It may seem counterintuitive that Hatteras, a brand so strongly identified with some of the roughest waters in the Atlantic—the rips and currents just off North Carolina’s Outer Banks—would also be able to build world-class luxury cruisers. But that doesn’t make it any less true. Though perhaps currently best known for rugged sportfishers, Hatteras has a rich history of building stylish and functional cruising yachts that lack for nothing, and which compete ably with the very best vessels in the world.
The 100 Raised Pilothouse should be no exception to this tradition, and indeed may go on to become one of the builder’s most popular motoryachts, if anything can be judged by the enthusiasm Hatteras has shown for the model. Conceived as a logical progression from the company’s popular 80MY model, the 100’s design has a contemporary flair, and the sheerline is reminiscent of her Hatteras siblings.
With a projected LOA of 100 feet and a beam of 22 feet 6 inches, the 100 certainly will not lack for volume. Owners and guests alike will appreciate her enormous flying bridge, which will be an excellent space for entertaining, equipped with a large wet bar as well as specially designed modular furniture that can be arranged for the specific needs of the owner. Aft there will be an option for a davit and tender, or else even more entertainment space. If the owner chooses the latter configuration the tender will stow on a hydraulic lift attached to the swim platform. The bridge also will have a helm station with two helm chairs and three system-control screens.
Of course, the pilothouse will contain the main helm station—the operational center of the boat—thanks to an impressive array of electronics. Chief among these will be the Hatteras Monitoring System, which will use touchscreen technology to control nearly every function aboard the boat.
As for accommodations, the 100 will sleep eight in a four-stateroom layout that features a massive full-beam amidships master suite. This cabin will have his-and-hers heads, plenty of stowage space, and large portlights that will bathe the area in natural light. Moreover, a VIP cabin aft has a queen-size berth and a large private head. Crew accommodations near the engine room will consist of a private stateroom for the captain and a bunkroom for crew.
It seems that everyone onboard this yacht will be well rested, which is great. Because, with a quintessentially rugged Hatteras hull beneath her, there’s no telling what adventures this boat will get her passengers into after she launches next year at the Fort Lauderdale boat show.
This article originally appeared in the June 2012 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.