The Hatteras GT65 Carolina is a 65-foot sportfishing yacht with a flybridge that was launched by North Carolina-based yacht-building firm Hatteras in 2020. The company worked with experienced tournament fishers to design a vessel that pushes the boundaries in terms of seaworthiness, angling prowess and efficiency, not to mention comfort and style. A super-sharp entry, a Carolina flare to the bow, elongated engine vents, new wrap-around windows, a stepped back bridge and sleek lines present a serene profile that hides this yacht’s muscular blue-water credentials, hardcore fishing amenities and deluxe hand-finished interiors.
The tournament experience just wouldn’t be the same without a lofty tuna tower, and this Hatteras comes fitted with a Pipewelders tower as standard for a vertiginous fish-finding vantage point. Plenty more can enjoy elevated views from this yacht’s ergonomically-styled flybridge, where a pair of leather chaise-longues and a forward loveseat are joined by two adjustable Release Marine piloting seats. You will also find a walk-around, center-console helm station up here, fitted with Garmin touch-screen panels, a Hatt/CON monitoring system, Side Power bow thruster controls, a teak helm pod, VHF radio and Miya Epoch teaser reels.
Yet you will probably find experienced fishers spend most of their time aboard the GT65 Carolina in the teak-lined aft-cockpit, where 194-square feet of dedicated fishing space awaits. Back here you will find an Eskimo ice-chipper, macerator-equipped fish boxes, transom storage, a livewell fed by Pentair pool pumps, an integrated bait-prep center, a transom lift-gate, reel outlets, rod holders and a floor plate for a fighting chair or rocket launcher. There is also a mezzanine level with chilled drinks storage, a three-seater sofa and an integral speaker system back here so that guests do not have to miss out on the action.
Hatteras are known for the splendid quality of their interiors and this yacht shows exactly why. A sedate salon lined in glossy teak or grey oak features a starboard-side home entertainment system and plenty of cabinetry, while to port there is an L-shaped lounge sofa in plush leather that connects to a U-shaped dining sofa with a breakfast table. Also to be found in here is an open galley with a serving island, granite or Corian work surfaces, a Sharp combination oven, a Miele hob, under-counter fridge-freezer units and a stainless-steel sink. This entire space benefits from panoramic side glazing and recessed mood lighting to maintain a light and breezy feel.
Though lower-deck spaces lack hull windows the entire space has been studded with skylights to flood these rooms with natural light. On this level you will find room for up to eight overnight guests across a port-side bunk berth, an en-suite bunk cabin, an en-suite double stateroom to the bow and an amidship owner’s suite. This owner’s room features a sofa, side cabinets, a full-height closet, a king-sized bed, bedside cabinets, plush carpeting and a bathroom with a shower cubicle.
An infused hull and stringer system with improved prop tunnels reduces weight and improves durability in an industry-wide first, while the optional installation of a Seakeeper 9 stabilizer eliminates roll while stationery in tuna-rich waters. The GT65 Carolina comes fitted with a pair of CAT C32 Acert 1600MHP diesel engines for top speeds that fly past the 40-knot barrier, while at cruising speeds of 30 knots the yacht can cover some 400 nautical miles with ease.