Hatteras Yachts History

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Hatteras Yachts History

February 18, 2013

Hatteras Yachts had its beginnings on the blustery shore of North Carolina’s barrier islands, by the turbulent waters of Diamond Shoals. Grounded by a nor’easter that would have crushed his wooden hulled boat, Willis Slane resolved to build a fiberglass yacht tough enough to tackle any storm and large enough for a fishing crew or small family. With design assistance from Jack Hargrave, on March 22, 1960, Slane introduced the Knit Wits, the world’s first fiberglass 41-foot sportfishing yacht, and a new industry was launched

The response was overwhelmingly positive, and less than two years later Hatteras Yachts premiered the first fiberglass motor yacht, with additional models quickly following. By the late 1960s, Hatteras offered a full line of models including the Hatteras 50 MY, the largest production fiberglass motor yacht then available. As industry demand grew for bigger boats, Hatteras rose to the challenge, expanding the Hatteras sport fishing fleet from 50’ boats to 90’ convertibles. The Hatteras line eventually grew to encompass a line of cruising yachts ranging from 63 to 100 feet in length. The undisputed leader of production convertibles and motor yachts in the industry, Hatteras has launched more than 7600 vessels.


With a deserved reputation as a true innovator in the industry, Hatteras has pioneered many of the technologies used today in the marine industry, including state-of-the-art hull design. Traditional deep-V hulls incur high hull resistance and demonstrate a high tendency to roll; while flat-bottom hulls offer less resistance, they have an unfortunate tendency to pound in normal sea conditions. The expert naval architects and engineers at Hatteras developed a series of convex and modified V-hulls that provide the best of both designs, delivering a sharp entry and the soft, stable renowned “Hatteras ride.” Most Hatteras hulls feature a double chine with hull side “step-outs” that increase interior space above the waterline while helping to reduce spray. Some of the other innovations Hatteras has delivered are state-of-the-art lamination techniques, propulsion systems, and fully resin-infused hulls. That method of creating hulls virtually eliminates airborne pollutants while saving significant weight and adding stiffness to provide a world-class ride.

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With a half-century of experience, the tenured team of master builders at Hatteras Yacht continues to blend old world skills and innovative technique to deliver high quality vessels. Atlantic Yacht and Ship has several custom Hatteras ready to whisk their new owner off on adventure. The “Fratelli” an 82’ custom Hatteras was completely refit in 2003. With a spacious and functional cockpit and an impressive aft deck for entertaining, “Fratelli” is sure to please. She offers generous living space, boasting a five stateroom and five head layout. As with most yachts in this size, she provides the desired galley up. With her well-appointed bridge layout, her new owner is assured pleasurable days on the water. Aimed to please, “Fratelli” is ready to take you to an island paradise.

“Christina VII”, a rare factory-built 68′ cockpit motoryacht, has a large galley-up, roomy saloon and a huge custom enclosed aft deck, taking full advantage of the 18’2″ beam. The entire interior was basically gutted and completely rebuilt in the mid 2000′s. It is a teak interior and was designed and rebuilt without regards to cost by DJ Kennedy Company of Grosse Pointe, Michigan and the result is absolutely stunning. Over this past winter season all of Christina VII’s exterior teak was stripped and built back up to show standards using two part Bristol Varnish. She is in tiptop condition, absolutely beautiful and designed to dazzle!

Let Atlantic Yacht and Ship’s knowledgeable yacht brokers help get you out on the water in the vessel of your dreams. Whether you are seeking yachts for sale. or are a boat or yacht owner looking to sell or trade, Atlantic Yacht Ship has the experience and connections to help you realize your goals. Browse our extensive listings of new and pre owned motor yachts. or call us directly at 1-888-230-0439 and we will help you locate your ideal vessel.

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