Hatteras GT59 is Ready to Run

The Hatteras GT59 has a simple mission: Find the fish, fast.

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The Hatteras GT59 is powered with twin 1,600 hp Caterpillar C32 ACERT diesels. Cruise speed should be in the mid-30-knot range.Hatteras

Ten years ago, I ventured to the Abacos, where I met up with Hull No. 1 of Hatteras Yachts’ new convertible line: the GT series. The sport-fisherman was 60 feet length overall, and on test day, winds were blowing at 40 mph. Powered with 1,800 hp Caterpillar diesels, the GT60 made a 36-knot cruise in some serious chop. She rode rock-solid on an infused, solid-fiberglass hull, a ­variable-deadrise design and a wave-splitting entry.

The GT60 led to equally tough 63- and 70-footers, plus the line now includes 45- and 54-foot models too. With the GT60 retired, the builder’s GT59 is filling the gap between the Hatteras GT54 and GT63.

Fishability is at the heart of all GT boats. The cockpit on the GT59 has a mezzanine geared for big-game enthusiasts. There is room in the bait freezer for a tournament’s worth of ballyhoo and mullet, and tackle drawers will stow countless favorite marlin lures.

Hatteras GT59
Take it Easy: This sport-fisherman's flybridge has a lounge setup just forward of the centerline helm that's reminiscent of a Posturepedic bed. If it's as comfortable as it looks, the crew will be arm wrestling for this spot. The compartment beneath the lounge can be equipped with a freezer.Hatteras

Several accommodations options are designed for fun-fishing families or hardcore competing crew. The standard layout is three staterooms, two heads, with an amidships master to port, a forepeak VIP with a step-up queen, and a starboard stateroom with bunks abaft the VIP. The VIP can also be set up with bunks, and the space to starboard at the foot of the companionway stairs leading down from the salon can be outfitted as a third head, workbench or tackle-stowage room.

Hatteras GT59
Fish-focused: The GT59 has a 153-square-foot cockpit, providing room for the optional, offset fighting chair or rocket launcher. Other angling amenities include two macerator-equipped in-deck fish boxes, a transom livewell, and a mounting plate for that fighting chair.Hatteras

Working on a proven hull form with an angler-friendly layout and front-of-the-pack speed, Hatteras Yachts is right to expect that the GT59 will be a tournament contender for at least another 10 years.

Hatteras GT59
(Left to right) 1. The master stateroom and VIP have queen berths. 2. With the centerline island, stairway access is to starboard of the salon. 3. Flush-mount displays make for a clean helm arrangement. 4. This tackle space can be set up as a third head.Hatteras

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