December 26th 2016. By Kim Kavin.

Hatteras Cockpit Motor Yacht: Real, or Refit?

You can find Hatteras 70 Motor Yachts and Hatteras 70-something Cockpit Motor Yachts on the broker market, but they may be the same boats. Sort of.

Given that the latest incarnation of the Hatteras 70 Motor Yacht just made the 2016 “Best of the Best” list in Robb Report, you could be forgiven if you failed to realize that she isn’t the first model from Hatteras Yachts to go by the name—nor the only one to have people talking.

The new Hatteras 70 Motor Yacht may be the model currently making waves, but for buyers on the brokerage market things can be a bit more convoluted.

The new Hatteras 70 Motor Yacht may be the model currently making waves, but for buyers on the brokerage market things can be a bit more convoluted.

Back in the early 1970s, the 70 Motor Yacht was the largest model that Hatteras built, according to Jeffrey Pierce at Chicago Boat and Yacht Sales. The 70 was the talk of the docks back then, owned by such people as Wallace Tutt, an interior designer who worked with Robert De Niro, Cher, and Gianna Versace. Boaters not only loved her size (70’ of LOA was enormous in the early ’70s) but also adored her layout: she could have four staterooms and an office, plus a full-beam engine room.

And then later, a new Hatteras entered the mix. The builder introduced a proper Cockpit Motoryacht in the mid-70-foot range, one intended to be a step up for owners of the 70.

But some owners balked, saying they preferred the layout of the original 70 Motor Yacht—and instead of buying the new model, they started doing refits, simply adding cockpits to the older design. Today, on the brokerage market, these refits are often advertised as “Hatteras Cockpit Motor Yachts,” even if they started life without their current aft ends.

Nauti-Lass is one such boat, says broker Chris Hall, Jr., who holds the Nauti-Lass listing at Bluewater Yacht Sales in Hampton, Virginia. The firm was a Hatteras dealer from 1983 until 1999, he says, and he has encountered a number of yachts like Nauti-Lass, whose owners tacked on the cockpit to blend the interior of the Hatteras 70 with a newer cockpit motor yacht style.

This 1990 78’ Hatteras wasn’t originally built with the aft cockpit seen here. It was originally a 70’ Motor Yacht, and while receiving an extensive refit it also benefitted from the extension.

This 1990 78’ Hatteras wasn’t originally built with the aft cockpit seen here. It was originally a 70’ Motor Yacht, and while receiving an extensive refit it also benefitted from the extension.

“This boat’s cockpit was put on by Hargrave,” he says of Nauti-Lass. “Any 77’ or 78’ Cockpit Motoryacht that you see, it’s a Hatteras 70 that they’ve added a cockpit to.”

See listings for all Hatteras Cockpit Motoryachts, some with extensions and some in their original form.



Kim Kavin
Kim Kavin is an award-winning writer, editor and photographer who specializes in marine travel. She is the author of 10 books including Dream Cruises: The Insider’s Guide to Private Yacht Vacations, and is editor of the online yacht vacation magazine www.CharterWave.com.


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