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Hatteras 65 Convertible

Hatteras 65C — By Capt. Ken Kreisler March 2001

Built To Take It
The Hatteras 65 Convertible is so tough, you’ll quit before she does.
   
 
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Out where the land disappears from the horizon, the water runs cobalt blue and monster fish travel the thermoclines in a never-ending search for food. This is a special place with a capricious and sometimes dangerous nature.

It takes a certain kind of vessel to be out here: a fishing machine that is a good sea boat in the heaviest of weather, offers the comfort and range necessary to chase big fish, and is rigged with all the equipment required to succeed. Among the few marques that have endured in the rarified world of big-game fishing, the name Hatteras has become synonymous with strength and dependability. Now with the addition of the completely redesigned 65 Convertible, this North Carolina-based builder offers one of the most extensive lines of tournament-ready fishing boats available today. From her distinctive sheerline to her sleek superstructure to the dizzying top of her optional tower, the 65 is a no-nonsense, big-shouldered powerhouse. And just so there’s no doubt as to what kind of muscle we’re talking about, I’ll offer this bit of information: My test boat was equipped with a pair of 1,800-hp DDC-MTU 16V2000s that after spooling up to 2350 rpm, powered this 103,000-pounder over the placid waters of New York’s upper Hudson River at a speed just a tick over 40 mph.

The 65’s toughness is a Hatteras tradition, for she’s built with the kind of attention to detail that’s expected of a boat that regularly plies the treacherous waters just beyond the company’s New Bern facility. Chief among them is legendary Oregon Inlet, known for its often roiling, hair-raising conditions. It’s no wonder that this boat was built to withstand the rigors of the worldwide offshore tournament circuit. To do so, Hatteras starts at the bottom. The hull is solid fiberglass below the waterline, with nonabsorbent PVC foam coring instead of the more permeable balsa coring used in the sides. The hull and deck are assembled using a shoebox joint and a four-part bonding process: adhesive caulking, Monel screws every three inches, fiberglass bonding on the inside, and the reinforcement of a 1 1/4-inch 316L stainless steel rubrail.

The engine beds are steel plates encapsulated in fiberglass. Hatteras prefers this instead of steel I-beam mounting because, according to the company, it not only more evenly distributes the tremendous forces generated by the big diesels, but also reduces the amount of vibration transferred to the rest of boat. The remainder of the stringer system is composed of all-fiberglass members injected with two pounds of nonstructural closed-cell urethane foam per cubic foot, virtually eliminating a chance of water intrusion. Athwartships stringers are of PVC encapsulated in fiberglass. No structural plywood is used.

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This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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