NEW BERN, N.C. – Hatteras Yachts held ribbon-cutting ceremonies earlier this week for a significant facility upgrade, a launch well that will facilitate the loading and unloading of extra-wide boats currently finding favor in today’s marketplace, the company said in a release today.
With a width of 26 feet, 10 inches, the launch well will easily handle the 21-plus-foot beams of the Hatteras 80 Motor Yacht and 68 Convertible, as well as future product offerings.
“We’re finding more and more demand for spacious yachts with plush interiors and excess storage throughout,” said Jay Fuller, vice president of manufacturing. “Responding to that demand requires more beam, which simply wasn’t a concern when Hatteras constructed its New Bern launch and make-ready facility in 1967. With this new launch well, we can be much more efficient as we move through the production cycle of our larger products.”
As part of the ceremony, Hatteras splashed hull No. 1 of the 68 Convertible. Featuring a beam of 21 feet, six inches, the 68 Convertible was announced in October of 2003. The model is currently sold out through the end of 2006, according to the release.