While most tournament skippers will still prefer the open bridge layout (which Hatteras does offer on this model), the aft station on the Hatteras 70's enclosed bridge stands as a notable exception in the areas of visibility and functionality. Not only is the control station ideally positioned for a complete view of the cockpit, it sits underneath a large, molded-in overhang that provides a good bit of shade for the skipper. It features single-lever controls mounted on a pod helm, station-active buttons for DDEC's trolling valves and low-idle modes, as well as space for flush-mounting a full electronics package, including depth finder, GPS, radio and temperature gauge. A cushioned seat to starboard, complete with handrails, allows for comfortable guest seating, and the center-mounted tower ladder is both safe and out of the way. Further, access to the bridge via the cockpit ladder can be controlled by a hatch that latches tight either open or closed.
Inside the enclosed bridge are the luxurious appointments you would expect, including air conditioning, plenty of guest seating, vast space for flush-mounted electronics (with easy access to all wiring and electronics installations) and two fully adjustable helm chairs. Forward visibility is good, though moving the electronics console forward and down a bit would make it even better. Current models do not offer the popular circular staircase leading down to the salon, though future versions of the 70 may include that option.