The unstayed, full-length outriggers lower manually by hand. These carbon-fiber miracles ended up so light that you can even raise and lower them with one hand while holding on with the other. The custom stainless steel rails and welding used throughout the boat were spectacularly executed.
King’s details continued with the electric and electronic systems. They run through a custom-written computer program that manages it all. And complete control and monitoring of everything electrical and electronic can be displayed on any TV aboard. But that’s not all. It can also all be sent to the owner’s home and displayed on any TV there, allowing King to keep an eye on his boat at all times.
Another custom feature ties the autopilot into the bow thruster so that if you want to point in a certain direction during a drift, you can set the autopilot and it will hold you on that heading. You can also plug a desired sea-surface temperature into your sounder, then use it as a temperature waypoint. Underwater cameras augment the ones on each outrigger, the back of the flying bridge, belowdecks and in the engine room.
Because this boat anchors frequently, there is a specially designed inverter system with a heavy-duty bank of Northstar batteries. As soon as you shut down the generator, all systems automatically shift over to battery power through the inverter and you can actually run everything except your freezers overnight without running a generator. A welcome change for both the owner and your neighbors.
Hatteras offers several different interior options and finishes, demonstrating its willingness to straddle production and customization markets. Choices range from three to four staterooms to an enclosed flying bridge. It’s tough to improve on the standard upperdeck layout that features a U-shape galley to port, a dinette and a settee abaft the galley.
I have never been aboard a Hatteras with anywhere near as much customization as this boat. From the transom livewell to the hydraulically operated tuna tower, this boat has been changed and upgraded dramatically, making an already great ride a really great ride. This project should alert anyone considering the pros and cons of custom versus production that it may just be possible to have a little bit of both.
Displ.: 90,000 lb.
Fuel: 1,800 gal.
Water: 200 gal.
Power: 2 x 1,800-hp Caterpillar C32 ACERT diesels
Base Price: $2,500,000
Hatteras Yachts, 252-634-4895; hatterasyachts.com