Perhaps the Best Equipped 45 Hatteras Ever

August 20, 2023

This 2016 Hatteras 45 Open Express is an interesting opportunity. The boat’s appeal stems from a number of contexts.

A 45-foot sportfisher ranks among the most versatile classes of boat. Loaded with features, this boat represents perhaps the most well-equipped 45 Hatteras ever built.

Located in Fort Lauderdale and available for immediate delivery, this boat offers an array of options. At $1.3 million, the boat is also priced to sell.

A Purpose-Built Fishing Machine

The Quest is a purpose-built fishing machine with a proud fishing pedigree. This boat was originally used as part of a travelling mothership operation.

You’ll notice the boat’s custom tow eye– it’s also equipped with a reinforced hull and stringer system. These modifications were built in to handle being towed to some of the world’s best remote billfish destinations.

The boat is powered by Caterpillar C-18s– all of the CAT services are up to date. The Quest is stabilized by a Seakeeper 9.

The helm.

It’s equipped with an oversized Pipe Welders tower with an eight-foot gap and a Furuno electronics package. The boat’s second station is located in the tower.

Mezzanine, teak cockpit, Pompanette fighting chair and more…   

The boat is an ideal modern sportfishing platform. It’s feature package uniquely combines fishability and comfort. It has a Pompanette fighting chair, A/C in the helm and mezzanine, a fully equipped galley, a salon that provides comfort and storage, head with shower, and a master stateroom forward.

The boat’s salon and galley are fully appointed to provide comfort, storage and functionality.

The boat has two Northern Lights generators, hydraulic triple spreader outriggers and a center rigger. Its shore power cord has a power retract, she’s equipped with a drink box in the stairs and two refrigerator/freezers in the galley, and much, much more.

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Luxury, comfort. Beauty and function.

Opening a World of Fishing Opportunity

A 45 Hatteras express is perfectly equipped for a variety of locations. This boat immediately enables its new owner to fish capably nearly anywhere on the offshore fishing landscape. Proof of the boat’s bright future lies in her storied past.

For a Southern California owner, the boat is a great platform to target bluefin and swordfish. Hatteras’ legendary seakeeping makes it a great option for weekend trips to Catalina, San Clemente and into Baja.

You could spend a night or two on the boat, when in transit or out fishing. It’s an ideal platform to travel to and from Cabo or Mag Bay on its own bottom. Its tower makes it ready to spot foamers or tailers and swordfish up top.

The boat’s air-conditioned mezzanine is ready to provide you with front row seating to some of the world’s best fishing grounds… She’s been there before.

The boat opens an array of opportunities for the East Coast owner as well. You could sailfish in the Keys, run to the canyons up north and target any manner of white marlin, blue marlin or tuna fishing anywhere in between.

The same characteristics that make the boat so appealing as a Southern California/ Baja platform, exist for East Coast owners. You could dock the boat behind your house and take it to the Bahamas. At 45 feet with a draft of only 4’, the marina network you can utilize in the islands is greater than those available to larger sportfishers.

A Perfect Dayboat: Anywhere in the World

If your outfit is based in Central America, a Hatteras 45 Open Express makes the world your oyster. You could argue that this size class makes the best dayboat for fishing the eastern tropical Pacific.

With this Hatteras 45 you not only have the cockpit space and tower to run a tournament billfish spread, but have the space for overnight or double overnight fad trips. You have all of this without the additional expense or effort required to maintain larger sportfisher.

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No matter where you live or plan to keep the boat, the team at Kusler Yachts can help with not only the transaction but with getting the boat to where you’d like it. We’ve helped many customers buy boats made on the East Coast bring them to the west. We also help clients with arranging bringing boats to Mexico and beyond.

The Versatility of a Hatteras 45

At 45 feet you could operate this boat with or without a full-time captain. It is a great size for someone upgrading from a center console.

It is also a great option for someone expanding into a multi-boat operation. The combination of versatile fishability and ease of maintenance and operation (when compared to larger sportfishers), makes it ideal for this sort of thing.

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Ever wanted to go in with a buddy or two and keep a boat in Cabo or Costa Rica? This class vessel can handle the transit on its own bottom. That said, the world of yacht transport, you could literally take it wherever you like. In fact, this boat has already been to many of the best remote fisheries in the world.

Available for Immediate Delivery

The current boating landscape is defined by limited inventory. Two years ago you might have expected to be able to take your pick from a number of boats from a variety of size classes that would be immediately ready for purchase.

The Kusler Yachts 2023 Market Update provides a thorough breakdown of what to expect in the current landscape of new and used sportfishers and center consoles.

In the current environment, that is not the case. Opportunities certainly exist right now, but they result from being strategic and picking your spots. The team at Kusler Yachts specializes in helping clients get the right boat for their situation, at the right price. 

This 2016 Hatteras 45 Express Open would be a great option under any market condition. Given the quality of its build, the many features it includes and the versatility it offers– alongside the limited inventory currently available—this one is not likely to last.  

For more on this 45 Hatteras, contact Scott Veach. [email protected]