Remember that old saw that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Fugghedaboutit. Hatteras, one of the most venerable names in sportfishing, has literally reinvented its approach to building sportfishing yachts. In designing their new 60-foot Convertible, Hatteras’ engineers have slashed weight with such a vengeance that even Jenny Craig would be envious and jazzed it up with performance and styling that many will lust for.
Built in Hatteras’ new Swansboro, North Carolina, facility, the 60 will be the builder’s first to offer a completely resin-infused hull, rather than traditional hand-laid fiberglass construction. Resin infusion produces a more uniform hull structure with a superior glass-to-resin ratio, resulting in higher strength, lower weight, and a more precise fit of bulkheads, stringers, and other structural components. As an environment-friendly side benefit, the process virtually eliminates noxious styrene emissions associated with hand-laid fiberglass construction.
To take the rigors of offshore tournament action, the 60’s bottom is a solid-glass laminate, while her hull sides, decks, and superstructure are cored with PVC foam that yields greater stiffness and strength with less weight. She features a variable-deadrise hull form; convex bow sections will ensure a soft ride in heavy seas, while relatively flat aft sections will offer an efficient lifting surface with minimum drag. Double chines along the full length of the hull work in conjunction with exaggerated bow flare to knock down spray, while longitudinal running strakes provide increased stability and improved tracking. Large eight-blade propellers are tucked into deep tunnels at the stern for maximum efficiency, minimum vibration, and reduced draft.
Standard accommodations include a three-stateroom, two-head layout featuring a port-side master with forpeak VIP arrangement, but other options abound. One variation includes crisscrossed single berths in place of the centerline berth in the forward stateroom, while another version adds a third head to the standard three-stateroom layout. There’s even a four-stateroom, three-head version featuring a forward VIP, two smaller guest staterooms along the starboard side, and a reconfigured master on the port side.
For hardcore fishermen, the Hatteras 60 is also available in a 60GT Tournament Edition. This three-stateroom, two-head version includes a custom hull color, wraparound windshield, and twin 1,800-hp engines that should boost top speed to better than 40 knots.
This article originally appeared in the September 2006 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.