The new Hatteras GT54 Convertible Sportfish was added to the GT Series in 2012, joining the GT60 and GT63 at that time, as part of the “redefined Carolina-style” hulls. The GT convertibles have been redesigned with a less aggressive flare at the bow, a much smoother sheerline and less tumblehome at transom than others, for a sleek updated take on the classic look.
54' Hatteras GT 54 2022
Cape May, New Jersey, United States
The proven Hatteras hull bottom with signature variable deadrise, convex hull, and deep prop tunnels has been optimized in the GT Series through Computational Fluid Dynamics modeling and engineered to improve performance and efficiency, allowing Hatteras to innovate and lead in the convertible sportfish category that it has dominated since 1960 with its first Hargrave-designed fiberglass 41’ sportfish, Knit Wits. Advanced hull design enhances performance and the GT54’s ability to reach top speeds of over 40 knots. With the GT Series, Hatteras has ramped up its renowned solid construction using resin-infused laminates in the hulls, stringers, and bulkheads to build the GT convertibles lighter and stronger. Centrally located fiberglass fuel tank is also structural, adding reinforcement and baffling to the center part of hull, while maintaining vessel’s center of gravity as fuel is used and refilled. Tank is constructed with flame retardant resin.
The GT54 is rock-solid and rigged for tournament fishing. The easy to clean 135 sq ft cockpit area includes the mezzanine with cushioned aft-facing seating and built-in insulated storage boxes. A 5.4 cubic foot bait freezer is in portside mezzanine and an insulated drink box is in the top step of mezzanine. The multifunction bait and tackle center on starboard side is under the angled flybridge ladder. Removable in-deck fishboxes with macerators, transom door, dedicated locker for gaffs and boat hooks, wide covering boards, and plenty of rod holders are just some of the cockpit amenities. A mounting plate is in cockpit sole center for installation of optional fighting chair. Circulating livewell in port fishbox is an owner option as are full Pipewelders towers, outriggers, flybridge Isinglass enclosure or a tender davit on foredeck. Built-in stereo speakers are controlled by a remote keypad and LED overhead lights are in underside of flybridge aft overhang that shades the mezzanine area. Additional equipment and amenities are owner options.
A sliding door from cockpit leads to the interior main cabin. The open layout unifying galley and salon areas is ideal for relaxing or entertaining and is designed with the elegant simplicity favored by European superyacht designers. Large, frameless tinted side windows provide ambient natural light and great views whether seated or standing. The fully equipped galley with island maximizes storage and floorspace is positioned forward to port opposite a dinette that seats 4 adults. The salon features an L-shaped leather sofa with rod storage underneath and teak cocktail table. The 40” flatscreen TV in lower cabinet on starboard side can be easily viewed from both salon and galley and is paired with a Bose Lifestyle V-35 home theater system with a Wifi enabled Blu-ray player. Other amenities include central vacuum system and wood accents on fabric headliner. Standard galley features Amtico flooring, 4-burner cooktop, microwave/convection oven, undercounter drawer-style refrigerator/freezer unit, garbage disposal, and plenty of storage in finished wood cabinets and drawers.
Companionway leads five steps below to master stateroom with ensuite head on portside, guest stateroom forward with private entrance to guest/day head to starboard, and third stateroom with bunks on starboard side shares the guest/day head. All three staterooms have cedar-lined closets and storage. The forward stateroom can be configured with crossover bunks instead of centerline queen berth.
Flybridge features ergonomic center console with pod-style helm and single-lever engine controls and hydraulic power-assisted steering. A patented differential steering system improves control in high-speed turns when chasing down fish. Hatteras now uses digital controls via KEP touchscreen displays. Instruments and switches are protected under a strut-lifted panel. An L-shaped cushioned bench with storage underneath is on console front and to port. A cushioned bench seat to starboard has rod storage underneath. Adjustable helm chair. AM/FM stereo receiver with USB dock and speakers.
As with all Hatteras GT Series convertibles, each is offered on a semicustom basis, making the GT54 uniquely personalized by the owner, including the powerplant. Standard engines are the twin 1135 HP Caterpillar C18 diesels. Power can be upgraded to the twin 1600 HP CAT C32s. Though highly customizable, the Hatteras seaworthy performance, and quality of build and finish are never compromised. The GT Series of convertibles are unmistakably serious offshore fishing boats blended with the beautiful, comfortable living spaces of a cruising motor yacht.
The Hatteras GT54 is 57’2” LOA including the bow pulpit; length without pulpit is 53’10”. Beam is 17’3” and draft is only 4’2”. Fuel capacity is 1200 gallons, freshwater is 180 gallons and holding tank is 95 gallons. Diesel genset output is 21.5kW. Weight displacement is 75,000 lbs.