Also named Post One, his big, beautiful new Hatteras launched from our factory in New Bern, N.C., on January 12th. Today, she is in the fertile fishing grounds off Costa Rica. But transiting the Panama Canal to get there was only the start of the GT63 Post One’s adventures. In July, her owner plans to send her on a voyage that very few sportfishing yachts of her size have ever attempted. Accompanied by Dorothea III, she will cruise across the Atlantic Ocean nonstop from Bermuda to the Azores on her own bottom.
Dorothea III’s Captain John Crupi reported that his boss considered the entire Hatteras GT series before deciding to build the GT63 Post One. “The 54 isn’t big enough to do the [transatlantic] crossing, and the 70 is too big – we just don’t use the staterooms,” he said. The GT63, which is powered by twin CAT C32 diesel engines, proved to be the perfect choice for the owner’s globe-trotting yachting lifestyle. “We’ve put over 500 hours on the boat in three months and we’ve had almost nothing go wrong – and what did go wrong has been rectified almost immediately,” he said. “It’s a phenomenal boat.”