The Hatteras 80 Motor Yacht has four en suite staterooms plus a large captain's cabin aft, a country kitchen, and a flying bridge that can be turned into a sky lounge. We don't need to talk about Hatteras' quality and practicality because that is a given. What we do need to explore is her Romance, something that the Hatteras 80 MY has from her Euro-style superstructure to her full beam master with two-person shower stall and virtually every place in between.
Convex hull shape
Solid fiberglass hull
Accommodating aft deck
Hatteras 80 Motor Yacht (2013-) Specifications
79' 10'' 24.33 m
190,000 lbs. 86,183 kg (f)
21' 3'' 6.48 m
5' 8'' 1.73 m
2,858 gal. 10,819 kg
326 gal. 1,234 L
6' 6'' 1.98 m
21' 1'' 6.43 m
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While this Hatteras 80's flying bridge is buttoned up with isinglass, a Sky Lounge option to enclose the bridge is available. It leaves room for the 1,500-lb hydraulic davit and a tender.
Mission of the Hatteras 80 Motor Yacht
We are sad to say that to have a truly luxurious motoryacht with accommodations for four couples, each with en suite staterooms, plus a roomy saloon, a separate area for formal dining, an ample galley, and crew's quarters, is hard to do with very few compromises in less than 80 feet. This may sound like nonsense, but we assure you that it is true. So that is Hatteras' mission with its 80' (24.38 m) motoryacht -- to build a comfortable, luxurious motoryacht with accommodations for eight and a full crew, if wanted.
But there is more to the mission of this yacht. She has to be the real thing, not something that glitters at the dock in Antibes but rarely goes farther than a nearby beach for a day of sunning, lunch and an afternoon snooze. This motoryacht is designed for people who want to do some real cruising most anywhere in the world. She is designed to be a place where the owners can take their children and grandchildren on an unforgettable vacation. Or, to entertain friends royally without much concern for wind and weather.
When it comes to comparing the Hatteras 80 Motor Yacht to eight other boats in class -- all of the brand names with the beautiful ads that everyone has seen for years -- we discovered that she is really in a class by herself. In fact we were surprised at how different the Hatteras 80 really is. Take a look--
Beam. Her beam is 21'3" (6.48 m) which is one to three feet greater than other 80-something motoryachts. That is a huge difference when it comes to eliminating those "compromises" that we mentioned above. Added beam means that she will have larger guest staterooms below with beds that can actually be slept in comfortably. It means there is space in the engine room for the equipment needed for serious cruising, and that the boat can have both ample side decks and a wide saloon as well.
Fuel Capacity. The Hatteras 80 can carry 2,858 gal. (10,819 L) of fuel which will give her a prodigious range at displacement speeds. Her theoretical hull speed at 1.2 x the square root of her LWL (68'10") is nearly 10 knots.
She has a fuel capacity from 56% to 90% more than other motoryachts in her size range.
Guests love the forward table and lounge seating.
The forward lounge creates another venue for guests at cocktail parties.
Solid Fiberglass Bottom. While it would certainly be easy to use a balsa core in the bottom and on the hull sides to make its boats lighter, that wouldn't be consistent with the hull strength that Hatteras has built its reputation on. All Hatteras hulls -- even the relatively light GT series -- does not budge on this point. The fact that the first Hatteras convertible ever built -- which was 53 years ago -- is still in service, makes the case. Hatteras uses a solid, closed-cell structural foam coring in the hull sides beginning at the chine.
Painted Hull. In class, Hatteras is one of the few builders which coats its hulls with polyurethane paint. Because gelcoat is porous it retains dirt which dulls the finish. Further, gelcoat oxidizes far faster than does polyurethane paint. All of this means that the finish on the 80 Motor Yacht will stay brighter and glossier longer, and will need a lot less maintenance than will a gelcoated hull surface. Paint is also far easier to repair.
Unique Fuel Tanks. Hatteras pioneered the development of fiberglass fuel tanks which are hard to make. This gets weight as low as possible in the vessel, adds to stability, and creates an effective second bottom where the tank is located. And fiberglass will not rust as can aluminum tanks.
Hull Shape. More than a dozen years ago, Hatteras introduced the convex shape in the bow of its boats. The 80 has that proven design which punches through seas much better than conventional hull shapes. Her bottom shape has a warping deadrise angle from a very sharp forward, to 20-degrees amidships and then flattens out to a deadrise of just 2-degrees at the transom.
This bottom shape provides the best of both worlds -- wave-pearcing at the bow, deep-V amidships for riding comfort and nearly flat at the stern for speed, efficiency and roll-dampening. (Constant deadrise deep-V hulls are designed to provide as much comfort as possible in rough water at speed, but they are harder to push and roll at rest.)
The Hatteras 80 draws just 5'8'' which means she can safely navigate in the Bahamas.
Deep Prop Tunnels with Trim Tabs. Most boats in this class do not have significant tunnels for their props or any at all. The Hatteras 80's tunnels surround nearly 50% of the props' diameter which provides a number of performance-enhancing advantages: first it means the shaft angle can be reduced giving the prop a nearly horizontal plane of attack; second, the tunnel compresses the water normally flung out at 90-degrees from the prop and forces it aft thus creating greater thrust. The tunnels also contribute to making the 80 draw only 5'8", which lands her right in the middle of class when it comes to draft even though she has the greatest displacement.
UL-Listed Wiring. All wire used is UL-listed up to 300 volts or more, sometimes up to 600 volts. This means that all wire used in the Hatteras 80 Motor Yacht meets UL standards for protection against fire and shock hazard. All wire is tin-coated to prevent corrosion. It is strand copper for improved flexibility and sealed in an insulated jacket. Fires do not happen often on large motoryachts, but when they do it is often because of faulty wiring and that is why Hatteras has the best wiring regimen in the industry. Indeed, Hatteras engineers were instrumental in developing ABYC electrical standards.
2-Year Bow-to-Stern Warranty. We have always marveled at how some boat builders in this category of yacht forget to mention their warranty policy on their websites. But the Hatteras warranty is on its site and it is a good one. The company has a limited express warranty on its systems and components for two years. There is a limited 10-year warranty on the hull.
Hatteras infrastructure. We cannot make a list of elements separating the 80 Motor Yacht from other boats in class without mentioning the engineering, technical staff, and shop floor personnel at Hatteras. The company has built over 7,600 yachts since 1959, which means that there is a 50-year culture of building the structure and systems to the highest standards extant at the time. These days with many of the best builders standardizing on much of the same equipment, expert installation of systems is one of the major aspects that defines one brand from another.
The new Hatteras has large side windows in the master stateroom.
For Serious Cruising
Unlike many Mediterranean-style motoryachts this size, which stress sunbathing, day boating and dockside cocktail parties, the Hatteras 80 reflects American boaters' desire for serious cruising to exotic destinations and spending lots of time aboard. It has large accommodations with full-size beds, a spacious "country kitchen" galley, a large saloon with an adjacent formal dining table, a cozy aft deck, but not many sun pads.
Built almost icebreaker-tough in the Hatteras tradition, the 80 is designed for venturing into areas less-traveled – maybe the Inside Passage to Alaska, Canada’s northeastern provinces, or to Orkney or the Shetlands north of Scotland. More conventional cruising grounds such as the Windward Islands in the Caribbean, the Dalmatian Coast, Greek Isles and Turkish coast are all easily within the 80's capabilities.
She is not a so-called "passagemaker" simply because she is not intended to travel at 6 or 7 knots. However, if an owner wanted to travel at 6 or 7 knots, with her fuel capacity of 2,858 gallons (10,819 L) she has over a 2,000 mile range. And she is built as strong, in fact, probably stronger, than many production passagemakers on the market. Further, unlike transoceanic trawler-type vessels she has an elegant and sophisticated layout with the room to entertain lavishly and comfortably in any venue.
We like these comfortable barrel chairs on the aft deck. This also can be enclosed with isinglass for three-season boating.
Designed For Guests and Entertaining
Typically, yachts in this class are used in northern latitudes in the summer then travel to the tropics in the winter. They are used for not only exploring but also for family gatherings, and for entertaining friends and clients. There is nothing that has a stronger appeal to most people than being invited to be a guest aboard a large motoryacht in pristine waters.
It is here that we think the Hatteras 80 really comes into its own.
The saloon is large and comfortable. Note the hardwood deck and indirect lighting.
Because of her 21' beam, the formal dining table can seat eight people with its expand leafs.
Room for Everyone
The focal point of the main deck is a large saloon with comfortable seating for eight or more people. The separate dining area forward can be formal or informal and with a leaf in the table can seat eight guests. A day head is located forward, making a trip below to one of the staterooms unnecessary. This is one of the little conveniences possible with an 80' boat with a 21' beam.
Forward is a large galley with an island and a breakfast settee forward. This is a what is know as the "country kitchen" type of layout which has been popular in the U.S. for years and is just now catching on elsewhere. It can be opened up to be informal, or it can be closed and used by the crew with guests separated from the cooking action. A companionway to the accommodations below has been carefully placed forward of the saloon and dining area to starboard, eliminating the need for guests to go through the galley to access their cabins.
The standard main deck layout shows a roomy saloon that segues into a large galley with island forward. Ahead of that is a seating area with table.
The optional main deck layout reverses the seating and helm areas forward, and adds a bar counter in the starboard aft corner of the saloon. In both arrangements, the aft saloon doors open onto a cozy aft deck with seating.
Any first-class motoryacht’s galley includes better appliances and fittings than many people probably have in their kitchen at home, but Hatteras also allows $10,000 for a choice of china, crystal and flatware. We like the island, too – the more counter space, the better.
The settee at right provides a cozy place in the gallery for breakfast or lunch.
The Accommodations Deck
When cruising with friends one of the most important things to be able to offer them is privacy. No one likes to share a head and that means each stateroom needs to have its own en suite head. Having a separate shower stall in those heads makes the guests feel even more comfortable. In fact, the more guest quarters can be like their own boat, or better yet, like home, the more comfortable they will be with the cruising experience.
The comforts of home include a full size bed with a real mattress. Virtually all of the beds offered on the 80 are standard size, pretty much as one would expect at home, except for some tapering at the foot of the queens to make passage easier. The mattresses on the 80 are 7' thick with inner coils. Each stateroom has a hanging locker large enough for a couple's clothes for a week or two so long as they are properly instructed by the owner. (The owner sets the tone for dress and should always tell the guests what they should bring to feel comfortable.)
Likewise, the guest staterooms also have sufficient drawer and storage space, and the beds lift up with gas-assisted rams for storage of bulkier items such as suit cases, boots and other bulky items. Each cabin has its own climate control and portlight or hatch.
The Master Stateroom
The master in the 80 is full beam and like the rest of the accommodations two basic layout options are offered. We have found that the standard layout is the most practical. In this layout there is a huge walk-in closet intended for the lady of the boat and there is enough room here to hang clothes for all occasions. On the forward bulkhead is a large hanging locker which will usually be used by the gentleman of the vessel. The bed is a full-size king and there are his and hers chest of drawers to port and starboard. In most cases this will hold enough clothes for living aboard.
The head is to starboard. It has two wash basins and a separate shower stall. Both the counter tops and the head sole are granite. Because the boat is 21'3" wide there is plenty of room in the stateroom to walk around and that together with the six, large portlights should make the owner feel like royalty.
The standard accommodations arrangement.
The alternative arrangement.
The master has lots of light thanks to the larger windows.
The master includes a king-sized berth with headboard, nightstands either side and a big dresser. There’s a flat-screen TV with CD/DVD player.
The master head seems even bigger than it really is thanks to a clever use of mirrors. Decks and countertops can be marble, granite or tile. This optional arrangement comprises his and hers heads sharing a shower in-between.
The forward stateroom has good light thanks to the two opening portlights and overhead hatch.
All guest staterooms have their own heads with a separate shower stall.
Guest staterooms amidships can have double beds or twins.
Note the wide twin beds and wide aisle, both made possible by the 21'3'' beam.
Choice of Flying Bridges
The flying bridge is where folks spend most of their time underway, and Hatteras offers three layout options. The two open arrangements are virtually the same, differing only in the presence of a hot tub in one.
The standard flybridge arrangement includes lots of seating, a dinette and bar. There’s room aft for a RIB; the hydraulic davit is standard.
Some people like the flybridge so much, they prefer to live there. For them, Hatteras offers the Sky Lounge, an enclosed bridge that in essence is a second saloon. The joinery and décor are a little classier, and the amenities more numerous, including a 32” TV, stereo entertainment system, wet bar, and, of course, air conditioning.
The enclosed Sky Lounge option turns the flybridge into a second saloon, but robs a little space from the boat deck to add an outdoor lounge.
Design and Construction
Rather than a deep-V (not necessary when the boat doesn’t jump over the waves), Hatteras designers drew a variable-deadrise bottom with a sharp entry forward and a convex bow for a comfortable ride. Moving aft, the deadrise flattens to about two degrees at the transom. A flatter bottom offers less resistance for extra speed vs. horsepower, and adds stability, especially at rest or running at displacement speed. Carefully designed and positioned strakes enhance tracking and add lift.
An extra-wide helm seat on the flying bridge is large enough for two.
It takes an 80' motoryacht to be able to entertain a large group in style both at the dock and underway.
The first Hatteras yachts, built in the early days of fiberglass, were engineered by rule-of-thumb: if the crew couldn’t break them by smashing in and out of Hatteras Inlet in all kinds of weather, they were OK. Today, the company is more high-tech, but the boats are still as tough as found anywhere.
The 80 has a double chine which reduces the waterline width of the boat without reducing the width for accommodations. It also acts as a good spray knocker when under weigh.
The boat deck can serve double duty when the tender is launched.
One Helm or Two?
We’re happy to see that Hatteras considers the lower helm station an option. We think the room and utility picked up on the main deck without a helm there is well worth the compromise. Virtually all boats in this class will have either a flying bridge buttoned up with isinglass or an enclosed sky lounge with helm. This creates a great country kitchen area on the main deck. However, some yachtsmen will want the helm below as well so they can stay part of the action. It also makes boat handling easier when short-handed or when docking. Remote docking controls can be added as well as a plug-and-play or wireless hand-held docking control wand.
We like the four screens at the helm on the flying bridge as each screen can display a different aspect of navigation -- chartplotter, radar, depth sounder and infrared.
The Engine Room
The 80 MY has an engine room to make any wrench-head drool. There’s good DC and AC fluorescent lighting and plenty of ventilation, so spending time here isn’t a trial. All systems are easy to access, carefully laid out and labeled. A 110-volt oil-change system means quickly draining the diesel’s bottomless oil sumps; the hoses are fitted with Hatteras’s patented quick-disconnects, making it painless to switch from engines to gearboxes to generators. There’s even an aluminum work bench in the engine room.
Because of the boat's beam there is plenty of room between the engines and outboard of them where much of the equipment is located. All through-hulls and sea strainers are easy to reach.
Fire Suppression System. There is an automatic fire suppression system in the engine room which can also be operated manually. Once the device is activated, the Hatteras system automatically shuts down all engines and blowers to make sure the fire fighting agents are not ingested or diluted. These systems are optional on most motoryachts but standard on the Hatteras 80 MY.
Engine options include twin Caterpillar C32s ACERTs rated at either 1,600BHP, 1,800BHP or 1,900BHP. Sixteen-cylinder MTUs, rated at 2,000BHP are also available. We haven’t tested the 80 MY, so can’t comment on its performance – but a boat like this is no speed demon. For those who want to go really fast, Hatteras has several convertibles which will do the trick.
Props. The engines spin 8-blade high-performance Nibral props – it takes 8 blades to handle the loading of a boat this size with this horsepower. The 8-bladed prop also reduces vibration and has less slippage. making all of this as efficient as possible.
Rudder and Related Structures. The rudder on the Hatteras 80 MY is stainless steel, not bronze. This alloy material makes the rudders far stronger and also lighter than conventional bronze rudders. Each rudder is a cast one-piece part which eliminates the potential for a weak weld. The rudder shelf is a pultrusion of fiberglass and resin that is manufactured with tremendous heat and stress giving it the strength of steel without the problems of rot used on a conventional plywood rudder shelf. Rudder shaft bearings are made of Orkot material which is self-lubricating and is the same material used on large commercial ships.
Hatteras laminates steel beams into the stringers to take the strain of the engines. Fuel tanks are built with fire-retardant resin and finished with fire-retardant paint. Water tanks are also fiberglass. Raw-water pickups are in sea chests rather than scattered all over the bildge. Note the room between the engines, something made possible because this boat is 1' to 3' wider than others in her size range.
Generator. Two 27.5-kW Onan gensets are standard -- something that is unusual but which we feel is quite important. Redundancy is an important thing to have on any boat, but particularly one that might be far from home with guests aboard. Gremlins sneak into all boats from time to time no matter how well they are built. To lose AC or the ability to cook during a cruise for want of a second generator is fool hearty in our opinion.
Watermaker. Also standard is a 1,400-gpd (5,320 lpd) Sea Recovery watermaker. The water tank holds 326 gallon (1,234 L) which is fairly standard for this type of boat. What is unusual, however, is having the watermaker as standard equipment. Running a dishwasher or washing machine, plus guests not taking sea showers can deplete the 326 gallons in a few days.
Obviously, no boat will be going through 1,400 gallons of water per day, but the reason that this is such a good choice is because all watermakers are relatively noisy. Because of its large capacity it will only have to be run a few hours each day to keep up with demand.
The Hatteras 80 hull is sharp forward and flat astern making it the best of both worlds.
Hydraulic Drives, Not Electric Motors. Electric motors powering bow thrusters can quickly overheat and the loads on an anchor windlass motor can cause it to turn off or run its batteries down. Further, because of the location of this equipment it is vulnerable to saltwater corrosion. The 80 MY has a hydraulic system that powers the bow thruster, stabilizers, 1,500-lb. MarQuipt davit on the boat deck and the 4,000-lb. Maxwell windlass, which comes with 300 feet of chain and a 110 lb. anchor.
Fitting an 80' motoryacht with a complete hydraulic system is an expensive proposition but it is, in our opinion, absolutely the right way to fit out a boat intended for serious cruising. Hydraulic windlasses are somewhat slower than electric ones, but they are more dependable with fewer things to go wrong. Our experience with hydraulic thrusters is that they are every bit as responsive as electric ones.
A stern thruster is optional.
1,500-lb. (681 kg.) Davit. Chances are that a RIB tender with outboard will not weigh 1,500 lbs. So why get more capacity? The reason is simple: when launching a tender there are often waves and shock-loading on the davit. By making a higher capacity standard Hatteras is buying insurance for the unit in trying conditions.
When it comes to mechanical details, in our opinion it is hard to beat Hatteras. The examples above are only the tip of the iceberg. For people really interested in the details we recommend the Hatteras website which has more about what it does.
In our opinion there’s very little not to like about the Hatteras 80 Motor Yacht. In fact, most of the equipment and systems offered as standard we would specify for boats doing serious cruising.
With the "small" C32 Cats and the open flybridge, the 80 Motor Yacht will probably cost between $5.3 and $5.5 million. The closed-bridge Sky Lounge option adds an additional $320,500. We're told that customers wanting other customizing should simply ask and the factory will be happy to work within reasonable constraints.
The 80 Motor Yacht has been a very successful boat for Hatteras: Since its introduction in the autumn of 2003, more than 40 have been sold. And a look at the brokerage market doesn’t turn up very many 80 MYs for sale, so we can assume the owners like their boats and are hanging onto them.
Our advice? For people who can afford one, go for it. It’s probably the last boat you’ll have to buy.
Crew quarters are in the stern.
The captain's cabin has a double bed so the boat can comfortably handle four in the crew.
Crew and captain have their own head, galley and lounge.
We think the Hatteras 80 is an impressive vessel for serious cruising yachtsmen and women.
Hatteras 80 Motor Yacht (2013-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Washdown: Fresh Water
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Oil Change System
= Standard = Optional
Hatteras 80 Motor Yacht (2013-) Warranty
Hatteras 80 Motor Yacht (2013-) Warranty Information
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Hatteras 80 Motor Yacht (2013-) Price
Hatteras 80 Motor Yacht (2013-) Price
Base Price (MSRP)
Price as Tested
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.