The Hatteras 70 Motor Yacht, which follows in the wake of the 100 Raised Pilothouse launched by the company in 2014, blurs the differences between the tenets of home and yacht design. One need only take a seat on the aft deck lounge and look forward, through the wide open sliding glass door, past the spacious saloon filled with plush furniture, and through the galley to the informal seating and dining area forward, to grasp how an open-plan main deck can satisfy an owner’s need for space afloat.
Like its larger sistership, the 70 MY blends Mediterranean-influenced exterior style and American-contemporary interior design, creating an appealing platform that’s right on target for today’s yachting lifestyles. And because it flies the Hatteras banner, and is intended to handle offshore conditions, it bears the company’s heritage of stout engineering and construction.
This is a four-stateroom yacht with accommodations on the lower deck, and with crew quarters and a large utility area aft behind a watertight transom door. The main deck includes a large aft deck that’s well protected from the elements by the boat deck above, an exceptionally wide saloon (thanks to the 21-foot beam), an L-shaped galley with a large service and stowage island on centerline, and a forward seating and dining area adjacent to, and in view of, the galley.
You can compare flybridges of motoryachts in the 70-foot class all day long and not find one that’s as spacious, or as flexible, as the one on this Hatteras. The boat deck will be a fine place to lift and store a dinghy with the option of a MarQuipt hydraulic crane, but our test vessel satisfied this need with a wide and deep hydraulic swim platform perfect for dinghy stowage, as well as easier boarding for those enjoying water activities at anchor. Two outdoor lounge chairs graced the boat deck on the yacht I tested, with plenty of room for portable chairs and tables. And with an outdoor galley set to port, it was easy to envision casual entertaining for a crowd in fine weather. To starboard, just behind the Pompano helm seats, there’s a wet bar with a refrigerator, an ice maker, and three bar stools.
The flybridge helm is located well forward, and with the stainless steering wheel set to starboard, the helmsman will have a clear view of everything along the length of the yacht for side-to mooring. Three 15-inch Garmin multifunction displays span the width of the console (two are standard), with one directly ahead of the wheel for instant updates. The 70 MY I tested had a full suite of Garmin electronics, including a black box Sounder, autopilot, 12-kilowatt radar, AIS, satellite weather, and four CCTV cameras (three in the engine room, one looking aft). Digital engine controls were mounted to the right of the wheel, while the joystick for the ABT bow thruster was located to the left—a good idea that prohibits unintended actuation. Digital engine displays also flanked the wheel. This gives the owner/operator all the tools he or she might need to operate the yacht safely and efficiently.
That it’s a great-looking yacht goes without saying. That the 70 MY is the culmination of decades of quality yacht building is also readily apparent. Hatteras has always had a global reach, and the 70 MY is designed to increase that reach in a market that prizes both contemporary and classical good looks. —Capt. John Wooldridge
DISPL.: 155,000 lb.
FUEL: 2,000 gal.
WATER: 250 gal.
POWER: 2/1,600-hp Caterpillar C-32As
CRUISE SPEED: 20
TOP SPEED: 27.8