Announcing the addition of a 90’ superyacht model to their existing Yacht line at the 2015 edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the U.S. shipyard Hatteras has today released a progress update regarding the inaugural hull in the series.
At the yard’s facilities in New Bern, North Carolina, the hull is already in the process of being laid up, utilising Hatteras’ resin infusion process. David Willoughby, Hatteras Yachts’ senior design engineer, adds, “The superstructure tooling is almost complete and the flybridge is being cut.”
Willoughby continues to state that the rest of the yacht is still “in the full throes of the design phase. We’ve already done a competitive product analysis to make sure that we are meeting or exceeding what other builders are producing in this size range.” This product analysis includes consulting a panel of current Hatteras owners and dealers about the new 90’s design. “The voice of the customer and the voice of the dealer are an important part of the process,” he concludes.
The Hatteras 90’s hull form is a slightly smaller evolution of the 100 Motor Yacht’s highly successful hull, incorporating similar tunnels to accommodate large propellers for improved performance and to reduce the draft. The first hull will feature a large curved skylight above the main deck, providing light to the galley and the informal dining area forward.
Once the design for the 90 Motor Yacht’s interior layout is complete, the next step for the Hatteras design team is to build a plywood mockup and spend time inside making sure all the spaces aboard will be ergonomic.
The first Hatteras 90 is expected to make her debut at the 2017 edition of the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show.