Hatteras 64 Motor Yacht — By Jeffrey Moser
— November 2005
Hatteras upgrades its 6300 Raised Pilothouse, making an already appealing yacht an even better choice for extended cruises.
First impressions are often the standard by which we measure things. While we may change our minds, it’s usually our gut reaction that endures. The initial reaction I had upon stepping through the transom door of the Hatteras 64 Motor Yacht on to the teak aft deck and into the saloon was that this was a boat that would impress me for a long time to come.
The 64 is a revamped version of Hatteras’ 6300 Raised Pilothouse, which has been in production since 2001, and features an all-new interior layout. In the saloon Hatteras designers have fashioned an open and airy space that’s ideal for extended cruising and feels more like a condo living room. This is due to a number of factors, but especially the beamy hull. At 18'3" wide, the full-beam saloon, which also has headroom sufficient for the Chicago Bulls, encompasses 190 square feet. It includes a large, C-shape settee to starboard and a pair of handsome club chairs to port. They flank a high-gloss cherry cabinet (the whole boat’s finished in high-gloss, grain-matched cherry) that houses the A.C. and D.C. distribution panels and a stereo system that’d make any audiophile proud.
Recessed lighting in the headliner creates a subdued feel when dimmed, great for watching DVDs on the standard, 37-inch Sharp LCD TV. Yet when I retracted the port and starboard blinds into the fluted-wood cornices (a more space-efficient design than the 6300’s fabric valences) the saloon was aglow in natural light. Then I opened the aft sliding door, extending the saloon into the aft deck with its spacious seating and optional teak table. While the design works well, I’d like to see Hatteras try a three-panel door in addition to port and starboard roll-down windows for an even better alfresco feel.
As impressed as I was with this space, the all-new galley—three steps up from the saloon—struck me as a real winner and a marked improvement from the 6300’s, which shared space with the saloon. My test boat’s galley was notable not only for the optional bullnose granite gracing the C-shape countertop and port-side dinette, and the appliances by Sub-Zero, Kitchen-Aid, and Kenmore, but also for the stowage both above and below that’ll easily accommodate more than a week’s worth of groceries for four, a nod to those who’ll use the 64 for more than a weekend at a stretch. The galley-up configuration also provides the chef with a bird’s-eye view of the saloon, great for entertaining guests, staying in the conversation, and keeping an eye on the kids. Like the saloon, the galley is bright—thanks to side windows and a three-panel windshield—and airy, with nearly seven-foot headroom.
Although the galley-up configuration means it shares space with the lower helm, the helm’s effectiveness doesn’t suffer. Centered on the three-panel windshield and complete with a Stidd helm seat, it not only offers good sightlines forward and to port and starboard, but also remains its own defined space, which impedes neither the galley nor the dinette to port. To assist in docking, the 64 has an optional CCTV camera mounted on the back of the flying bridge that allows the helmsman to see the stern on the 12-inch plotters on both the upper and lower helms. In addition, you may also opt to dock from the standard, pop-up control station to port on the aft deck.
This article originally appeared in the November 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.