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Hatteras GT65 Carolina - A Fresh Look For The GT Sportfish Series

By Rob Bowman | Posted On Mar 19, 2019

The Hatteras Yachts team has never been shy about pushing the envelope when it comes to improving its sportfishing yachts. After all, complacency is an easy trap to fall in to, particularly when the past several models have been highly successful. The recent launch of the Hatteras GT59 and its subsequent sales of the first three hulls to come off the line has invigorated the company and the momentum likely won't slow down anytime soon. The new Hatteras GT65 Carolina, which is set to make its debut at the 2019 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, offers several new design and construction elements from legendary North Carolina builder.

Hatteras GT65 Carolina Rendering Profile

Perhaps the first noticeable change tot he GT65 Carolina from its predecessor, the GT63, is the sleeker look that has been given to the bow flare. This new model is still traditionally a Hatteras in many respects, but the subtle changes to the shape of the bridge as well as the degree at which the bow is flared is now sleeker. The engine room air induction vents have also been moved higher up from the waterline and while they have the function of getting air to the engine, they also provide a stylish addition to the GT65.

Hatteras President Kelly Grindle had this to say recently about the new addition to the Hatteras GT Sport Fishing fleet, "Hatteras caters to customers who expect the most from their boats. The GT65 Carolina will exceed the demands of the most avid angler. The boat will feature a cockpit, mezzanine, and an interior with greater volume, as well as higher performance in real-world condition."

The GT65 Carolina will be a first for Hatteras and for the boating industry in several respects. The new, patented hull and tunnel design from Hatteras was created using high-tech CFD Analysis (Computational Fluid Dynamics) to optimize the form of the hull. The result is increased performance and maneuverability. Combined with the full fiberglass, resin-infused hull, and the GT65 is one of the most seaworthy boats in its class. Additionally, Hatteras will infuse the stringer system to the hull which will make it one single part resulting in weight reduction and increased performance.

Hatteras GT65 Cockpit Area

The cockpit on the Hatteras GT65 Carolina will be over 20 square feet larger than her predecessor, the GT63, as well as its closest competitor's model.. This extra volume in the cockpit allows for more space for crew to work around the angler in the fighting chair during those tense moments when a big fish is hooked. While full details have not yet been released, we can expect that the cockpit on the GT65 Carolina will include a dedicated space for a Seakeeper Gyro, in-deck insulated fish-boxes, a fighting chair, a significantly sized bait-well that is raised in the transom, rod holders, and strategically placed tackle storage. Additionally, guests on board the GT65 will love watching the action from the comfortable mezzanine seating area that has optional seat-back air conditioning. Angler's paradise? We think so!

Hatteras GT65 Carolina Flybridge Helm

The cockpit on the new Hatteras GT65 is perfectly arranged in an ergonomic-friendly designed console that puts all of the electronics within easy reach for the captain. As you can see from the rendering the two helm seats aren't the only seating on the bridge. Leather cushion benches are port and starboard and there is a front-facing seat forward of the helm. The captain will have great visibility on all sides of the boat. Hatteras says that the latest and largest navigational systems and electronics will be installed in a non-glare, flush-mounted, glass-encased helm array.

As you can see from the below layout, the entrance from the cockpit immediately takes you into the open salon that is separated from the galley only by the bar and stools. The 4-stateroom, 3-head layout is quite popular as it allows the master suite and forward VIP stateroom to each have their own private bathroom.

Layout of the Hatteras GT65

The salon (pictured below) makes use of all of the 20-foot beam that the GT65 Carolina has to offer. The L-shaped lounge stretches the starboard side of the boat and is across from a coffee table, storage cabinets, and a flatscreen that automatically slides into the cabinets. The bar stools, U-shaped couch, and dining table offer an open place to sit and eat while conversing with anyone in the salon or cooking at the stove. Windows stretch the length of the salon that allow plenty of natural light to fill the interior.

Hatteras GT65 Carolina salon and galley

If there's one thing the Hatteras team wanted to make abundantly clear, it's that you can never have enough rods or enough rod storage. The Hatteras GT65 Carolina has dedicated rod storage space on board to keep your equipment and tackle organized and safe. If ordered new, Hatteras can even convert one of the staterooms on board to an extra storage space for provisions or more rods.

Hatteras GT65 Carolina rod storage

  • Total Length: 65' 2" (LOA of 68' 2")
  • Beam: 20'
  • Standard Engines: Twin Cat C-32A 1,600HP each (other engine options are available)
  • Holding Tank Capacity: 150 Gallons
  • Waterline Length: 57' 7"
  • Draft: 5' 0"
  • Fuel Capacity: 1,900 Gallons
  • Freshwater Capacity: 270 Gallons
  • Diesel Generator: 21.5kw
  • Displacement: 103,000Lbs.

If you would like to be among the very first to know about the new developments of the Hatteras GT 65 Carolina, please fill out the form on this page and we will add you to our email list. For information on availability, please contact Hatteras Brand Manager Scott White at (609) 780-0309.

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