras you can shut off the water inflow at the thru hull.
As you can see, quality, strength and safety are far more than a Hatteras tradition. They are an obsession.
Superior Interior Design
The new Hatteras interior designs are clean and fresh. Hatteras has an in-house design team that is constantly keeping up with the latest styles and trends…they will even work with you to custom design the interior of your dreams
They furnish every interior with luxurious amenities to make your time onboard as comfortable and pampered as possible. Their attention to detail is unprecedented, as is their commitment to quality. You will find evidence of this everywhere.
The Hatteras fit and finish speaks to you. It is clearly evident in their genuine wood veneers, exquisite cabinetry, draperies and quilted fabrics – all crafted on-site by Hatteras craftsmen and designers.
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. 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.
Drawer type refrigerator/freezers are standard equipment on all models and provide an unobstructed view throughout the galley and salon. 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.
Superior Exterior Finish
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 with a high sheen linear polyester/urethane based paint. 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.
All exterior fiberglass surfaces above the water line are painted. First, Hatteras sands the entire exterior gel coat surface, then applies 3 coats of primer paint, sand and finish, another 3 coats of primer paint, and a further 3 coats of top coat paint…for a total of 9 layers of paint that will give off a brilliant shine for many years to come. These are some of the benefits of painting a boat:
- Produces a high sheen finish
- Provides UV resistance
- Requires less exterior maintenance
- Retains luster without continuous re-waxing
- Eliminates unsightly caulk lines
- Reduces the chance of spider cracks and crazing found on gelcoat finish boats
*Other manufacturers just paint the engine room of their boats, claiming that it makes for easier maintenance…well if it makes maintenance so much easier why not paint the whole boat? Because it is a lot of extra work.
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 anti-ablative 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.
Superior Warranty and Service
Hatteras Yachts offers a standard 1 year bow to stern warranty, but owners can select an upgrade option to have a full 2 years of coverage as well, something not offered by other manufacturers.
But what good is any warranty without a first class service department to back it up? Hatteras has an in house service department based out of the New Bern, North Carolina factory that will coordinate warranty work on an owner’s yacht anywhere…from sending Hatteras personnel to coordinating with local service outfits to give the best and most timely response.
In order to better serve Hatteras owners in Florida, Hatteras opened up a yacht center based out of Ft. Lauderdale. This serves as not only a new boat showroom, but a warranty and service hub for the Florida area…ensuring that Hatteras owners are taken care of while cruising the waters of Florida and the Caribbean.
Hatteras is and will remain the premier yacht builder in both the Motoryacht and Sportfish market for years to come. The commitment to quality inside out is clearly evident and unmatched by any other manufacturer, which culminates in these attributes:
- Bold and Inspiring Style
- Comfortable and Approachable Layout and Design
- Powerful Performance in Adverse Sea Conditions
- Above and Beyond Safety Considerations for Peace of Mind
- First Class Service and Warranty
In today’s world where time is the most precious commodity, Hatteras overbuilds their yachts to provide the maximum amount of time on the water and minimum down time for maintenance and repairs…leaving you to make the most of your yacht ownership. So pack your bags, invite your closest family and friends and discover all that the oceans have to offer aboard your very own Hatteras yacht.
In my years selling and delivering the Hatteras Yachts’ Dream to my clients I can also say that it is something special to be in the Hatteras Yachts family! I would strongly encourage you to see what that is like for yourself!
If you would like more information about Hatteras yachts, contact me at Jimmy@tgyg.com or call my cell at 727-453-0422.