The new Hatteras 75 Cockpit Motoryacht is an emotional rescue for yacht owners who are not smitten by the seductive sheers and curves of European boats. For too long, I felt American-built motoryachts were forced to trade speed and handling for plush accommodations, livability and creature features. That observation changed abruptly when I took the helm in the ocean off Ft. Lauderdale and had a saltwater epiphany. With a pair of 1,400 hp 3412E Caterpillars ramped up to 2325 rpm, this 56 ton beast ripped to a top speed of 27 knots, ignoring the 3' to 4' seas as though it were stepping on grapes. This is the only new current Hatteras motoryacht without propeller pockets, so she runs level even when the trim tabs are up. In a head sea this accounts for some spray on the windshield, particularly at full speed if you happen to punch through a green one, because she doesn't move around much or pound. She runs through everything like a fullback. The swishing of spray whiting out the windshield filtered engine chatter to barely audible levels. Even as the wipers cleared the glass between deluges, the decibel meter never passed 74. Power hydraulic steering was flats-boat quick. On full-tilt turns, four revolutions lock-to-lock, she wheeled around like a sportfisherman whose skipper just got the word the sailfish were biting 10 miles away on a reciprocal heading with only an hour to go in the tournament.