A Sistership of Substance

The Hatteras 70 Motor Yacht is surprisingly like the builder's 100-footer.
By Chris Caswell ,

I looked all around the marina for the Hatteras 70 Motor Yacht Enclosed Bridge, but I couldn’t spot it. I saw a Hatteras 100 with a raised pilothouse, but it wasn’t until I stood next to what I thought was another 100 that I realized it was the 70. The notch in her sheerline, the twin lozenge-shaped windows in the topsides, the upswept chines forward: all were identical, just in a package 30 feet shorter.

What really threw me was the wraparound windshield that Hatteras included, in addition to the 70’s main-deck windows and flybridge windows. That wraparound had to be a raised pilothouse, I thought—but I was wrong. The clever design feature, seen from the inside, acts as a skylight that floods the country kitchen-style galley and dining area with light.

A wraparound windshield acts as a skylight that floods the country kitchen-style galley and dining area with natural light.

Hatteras built this particular 70 for a couple who have owned a long line of Hatteras models. They’ve had enough sun and wind on open bridges for a lifetime. The enclosed bridge gives them a mini-sky lounge in addition to all the other features of the standard 70 Motor Yacht.

To my eye, the enclosed bridge’s most striking feature is the windshield: a single piece of curved glass that stretches unbroken the full width of the house. It is so panoramic that the enclosed bridge feels open. Also in this space are Pompanette pedestal seats for the skipper and a companion, a raised platform with settee and table, and a console with pop-up TV, fridge and ice maker.

The enclosed bridge

Just outside, the upper deck can handle a nearly 12-foot (3.6-meter) Walker Bay Generation 360 tender, with more space for twin grills. Compact helm stations are on each side of the deck, with full controls and visibility for docking.

Heading down from the upper deck, I saw the second big difference between the enclosed and open bridge versions of the Hatteras 70 Motor Yacht: an interior staircase for use in all weather. In addition to those stairs, the builder offers two main-deck layouts. One has a formal dining area for eight abaft the galley, while the other—which was on this yacht—has a wraparound dinette in the galley forward. The latter version (ideal for families with lots of kids and grandkids) increases the salon space, allowing for a media zone with pop-up TV.

If I had to choose one word for the 70’s salon, it would be comfy. A standalone recliner chair is aft, near the sliding doors to the cockpit (that chair shouts, “Read a book here!”), and the couch and ottoman are positioned for movie-watching. The galley is steps away for munchies.


Outside, the aft deck has four teak and stainless steel director’s chairs facing a transom settee across an inlaid teak table—and the finish on that table is as noteworthy as the rest of the Hatteras craftsmanship throughout the yacht. From the warm teak planking of the cockpit to the intricate inlays of the salon’s pop-up TV console, Hatteras did a world-class job. The whitewashed oak sole in the salon entryway is a pleasant balance to the warm European walnut bulkheads and cabinetry with a satin finish. A thoughtful touch, especially with kids abounding, is the day head with oversized sink, next to the galley.

Belowdecks, accommodations include a full-beam master suite aft with walk-in closet, twin vanity, head with shower, and bureaus and another vanity to starboard. In the bow is an ensuite VIP stateroom with island berth. A second guest stateroom is to starboard off the central companionway, with a double berth and access to the lower day head. A fourth stateroom has twins that use the day head as well. Two additional cabins are for a captain and mate.

Belowdecks, the full-beam master suite includes a walk-in closet, a twin vanity, bureaus and a head with shower.

Standard power for the 70 Motor Yacht is a pair of 1,600-horsepower Caterpillar C32s, but this yacht’s owners upped the ante with the optional 1,800-horsepower version, which gives her a top speed around 30 knots and a comfortable cruise of 25 to 27 knots.

Additional standard equipment includes fin stabilizers, twin 27.4 kW gensets, a dual-prop bow thruster and underwater lights. Best of all, however, is the fully enclosed, air-conditioned bridge that makes cruising so pleasant.

Just don’t be surprised if your guests can’t find your yacht because it looks so big. What a delightful problem.

For more information: hatterasyachts.com

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