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Review: Hatteras 80' Skylounge Motoryacht

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  1. Hatteras 80" Skylounge
    Life Is Good At The Top!

    by Capt. Chuck Gnaegy​

    Impressive... that accolade comes quickly to mind as the defining word for the new Hatteras SkyLounge 80, an even richer refinement of its 80 Motoryacht introduced last year. This new, enclosed flybridge model, with its added 252 sq.ft. of accommodations, offers sweeping panoramic views from every point of its well-designed interior. ​


    Typical of the style and reputation Hatteras has built over its many years, the quality of workmanship as well as choice of fabrics and finishes sparkles as few others in this mid-megayacht market today. Every rounded corner, every sweep of exotic woodwork gleams as if dipped in multiple layers of polyester protection, producing a finish with unsurpassed visual depth to the fine teak, Java and African mahogany, and other exotics. Spacious salons and staterooms boast couches in buttersoft leather, blending fashion and comfort to the highest level.

    This innovation, as with many of Hatteras’ style leaders, was inspired by customers who have been loyal to the builder for many years. These owners know what pleases them, and, according to Jan Boone, vice president of sales, Hatteras listens carefully to their suggestions. Some of this year’s and other years’ innovative designs are direct results of those conversations.
  2. Performance and safety is ingrained in the Hatteras brand name as well. This builder extends a five year warranty of its hull, while most offer only one year. Hulls are hand laid solid fiberglass, with no coring below the waterline, and also in areas above the waterline where thru-hulls are installed. Heavy stress areas in the bottom, such as strut locations, rudder posts, shaft logs and engine beds, receive overlaps for additional strength. Divinycell foam coring in the balance of the hull reduces weight, yet provides stiffness, strength, and impact resistance without the risk of water intrusion that some balsa coring may be subject to.

    Hatteras superstructures are also hand laminated as one-piece sections to impart structural strength and seamless construction, with a high strength-to-weight ratio. The result is strong, lightweight parts with a smooth finish, imparting thermal and acoustic advantages.

    The bright new star of this show, however, is the Sky Lounge, its enclosed flybridge topping off the seagoing and living arrangements, which include the expansive bridge, enlarged salon/dinette area, and country kitchen galley below, as well as commodious staterooms and related spheres for relaxation. This, truly, is a megayacht in an abbreviated format.
  3. When the water playground beckons those on the rear party deck, ample space has been reserved for those ubiquitous PWCs and miscellaneous water toys, which must be safely stowed underway, but instantly accessible. When the blue water changes to light green and the shallow sand bottom heaves definitely in sight, it’s time to get splashing. Or, if an exotic island sends out its siren song, the RIB on the top deck can readily be launched via its davit to zoom the mariners ashore.

    The spacious aft deck is made for entertaining, with a full overhang, teak table and molded-in lounge. Overhead lighting and speakers complete the arrangement.
  4. At the outset, the helm is imposing for its view, as well as its completeness, including a PC-based system that displays an LCD touch screen at the center, with a closed-circuit TV to one side, and a Northstar 952XW GPS/plotter at the other. Two fine leather helm seats gain command of the horizon and everything in between, while the Captain can easily converse with his guests directly behind. That social circle lounges comfortably on stools at the wet bar or L-curved sofas and settee, with the capability to applaud every decision made at the helm.

    The Sky Lounge, topping out three stories high to offer 360-degree visibility out of the weather, sports a full helm with twin helm seats, plus a pedestal table for snacks or game playing. To port is a desk with a large chart flat. Along with its pop-up 32” plasma TV, stereo, CD/DVD, its wet bar, ice bar, double electric grills, and refrigerator stand to satisfy every appetite at a moment’s notice. The helm features power assisted steering as well as computer controlled Ethernet monitoring and touch screen LCD display, plus audible signals for engine monitors. Abaft on the upper deck is built-in fiberglass lounge seating with storage and a solid surface table. A nicely fitted stairwell provides access from helm to galley, on the main deck.
  5. Down the molded-in circular staircase to the main deck, inside the twin stainless steel sliding doors is the expansive, soothing salon, beautifully decorated with fully functional teak and mahogany, sturdy and fashionable cushions and leathers, exceptionally well chosen for their purpose. An expanse spreading to 377 sq.ft. of space, the entire salon aura conveys an esthetically pleasing art-gallery luster, with the full 18’ beam width devoted to matching sides – twin sofas, twin club chairs, twin end tables and coffee tables. Overhead is a designed headliner, defined to separate sections of the room, while the large windows on both sides are cloistered in custom-designed valances.
  6. In all, the Sky Lounge 80 may be as dedicated to social entertaining as it is to seagoing, and handily meshes the two in a number of different venues. In the dining area, form has followed function as well, with an ovoid, fine wood inlaid table seating six, and mirrored headliner above. Hatteras offers a $10,000 china allowance for those owners who wish to express their dining taste in their own fashion.

    Trimmed in African mahogany -- satin or high gloss finish. The open salon provides a full array of seating to include twin sofas, twin club chairs, twin end tables and coffee tables, Lutron lighting and decorative valances. The sofas also offer storage beneath. A China cabinet with wet bar and ice maker are within easy reach of the dining area, which is suited for up to eight guests.
  7. The galley, designed as a “country kitchen” on the Sky Lounge 80, is easily accessible from above or below, by the built-in circular stairs. Functionality is adhered to here as well, with granite countertops and backsplashes, plus special teak-patterned Amtico strip flooring that withstands the worst of spills. Appliances include a sub-zero upright refrigerator/freezer, microwave, full-size oven, and four-burner ceramic cooking top, all spiced with genuine mahogany inlays. A dishwasher and trash compactor round out the appliance list.
  8. On the lower deck, the master stateroom is a crown jewel, a combination of full-beam roominess and excellent design for form and function. Natural light floods into the large windows by day, enhancing a water-level view that is no less than stunning. Its king-sized island berth dominates the space, but there is ample room for a custom headboard, twin nightstands, a double dresser and cedar-lined wardrobes. A plasma TV and entertainment center takes care of those late night programs-not-to-miss. The décor includes custom wall coverings, his and her heads with vanities and separate entryways, plus a shared shower.

    The full beam master offers six oversized portholes (one opening) as natural daylight sweeps through. Reached through an arched, sketch-faced door, with automatic lighting when the door is opened. The master bath is mirrored and seems even more spacious, with bowed African mahogany cabinets with granite flooring and countertops, as well as his/hers optional heads with an oversized shared shower.
  9. Just forward, the VIP stateroom is almost as opulent, sporting a queen-sized island berth with coil-spring mattress and stowage below, nightstands, plus an entertainment capsule including a 20” TV/CD/DVD. Along the hull and bulkheads are multiple cabinets and drawers, cedar-lined lockers, while the private head offers stone flooring and countertops as well as a shower and soaking tub. A full length mirror allows personal inspection as well as enhancing light reflection.

    Additional stone-floored guest rooms at the forepeak offer several berth options – twins, crisscross, or tapered Pullman singles, as well as private showers and ample linen storage: including a full-length cedar-lined closet plus eight stowage cabinets.
  10. Aft is engine room access, with a stand-up height and walk-around room designed to house the 1,550 hp Caterpillar C30s. Operational data such as rpm, gph, and boost pressure are noted and displayed. The accessories list includes visual and audible alarms for the mains, gensets, gears, smoke detectors, high bilge water, and A/C power. The engine room is state of the art with variable speed induction systems drawing combustion air, eliminating side-vents and allowing additional stowage. Wiring and plumbing are finished in polyurethane for easy maintenance. Cat C-30s are standard, with twin 27.5 kW generators.
  11. Exterior features include an anchor with 4,000 lb. hydraulic windlass, freshwater wash down, stainless steel bow rails and cleats. So to wrap up our tour of this lovely yacht, we conclude that this Hatteras Sky Lounge 80 is not only esthetically pleasing, beautifully finished and furnished, but is also a proper seagoing yacht. With what she has to offer, this “megayacht in midi clothing” will surely leave lesser vessels in her wake.
  12. Review written by Captain Chuck Gnaegy and Carl Camper

    SPECIFICATIONS:
    LOA 79’10”
    Beam 21’3”
    Draft 5’4”
    Fuel 2,158 gals.
    Water 326 gals.

    80 MY PERFORMANCE:

    CAT C-30 1550 BHP: 2100 RPM = 20-22 knots / 2300 RPM = 23-25 knots
    CAT C-32 1650 BHP: 2100 RPM = 21-23 knots / 2300 RPM = 24-26 knots
    MTU 16V-2000 2000 BHP: 2100 RPM = 23-25 knots / 2300 RPM = 26-28 knots
    MTU 16V-2000 1800 BHP: 2100 RPM = 22-24 knots / 2300 RPM = 25-27 knots

    ADDITIONAL STANDARDS:

    5 Year Hull Warranty
    Solid Glass Hull Bottom
    Divinycell Foam Coring in Hullside & Superstructure
    7 Blade Nibral Props
    Prop Puller/pusher
    Central Vacuum with 5 Outlets
    Air Intakes on Boat Deck v/s Hullside
    Water Manifold Boards
    4” Propeller Shafts
    Dripless Shaft and Rudder Seals – Bronze
    Naiad Bow Thruster
    Naiad Hydraulic Stabilizer
    Whisperwall Padded Bulkheads & Headliners
    Single Source, Multi-Pump Hydraulic System

    For more information, contact:

    Hatteras Yachts
    110 N. Glenburnie Road
    New Bern, NC 28560
    http://www.hatterasyachts.com
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