This production run is an updated version of the extremely successful 65 Convertible Sportfish of 1987-1999 that was well-known for its superb seakeeping hull, speedy performance (35+ knots), and soft, dry ride. The iconic Hatteras Hargrave-designed modified-V hull with sharp entry, high flared bow, flattens to aft for responsiveness and stable performance in a range of sea conditions. Electrical and mechanical systems, craftsmanship, and power options all combine for superb fishability and liveaboard comfort in this beautifully proportioned fishing yacht with its distinctive stepped-down sheerline.
65' Hatteras 65 GT 2021
Playa Herradura, Los Suenos, Costa Rica
The 65 Convertible was restyled with a raised foredeck and swept back superstructure, rounded edges, and new frameless, tinted windows for a sleek contemporary look. The interior was updated with a standard 4-stateroom, 3-head accommodations layout; a 3-stateroom, 3-head layout was optional. The fourth starboard aft stateroom with private head and utility room access, could be for crew, especially with an optional bulkhead door to the engine room. The main deck salon, galley and dinette became a large open space for relaxing and entertaining with beautifully finished maple (or optional dark cherry) grain-matched woodwork, fluted valances, and 2” wood window blinds. Entertainment center on starboard side faces couch. Hatteras designers filled every accessible space with stowage, including beneath furniture. The L-shaped couch in the salon has storage underneath, as does the adjacent coffee table that opens with a set of gas-assisted struts. Forward to starboard, the U-shaped dinette seats 5 and has drawers underneath.
The full-service galley is forward portside directly across from the dinette for easy access. Amenities include drawer-style Sub-Zero undercounter refrigerator/freezer units, 4-burner electric stove, convection microwave oven with wood fascia, and plenty of drawers and high-gloss finished maple cabinets (dark cherry was optional). Solid surface countertops with undermounted sink provide sufficient area to prep dinner for five. A trash compactor was available as a Hatteras option.
The 4-stateroom accommodations layout features the master suite to port with 2 cedar-lined closets, built-in bulkhead cabinets, and tapered queen berth with cedar-lined storage beneath. Ensuite head features stall shower and solid surface countertops with integral sink, high-gloss maple (standard) or cherrywood cabinets. Forepeak VIP guest stateroom features a centerline tapered queen berth with cedar-lined storage beneath, cedar-lined hanging closet, drawers, and overhead bins. Private access to guest head. Starboard stateroom with upper and lower bunks has storage under lower bunk and a large closet. Guest head also features stall shower and solid surface countertops with sink. The fourth stateroom has an ensuite head and access to utility room and engine room as an option for crew. 6’6” headroom throughout.
The cockpit is a huge 183 sq ft area designed for battling trophy gamefish. Set-up includes a bait center with refrigerator/freezer and sink, tackle locker, in-sole fishbox (that could be refrigerated), transom livewell, rod holders, wide transom door, drink box, and other storage. Hatteras offered a chipped-ice maker, Murray Brothers fighting chair, and cockpit controls as options.
The standard open bridge features a forward raised helm deck for enhanced visibility and an extended aft deck overhang to shade the forward cockpit area. An aft fishing station on bridge provides view of cockpit action for backing down on fish and for backing into a slip. The power actuated console conceals all electronic equipment under a gasketed lid and is standard equipment. Extra rod storage is beneath side bench seating. An enclosed air-conditioned bridge with spiral stairwell to starboard side of salon was an option Hatteras offered for the 65 Convertible and also included aft controls for backing on fish and docking. Tower, outriggers, electronic teaser reels and other special equipment were owner options.
A few refinements were made to the legendary Hatteras hull bottom to improve performance and durability. The propeller pocket angle was slightly modified to reduce draft and optimize prop thrust.
Aft chine rails that taper forward added more planing surface for lift and slow speed (trolling) stability. And the rudder post shelves were upgraded to fiberglass to prevent deterioration. The thick solid fiberglass bottom and keel, foam-cored fiberglass stringers and hull sides, vacuum-bagged bulkheads and decks are all fiberglassed to the hull in-mold for a perfect shape. Fiberglass encased steel engine mount supports help reduce vibration by preventing transfer to hull. Stanchions and cleats are backed with tapped aluminum plates. Huge 7-blade 48 x 88 Nibral props and 4” diameter shafts effectively drive the 50+ ton yacht—built like a tank to take on the rigors of blue water tournament fishing with the agility and speed to compete and bring in trophy-winning catches.
The Hatteras 65 Convertible length overall (LOA) is 65’5” with a beam of 18’ and 6’ draft. Fuel capacity is 1800 gallons; freshwater is 445 gallons and holding tank is 100 gallons. Standard engines were twin 1400hp CAT 3412E diesel engines. Optional engines were twin 1350hp Detroit Diesel 12V-2000 engines.