6300 RPH — By George L. Petrie
|The Hatteras 6300 scores big points in a whole new arena.|
In ice hockey, a hat trick is achieved when a player scores three goals in a single game. With its new 6300 Raised Pilothouse, Hatteras Yachts has scored a hat trick of its own, achieving a host of design goals in a yacht that marks the dawn of a new era for the venerable North Carolina builder.
Goal number one was a fresh, contemporary exterior style, and the new 6300 clearly scored in that arena. Gone are the linear styling elements that defined Hatteras under the stewardship of the late Jack Hargrave. Straight edges and sharp angles have given way to a softer, gentler, curvaceous profile making the 6300 look streamlined and ready for action. Sporting a swept-back deckhouse and a rakish arch atop her flying bridge, the yacht I was about to test looked like no other Hatteras I'd ever seen.
Goal number two was a spacious, open interior layout with accommodations that rival those of a larger yacht. That was a key point for Steve Bostic, the owner of our test boat, Sassy Lady. Recently retired, Bostic and his wife had spent 18 months planning for a complete change in lifestyle that would entail cruising for several months during the year. They initially felt they would need a yacht in the 70- to 80-foot size range, but after seeing the 6300 at the Miami International Boat Show last February, they decided she would be their best choice because of her open main-deck floor plan and three roomy staterooms below.
Equally important to Bostic was Hatteras' third goal, a comfortable cruise speed of more than 30 mph and a top end in excess of 35 mph. Our sea trial confirmed the hat trick, as our radar gun flashed a two-way average of 35.7 mph at full throttle and two-way average cruise speed of 31.7 mph with the twin 1,400-hp Caterpillars purring at 2000 rpm. And my use of the word purring is intentional. With the 6300 at normal cruising speeds, I measured sound levels in the saloon and lower helm area in the low- to mid-70 dB-As, dropping to just 65 dB-A (the level of normal conversation) at 1000 rpm.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.