The Hatteras GT63 is a 63-foot tournament-ready sportfishing yacht with a flybridge that was launched by North Carolina-based boat-building firm Hatteras in 2011. Considered to be a legendary model by competitive fishermen, this Hatteras boat raised industry standards nationwide when it was released by combining a durable hull and powerful engines with world-class fishing amenities, exquisite interiors and innovative piloting technology.
A lofty pipewelders tuna tower casts a stark silhouette against the sky and, more importantly, provides a superb elevated spot for piloting, reconnaissance and fighting. Though the best place from which to steer your GT63 is one level down on the flybridge, where a central, walk-around helm is joined by a pair of Pompanette piloting seats, two side chaise-longues, a forward loveseat and a drinks chiller. The Palm Beach-style dashboard up here features a Seastar mechanical-differential steering system, a Furuno depth-sounder, Simrad auto-pilot, Icom VHF, bow thruster controls, an optional teak helm pod and Garmin GPS.
Your fishing team will likely spend most of their time down in the teak-lined aft-cockpit, where 173-square foot of dedicated competitive fishing space awaits. The cockpit comes complete with a transom lift gate, a fresh-water hose, a bait and tackle center, a capacious bait freezer, two 60-inch macerated fish boxes, a transom livewell, an aluminum floor plate for a fighting chair, flush mounted rod holders, an Eskimo ice-chipper, Miya Epoch electric teaser reels, a Glendinning cablemaster and intuitively placed stainless steel grabrails. Also available back here is a mezzanine level with a sofa and a drinks chiller, perfect for taking a break from the action and refueling with an energy drink or a beer.
Classic, hand-crafted interiors with a hint of luxury await as you step into the main-deck salon, where your choice of satin-finished mahogany or cherry surfaces present an elegant and restrained atmosphere. An L-shaped sofa to port sits across from cabinetry and a home entertainment system, while further forward there is a dining sofa and an open galley. The kitchen impresses with Amtico flooring, granite work surfaces, a Sharp combination oven, a 4-zone Miele hob, plenty of refrigerated storage and a stainless-steel sink.
Stepping down to the lower-deck level ushers you into a peaceful and sedate world of plush carpeting, mood lighting, cedar-lined closets and skylights where you are sure to get a good night’s rest. There is room for up to eight guests across a pair of port-side twin bunk berths, one with an en-suite, and two master staterooms with double beds and en-suite bathrooms with shower cubicles.
To say that the Hatteras GT63 has a hull built for long-range fishing would be an understatement, as one of these yachts won the 2020 Voyager Prize after becoming the first sportfisher of this size to ever make the Atlantic crossing. Crafted out of solid fiberglass with a fine entry, a Carolina flare and convex foresections, this proprietary variable-deadrise hull will stand you in good stead as you head far and wide in search of tuna-rich waters. With a fuel tank holding 1900 gallons you can expect a range of well over 620 nautical miles without refueling when cruising at the comfortable speed of 12 knots. However, should you need to push this rugged yacht to its limits then you will enjoy top speeds of over 41 knots thanks to a pair of 1900MHP CAT C32 ACERT diesel engines firing 625-blade Michigan propellers.