A tweak creates a yacht with an entirely different look and feel.
At the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show in 2015, Hatteras Yachts unveiled a new model, the 70 Motor Yacht, which has since been a hit for the builder. It bridged a gap in the motoryacht space between the 60 and the 100 and was designed for owners who really like to entertain. Fast forward roughly 15 months, to the 2017 Yachts Miami Beach boat show, and Hatteras unveiled another new yacht — a tweak to the 70MY.
As you may have guessed from the name of the yacht in the headline, Hatteras enclosed the flybridge of the 70MY. Doing so created a yacht that can cruise in most any weather and can cruise earlier — and later — in the season. Enclosing the bridge changed the layout a bit, and gave designers a chance to make the space fit with the rest of the yacht. For starters, the helm got bigger and fancier, eschewing the fiberglass look in favor of whichever wood is used throughout the yacht. The steps down to the main deck moved to port, so the helm happily claimed the extra space, yielding room for two multifunction displays, at least 16-inchers, and a sizeable glove compartment. Between the two MFDs are engine displays and an ICOM VHF radio and a Furuno navigational data organizer. It looks like a third MFD could fit there, if one so desired. Twin captain’s chairs face the dash.
Aft of the helm, to port, is a raised L-shaped dinette settee, and across from that is a buffet cabinet that contains a sink, a refrigerator, storage and a high-low TV. The buffet and the dining table are topped with the same stone, a nice upgrade from the previous version.
All around are windows that provide plenty of natural light and a view of the water no matter where one is sitting. An opening hatch in the hardtop delivers fresh air, especially with the aft door open. It’s a comfortable, social space that feels like part of the overall yacht, and steps fore and aft mean occupants can get to the main deck quickly.
Now, before you wonder why the builder would take such a great outdoor space and render it inside only, keep in mind there are two other accommodating outdoor spaces on the yacht — and folks who want the entire outdoor experience can still get the 70MY with the open bridge. The cockpit, which is covered overhead by the flybridge deck but otherwise open to the elements, includes a transom settee with room for five people, a table and three portable chairs opposite the settee. There is room for eight people to sit and six to eat at the table. A console in the forward port corner includes a sink and a refrigerator.
For a more wide-open experience, the bow area includes a three-person sunpad — though a gaggle of kids could fit there — and wing settees with room for five or six more people. Cupholders are placed accessibly around the seating, and the holders are big enough to accommodate a bottle of wine. A couple of speakers at the head of the sun lounge bring the music du jour to the bow occupants. At the dock or at anchor in some hidden away cove, the bow will surely be a convergence point for all aboard. Wide, tall sidedecks ensure that getting from one end of the yacht to the other is easy and safe.
Moving the Furniture
Inside, on the main deck, the standard layout puts the salon immediately inside the aft door. An L-shaped settee with room for six people is to starboard, with a table. A console to port holds a high-low TV. Forward of the settee is a large galley, which consists of an L-shaped stone countertop with a sink and a stovetop. Storage abounds below the counter, and upper cabinets along the cabin bulkhead provide more. The aft portion of the galley is open to the salon, so the chef can be part of the social scene. An island provides more working and serving space and also includes underneath storage. A full-sized refrigerator is against the port wall, along with a day head. At the far forward end of the main cabin is a breakfast nook. Its C-shaped settee can accommodate eight people, though trying to feed that many at the split table might be a bit tight. A windshield provides a great view forward, and glass all around ensures there isn’t a bad seat in the entire space.
If a buyer prefers a more formal dining experience for family and guests, there’s an alternative layout for that. The salon settee gets slightly smaller, as does the galley, and a formal dining space becomes the centerpiece, between the settee and the galley. A huge stone-topped table provides room for eight to dine.
Belowdecks are four staterooms (with an option for crew quarters all the way aft), including a bow VIP, a two-berth room to port, a queen berth to starboard and a full-beam master amidships, aft of all the others. It includes a king-size bed, a bench settee, a built-in vanity, a walk-in closet and an en suite head. Buyers can add a second vanity/desk in place of the settee. Twin elongated hull windows on each side let in plenty of natural light.
The forward VIP has an en suite head, and the other two staterooms share the third head, which doesn’t have to double as the day head, because there’s one on the main deck.
Standard power on the yacht are twin Caterpillar C32A diesels, each cranking out 1,600 hp. On the original 70MY, top speed with the CATs was around 26 knots, with 21 to 23 knots serving as a comfortable cruising speed. Other engine options exist, which can be found on the builder’s website or by consulting a local dealer, which is Stan Miller Yachts on the West Coast.