Used Boat Review: Hatteras 6300 RPH
Aggressive. That was my first reaction when I saw the Hatteras 6300 Raised Pilot House. Aggressive, and yet it flowed in a way that was beautiful and enticing. I knew that this design came from the boards of Bruce Angel, and from the sloping sheer atop a hull with a well-flared bow to the reverse transom, it seemed to be the next evolution in a large motoryacht hull shaped for offshore comfort and speed.
Above the sheerline, the profile was unexpectedly aerodynamic for a Hatteras, particularly the forward windows. And along the sides, something very new: asymmetric windows and a sculptural deckhouse with an overhanging boat deck that reflected the trend away from straight lines.
At the beginning of this, our 21st century, European-designed and -built luxury yachts were beginning to proliferate in the American market, driving down sales of iconic domestic designs. The decision makers at Hatteras refused to let the European challenge go unanswered. The response was the 6300 RPH, a fetching blend of European and American styling, with the kind of performance and spaciousness that American customers expected from the North Carolina builder.
“There were 26 built from 2000 to 2003,” said Jeff Stanley, a broker for Gilman Yachts of Ft. Lauderdale, who was just completing the sale of Fanci Nanci, a 2002 Hatteras 6300 RPH. “They were built heavier than many of the European designs of the same size, but with twin 1,400-horsepower Caterpillar 3412 12-cylinder diesels, which were the chosen engines for all of the yachts made, they are not slow.”
The big CATs turn seven-blade Michigan 73.5-inch by 39-inch props through an exceptionally deep 3.45:1 reduction, cruising comfortably between 21 to 26 knots, and topping out between 26 and 30 knots, depending on a wide range of factors including hull loading and weight. The modified-V bottom has a relatively flat transom deadrise, tunnels that help to minimize draft and optimize driveshaft angles, and a modest keel.
With an 18-foot 3-inch maximum beam, Hatteras’s designers had a spacious envelope in which to create comfortable, stylish living and entertaining spaces. The large aft deck, saloon, and galley are all located on the same deck level, tying the outdoor space together with the open-plan interior. Seating is abundant on this level, from the molded aft deck bench and table to the massive U-shaped sofa in the saloon.
Interior joinery is flawless, high-gloss mahogany on Fanci Nanci. It comes mixed with dark Corian countertops on both the custom bar and entertainment center to starboard (which also houses a 32-inch LCD television on a lift) as you enter the saloon that wraps around the U-shaped galley ahead of the saloon seating.
The galley is designed for daily meal preparation and sharing nibbles with family and friends, with Sub-Zero drawer-style (two freezers and two refrigerators) units, a glass-front wine cooler, Ceran four burner cooktop, Sharp Carousel convection/microwave, a stainless-steel under-mount sink, and four drawers and 12 cabinet doors in mahogany. Designed with athwartships counters, which give the chef good places to lean or brace, it can be used safely underway when good weather conditions prevail.
Going forward and up two steps, the pilothouse bridgedeck is larger than most, with clear views through roughly 270 degrees from the centerline helm, as well as aft, since there’s a glass slider instead of a solid bulkhead. Hatteras designers specified an open-tread stairway to the flybridge to optimize views aft, by the way, and also to create a continuous connection between the two deck levels. An L-shaped bench and fixed-height table just abaft the helm chairs will prove to be a popular spot to enjoy informal meals, as well as being a way for family and friends to join the helmsman and enjoy the views ahead.
A starboard-side pantograph door makes getting to the foredeck to stretch out and enjoy the sunpad, or to tend to the anchor or mooring lines, remarkably easy. Side decks are walkable without crabbing, but the height of the safety rails outboard requires one to bend forward just a bit.
The wide beam of the Hatteras 6300 RPH also adds livability on the accommodations level below. The master stateroom, accessible from the landing at the bottom of the quarter-turn stairs leading down from the pilothouse bridgedeck, is a study in spaciousness, with double-opening doors, elbow room stretching from side to side, a king-size berth, and an en suite head with tub and shower.
The VIP stateroom is in the bow, also with an en suite head, and features a centerline queen-size berth plus lots of drawer and hanging storage. The third guest stateroom is between the master and the VIP, situated to starboard across from the port-side dayhead with stall shower.
“One of the things people continue to appreciate about the 6300 RPH, compared to some of its then-current European rivals, is the remarkable amount of storage and the overall spaciousness of the boat,â€ Stanley said. “There’s 2 feet of space between the engines for maintenance checks and filter replacement, and room outside the engines for a captain or technician to work.”
In fact, there’s a lazarette aft, accessible via a hatch in the aft-deck sole, that measures 8 by 10 feet with 5 feet of headroom that can gobble up all kinds of spares, stores, consumables, and water toys. It is also large enough to become crew’s quarters with the addition of air conditioning, a head, and two single berths.
Wanting access to the boat deck that was quicker and more convenient than using the stairs on the pilothouse bridgedeck, one owner had a custom-built ladder installed through an overhead hatch from the aft deck, making it easier and quicker to launch and retrieve his dinghy.
Stanley told me he has sold three or four of the 6300 RPH models over the years, and said that one of the best features is the optional hardtop, which allows an owner to completely enclose and air condition the flybridge. And if you haven’t noticed, the flybridge is enormous, with a large seating area and table, a full-size helm, and a bar — another example of Hatteras’s designers giving customers full-size American luxury they demand.
The last 6300 RPH was built in June 2003, only to be replaced with the 64 MY — an evolution of the 6300 that addressed feedback from dealers and buyers regarding a larger aft deck and more spacious saloon, which came about by downsizing the pilothouse.
Let’s see: an incredibly well built, stylish, reliable mid-60-foot motoryacht with an open-plan layout, luxury furnishings, and accommodations, reliable systems, and get-you-there-and-back performance to suit your schedule? That costs less than $1 million? That’s an appealing combination, no matter what you own now.
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Base Price $800,000 to $900,000
Displacement 110,000 lb.
Fuel 1,290 gal.
Water 280 gal.
Power 2/1,400-hp CAT 3412E
Years Built 2000 to 2003