Yachts 80 — By Capt. Ken Kreisler —
|Part 2: Sumptuous living accommodations that are second to none.|
Up on the bridge deck I found a wet bar with three stools just aft and to port of the helm. Aft of that is a seating area with stowage below, and opposite the wet bar is another seating area, this one with a table. A Gaggenau electric double grill sits in a cabinet with a large stowage compartment beneath, and the sunpad to starboard can be fitted with a hot tub. A tender and Marquipt 1500 davit are fully aft. It was easy to see how, with this kind of equipment and space, the bridge deck could serve the needs of owners accustomed to larger spaces and those looking for more.
There are two stairways down to the main deck, one aft and one forward. I took the latter and made my way into the main-deck space that encompasses the dining area, galley, and saloon. This, I discovered, is where the 80 shows her megayacht-class nature.
There are fine woods, like the Java and mahogany dining table and the African mahogany cabinetry, plus butter-soft leather on the expansive port-side saloon couch. Other touches include sculpted valences and soft wall coverings. All this should make the interior of the Hatteras 80 familiar to a big-boat owner used to a high level of luxury and enticing to an owner looking for more luxury.
Regardless of whether you’re on a 40-footer or a 140-footer, entertaining is a favorite pastime. On the 80, there’s space aplenty. There’s a wine cooler in the dining room, while the saloon has a wet bar with bottle and glass stowage, a Whirlpool ice maker, and a 42-inch Sony plasma TV in a beautiful cabinet. But while watching big-screen, hi-def TV and listening to music through a killer sound system will keep you and your guests occupied for a time, someone is inevitably going to get hungry. And that’s when they’ll head for the galley. As my 80 did not have the optional enclosed bridge, the galley was to port and through the hallway separating the lower station from the main deck. Big-boat owners and up-and-comers will find this space well equipped for preparing anything from finger food to a sumptuous sit-down dinner in the adjoining dining space, directly to starboard. Three granite countertops provide acres of workspace, and appliances include a Sub-Zero 650 upright refrigerator with freezer, ice maker, full size Whirlpool self-cleaning oven, four-burner electric stove top, trash compactor, and dishwasher. The Sharp microwave/convection oven is in its own cabinet on the bulkhead, and there are a number of cabinets above and below, as well as plenty of drawer space for provisioning.
When it comes time to enjoy the food, that spectacular dining table and elegant decor will set an enticing mood. And should conditions be favorable, the aft deck, with its transom seating and table, provides the right setting for alfresco dining.
The theme of elegant surroundings and amenities that can appeal to a wide variety of owners continues in the accommodations area. One of the most important things I noticed in the four-stateroom layout was the abundant stowage space. Whether you’re into extended weekend jaunts or long trips away, the Hatteras 80 can provide plenty of room for you and your guests.
The forepeak’s queen island berth has eight stowage cabinets and a full-length cedar-lined closet. Aft and to starboard the standard single berth (my boat had the additional optional Pullman) has a chest of drawers and full-height cedar closet. The VIP lies opposite and has a queen-size berth, full-size cedar lined-closet, chest with nine drawers, and ten overhead cabinets. The full-beam master is amidships and has a double-door entry, full-size cedar-lined closet to starboard, and double-door cedar closet to port, plus a chest of 12 drawers to either side. The optional twin en suite heads on our boat share the shower. As with the master, each stateroom has an en suite head with stand-up shower and granite countertops and soles. The decor is tasteful and definitely megayacht-class.
Thanks to calm seas, we were able to cover the almost 70 miles to Key Largo in about three hours with the twin 1,550-hp Caterpillar C30 diesels turning about 2000 rpm and burning about 100 gph total. That translates to 0.27 mpg, not bad for a 189,000-pound yacht. With the Hatteras’ tanks topped off at 2,158 gallons, we could expect a 529-mile range; not exactly megayacht class, but not bad.
I was left with several impressions after my time aboard the Hatteras 80 motoryacht. First, she’s a beautiful, well-appointed yacht with sumptuous living accommodations that are second to none. Second, she could easily be handled by a couple, which makes her particularly attractive to megayacht owners looking for a simple, less expensie lifestyle. She also has good range and comes with an extensive list of standard features and, therefore, a short list of options. However, the most important impression I came away with was that this boat effectively bridges the gap between large motoryacht and megayachts. So, whether you’re looking to simplify you life with a smaller boat or cadge a little more luxury and space, you’ll want to take a good look at the Hatteras 80.
Hatteras Yachts Phone: (252) 634-4895. www.hatterasyachts.com.
This article originally appeared in the January 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.