CAROLINA CRUISER

IS FOR MEGA, AND MAN­AGE­ABLE

Yachting - - CONTENTS - BY DIANE M. BYRNE

The M90 Panac­era from Hat­teras Yachts is a ves­sel with mega-yacht styling and fea­tures — a fold­out bal­cony, for one.

WITH THE M90 PANAC­ERA, HAT­TERAS YACHTS IN­TRO­DUCES BIG-YACHT BEN­E­FITS IN A STEP-UP MO­TO­RY­ACHT LENGTH.

the launch of big yachts. In Septem­ber, Hat­teras Yachts hosted a week­end-long event for VIPs to see a few of its mod­els. Shortly af­ter sun­set the first even­ing, while a DJ spun tunes, spot­lights high­lighted each boat cruis­ing into view. Clients craned their necks from ashore. When the largest of them all, the new M90 Panac­era ar­rived, the mu­sic swelled. Smart­phone flash­bulbs glit­tered every­where, and, right on cue, fes­tive fire­works shot into the sky. ¶ For the Hat­teras team, the rev­elry was more than just show. It was in­dica­tive of the big­ger story be­hind the M90 Panac­era’s con­cep­tion and ex­e­cu­tion. ¶ Cer­tainly, the M90 serves as a step-up model from the M75 Panac­era, adding a tran­si­tion op­tion be­fore the builder’s 100 Raised Pi­lot­house. But to clas­sify the M90 solely as a slot-filler sells her, and Hat­teras’ ef­forts, short. The North Carolina builder is so se­ri­ous about keep­ing tra­di­tional mo­to­ry­acht cruis­ers in the fold, it’s look­ing to sig­nif­i­cantly larger, fully cus­tom mega-yachts for in­spi­ra­tion.

As a re­sult, the M90 Panac­era in­cor­po­rates crea­ture com­forts and tech­nolo­gies typ­i­cally re­served for the superyacht do­main. ¶ This isn’t to say that ev­ery­thing about the M90 breaks from tra­di­tion. She is clas­si­cally Hat­teras in the built-to-cruise sense, with resin­in­fused fiber­glass con­struc­tion, deep tun­nels for shal­low-wa­ter run­ning, and multi­blade props for per­for­mance. Own­ers can ex­pect a 17- to 19-knot cruise speed and a 21- to 23-knot top speed with stan­dard 1,600 hp Cater­pil­lar C32As, ac­cord­ing to the builder. (Op­tional 1,900 hp Cater­pil­lar C32As pro­vide a 22-knot cruise and better than 24.5-knot top-end.) The M90’s gen­eral ar­range­ment is just as clas­sic, and clas­si­cally Amer­i­can, with a salon and for­mal din­ing area, coun­try kitchen and four state­rooms, in­clud­ing a full-beam mas­ter be­lowdecks. ¶ Where the M90 Panac­era starts to sur­prise is in the way some of those ar­eas look and feel more spa­cious and fea­ture-filled than they do aboard more tra­di­tional mo­to­ry­achts. For ex­am­ple, when’s the last time a fold-down bal­cony ap­peared aboard a ves­sel that’s 91 feet 9 inches length over­all? The bal­cony is along the salon’s port side and de­ploys hy­drauli­cally. It’s an op­tional fea­ture that Hat­teras in­cor­po­rated on Hull No. 1, a stock boat, to show how the bal­cony can cre­ate a sense of open­ness and en­hanced ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the sea. ¶ Other big-boat fea­tures

that Hat­teras in­cor­po­rated within the M90’s 22-foot-6-inch beam in­clude rose­wood cab­i­netry and the coun­try kitchen’s atrium sky­light, a sig­na­ture el­e­ment that the builder in­tro­duced aboard the M75 Panac­era. The atrium is much larger aboard the new model, and the head­room is so high, LeBron James could throw down a dunk. Here, as with the bal­cony off the salon, the sense of open­ness is pow­er­ful. A few builders with mod­els in the M90’s size range are putting the mas­ter state­room for­ward on the main deck, where it’s typ­i­cally lo­cated aboard larger yachts, but the M90’s atrium ef­fect feels just as “big boat” in its own way. ¶ On the tech­nol­ogy side, Hat­teras’ Hat­tCon sys­tem is in­cluded as stan­dard equip­ment. It pro­vides finger­tip con­trol over a host of nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems and ship-mon­i­tor­ing data. While yacht builders nat­u­rally strive to pro­vide own­ers and cap­tains with in­te­grated in­for­ma­tion at the helm, units un­for­tu­nately don’t “talk” to one another prop­erly at times. That re­quires mul­ti­ple, and some­times in­con­sis­tent, sys­tems in­stal­la­tions. Hat­teras’ own re­search and de­vel­op­ment de­part­ment set out to sim­plify things, with the in­put of a Ger­many-based marine-en­gi­neer­ing com­pany. Hat­tCon in­te­grates sys­tems that own­ers and cap­tains might want to mon­i­tor, along with ones it’s con­ve­nient to con­trol, via

touch­screen dis­plays at the helm. Own­ers or cap­tains can use Hat­tCon to check tank lev­els, see genset sta­tus, mon­i­tor bilge and hatch alarms, call up en­gine data, and view radar, chart plot­ter and AIS vi­su­als. Hat­tCon also con­trols light­ing in­doors, out­doors and un­der­wa­ter, as well as the M90’s air con­di­tion­ing. ¶ To ad­dress the prob­lem of us­ing touch­screen con­trols in rough seas, Hat­tCon has a sur­face-mounted dis­play with tra­di­tional con­trols. For sys­tem se­cu­rity, a fin­ger­print reader is used with a backup dig­i­tal pass­code. ¶ And in ad­di­tion to the helm mon­i­tors, the M90 has two 10-inch dis­plays: one in the crew’s quar­ters and the other in the gal­ley. There also are smaller, wall-mount­able and au­to­mat­i­cally dim­ming touch­screens in guest state­rooms and re­lax­ation ar­eas. Those screens al­low light­ing and tem­per­a­ture con­trol, while iPads con­trol mu­sic and movies. ¶ With Hull No. 2 in build — sold be­fore Hull No. 1 even hit the wa­ter — Hat­teras has high ex­pec­ta­tions for the M90 Panac­era. The builder hopes that clients have high ex­pec­ta­tions too. The model is de­signed to of­fer fea­tures that clients never imag­ined they’d see on a yacht this size. As the fire­works dis­play made clear: mis­sion ac­com­plished.

LOA 91'9" MAX BEAM 22'6"

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