What do you get when you combine more than 50 years of experience building boats, an unabashed love of big game fishing, and a need to go faster than all the other boats in your range? The Hatteras Yachts GT54 is a sportfish like no other, combining a powerful propulsion system with state-of-the-art hull design and construction. This isn’t just another fishing boat; it’s a rocket-powered, fish-finding, battleship. The mid-50 foot range is crowded with both production and custom fishing boats so Hatteras had to produce something exceptional to stand out from the rest and the GT54 achieved that and more. With a maximum speed of over 40 knots and an astounding ride with the resin-infused hull, the Hatteras GT54 is a billfish tournament angler’s dream.
The big difference in a Hatteras sportfish starts with the bottom of the boat. While most manufacturers would fill the entire hull with balsa core, the Hatteras GT54 uses a solid fiberglass bottom. Even though this adds some weight, the hull strength is unmatched which gives owners going offshore a peace of mind knowing that any floating debris would not pierce the hull when going excessive speeds. To account for the extra weight, Hatteras uses a glass-to-resin ratio of 60% which is helps with saving weight, fuel, and increases speed. Owners will also enjoy the shallow draft of 4’2”, perfect for taking your GT54 to the waters of the Bahamas.
The fighting cockpit is the battle-station your inner-angler has always wanted. It is tournament ready at 135 square feet and offers plenty of room around the fighting chair for crew to move side to side. There are two fishboxes easily accessible along with a re-circulating livewell and loads of bait and tackle storage throughout. And for the guests on board wanting to watch the action in a comfortable spot, Hatteras has created an observation mezzanine with nice seating, air-conditioning, and a drink cooler within arm’s reach.
Inside the salon, the Hatteras GT54 seems like a much larger yacht. The L-shaped sofa is located port side in front of the flat screen television and coffee table. This flows nicely into the dining area and open galley that includes an island for serving food. Whether you are watching the game or cooking, everyone is a part of the conversation inside the boat.
For the weary angler who has spent the day fighting marlin and needs to rest, the Hatteras GT54 las a 3-stateroom layout that includes a very comfortable master cabin. The master stateroom has a queen-sized walk-around berth with nightstands on both sides and a lifting platform that moves the mattress up to reveal extra storage beneath. Owners will enjoy their own private head in the master stateroom along with hanging lockers for those longer trips. There is a VIP stateroom forward that also features a queen-sized berth and an additional stateroom with side-by-side twin beds.
Moving a 54-foot fishing machine is no small feat. Hatteras uses the popular Caterpillar C-32A 1600hp diesel engines as an option for the owners that want to go fast. With a top end speed of 41-knots and a cruising speed in the mid-30’s, owners will appreciate the extra push when fishing tournaments and the need to get back to dock arises. For more information on the Hatteras Yachts GT54 sportfish, contact your United Yacht Sales professional today.