The Hatteras 54 Convertible is a 54-foot sportfishing yacht with a flybridge that was produced by North Carolina-based boat-building firm Hatteras between the years of 2003 and 2019. Though impressing as a tournament-ready fishing yacht during the day, this sleek vessel transforms into a luxury cruiser at night capable of comfortably hosting the whole family.
A lofty Pipewelders tuna tower provides a superb place to spot fish and steer your Hatteras from an elevated vantage point, though the main helm station on the 54 Convertible sits on this yacht’s fiberglass-lined flybridge. This open space comes with a hard-top canopy for shelter from the rain, while an easily assembled Bimini windscreen protects from the ravages of both spray and wind. You will find a pair of adjustable Murray Brothers or Pompanette helm chairs up here, as well as a side sofa, a forward loveseat, a drinks chiller and optional teaser reels. The Palm Beach-style dashboard, meanwhile, boasts NorthStar GPS, Icom VHF, autopilot, a depth-sounder and a fish-finder from Simrad and Teleflex hydraulic steering.
A 149-square foot cockpit on the main deck really demonstrates the sort of fishing expertise that Hatteras has built their reputation on, and this teak or non-slip fiberglass-lined space boasts a six-foot fish-box with a macerator, a bait-prep and tackle center, a bait freezer, raw and salt-water hoses, a transom live-well, a lift-gate, an Eskimo ice-chipper, mounted rod holders, a Glendinning Cablemaster and a steel floor plate for a fighting chair. There is also a mezzanine level back here with seating for up to four and a fridge where tired fishermen may take a break and down a few beers after gutting their catch.
The 54 is a true convertible, and no expense has been spared in making the yacht’s deluxe interior spaces as plush as they can be. Surfaces in mahogany or warm cherry contrast against tan leather furnishings, carpeted floors, curved, widescreen windows and inset mood lighting, while fixtures in stainless steel offer a reassuring sense of durability. There is an L-shaped sofa and cabinet space to the rear, while slightly forward is another L-shaped sofa, this time hugging a dining table, and a walk-in galley. The galley features Amtico flooring, granite-effect counters, a four-zone hob, a combination oven and under-counter fridge-freezer units. A three stateroom, two head layout on the lower deck provides enough room for six guests to enjoy a peaceful night’s slumber in cosy surrounds with plenty of space. A double to the bow can be turned into a twin room, while the largest stateroom to aft features full-height, cedar-lined closets and a queen-sized bed.
A proprietary “twisted deadrise” hull boasts a sharp entry, a Carolina flare by the bow, a flat running surface to aft and dual chines for an efficient and agile ride as you glide across the waves in hot pursuit of prized pelagic fish. A pair of CAT C30 1550MHP diesel engines offer top speeds of around 42 knots, more than enough to outpace any marlins that swims into your crosshairs, while at still-swift cruising speeds of 30 knots you can expect a range of 428 nautical miles.