Boat Review: Hatteras 65

Hatteras Yachts is currently working on a redesign of its most successful sport-fishing yacht since the company's inception in 1959: the Hatteras 65 Convertible.

Hatteras Yachts is currently working on a redesign of its most successful sport-fishing yacht since the company's inception in 1959: the Hatteras 65 Convertible. The 65 set the standard for the large convertible market with its reputation as a soft-riding, 35-knot battlewagon with its introduction in 1986. The 65 has benefited from continuous refinements during that time that have helped sell more than 120 units. None, however, has been as innovative as the changes that have taken place for the boat's Y2K debut.

A completely new superstructure, styled after that of the racy 70 Convertible, is complemented by the popular hull of the 65, a hull that has been touted time and again for its dry sea-keeping abilities. Changes include rounded edges, a sleek raised foredeck with swept-back exterior profile and contemporary frameless windows with recessed pilasters that provide the visual impact of a continuous pane of glass on either side of the salon.

The enormous 183-square-foot cockpit boasts a newly designed bait and tackle center, with doors and lids that are actuated by foot pedals for convenient access and a clean look. An oversized in-deck fish box, insulated sink, refrigerator/freezer, top-loading storage bin and starboard drink box are all standard.

The 65 Convertible will come with an open bridge as standard. This layout includes an extended bridge overhang, a stylish console with electronics storage and raised helm deck for increased visibility. An optional power-actuated console is available to conceal all electronics under a gasketed lid when not in use.
For those who prefer the enclosed flybridge option, Hatteras has engineered a brand-new enclosed bridge option to complement the superstructure's new profile. The design includes recessed window pilasters, extended bridge-deck overhang and an increased rake for the windshield. A spiral staircase leading down into the four-stateroom, three-head interior is optional.