An owner’s vision results in an innovative interior for a stalwart member of the Hatteras motoryacht series, resulting in a refreshing new look and design for the series that is to become the new standard
It is rare that an owner of a yacht model approaches a builder with plans for a redesign, but on exactly the same model. It’s a statement of both trust in the builder by the owner, and a measure of how a builder is willing to work with a buyer, that H2OME, a highly revamped Hatteras 80, came into being. The changes that Hatteras made to its venerable 80 Motoryacht series are now a part of the series.
“Designing the interior of one of our boats, whether it’s a sportfish or a motoryacht, is just about the same. We always find out, covering every little detail, no matter how minor or seemingly insignificant, how the owner is going to use it and go from there,” says Cullen Moser, Hatteras’ interior designer and one of the Hatteras team most closely associated with the end result of what goes on inside. “With this boat however, things were pretty different. The owner, who already had purchased one of our 80 motoryachts, it was hull number 39, came to us and said, ‘…this is what I want, let’s make it happen.’ And so we did.”
Since H2OME’s owner wanted a much more contemporary layout, one that fit his particular lifestyle and taste, more so than the traditional arrangement Hatteras had been offering, Moser, along with construction manager Jimmy Talvacchio, set about turning his dreams into reality.
“Given that he bought this one even before he sold his other boat, we knew we were dealing with a highly motivated owner. To that end, we needed to review each detail, comparing everything from his original layout to flooring and fabrics, lighting, hardware and hinges, as well as having to deal with possibly repositioning structural bulkheads, designing portlights, and, going from 1600 horsepower to 1900 horsepower, allowing for larger engines,” said Talvacchio. “We even visited with him at his home in Florida, spending lots of time on the 80 he had at the time, just to see where and what we could do. And of particular importance was a redesign of the bridge deck and adding a hydraulic swim platform.”
One of the biggest issues in dealing with building this boat was that the project would push Hatteras pretty far out of its comfort zone. Once the proposal was accepted, a major portion of the ensuing planning discussions centered on how, after 41 hulls, was number 42 going to affect subsequent builds going forward. “We knew this was an owner who was just not going to take no for an answer,” said Moser. “It was going to be a game changer.”
It was fitting for Hatteras to make the effort; this was a company that began life by changing the game. In 1960, its tenacious and determined founder Willis Slane launched Knit Wits, a sportfishing boat whose construction broke with tradition by being fabricated out of hand-laid fiberglass. By deciding against a wood build, which was then the material of choice, Hatteras would set a precedent in boat construction and steer the US yachting industry in a new direction. In 1962, the first 41-foot, double cabin motoryacht was launched, heralding the beginning of the company’s cruising yacht line.
H2OME is as custom as a yacht can be from a production builder. Talvacchio and his crew actually had to move a structural bulkhead on the lower level to accommodate one aspect of the redesign, moving it aft some 10 to 12 inches. “Once the work began, we maintained a very close relationship with the owner at each phase as the project moved forward,” Talvacchio said as he and Moser took me on a tour.
The aft deck, with its teak sole, presents a transom seat with accompanying table for al fresco dining with a wet bar tucked neatly into the forward starboard corner. Access to the upper deck from here is via a moulded stairway to port.
Contemporary with Euro flair best describes the interior. Entering through the rear glass door, itself an impressive and robust piece of equipment as it silently auto slides open and closed, one is greeted by a wide open saloon that can be fitted out in many ways so as to accommodate any kind of family gathering or entertaining space.
On the port side aft, there is an intimate seating arrangement featuring a stylish area rug underfoot and an L-shape couch and two opposing club chairs. Forward of that is a formal dining table with seating for six. Tasteful artwork both hanging on the bulkheads as well as the various other art objects here and there, all handpicked by the owner, compliments the overall design and is an indication of the quality of his personal touch.
The wood floor, with its wide planked design, adds to the striking design as one’s eye is drawn to the sharp lines and finely finished woodwork of the furniture, well-balanced interior architecture, and custom built cabinetry. “While we left the structural positioning of all the bulkheads here on the main deck, this décor design is all new,” Moser pointed out.
Forward on the centerline, is the access to the galley. This space has a fully appointed layout and forward eating area. The counter space, both on the starboard bulkhead as well as the island in the middle of the room, can be used for formal dining or late night snacks. There is a full size stainless refrigerator-freezer, ample storage space in finely fashioned cabinetry, plenty of ambient light courtesy of large windows all around as well as forward – with the touch of a button, the windows can be shaded – and a pair of sturdy, aircraft-style doors to either side, giving easy access to the bow area and its comfortable seating space.
Back in the saloon starboard side is the hallway down to the four-stateroom, four-head accommodation area, where the dramatic décor continues. Whether in the VIP forepeak, with its striking portlight design to either side, the mirror-image matching quarters of the twin staterooms, or the impressive, full-beam master suite, all are tastefully outfitted with obvious attention to detail. There is ample storage space for extended journeys from home port.
Up top, the enclosed and teak-soled bridge deck affords the owner, his family, and guests, a place to watch the world in comfort. Accessed via the aft deck stairway or by the interior stairway in the galley, this space is the result of both owner and builder input. As with the interior design, the changes to the flybridge have become permanent in the Hatteras 80. “We moved the arch back and changed the look of the hardtop to create the kind of the upper deck we knew he was looking for,” said Talvacchio as we stood up on high, surveying the 360-degree views.
A curved bar is to port while a seating/dining area is over to starboard. Moving aft and to starboard is the cooking space, itself enclosed in a beautifully-finished cabinet with under counter refrigeration to port. Fully aft is a lounging area with enough room for several chairs.
At the helm, the skipper has command of an array of HST-installed electronics and large screen navigational equipment, including a Northstar GPS/plotter, ICOM VHF, Simrad autopilot repeater, and Furuno depth and temp gauge. I noted that everything was not only within a comfortable reach but easily seen as well. And for the co-pilot, there is a doublewide seat to starboard.
In the engine room, I found plenty of space to get both of my hands on any piece of vital equipment, easy access to both inboard and outboard sides of the twin CAT C32 1900-horsepower engines, and wide open spaces for all critical fluid checks and maintenance areas. In addition, there is abundant storage space for tools, filters, and any other items that may be needed here.
Before sea-trialing H2OME, I paid a visit to Bruce Angel, who along with being the company’s marine architect is the Senior VP of Operations and Construction Management as well as overseeing Quality Assurance. Because H2OME’s owner wanted larger engines, and because Angel and his team had all the empirical data on his other 80, they were actually able to design the props to match the higher horsepower. “Absorbing the power is easy; it’s getting it into the water so you can really see something tangible. In this case, getting a top speed of around 27 knots. This is as fast as any 80 we’ve built.”
To Angel’s point, the H2OME is all Hatteras while underway. While my time aboard saw calm seas with a bit of wind, there is little concern that she is a comfortable, proven and sea-worthy vessel. Equipped with both bow and stern thrusters, she is quite nimble around the dock whether leaving port or arriving. While speed, range, and fuel consumption can vary from vessel to vessel, and depending on prevailing conditions on any given day, estimated performance includes a reasonable cruising speed of anywhere from 19-21 knots at about 2000 RPM, with a fuel consumption of about 122 gph (461 l/h). At that turn of speed, one can anticipate somewhere around a 445-nautical mile range. Knock that down 200 rpm and give up a bit of speed, and further fuel savings can be expected. Given her displacement and fuel capacity, the Hatteras 80 motoryacht opens up plenty of cruising options. Engine options are available from 1600s up to twin 2000 horsepower diesels.
“We’re going to do anything we can to make our customers happy and have already discussed building a 100-foot motoryacht for H2OME’s owner and his family, hopefully in the near future. In addition, and but for adding a bar in the salon, the owners of 80 #46 want what they’ve seen,” Cullen Moser said. “On our next 80, the request was to eliminate the starboard stateroom as you come down the steps and instead, make it an additional seating and entertainment space,” Talvacchio added.
Just as Hatteras began life by shaking up the industry, now it is finding renewed vigour with a more customised line of 80-footers that have the benefit of hindsight and the support of customer loyalty.
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Technical Specifications – Hatteras 80 H2OME
LOA: 24.33 m
Beam: 6.48 m
Draught: 1.73 m
Air draught: 6.43m
Freshwater: 1,234 lts
Fuel: 10,819 lts
Holding Capacity: 388 gal / 1,468 liters
Displacement: 86,183 kgs
Engines: 2 x CAT C32A Diesel Engines 1900hp