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Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht (2011-)
Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht (2011-)
The first time we saw the Hatteras 72 was when she was introduced at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show in October of 2007. Since that time this model has proven to be popular, and little wonder since she hits the “sweet spot” of room, utility, versatility and price. The buyer pool for a boat like the Hatteras 72 is a diverse one, and that is why Hatteras as a number of different layout configurations and engine options. This week we are going to take a close look at this fine motoryacht and make a few recommendations of our own for people considering a serious motoryacht.
Report Highlights:
    <li>Hatteras 72 Motoryacht Review</li> <li>Hatteras 72 MY Test</li> <li>Hatteras 72 Article with Opinions</li> <li>Hatteras 72 Price</li>


Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht (2011-) Specifications
Length Overall 72' 0'' / 21. 94 m Dry Weight 162,250 lbs. / 73, 595 kg
Beam 20' 2'' / 6.14 m Tested Weight N/A
Draft 5' 6'' / 1.67 m Weight Capacity N/A
Draft Up N/A Person Capacity N/A
Draft Down N/A Fuel Capacity 2,200 gal. / 8,325.5 L
Air Draft N/A Water Capacity 350 gal. / 1,324.5 L
Deadrise/Transom N/A Length on Trailer N/A
Max Headroom 6' 8'' / 2.03 m Height on Trailer N/A
Bridge Clearance 17' 9'' / 5.41 m Trailer Weight N/A
Total Package Weight (Trailer,Boat & Engine) N/A
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.

Engine Options

Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht (2011-) Engine options
Std. Power 2 x 1550-hp CAT C32 Diesel engine
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power 2 x 1800-hp CAT C32 ACERT Diesel engine
2 x 1500-hp MTU 10V-2000 CR Diesel engine
2 x 1800-hp MTU 12V-2000 CR Diesel engine
2 x 1550-hp MAN 1550 CRM Diesel engine

Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht (2011-) Line Drawing


Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht (2011-) Captain's Report

Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht

The Hatteras 72 has a 20'2" (6.2 m) beam, weighs 162,250 lbs. (73,750 kgs.) and is 72' (21.94 m) long. So why do many 80-footers look the same size?

When we got back to the office we used the handy "comparison" feature that appears on every BoatTEST.com test page and discovered the answer to our conundrum. Many, maybe most, popular motoryachts up to nearly 90' are actually not "bigger"! They are just longer.

Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht

We estimage that the Hatteras 72, powered by CAT C-32s has a WOT speed in the mid-20s.

How Big Is Long?

Isn't longer bigger? It is to some people. But those people are not looking at the beam, waterline length, waterline beam, and displacement. They are not looking at the width of the side decks and the interior volume of a boat. It gets complicated and some of those dimensions are not readily available, but the fact is that of five best selling flying bridge motoryachts in the world from 74' to 78' (22.7 to 24 m), all were narrower, and one by 20" (45 cm). And all were significantly lighter -- anywhere from 11% to 41% lighter than the Hatteras 72.

We could get into the reason why the best selling motoryachts are long, narrow and light, but suffice it to say it has a lot to do with going fast and keeping the price down. Most of the sexy, sleek, and fast motoryachts in this range are essentially large day boats used for sunning, swimming, napping, and al fresco dining, before their owners retire ashore in the evening to a five-star hotel or nearby villa.

Essentially these boats were designed to cruise where the beautiful people are -- the 175 nautical mile stretch of coastline from, say, Portofino, Italy to St. Tropez, France. And they are also designed to be chartered in the same 175 mile strip and that is why most have four staterooms plus crew quarters.

Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht

Main deck layout -- country kitchen configuration.

The Hatteras 72

The Hatteras 72 was not designed to cruise the Riviera although it can do it as well as any boat. Rather it was designed to be cruised from Maine to Florida, and from Florida to the Bahamas and the Caribbean. These places, as you have undoubtedly noticed, are a bit farther apart than 175 nautical miles. And the sea conditions are a bit different than those in the northern Med in the summer, as well.

In a word, the Hatteras 72 is designed for a far different kind of cruising than are many other motoryachts in the same size range.

Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht

Main deck layout -- with lower helm station.

Width Counts, Too

The beam of the Hatteras 72 is 20'2" (6.15 m). Her side decks are ample and the main saloon has 284 sq. ft. (26.88 sq. m.) of deck space, which is, as it turns out, remarkable. That is why when we stepped aboard this 72-footer we almost gasped at the sight inside her saloon. She was noticeably larger inside than most of the "bigger" boats we had just been on.

The Hatteras 72 has glass doors almost all of the way across the back of the saloon and when you walk through them you enter a saloon that is 14' 8" wide by 19' 5" (4.5 m x 5.97 m) long. Beyond that is a country kitchen-styled galley, or galley and lower helm and settee -- making the front windshield about 38' 9" (11.9 m) from the aft entry point. As we said, the space is huge.

Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht

Looking forward in the saloon of the Hatteras 72 -- this layout has the bar at left.

The Saloon is Key

One thing most people buying a large motoryacht want is a saloon that has both a large and comfortable sitting area, as well as room for a formal dining table with seating for six or eight. Those two requirements can be easily accommodated in any number of layout plans on the Hatteras 72. Pictured on this page are two suggested layouts, but you could make up your own which might be better for your needs than the two shown here.

Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht

Looking aft in the saloon. Note expansive doors to the aft deck.

Look around and you will see what we mean when it comes to elegant entertaining space. Flush deck motoryachts, such as the Hatteras 72, are the ideal design to meet this requirement. For example, virtually any Portuguese raised pilothouse layout up to 80' or so does not have room for both a large living area and formal dining area. Typically, they have U-shaped settees just forward or aft of the galley.

Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht

Galley with island.

The Galley/Country Kitchen

One of the large trends in motoryacht design over the last couple of decades emanating from the U.S. has been the concept of the "country kitchen." The idea is even beginning to catch on among European boat builders who have traditionally closed off their galleys and kept them as small as possible.

In the main deck plans show here, one has a country kitchen arrangement that is typical of the concept. The lower helm is eliminated providing space for a large banquette and table. The other layout is a more conventional one, with a lower helm station that becomes the boat's primary steering and control location.

Incidentally, we have seen motoryachts with country kitchens that have a small helm under a counter to use in a pinch.

Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht

Four stateroom configuration with large captain's cabin aft which could be a fifth guest stateroom in an owner-operated boat.


Below decks Hatteras suggests three layouts, but we are told that the builder would be happy to discuss alternative plans. The four-stateroom version has the advantage of having two VIP staterooms with queen beds in addition to the master and guest stateroom. In this layout the beam of the boat really pays off as it is possible to get both a VIP and another guest cabin, and a passageway, all amidships.

Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht

Three stateroom configuration with sitting area in the master.

Alternative layouts can have an enlarged master suite with a sitting area, or an office, or a utility room for washer and dryer and linens, or any number of other uses. As we have noted above, those wanting to charter their vessel will probably want four staterooms as those are the designs in demand.

Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht

Same layout as above with the addition of crew quarters.

Virtually all Hatteras yachts are designed to be owner-operated, so the aft stateroom in the plans here can be for either a VIP guest or a cabin for the captain or crew. It is not unusual for a boat of this size to have a mate or a mate and a stew aboard to help with wash down and clean-up chores. Because the space in the stern of the Hatteras 72 is so large, any number of layouts are possible there.

Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht

Full beam master stateroom.

Flying Bridge

There are all sorts of possibilities on the top deck. First, the flying bridge can be open, although we would recommend at least a Bimini top for shade. Second, a hardtop can be installed. This alternative has the advantage of being economical and with the addition of cruising canvas and polycarbonate windows effectively buttons up the bridge making it the next best thing to a sky lounge with helm.

Hatteras currently offers the 72 MY with an enclosed bridge.

Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht

Night shot at helm. This boat has a hardtop with polycarbonate windows which button up the flying bridge making it like a sky lounge.

The flying bridge has 174 sq. ft. (16.47 sq. m) of living space, making it a huge area for entertaining. There are two seats located at the helm which we like to see. Hatteras will accommodate most requests for a grill and all of the usual amenities found on flying bridges in this class of yacht.

Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht

Looking aft on the flying bridge with a hardtop.

Abaft the "public" area of the flying bridge is the boat deck. Once again the boat's 20' beam pays off as a large tender can be placed here athwartships. The hydraulic davit can be placed athwartships or fore-and-aft, which we would prefer. Then, when the tender is in the water, and the chocks are removed this deck space can be used for all sorts of other activities.

Aft Deck

By extending the boat deck out to the transom, Hatteras has made it possible to fully enclose the aft deck. With the addition of wing doors to close off the wind and spray from the side decks a whole new year-around living space can be created here with the addition of cruising canvas. Again, this is a low-cost way of adding living space to the vessel, or in the tropics, opening it up to the great outdoors.

Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht

Note full standing headroom and space for easy movement.

Power and Performance

Standard power: twin Cat C-32 1550-bhp V-12 diesels. Optional power goes up to 1800-bhp or down to 1500-bhp with twin MTU 10V2000s. We have not tested this model but in tests of other vessels with the C-32s we have seen cruising speeds around 20 knots at 2000 rpm with WOT in the mid 20s.

When buying any boat play to the model's long suit, and in the case of the Hatteras 72 that means riding comfort and stability both underway and at anchor -- it is not blinding speed, although 25 knots is plenty fast enough for us. You should also remember that this boat has a very long waterline for its size. Wise cruising folks would consider operating this vessel at displacement speeds at least part of the time. With its 65' (20 m) waterline, the Hatteras 72 has a calculated hull speed of 8.9 knots at 1.1 times the square root of 65. At a factor of 1.2 her hull speed would be 9.6, and that is about what she will do at 1,000 rpm, which should give her a cruising range of about 1,200 nautical miles, with its 2,220 gal. (8,403 L) fuel capacity.

Gin Palace or Cruising Yacht?

Everyone has a slightly different dream or expectation when approaching a large motoryacht. If you are looking for something to tie up behind your house and take out for evening cruises on the ICW, you can do what Wayne Huizenga did and buy a double-decker pontoon boat.

However, if you want to do some real cruising and blue water travelling, then you probably couldn't find a better, or more comfortable yacht than the Hatteras 72. People thinking about a trawler or conventional long range cruiser would do well (in our opinion) to consider this boat instead for more room, comfort, and versatility. And as we have seen, at displacement speeds it has a range that will rival many trawlers.

Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht


If you want to read about Hatteras' construction details you can access it in another report under the "Related Articles" tab.

Since all good builders of large motoryachts use pretty much the same materials, engines and equipment, a discerning buyer needs to look past the glitz and beautiful models to the elements that make for a truly good motoryacht. Some of those elements are functionality, practicality, and versatility of design, systems engineering and installation, and sea-keeping ability. We find the Hatteras 72 a superior motoryacht in all those categories.

The cost of this yacht is something around $4 million, give or take a few hundred thousand, depending on options and customization. For that money we think that anyone buying the Hatteras 72 will have a boat that they can be proud of anywhere in the world, and one that can go most anywhere.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht (2011-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
Autopilot Standard
GPS/Chart Standard
VHF Radio Standard
Air Cond./Heat Standard
Battery Charger/Converter Standard
CD Stereo Standard
Head: Fixed Standard
Power Steering Standard
Shore Power Standard
Trim Tabs Standard
TV/DVD Standard
Washdown: Fresh Water Standard
Water Heater Standard
Icemaker Standard
Microwave Standard
Refrigerator Standard
Stove Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Platform Optional
Transom Door Standard
Transom Shower Standard
Wet bar Standard
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Bow Thruster Standard
Davit Standard
Freezer Standard
Generator Standard
Glendinning Cablemaster Standard
Oil Change System Standard
Trash Compactor Standard
Vacuum Standard
Washer/Dryer Standard

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht (2011-) Warranty

Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht (2011-) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.

Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht (2011-) Price

Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht (2011-) Price
Pricing Range $4,000,000.00
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.

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