The Big Sleeper
Hatteras Yachts placed ease of operation near the top of its list of design criteria for its 72 Motor Yacht, attempting to make life simpler for both owners and crew. Instead of expanding the deckhouse to fill the 20'2" beam, designers left room for full-length side decks. They allow the crew to stay clear of the guest areas while giving them uninhibited movement around the boat, a major benefit while docking and when guests are eating at the six-person table in the saloon. Another crew-friendly feature is the windlass recessed in a well that drains overboard; the well keeps the foredeck clear of rust and debris. Crew and guests have quick access to the top deck via stairs leading up from both the aft deck and the galley.
But the emphasis on easy access and operation doesn't mean you'll have to forego luxury. Three large ports on each side admit light into the amidships master, where a santos rosewood headboard over the forward-facing, centerline king adds more warmth to this full-beam space. Owners can customize the master by replacing the aft closet with another head, creating his-and-her baths. They can also convert the forward lounge into an office or additional stateroom with bunks. In both cases, guests can choose from either of two other adjacent staterooms, both with en suite heads and queen berths. There's also a utility room, accessed from either behind the optional saloon bar or via the watertight transom door, that can be ordered as a VIP stateroom or crew quarters. In all, there's room for ten people to get a good night's sleep and be ready to test the standard 1,550-hp Caterpillars in the morning.
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Length overall: 72'0"
Accommodations: 1-2 king, 2-3 queen berths; optional over-under bunk stateroom
Standard engines: 2/1,550-hp Caterpillar C-32 diesel inboards
The Eastport 32 is the first vessel from this Maryland-based boatbuilder. She incorporates a slew of innovative design features, all of which seem to work together to keep the 32 simple and streamlined. For instance, while maintaining the classic lines of a Chesapeake Bay deadrise workboat, Eastport gave the 32 a draft of less than two feet, made possible in part by ZF down-angle transmissions and propeller pockets enclosing 18-inch props.
To protect the bow from a loose anchor in rough seas, the 32 has a compartment at the base of the pulpit, so you can open the hatch and flip the anchor into it. When seas are calm, you can flip down the entire aft bulwark to create a swim platform, or "tailgate."
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Length overall: 32'6"
Accommodations: 1 V-berth
Standard engines: 2/190-hp Volvo Penta D3 diesel inboards
This article originally appeared in the April 2008 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.