Starting with the bottom, you can see that this boat has a substantial keel. The keel extends far below the props and rudder to offer protection during a grounding or hitting a log. This deep and long keel contributes to the boats ability to track staight and true even in heavy following seas. A boat without a keel like this is very difficult to steer in certain sea conditions. The Hatteras is said to "track like it's on rail" in just about any sea condition.
|Deep keel that protects the props and rudders.|
Also notice how the hull goes from a rounded chine to a squared off chine at the very stern. The chine is where the hull makes the turn from the side to the bottom. Some boats have an abrupt edge here, some have a smooth rounded transition (like a sailboat). This squared off section "stiffens" the hull and reduces side to side rolling. This is a fairly "soft" boat however, which contributes to seaworthiness because the rolling is less abrupt. Stiff hulls have a more abrupt or snappy roll, but roll less (in total amount of lean). This tends to throw people about the interior leading to injuries. Soft hulls roll further but offer a smoother action. The boat moves around more but it is generally considered to be more tolerable for people over long distances.
|The rounded hull. Much like a sailboat.|
|The teak swimstep. This will take a lot of maintenance to keep it looking good.|
Here's the side of the pilothouse and the narrow walkaround along the outside of the salon. This walkaround is almost exactly like on our last boat. Usable, but only in fair conditions. Here you can see the side door on the pilothouse and the steps that lead to the boat-deck and the flybridge.
|The pilothouse door and steps to the flybridge/boat-deck|
|The boat deck and flybridge|