Hatteras Yachts has clearly defined the two-pronged mission of its new 95 Raised Pilothouse (RPH), scheduled to debut in the summer of 2013. Just listen to James Meyer, president and CEO of Hatteras Collection & Hatteras Yachts.
“First, when we put a customer on a boat like this we want it to feel much larger,” says Meyer. “We want it to feel like a megayacht; and we divvied up key parts of the boat—the aft deck, the salon space, the flybridge space and key social spaces, to do that.”
With a price range from $8.5 million to $9 million, the 95 RPH marks the return of a Hatteras yacht to the 100-foot segment. The New Bern, N.C., builder had offered a 100-footer up until 2009, as well as motor yachts smaller than those they offer today.
Hatteras brings a stately, classic-American look to this motoryacht (or should we say megayacht?). Their design team worked with others from around the world to arrive with the exterior lines and look of the 95. “We must have 25,000 to 30,000 man hours into the design of the product,” says Meyer. “It’s really researched well. This is a timeless design, an American design and very much in keeping with Hatteras tradition.”
The second mission for Hatteras 95 RPH: Deliver a turn-key experience. You’ll find a flybridge hardtop, zero-speed stabilizers, bow and stern thrusters, a full audio/visual system, and other equipment and comfort features, all on the standard equipment list.
“If you look at the options list on this boat I don’t think there are more than 15 or 16 items to even choose from,” says Meyer. “So as someone else out there says, with this product, all you have to do is add water.”
The standard layout: a four-stateroom/four-head arrangement with a full-beam master suite, twin staterooms to starboard and port, and a VIP suite forward. The vessel can also be built with the same four-stateroom design below, plus a master suite on the main deck. An observation lounge lies at the bow and an additional dining area can be found on the aft deck under the protection of the flybridge overhang.
When you enter the 95 RHP amidships on the starboard side, you’ll come into a formal grand atrium with a spiraled staircase that leads up to the flybridge via the pilothouse, or down to the staterooms. High bulwarks should give her an increased sense of security and safety, and other details, such as the twin anchors with stainless chafing plates, reinforce that ship-like identity.
With twin 1900-hp Caterpillar C32 ACERT diesels, Hatteras estimates the 95 Raised Pilothouse will cruise at 19 knots and reach a high of 25 knots. And with a pair of 2600-hp MTU 16V2000 CR diesels she’ll bump up against the 30-knot mark, with a 24-knot cruise.
For more information, visit Hatteras Yachts.