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Hatteras 80 Enclosed Bridge height?

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  1. RB480

    RB480 Senior Member

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    I have a customer who is looking at 2006 - 2014 Hatteras 80 Enclosed Bridge Motor Yachts and we are trying to find the height to the top of the hardtop?

    I see Hatteras lists 21' for the hardtop open bridge models but nothing for the enclosed, the enclosed looks to be a bit higher than the standard model. If the same height we can easily have the mast hinged.

    Mainly we are looking to see if we can do the Erie/Oswego route or have to go around the horn to be in the Great Lakes each season where the boat would spend its summers.

    Does anyone here have first hand knowledge? I have called Hatteras but their service guy who would know the answer to this is out for the next week.
  2. Capt J

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    Measure it, but I believe the closed bridge is no higher and might even be a tad shorter than the open bridge model.
  3. olderboater

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    Only way is to measure it at different loads. Don't overlook electronics.
  4. RB480

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    Thank you, it would be very good if it was a tad shorter. I wish I could be there to measure it but at the moment I’m staring down the barrel at 8-12” of snowing coming in SW Michigan. I should be down there and may have an opportunity to measure one after the 18th.
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    Don't assume they'll all measure the same. Even a three inch difference could be critical for you.
  6. Capt J

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    The easiest way ive found to measure it is with a fishing rod and a bobber and weight on the end, easy to drop it down till it hits the water and then measure the line with a tape measure on the dock.
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    Just sent you a PM, but believe that CaptJ is correct in that the closed bridge may be a tad shorter. In coming through the Canals, it will be interesting to see what the water levels are going to be this year. The last time I took a boat through heading south, I was with a few larger EB Vikings, and while they had to de-mast, and lay down antennas / riggers, they had no problems.
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    Hello

    I have a customer who is looking at 2006 - 2014 Hatteras 80 Enclosed Bridge Motor Yachts and we are trying to find the height.

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  9. olderboater

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    Once again, measure. You don't want to trust a spec number and find out later the boat varied. If you have the specific boat information, Hatteras can give you the design height, but 3 or 6" one way or another would be serious on the Erie.
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    Not always. A 63' Ocean that my customer brought here from Michigan was 6" too high, he found out while on the Erie, many years ago.........He went to the nearest fuel dock and topped off, then filled all of the fishboxes and livewell with the washdown hose, and went right under all of them. A foot, well that's a serious problem.......a few inches you can deal with by weighing down the boat.
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    Or you can always call Hatteras, they are usually very helpful in supporting past models. (252) 633-3101
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    geeze that's a good idea!

    A few years ago, I struggled measuring air draft trying to figure out if I could get under a fixed bridge that had some repair scaffolding hanging.
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    Hatteras should be able to give you the air clearance if not in the onboard documentatioin.

    You can easily measure with a measuring tape doing it in steps.... water line to Deck, or handrail... hand rail to top of a FB window... plus whathever is above.

    Most of the skylounge flushdeck boats i ve run between 70 and 80+ usually need around 25' clearance.
  14. Capt J

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    LOLOLOL, nobody seems to know what the air draft is on some of their new ones......
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    Or old ones.
    Measure your self and know for sure.
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    This is the right idea. If one stops for a minute and thinks about what executing the "fishing pole" method actually would involve on most boats, it's much more of a hassle if not impossible.

    The factory spec is darn accurate as far as what it was leaving the assembly line, but does not account for radars, antennas, satellite domes, etc etc etc that have been added on over the years.
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    Start with Hatteras. However, before finalizing a sale to a serious measurement. I always measure in a covered slip of some sort. Easy there. Measure from high points of boat to a beam. Measure from beam to water with boat removed. Difference is air draft. Typically you will want to top only and also to top of electronics. For real accuracy, measure at your lightest and heaviest.

    My guess is that to the roof you're ok but with the electronics not. Some of the hardtops even have electronics arches on top of it. Most boats that size will have at least two domes plus regular antennas. Figuring out a quick and easy way to lower them somehow is often the challenge.
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    Measure your self and know for sure
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    Since you insist, my wife and I both did. She's 5'9 1/2" and I'm 6'4 1/2".
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    On the Erie Canal just because you make it under a few bridges don't assume that you will make it under the rest of them, last year two yachts I helped through the Welland Canal both yachts struck a bridge on the Oswego Canal, one boat damaged his radar and the other hit his dome, in both cases the water pool level was above operating level.
    The pictures below is a 85' Pacific Marner that I take through the Welland Canal twice a year had both domes and radar arch put on a hinge and it only takes a few minutes to lower them, as she comes north every year she was made this way when new at the factory for the Erie Canal.
    Some of the bigger yachts I take through the canal will spend a few days taking down arches and domes just to avoid going up the St. Lawrence River.
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