Hatteras Yachts recently let the world know that they intend to launch the newest member of the GT line, the GT59, which will join her sisterships the GT54, GT63 and GT70 as the fleet of Hatteras’s tournament-ready convertibles. A press release from the builder promised that the boat would be an evolution for the brand, and have a “new aesthetic exterior design and enhanced interior arrangements.”
The yacht came about after Hatteras kept hearing customer demands for a GT in the 55- to 60-foot range. The yacht will have a semi-customizable lower-deck arrangement. The standard layout will have a similarly sized VIP and master stateroom as well as a smaller cabin suitable for a captain, crew or maybe some unruly teenage stowaways. Other layouts include extra stowage for fishing gear and an extra (third) head.
The main deck will have a flush-deck salon and galley with an island counter to facilitate movement around the space, particularly if there is an unexpected bite. Up top on the fly bridge there is a lounge forward of the helm, which is placed aft so the captain can better see the action down below. It’s a layout that is both fishing- and entertainment-friendly.
The GT59 will also be fast. All the boats in the GT series are designed to be able to top out at over 40 knots while also having the chops to cruise in the mid-30-knot range. The boat rides on a hull with a knife-like entry and varying degrees of deadrise throughout, culminating in a relatively flat after section that helps the boat plane faster, while also helping it maintain stability if drifting. Lifting strakes and specially configured chines help keep the boat dry even at speed in turbulent seas. The hull also has tunnels aft.
Additionally, Hatteras says the yacht will have excellent maneuverability, a trait which the GT series has staked its reputation on.
The yacht’s 153-square-foot cockpit has full mezzanine seating that’s perfect for watching baits skip along behind you. There is also a transom door, livewell, rod stowage, fishboxes and the ability to add on a fighting chair. The mezzanine itself sits atop cold storage for drinks, a freezer and stowage for bait and tackle. That’s everything you need to get out on the water and go bring home a trophy.