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Hatteras GT59

The Hatteras’s GT59 C Series blends contemporary design, outstanding open-water performance, and stellar fishability.

Roaming the docks of the 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), I stop to admire the beautiful lines of the new Hatteras GT59 Convertible. From my view looking aft, I note the sharp, swept stem and curved forefoot designed to smoothly splice waves at high speed, and the significant chines are sure to keep the decks and the hull dry by deflecting spray well away from the hull. Those features are key for a sportfishing machine that can power up to reach an estimated, wide-open-throttle speed of more than 40 knots.

Most of all, I admire the prominent, outward-curved “Carolina” topside flare forward that adds increasingly greater buoyancy to help keep the bow up in big seas and provide additional spray deflection. That’s appropriate for an owner who wants to run to distant canyons with the knowledge that, like the four other models in the tournament-ready GT series, the GT59 is designed to get his crew out and back safely.

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The Hatteras GT59 has three versions of twin Caterpillar C-32 ACERT diesel engines.  They are rated at 1,600-hp, 1,800-hp or 1,900-hp.

Like those four sister ships that currently range from 45 to 70 feet LOA, the GT59 incorporates a well-regarded, variable degree hull form that warps from sharper sections forward to flatter sections aft that adds lift to the stern underway and, in concert with the wide chines, provides optimal roll stability for better all-around performance. Patented hull tunnels permit flatter driveshaft angles for maximum usable engine torque and thrust that adds relief from water pressure against the transom when backing down and maneuvering ability to keep the fish in play.

The large, 156-square-foot cockpit abounds with fishing and comfort features and is accented by beautiful tumblehome topside sections. Hull No. 1 on display at FLIBS and christened Hatterascal is graced with teak planking on the cockpit sole, a molded step to the starboard side deck and coamings. Beneath the teak and accessed by beautifully fit hatches, there are two insulated fish boxes with macerator, a large transom fish box that can serve as a livewell and a coaming cap for a transom door wide enough to board substantial game fish. Rod holder storage is abundant, and a bait freezer is under the mezzanine seat.