Interior volume and fishing amenities highlight the builder's new direction for its GT line.
As a replacement for the GT63 and the first model in a refresh of the GT line, the Hatteras GT65 Carolina boasts greater square footage in the cockpit, mezzanine and flybridge, and greater volume throughout the interior. Fans of the builder need not worry, though, because sleek lines and the gentlest of downward sheer sweep toward the transom make clear this is still a Hatteras. Anglers — the first owners are hardcore tournament participants who are moving up from a GT63 — will appreciate the 194-square-foot cockpit and the built-in stainless steel storage boxes in the mezzanine. Seatback air conditioning on the mezzanine seat is optional. A rack of rod holders across the flybridge railing, more on the tower supports and outriggers ensure a group can have plenty of lines in the water.
A glass cockpit array of three flushmounted MFDs highlights a helm console that puts the wheel and engine throttles close at hand. Single -lever controls and a bow thruster are optional. Companion seating to both sides and forward of the console make the bridge a social space.
Inside, a large L-shaped settee, a dinette and three barstools at the galley counter provide plenty of get-off-your-feet spots after a long day fighting fish. Belowdecks are four staterooms and three heads — the master is en suite — but one of the staterooms can be converted to a tackle room.
For maximum comfort during a long day on the water, twin Seakeeper 9 gyro stabilizers are an option. The first buyers have added custom features such as tuna tubes, a carbon fiber hardtop and buggy top, and a custom wood interior. The first GT65 Carolina is scheduled to splash late this year. Hatteras Yachts, hatterasyachts.com