October 26th 2017. By Diane Byrne.

Hatteras M90 Panacera Review

Hatteras ups the ante on making its new megayacht model look and feel voluminous without being arduous to manage.

To many yacht buyers, Hatteras is synonymous with fishing. But the North Carolina builder has more traditional cruising-oriented customers, too. Like any number of yacht owners, those customers are seeking more space for more ambitious travels. Having launched a 75 a few years ago, Hatteras turned its attention to bigger craft. Of course, building bigger simply for the sake of size doesn’t make sense. The Hatteras M90 Panacera incorporates little luxuries that entry-level megayacht buyers want. Simultaneously, the yacht lets you benefit from amenities that are more typical of much bigger projects. Those amenities address both creature comforts and overall operations.

If cruising at 22 knots with twin 1,600 HP Caterpillars isn’t fast enough, Hatteras offers two higher-horsepower options. One power package is from Caterpillar, while the other is from MTU.

If cruising at 22 knots with twin 1,600 HP Caterpillars isn’t fast enough, Hatteras offers two higher-horsepower options. One power package is from Caterpillar, while the other is from MTU.

Since the Hatteras M90 Panacera is semi-custom, buyers get a choice of a variety of woods and other materials for the decor. Hull number one showcases rosewood. The open floor plan keeps the 22’6” beam looking and feeling elbow-room-friendly.

Since the Hatteras M90 Panacera is semi-custom, buyers get a choice of a variety of woods and other materials for the decor. Hull number one showcases rosewood. The open floor plan keeps the 22’6” beam looking and feeling elbow-room-friendly.

One of the first surprises aboard hull number one of the M90 Panacera is the side balcony. To port off the saloon, it’s a welcome feature for a sub-100-foot yacht. While the balcony is optional, it’s hard to imagine customers not wanting it.

One of the first surprises aboard hull number one of the M90 Panacera is the side balcony. To port off the saloon, it’s a welcome feature for a sub-100-foot yacht. While the balcony is optional, it’s hard to imagine customers not wanting it.

Also hard to imagine: a galley aboard a sub-100-footer with as much light and sense of volume as this. The atrium-like setting is capped by three large skylights. In addition, it’s a country kitchen arrangement, even with formal dining aft by the saloon.

Also hard to imagine: a galley aboard a sub-100-footer with as much light and sense of volume as this. The atrium-like setting is capped by three large skylights. In addition, it’s a country kitchen arrangement, even with formal dining aft by the saloon.

You and six guests get staterooms below decks, with the master spanning the beam. Another nice touch: a mini refrigerator and pantry just outside the master. Your crew can put your morning coffee here before you wake.

You and six guests get staterooms below decks, with the master spanning the beam. Another nice touch: a mini refrigerator and pantry just outside the master. Your crew can put your morning coffee here before you wake.

A bigger-yacht touch aboard the M90 Panacera: intuitive panels for fingertip control over lighting. You can set different “moods” for lighting, too. Speaking of moods, music and movies are a touch and swipe away on iPads throughout the yacht.

A bigger-yacht touch aboard the M90 Panacera: intuitive panels for fingertip control over lighting. You can set different “moods” for lighting, too. Speaking of moods, music and movies are a touch and swipe away on iPads throughout the yacht.

Arguably the most significant feature of the M90 Panacera is the debut of HattCON. It integrates navigation data, systems monitoring, and more into three upright and one in-dash touchscreens. Your captain can call up what he or she wants, when wanted, much like large-megayacht captains.

Arguably the most significant feature of the M90 Panacera is the debut of HattCON. It integrates navigation data, systems monitoring, and more into three upright and one in-dash touch screens. Your captain can call up what he or she wants, when wanted, much like large megayacht captains.

Whether grilling up the day’s catch for dinner, or just catching some rays, you and your family can entertain a crowd on the flybridge. On sea trials during a VIP customer weekend at the shipyard, more than a dozen people gathered here, quite comfortably.

Since the cruising lifestyle is about playing in the water as much as on it, the M90 Panacera has a hydraulic swim platform. Steps incorporated in the center automatically pop out when the platform lowers, making it simpler to go from one level to the next.

It’s common to hear a new yacht being described as “filling the gap” between one model and the next. It’s true that the M90 Panacera does that, fitting nicely between the M75 Panacera and the 100 Motor Yacht. However, she’s no mere transition boat. Hatteras saw fit to give her a big personality akin to those of much bigger yachts—some being fully custom yachts. The result is a project that enhances the onboard experience not just for you and your guests, but for your captain and crew, too.

Specifications: LOA: 91’9”   Beam: 22’6”   Draft: 6’2”   Displacement: 230,000 lbs.   Fuel capacity: 3,285 gal.

For more information, contact Hatteras.

See Hatteras listings on YachtWorld.



Diane Byrne
Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she contributes to Super Yacht World, Superyacht Business, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and a founding member of the U.S. Superyacht Association.


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