This Hatteras was born in an ERA when Hatteras was building the finest quality boat possible, (likely the finest ever built). This particular Jack Hargrave design has always been regarded as one of the finest cruising convertibles Hatteras ever built. She is an outstanding Sea Boat, heavily built without regard for weight savings. Her features include exceptional electrical, plumbing, tankage and design comfort.
B.F.B. is a great example of this classic model, while she has been modernized, she has not lost her classic feel and all improvements have maintained or exceeded her original build quality and preserved her character.
B.F.B. has preserved all of the owner’s manual, blueprints, and files on all electronics, appliances, instruments, and components throughout, as well as complete service and cruising logs. She has a complete inventory of spare parts for extending cruising and is maintained so as to be able to heave to at any time. She is a true classic of American Boat Building at its finest.
She is berthed in a private slip in Key West. This slip is also available for purchase in a quality marina at an additional cost.
Come live the dream in Key West, on “B.F.B.”, an American Classic!
The Hatteras 55 Convertible was designed for the serious sport fishing enthusiast but excels as a comfortable cruising yacht with a spacious three-stateroom, galley up wide-beam configuration. She has ample fuel and water for extended range and a stand-up engine room that rivals a large motor-yacht. Her contemporary mid-ship master stateroom with a walkaround berth was well ahead of her time.
This vessel has benefited from a major refit that renewed and modernized the salon and galley while enhancing and preserving it's character.
The mechanical systems were also refit at that time with a new Northern Lights generator, 2500 watt inverter with designated battery bank, a complete in-frame overhaul of the engines.
Her electronics were updated in 2014. Bottom paint and other systems renewed in 2020.Engines Notes
Powered by the legendary Detroit 12-71 TI Engines detuned to 650 HP.
These were originally 870 HP high performance engines, but were detuned to 650 HP when the engines were overhauled (at 2,500 original hours), for improved fuel consumption and extended duty life, (Owner reports 40 gph at 17 knots, and 9 gph at 9 knots). Owner always uses block heaters before starting. Engines start easily with minimal smoke and run clean after warm-up.
In 2001 the vessel received a major refit to include:
The inverter system will run refrigeration and accessories for over 12 hours without recharge.
Electronics upgrade in 2014.
Entertainment A/V Systems:
Galley completely remodeled with all custom contemporary Cherry wood cabinetry, Teak and Holly sole, and Corian countertops.
The boat overall shows very well. Current owner since 2004. Exterior paint is good as are window frames. Electronics are current, Nice dinghy and crane installation. Bottom paint and major out of the water service in 2019.
Interior upgrades are very well done and show high quality craftsmanship. Engine room is clean with very few oil leaks and minimal corrosion. Hose maintenance appears good. Mechanically the boat has has had minimal problems with just normal maintenance. Owner operates the boat at slower speeds but regularly runs the boat at higher speeds to keep the engines running clean.
The last survey done on the vessel in 2019 had the following comments:
"The MV B.F.B. has undergone a 1-month yard period with numerous professional cosmetic and mechanical items addressed during haul out and was found to be in remarkably good condition overall for a vessel of this age and service. The vessel is fitted with contemporary furnishings and appliances and has been maintained in “Bristol Fashion” by her current owner. This is one of the finest Hatteras 55 Convertibles of this vintage I have surveyed. The vessel was found to be in very good condition overall with signs of continued maintenance and obvious pride of ownership throughout." Ref: A MARK T. (REEF) PERKINS, SURVEYORMechanical Disclaimer
Engine and generator hours are as of the date of the original listing and are a representation of what the listing broker is told by the owner and/or actual reading of the engine hour meters. The broker cannot guarantee the true hours. It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or his agent to verify engine hours, warranties implied or otherwise and major overhauls as well as all other representations noted on the listing brochure.Disclaimer
The company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change or withdrawal without notice.