First Hatteras 90 Motor Yacht under construction
by Chris Jefferies
American boatbuilder Hatteras announced at this week's Yachts Miami Beach boat show that the construction of the first Hatteras 90 Motor Yacht is proceeding on schedule ahead of a planned summer launch.
Visitors to Yachts Miami Beach were treated to an immersive presentation which allowed them to explore the 27.95 metre yacht in virtual reality. This new model will continue the company’s lineage seen in the Hatteras 100 Raised Pilothouse yacht Scorpio and the 70 Motor Yacht series.
The 90 Motor Yacht will be available in both open and enclosed flybridge versions and will benefit from Hatteras’ resin-infused fibreglass construction technology, which ensures the hull has the ideal strength-to-weight ratio.
It also will house a recent Hatteras innovation — a fuel tank that is integral to the hull rather than being a separate box, which provides greater fuel storage as well as weight savings.
The 90 Motor Yacht’s hull has a similar design to that of the 100 Raised Pilothouse and 70 Motor Yachts, with deep hull tunnels that allow for a shallow draught of 1.72 metres. Power will come from a pair of 1,600hp Caterpillar C32 ACERT engines.
The 90 Motor Yacht has a flush main deck with a flexible interior arrangement. The standard layout places the galley forward along with a casual seating and dining area, while the formal dining table and salon lie aft. An optional arrangement can move the galley amidships and the dining table aft, creating a saloon forward. The galley will also incorporate a dimmable glass skylight that measures five metres by three metres and will enhance the feeling of height and light.
The main deck windows are large and frameless, maximising views and the Hatteras design team has also created optional fold-out balconies for the main deck that are incorporated into the bulwarks.
The lower-deck has accommodation for eight guest in four staterooms, all with en suites. The crew quarters are aft of the engine room and encompass a captain’s cabin, crew bunkroom, shared head and galley/lounge area. They can be accessed from the yacht’s transom and also from a discrete door on the aft deck, located beneath the stairs to the superyacht sundeck.
On deck there is large aft deck settee and dining table. The foredeck also holds a settee, cocktail table and a large sun pad — an optional layout includes fore and aft-facing benches served by a table.
Hatteras adds that it plans to exhibit the first 90 Motor Yacht at the 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.