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Hatteras GT65 Carolina (2019-)

Brief Summary

The Hatteras GT65 Carolina has a look that’s pure Hatteras but has been updated with design touches, both above and below the waterline that will appeal to both established and prospective Hatteras owners.


Length Overall 65' 2'' / 19.86 m
Beam 20' 0''
6.10 m
Dry Weight 103,000 lbs.
46,270 kg
Draft 5' 0''
1.53 m
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A
Fuel Capacity 1,900 gal.
7,192 L
Water Capacity 270 gal.
1,022 L

Engine Options

Tested Engine Currently no test numbers
Std. Power 2 x 1600-hp Caterpillar C-32A
Opt. Power Not Available

Captain's Report

Hatteras GT65 Carolina

This rendering shows the profile of the new Hatteras GT65 Carolina.

Hatteras says that these renderings of the new GT65 Carolina reveal a sleek profile that refreshes the look of the GT Series while still maintaining its Hatteras DNA. The boat’s new flybridge arrangement will feature an ergonomically designed console that puts all of the controls within easy reach. The builder says the boat also incorporates the latest and largest navigation and fish-finding electronics in a non-glare, flush- mounted, “glass cockpit” helm array.

Hatteras GT65 Carolina helm

Large-screen displays serve to aid command and control from the flybridge helm.

The added volume of the GT65 Carolina is evident in its class-leading 194-square foot cockpit, which is designed for ultimate fishability, according to Hatteras. The mezzanine will incorporate optional integrated seatback air conditioning for all-day comfort, and large built-in stainless steel storage boxes.

Hatteras GT65 Carolina cockpit

The 194-square-foot cockpit on the Hatteras GT65 Carolina will offer many comfort features.

The four-stateroom, three-head interior layout maximizes the boat’s added volume in both living and storage space, according to the builder. Hatteras says the en suite master stateroom is the largest in its class, but guests billeted in the forward VIP will not feel slighted in the least. Two big bunk rooms will allow owners to bring along a full team of anglers and crew. The salon/galley has a new open configuration that maximizes the space available for relaxing, dining, and socializing after a day of fishing.

Hatteras GT65 Carolina salon

The salon has large windows and a galley forward to starboard, with a dinette opposite.

The new hull and tunnel design is the key advantage of the GT65 Carolina over the competition, according to Hatteras. Utilizing high-tech Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis, Hatteras’ team of engineers optimized the hull form to ensure superior performance, handling, and seaworthiness. In addition, the hull and stringer system will be infused as a single part, which Hatteras says is an industry first, to reduce weight and increase strength. The GT65 Carolina also incorporates an all-new layout of the engine room for ease of maintenance and serviceability. For owners seeking additional comfort, there is also an optional twin Seakeeper 9 installation, without compromising fuel capacity.

Hatteras GT65 Carolina deck plan

The deckplan shows the use of interior volume on the Hatteras GT65 Carolina.

Hatteras Yachts says it is building the first GT65 Carolina for tournament-winning sportfishing couple Chris and Laura Jessen, owners of Fish Tank Sportfishing. The Jessens have had tremendous success campaigning their Hatteras GT63 Fish Tank since 2012. Chris and Laura, along with Fish Tank’s award-winning captain, Ben Horning, are collaborating with Hatteras on the new Fish Tank, and our in-house team is working closely with them to customize it to meet their competitive needs. As a result, the GT65 Carolina will be a tournament-ready sportfishing boat that embodies the best boatbuilding traditions of the Hatteras brand and the state that spawned it, along with features forged by the Jessens’ years of tournament-angling experience in Costa Rica and other fishing hotspots.

The first GT65 Carolina, Fish Tank, will incorporate custom features such as: tower with carbon fiber hardtop and buggy top, tuna tubes, and a custom wood interior.

Additional features available on the GT65 Carolina include:

  • • Sealed cockpit and additional fuel in lieu of fishboxes

  • • Hull side vents with Delta-T system

  • • Premium finish throughout engine room

  • • Single level controls with bow thrusters incorporated

  • • Tackle room in lieu of fourth stateroom

Hatteras GT65 Carolina tackle room

The custom tackle room on the GT65 Carolina is a tidy way to stow plenty of gear.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the team of seasoned engineers and boat builders at Hatteras to ensure the GT65 Carolina will continue to enhance our competitive sportfishing lifestyle,” said Chris Jessen.

“I’m excited about the collaborative results of the project team, including our Hatteras engineers and designers, Chris and Laura Jessen, Capt. Ben Horning, Scott Roberton and Pete Havens,” Kelly said. “The GT65 Carolina will be second-to-none.”

Hatteras GT65 Carolina

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