Offshore Swagger

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Hatteras Sportfisher

Offshore Swagger

The Hatteras 70 Convertible dominates open water

The convertible yacht is a uniquely American sort of design, blending the comforts of a motoryacht with the utilitarian qualities of a sportfisher. Way back when the convertible term was first coined, it came as the result of builders recognizing that women were often making the decisions about the family boat and the chances of selling them a stripped-down fishing machine were nil or worse.

So the builders added some amenities in the cabin an enclosed head, a vinyl padded dinette, and a rudimentary galley where there had once only been a beer cooler. Early convertibles were Spartan but sturdy, and a fisherman could literally hose down the entire boat inside and out after a weekend of fishing.

Like any compromise, however, the convertible fails as often as it succeeds, usually because a builder tries to offer too much of both qualities and ends up with neither. Simply enlarging the cockpit on a cruiser and slapping on a flybridge does not a convertible make.

To be a true convertible, the requirements are to have a spacious cockpit for fishing, a hull seaworthy enough to venture far offshore in search of gamefish, a nimbleness that allows the skipper to spin and chase a fish and a truly comfortable interior because, after all, a cruiser is what the yacht converts to after fishing.

Few companies have had such an impact on sportfishing convertibles as Hatteras, which has not only defined the term but upped the stakes with the new Hatteras 70 Convertible.

Hatteras convertibles have long been legendary throughout the fishing world, and you ll find them raising trophy-sized marlin and swordfish from Thailand to Tahiti. But a truly good convertible which the Hatteras 70 is doesn t have to spend all its time chasing fish. The convertible yacht has a number of qualities that endear it to many owners who would never dream of putting bait on a hook.

Take the cockpit on the 70, for example. Located at water level, it s ideal for lounging, swimming off the transom, or as a base for scuba outings. The big transom door makes access to and from the tender as easy as boarding from a floating dock.

For fishermen, however, the cockpit on the 70 Convertible is akin to Mecca. At 159 square feet, it has ample room for a big fighting chair, a freezer for bait, a pair of fishboxes for stowing your catches, and all the tackle stowage and bait preparation space you could want.

Perhaps the most interesting design feature of the 70 is the raised deck area at the forward end of the cockpit. It provides a back porch for the salon and allows your guests to watch the fishing action in the cockpit without being in the way. And, since it is both shaded and protected by the bridge overhang, it s a great place to keep an eye on your lines in bad weather.

Our test boat had the optional enclosed pilothouse, and that s yet another improvement in convertible styling. The flybridge has been as much a trademark of convertibles as the tall tuna towers used for spotting fish but, whether you re trolling for marlin or cruising to another harbor, a day on an exposed bridge forces you to wear either suntan cream or heavy jackets. With the enclosed pilothouse on the 70, however, you can enjoy all-weather climate control with air conditioning, heating, and full protection from the elements. Twin bucket seats are positioned behind the full width instrument panel, where you can flush-mount an array of electronics. A settee is to starboard and another is aft where, in the absence of a lower helm, guests can gather to watch the world pass by. Fishermen will be pleased to find an additional helm station on the vestigial deck aft of the pilothouse, where the skipper can easily keep an eye on the fishing action with a full view of the cockpit.

If there is a defining quality to a convertible, it is the interior because, after all, anything less than a truly comfortable yacht is just going to be another fishing boat. As you d expect, Hatteras once again excels and, if you led guests aboard the 70 Convertible and then asked them to identify what they were aboard, it s likely they would choose a Hatteras motoryacht. After all, the salon is as elegant and as comfortable as a penthouse, and the only thing that gives away the fishing heritage is a marlin painting in one stateroom.

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Our test Hatteras had the light maple interior which, with the big salon windows, provided plenty of light and a cheerful ambience. An inviting leather L-shaped couch is to port facing an easy chair, and a granite-topped wet bar is forward, with a television and entertainment center hidden in the counters to starboard.

Most motoryachts have the galley down arrangement, but the 70 Convertible has the galley raised two steps above the salon, giving it a sweeping view as well as including the area in the salon conversation. The raised area has a teak and holly sole for easy maintenance, and a built-in U-shaped dinette to starboard. The galley is completely equipped from the four-burner electric cooktop to the refrigerator/freezer with ice maker.

The raised galley also provides ample headroom in the full-beam master stateroom below, with a king-sized tapered berth, padded headboard, and built-in nightstands. Keeping the hull lines free of distractions means no ports in the owner s stateroom, but this is camouflaged by curtains and ample recessed lighting. To starboard is a vanity with fold-up mirror, while the port side has a large bureau. There s a cedar-lined walk-in closet, and the en suite head has a stall shower as well as VacuFlush toilet.

The VIP stateroom is forward, with a tapered queen berth, twin bed and an array of lockers and drawers, and a private head with shower. Off the corridor to starboard is a guest cabin with twin beds that convert to a queen-sized berth, as well as a private head and shower that double as the day head. A crew cabin to port has upper/lower bunks and a private head with shower.

Standard power for the 70 Convertible is a pair of Caterpillar 3412 diesels of 1,310 horsepower, although options include 1,800-horsepower MTUs and 1,746-horsepower Detroits. With the MTUs, the 70 tops out at 38.5 mph, while the Detroits are slightly quicker at 38.8 mph. The raised cockpit deck provides full standing headroom in the engine room, with easy access through the cockpit steps that lift on gas-assist struts. A pair of freshwater cooled 20 kW generators are tucked in sound shields, and there s ample room for anything from watermakers to scuba compressors.

Whether you re going after record-sized fish with a lofty tower, an array of outriggers and an arsenal of rods and reels or are more content using the spacious cockpit just for sunning and relaxing, the Hatteras 70 Convertible is a yacht that is just as comfortable fishing as cruising.

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