Boat Review: Hatteras 45EX

A new express boat that can fish or cruise with equal effectiveness

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Hatteras 45EX
With the Cabo Yachts brand getting absorbed into the fold at Hatteras, the folks at the headquarters of the storied brand from New Bern, North Carolina, had a great opportunity to increase model offerings, and the new Hatteras 45 Express Cruiser combines the best of both brands. A roomy helm deck, ample fishing room in the cockpit and a well-appointed belowdecks living area make this a desirable rig for owners wishing to run their own boat with liveaboard capacity and the social aspects that express boats offer. Hatteras offers the 45 Express in Cruiser and Sportfish configurations, as well as in two layouts: single-state and two-stateroom models. We tested the single version. This flexibility makes the boat appealing for those looking for that midsize express for living space, fishing room and a large helm deck where everyone is part of the action.