The Hatteras GT54 is the entry model into the GT Series. And while the GT54 is the smallest offering in the series, it is far from the least. This exciting new boat is the lightest, fastest, and most nimble of the fleet. Whether in the hunt for a trophy, or simply enjoying a day on the water, the GT54 delivers big.
With over 50 years of experience building premium production convertibles, Hatteras has an unrivaled amount of knowledge when it comes to discerning the preferences of serious anglers. We know that both performance and styling are equally important to the tournament fisherman, and the new GT54 is designed for that customer. To that end, the GT54 has tournament-class fishing features and functionality, and is a great choice for the more casual owner/operator who appreciates the style and performance efficiencies of a true Carolina-built convertible.
The look of the GT54 is based on a traditional Carolina-style sportfisherman with updated and refined lines. The bow flare is dynamic, the rake of the bow more dramatic than what is typically found on production boats, and the long foredeck is carefully balanced against the low deckhouse. The lines are timeless. One of the most elegant style elements is the tumblehome aft, a unique feature on a production build of this size.
The cockpit was designed for enhanced fishing and increased comfort. And the mezzanine seat is one of the most ergonomic around, thanks to a sloped backrest, armrests and premium upholstery. Cup holders and an entertainment system are nearby, too. When it’s time to get down to the business of fishing, there are in-deck fish boxes, a mounting plate for a fighting chair in the cockpit sole, and an optional recirculating live well at the transom. Stowage is excellent, with dedicated compartments for gaffs and boat hooks along with standard accommodations for rods. Teak is available for the coaming boards, cockpit sole and toerail for those who want to play up the GT54 distinct style.
While the look above the waterline is new for Hatteras in a boat this size, the shape below is familiar. The GT54 is based on the builder’s proven variable deadrise hull with a convex bow that minimizes the impact of seas in a variety of offshore conditions. Hatteras was the first builder to employ a convex bow on a variable deadrise hull and also pioneered the use of deep prop pockets in sportfishing convertibles.
The GT54 also boasts a resin-infused hull, a construction technique we are constantly improving upon. The resin infusion process improves the stiffness and durability of the hull, providing increased strength while allowing the boat to be much lighter than a traditional hand-laid vessel The end result is great performance: the GT54 has a top end speed of 41-knots and 37 at cruise with 1600-bhp Caterpillar 32A diesels. The lighter weight made possible by the resin-infused hull reduces fuel burn and provides range of 400 nautical miles at cruise.