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As convertibles are used more and more for cruising, particularly in Europe and in Latin America, cruising comfort, amenities and practicality are playing a larger role in the decision-making process. How does the Hatteras 64 stack up against the competition?
It is hard to find unique features in the big convertibles built by the top three or four manufacturers. They all use pretty much the same brands for engines, equipment, and accessories. Interior decor is hard to tell apart and the fit-and-finish of all is pretty good.
But these things are all cosmetic. When compared the major brands and began to drill down, we discovered that, in fact, the Hatteras 64 Convertible was quite different that the others when you looked closely at her basic specifications.
The Hatteras 64 is a Bigger Boat
What sets the Hat 64C apart is not a collection of unique features -- cosmetics or the latest gadgets -- but the basic fact that its hull size is substantially bigger than her competitors even though they are 64' boats as well.
It is almost as if the Hatteras designers looked at the best convertibles on the market in the 64' (19.5 m) range and decided to one-up them all in most of the important parameters. The Hatteras 64 C is longer, beamier, has the shallowest draft, the most displacement, and carries more fuel than her prime competitors.
Back To The Basics
Hatteras has managed to separate itself from the other 64s with the undeniable thrust of the boat's design specifications. A boat's basic specs define the character of the boat and Hatteras has decided to make the 64 a blue water cruiser as well as a big game battlewagon.
So how do the Hatteras 64C specs make her different? In four major ways:
1) A wider beam at 19'6" (13"/.33 m wider than one competitor);
2) Larger accommodations and more accommodation plans available, including the only full-beam master stateroom (166 sq. ft./15.7 sq. m);
3) A different construction philosophy that emphasizes strength;
4) A displacement (115,000 lbs./52,163 kgs. dry) that is the heaviest in class.
#1 -- A Little More Beam Pays Big Dividends
The Hatteras 64's greater beam allows her to draw less water even though she is heavier than her competition. The 4" or 5" (10-12 cm) less draft she has does not seem like much, but you only need to knick a rock once, be put out of commission, and have a $20,000 repair bill to feel differently about that. She can cut across the Bahamas Banks, fish the Tongue of the Ocean, then cruise the Abacos.
Accommodations: A greater beam allows all of the staterooms and heads to be larger, and the bow accommodations don't need to be pinched as they are on some boats. Because of a wider beam, the settee opposite the galley has more room. And on the flying bridge there is 186 sq. ft. (17.6 sq. m) of space, enough for a crowd when the flying bridge is in "entertaining mode."
This is not a picture of the Hatteras 64's engine room but id does give you an idea of how big it is. Note the tidy installation of all wiring and plumbing.
Engine Room: The 64C's beam along with the fact that the engine room air intakes are under the gunwales in the forward part of the cockpit, means there is a lot more room outboard of the engines in the engine room. The absence of air-intake baffles or Delta-T demisters on the hull sides creates added space in a critical area. This makes it easy to get outboard of the engines to check hoses, hose clamps and other gear. Owner/operators on the portly side will love it.
Stability. Added beam also means added stability and more initial resistance to rolling. This is probably most noticeable when trolling in sloppy conditions and at anchor. But even tied up at the outside dock, where a 64' (19.5 m) boat will be much of the time, the boat will roll less from passing wakes. Guests with the docktails will appreciate that.
#2 -- Accommodation Plans Galore
We can’t think of a production builder that offers more accommodation plans in class than does Hatteras in its 64 convertible. The company publishes three different plans including a 4 stateroom/3 head version and a 3 stateroom/3 head plan, and the company tells us they are open to other layouts as well.
Hatteras will put a queen berth or twins in two of its three guest staterooms, or mix and match to please. The fourth cabin can be an office, utility room, or storage room, instead of having two bunks. The folks at Hatteras tell us that they aim to please.
Four SR/3 heads. Note the size of these staterooms and the distance between the twin beds, particularly in the port side cabin. This is where the added beam of the boat pays off again. The starboard cabin offers several other options, including…
Three SR/3 heads. This is the fashionista version with the forth cabin turned into a huge closet.
This is our favorite version with the love seat in the master and the desk and closet in the 4th cabin. Notice the option for converting the single island berth at the bow into twins, and the twins in the port SR to a single.
The standard salon offers a lot of living space. We'd put a pair of freestanding chairs over to starboard. The raised galley and dinette allows for more headroom in the full beam master below.
This is what the main saloon looks like in the enclose FB version. You lose one position for a barrel chair. We’d go with a drop-down TV and put one in the spot where this one is.
The added beam pays off in the galley and settee area. Note the hardwood sole and C-shaped seating to starboard.
With 74 sq ft (6.9 sq m) the forward stateroom allows an option for this queen island berth, or a pair of twins mounted against the outer bulkheads. Look at the room on both sides of the bed.
#3 -- Construction Differences And Advantages
There are two major differences in construction between Hatteras and most other builders. First, Hatteras does not use balsa core below the waterline, nor does it use any other coring material there. Below the waterline, the Hatteras 64 hull is 100% fiberglass. Hatteras does this so there is no question of osmotic water migration and to reduce chances of delaminating due to a defect in materials or sandwich construction.
Inside the special polyurethane paint booth at the Hatteras New Bern, N.C. plant. The paint does not oxidize and need compounding several times a year as does gel coat.
Second, Hatteras is one of the few production builders that paints its hulls. Even the highest quality gelcoat oxidizes. That is why you see the crews of megayachts compounding their hulls three or four times a year. Further, from time to time even the best builders can get a bad batch of gelcoat from the manufacturer and have problems such as crazing or cracking.
Hatteras applies two coats of resin-based gel coat, one white and one black, the entire exterior is sanded, given two coats of primer, re-sanded, then given three coats of polyurethane paint. No other builder finishes its hull quite like this.
Hatteras does use gelcoat, in fact it uses two coats of it, one white and one black for opacity. But then the company paints the whole surface of the boat above the waterline with polyurethane paint. The resulting surface has a bright, shiny luster that lasts for 10 years or so. Hatteras hulls need very little maintenance and their polyurethane paint surface is one of the reasons that even old Hatteras yachts look like a million bucks.
#4 -- Greater Displacement For Blue Water Bashing
With greater beam, more accommodations, the absence of coring materials in the hull bottom, a 7'7" freeboard forward and a slightly larger superstructure it is little wonder that the Hatteras 64C is the heaviest battlewagon in class from anywhere from 10,000 lbs. (4,545 kgs.) to over 20,000 lbs. (9,090 kgs) compared with other yachts in class. Greater weight, all things being equal, means a lower top speed, and slightly more fuel consumption at best cruise. But there is more to it than that.
There is nothing like having 115,000 lbs. under you when crashing through 3’ to 4’ seas at 20 knots or more. This owner is in full tournament mode – i.e., no lifelines and no tender on the bow. Cruising folks will have other ideas.
Greater displacement also means a more comfortably ride when the going gets tough. Crossing the Gulf Stream at any speed, in any condition, will be more comfortable in a heavier boat with a similar bottom. Guests are less likely to get mal de mer in a heavier boat. And in the really rough stuff, bulkheads are less likely to groan and crack, tanks plumbing and joiner work are all less apt to work or come loose. At anchor, the 64's greater beam and displacement work together to have a calming effect on whatever is going on outside.
All boats are a compromise one place or another, so here's an area where you can take your pick.
Someone once said that life is not a dress rehearsal. Grab it while you can.
Hatteras 64 Convertible
Captain's Report-- Detailed Look At the Cockpit and Flying Bridge
The ultimate goal of a 64' (19.5 m) convertible is two-fold. First and foremost, the mission is to tangle with world record billfish and be able to successfully bring them to wire. But it goes a lot deeper than just outriggers and frozen bait. The boat must get the anglers to and from the action with reliability and with as little punishment as possible.
Secondly, the term convertible comes into play. The boat has to be able to seamlessly convert from a world class angler to a luxury cruising yacht, and do so with the only requirement being that the owner should probably change his clothes and send out invitations. This is the combination that Hatteras has excelled at for 50 years, and does so again with the 64 Convertible.
This wide open cockpit can be fitted with a leaning post, or a combination post and fighting chair, with plenty of room left over for maneuvering around or even left wide open if that's your game. Fishy features include choices from a mix of freezers, live wells, and insulated storage tubs to go under the two levels of mezzanine seating.
There are several key parameters to a big game cockpit, and the Hatteras 64C is on the money with every one of them, in our opinion. First, the fore and aft dimension must be long enough for the fighting chair, with room behind for a mate to guide the chair, as well as room in front for the mate to pass under the rod from side to side. The 64's cockpit is 164 sq. ft, big without wasting space.
Second, the gunwale needs to be low enough that the mate can easily grab the wire, gaff the prey and bring the fish into the cockpit if that is the intention. Any professional mate or wire man will be as close as needed with 37"/.94m of freeboard at the stern. On the other hand, the transom must be high enough that the boat can be quickly backed down if need be without flooding the cockpit in normal conditions. And if the cockpit does take green water over the transom, then the cockpit scuppers must be large enough to quickly drain, and the stern must be buoyant enough to withstand the added weight of several hundred gallons of water.
Third, both anglers and crew need quick and easy access to bait freezers, cutting boards, tackle draws, live wells and all of the rest of it. The 64 has all of that and more under its two levels of mezzanine -- and it is al fully customizable by the customer. Just ask.
The Hatteras 64's 186 sq ft (17.3 sq m) flying bridge offers a spectacular view of the surroundings and of the large cockpit in particular. A pod-style console offers seating for the captain and crew with guests lounging forward. The electronics are protected under an electrically actuated console that retracts for safekeeping as well as protection dockside. If you're into entertaining more than fishing, a fully enclosed version is available as well.
This flying bridge layout is huge and has enough seating for most everyone on the dock. There is plenty of gathering space forward, with wraparound seating concealing rod storage, and to starboard, a rear-facing jump seat sits atop an insulated refreshment box. An add-on freezer is optional.
The pilothouse version of the 64C is includes a winding staircase access from the salon. Notice the air conditioning vents over the windows. Stairs to the bridge can be internal or external. Each has its pros and cons.
Here is an overhead view of the optional enclosed pilothouse.
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