The Mission of the Hatteras 60 MY
The Hatteras 60 Motor Yacht is intended to be the smallest size motoryacht that is realistically possible to build that has the sea-keeping parameters for adventuresome cruising offshore, yet still have most of the amenities of a large conventional flush-deck motoryacht. That means you can take it nearly anywhere you can get fuel for her, yet also have a first-class entertainment platform for around home and for more sedate cruising.Secondly, the Hatteras 60 Motor Yacht was designed to be an owner/operator vessel. That fact goes to the core of what Hatteras is all about – boats built for seasoned, knowledgeable yachtsmen who understand the complexities of large yachts and also know how to pilot them. The boat is setup so that it is easy to operate for people moving up from smaller boats, yet is large enough so that people moving down from larger motoryachts still can do most of the things they enjoyed on bigger boats.
Easy to Dock
Owners of small boats, whether single or twin, will be amazed at how easy it is to dock and handle a larger motoryacht, one such as the Hatteras 60. The basic reason why the Hatteras 60 is actually easier to dock than boats far smaller is because she is heavy. She moves slowly giving the skipper time to see what is happening and make the adjustment required. Secondly, the props on the 60 are huge (50'' pitch) and usually all one has to do it to “bump” one engine into gear for a second or two, then take it out of gear and let momentum do the rest of the work. With the gears in opposite directions she will turn slowly on a dime.(Next time you see people on the dock break out into applause when an owner puts a large motoryacht to rest 3 inches from the dock, now you know his little secret – it was really a piece of cake. Give him your approbation anyway, as it’s good for his ego.)With the advent of bow thrusters, the boat-handling in a tight slip that most owner/operators fear most is made even less of an issue. These days some owners are even fitting stern thrusters which are not really necessary except in tight spaces with a cross current. The key to big boat docking is simply to go slow. This boat was one of the easiest large motoryachts I have ever docked.
“Entry Level” Motoryacht
Hatteras calls this model their “entry level” motoryacht because it is the smallest motoryacht boat in its line, but don’t let that fool you. The Hatteras 60 Motor Yacht is a very big boat, indeed, and has pretty much all of the amenities and attributes that her 100’ cousins have. In fact, for most people, a 60’ (18.46 m) motoryacht, if properly equipped, is all they will ever need.
The heart of the Hatteras 60 on the main deck is the galley. It is large, bright and unencumbered. Hatteras is using under-counter drawer refer/freezers which open up the boat and creates the “country kitchen” feeling that has been popular in American-built motoryachts for two decades. We like this layout with its island counter/sink because it allows two people to actually work in the galley at once, and both chef and sous chef can stay part of the pre-dinner conversation.An “L”-shaped banquette with a rectangular table can create an elegant dinner venue or a relaxed place to hang out for breakfast. At first blush one might not consider a dining table next to the galley as having the possibility of “elegance” but rest assured that is all in the hands of the host and hostess.
Europeans may recoil at the thought of having a galley open for all of their guests to see. They should speak to Hatteras about an alternative layout (the builder will be glad to accommodate), or simply buy a larger Hatteras which has a fully enclosed galley. The fact is that Hatteras built motoryachts for years with enclosed galleys and has taken a very practical step forward, in our opinion.
Speed is one the most important aspects one must decide upon when buying a large cruising motoryacht. The Hatteras 60 displaces 76,000 lbs. (34,473 kgs.) dry and it takes a lot of horsepower and fuel to get this boat on plane and make her go fast.Every time there is a spike in fuel prices, yachtsmen naturally start thinking of going slow, and saving on fuel. But true displacement speeds are glacial in nature to a person coming up through the powerboat ranks. Eight knots takes some getting used to by all but the sailboat crowd. Heavy boats ride better (particularly when they have a 18’2”/5.53 m beam like the Hatteras 60 MY) and roll less than do light boats, all things being equal. So the question now is do you want to go displacement speeds (8 to 9 knots) or 15 to 20 knots, or even faster? If you buy a displacement-only boat, you are stuck going slow. On the other hand, if you put huge engines in a relatively light narrow motoryacht so that you can go 35 knots or faster you really aren’t looking for a cruising motoryacht, but rather something all together different. (Not withstanding the fact that you can only go those speeds in relatively calm conditions.)
That’s why many people who buy motoryachts find one that will cruise comfortably from 15 to 22 knots a very practical compromise. It is for that reason that Hatteras has wisely, we think, decided to offer two engines that give both a good turn of speed, but also the option to go relatively fast.
The standard engines on the Hatteras 60 Motor Yacht are 705-hp twin QSM-11 diesels by CMD. If we were buying this boat these are the engines we would install simply because we are happy cruising at 17 to 20 knots. Those are comfortable speeds in all but really rough conditions, and less fuel is burned as well. The Hatteras 60 we tested had the optional twin 1135-hp C-18 Cats. Our guess is that these were spec’ed by the dealer because he wanted to be able to offer a boat that that could go fast or slow and thereby have a boat in stock with versatile power. There are boaters who simply like to go fast and fuel burn is not a consideration. If we were a boat dealer we’d make the same decision. The test boat should make almost everyone happy.
We tested the Hatteras 60 out of the Hatteras dealership on the Hudson River in lower Manhattan. The weather was snotty, with storm cells moving through every hour or so. We ran our speed trials in the Hudson River, doing reciprocal courses right in the axis of the river so that we could average the speeds. Our test weight with ¾ tank of fuel and four people aboard was 81,240-lbs. (36,927 kgs.). (When comparing the performance of different motoryachts be careful to take displacement and beam into consideration. Large displacement and beam will slow the boat but also maker the boat much more comfortable.)
Our wide open throttle (WOT) speed was 31.5 knots where we burned 120 gph for a range of 236 nm. Of course no one would go that speed for longer than a few minutes, and then only to show an express cruiser spoiling for trouble that we could do it.We felt most comfortable running the boat at 74% of full throttle which was at 1750 rpm where we were travelling at 20.8 knots. At that speed we were getting 65 gph for a range of 288 nautical miles, with a 10% fuel reserve. That gives one 13.8 hours of running time at over 20 knots, which is longer than we want to run on even a delivery trip. Ten hours is about our maximum.
We know that most Hatteras 60 buyers will not be travelling along at displacement speeds, nevertheless it is important to know what the boat is capable of at those speeds. At 600 rpm which is idle, those huge 50” props will move the boat at 7.2 knots which is less than its hull displacement speed, but not by much. At that speed the boat will burn 6 gph and have a range of 1083 nautical miles. At a more comfortable 10.3 knots, the boat will burn12 gph and have a range of 773 nautical miles. This is, we feel, an ideal speed for long voyages on a vessel like the Hatteras 60. It makes going down island pleasant and relatively economical. Smart owners may well have a paid delivery skipper take the boat down to a place such as St. Georges, Granada on a slow-boat delivery, then fly down to pick up the boat and enjoy the down-wind sleigh ride back.
Handling and Ride
The 60 Motor Yacht turns at speed in two or three boat lengths and leans only 1-2-degrees in the process. This is unusually stable. Her convex bow sections punch through seas and give the boat good riding characteristics. Her wide beam and displacement combine to make this boat as comfortable as possible in a seaway.
Quality of the Build
In our opinion, few companies build a stronger hull than does Hatteras. Below the waterline the Hatteras 60 MY hull is solid fiberglass. That is where a lot of the boat’s weight is, and it is a fine place for it. The hull-to-deck joints in a Hatteras are glassed and bolted which means you are not going to have leaks there. The company has a good reputation when it comes to making sure that all hatches and portlights are water tight. We notice, for example that the door to the side deck forward of the galley in the Hatteras 60 Motor Yacht dogs down. That is good because water can easily hit that area if you are punching through a nasty sea. The quality of the electrical systems and plumbing in Hatteras yachts has been well-known in the boating industry for decades and is second to none. Again, this is important since it is an owner/operator boat. The last thing that an owner needs to be doing is trying to figure out why a circuit isn’t working or an appliance won’t work. It goes without saying that Hatteras strictly follows ABYC standards, and, in fact, Hatteras personnel over the years have been instrumental in writing many of those standards.
At 18’2” (5.53 m) the Hatteras 60 MY is one of the beamiest vessels in class, two feet (.61 m) more than a couple of them, in fact. Those two feet translate into a lot of extra living space below, on the main deck, and even on the flying bridge. (When buying any boat pay careful attention to its beam, and in no boat is it more important than in a motoryacht.)The Hatteras 60 Motor Yacht has three staterooms with two heads. This is pretty much standard on yachts of this size, although some boats in class, and even smaller, have three en suite heads. Also, some yachts this size have just two staterooms and use the space of a third cabin for an office, or storage. We would say that if you like everything else about the Hatteras 60 except its accommodations layout, you should talk to the folks at Hatteras. They aim to please.
The Flying Bridge
Here is another place that we think the Hatteras 60 Motor Yacht excels. The basic reason for that is because all Hatteras flying bridges, no matter what model, are large and robust, with high bulwarks. The bridge cowling and instrument console are relatively high. It is here that the traditional American motoryacht build pays off.
The Hatteras 60 Motor Yacht flying bridge has two husky seats forward for the skipper and navigator. The instrument console is large, which is as it should be, big enough for several screens and all of the other electronic equipment necessary. Abaft the helm is a large settee with table. Two optional layouts are available, one for an athwartship tender, the other with a second sunning lounge.
depending on which engines you select and how the yachts is equipped, we are talking somewhere north of $2.5 million for the Hatteras 60 MY. In our opinion, when doing some serious cruising the Hatteras 60 MY will be as comfortable as any boat in class on the market. As far as reliability goes, both in terms of the hull and the ship’s systems, again Hatteras is as good as any production boat built anywhere in the world, and better than most. Remember that Hatteras did not discover motoryacht building yesterday, it has been doing this for 50 years and has long since learned how things must be built to be reliable in the marine environment.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Hatteras 60 Motor Yacht (2012-) is 36.2 mph (58.3 kph), burning 120.00 gallons per hour (gph) or 454.2 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Hatteras 60 Motor Yacht (2012-) is 23.9 mph (38.5 kph), and the boat gets 0.37 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.16 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 331 miles (532.69 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 1135-hp CAT C-18.
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