Coming Attraction

As the GT Line grows with the coming-this-year 59, so does its fishability and coastal cruising appeal.

 Hatteras’ GT Line is about to add a family member. Under construction at the time of this writing and scheduled to launch this year, the GT59 is, like the rest of the line, built to battle the big one on the open ocean. The 59 becomes the fifth member of the GT line and comes in as the third-largest with a 59-foot, 9-foot LOA, larger than the 45 and 54 and smaller than the 63 and 70. Like its siblings, the convertible is meant to go fast — Hatteras is projecting a top speed north of 40 knots with twin CAT C-32A 1,600 hp diesels — and it’s tournament ready. Fishing rigging is integrated everywhere, and storage can be found from stem to stern. In-gunwale rod holders, rod holder racks, a fighting chair with rod-holding capacity, and outriggers will make the yacht bristle with fish-catching armament when fully outfitted. Flybridge and tuna tower driving stations deliver maneuverability and visibility.

Depending on a buyer’s planned ratio of fishing to cruising, he can go with the standard three-stateroom, two-head arrangement, or he can add a third head. For a more fishing-heavy arrangement, owners can opt for the optional tackle center where the third head would go, belowdecks in the companionway, and a split-berth array in the forward VIP that might accommodate a crew of angling buddies.

No matter the configuration, the salon and galley in the main cabin are built with comfort and luxury in mind. High-end wood dominates the space, but it is nicely offset by light stone, headers and upholstery. Windows to both sides and aft ensure the cabin is well lit, and from the outside, the windows look like a pair of Oakley sunglasses that wrap from the front and down the sides.