Hatteras GT45X Flybridge

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LOA: 44 feet, 7 inches • BEAM: 16 feet, 6 inches • WEIGHT: 49,700 pounds DRAFT: 4 feet • HULL TYPE: modified-vee • POWER: twin 850-hp Caterpillar C12.9 diesels • SPEED: 42 knots top, 32 knots cruise • TANKAGE: 800 gallons fuel, 100 gallons water, 43 gallons waste • PRICE: $1.495 million • CONTACT: Hatteras Yachts, New Bern, North Carolina, (252) 633-3101. hatterasyachts.com

Hatteras has added a flybridge version of its GT45X sportfish. Introduced at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last November, the new model offers the same performance, build quality and features as its sister ship, but with a better overall view from above.

Looking at the GT45X Flybridge’s arrangement plans, there’s a nearly 50-50 balance of exterior and interior spaces. There’s room for fishing and non-fishing folks, a quality that Hatteras says appeals to hard-core anglers who want to bring their families with them out to the canyons.

The cockpit is spacious and well-stocked for fishing. It blends nicely into the bridge deck, which is open at its after end, save for a few drop-down isinglass curtains. A centerline helm with Stidd captain’s chairs and an L-shaped lounge provide an air-conditioned getaway when things get steamy outside.

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The flybridge is an easy climb up from the cockpit and has excellent visibility forward and aft. The upper helm has a pair of captain’s chairs, plus a three-person bench forward. Another companion bench is to starboard.

The GT45X Flybridge can be ordered with a single master stateroom or with a master and a guest stateroom. Both layouts have a single head with an en­closed shower.

The interior décor is contemporary, with stainless-steel appliances, plenty of woodwork and sculptured vinyl seating. Glass panels and opening hatches in the cabin top brighten the interior.

A pair of 850-hp Caterpillar C12.9 diesels are standard. The GT45X Flybridge has a top end of 42 knots and a fast cruise of 32 knots. Skippers looking to bolster range and fuel efficiency will want to cruise around 20 to 25 knots.

This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue.