Hatteras Yachts is thrilled to have had such a great turnout this season, with the strong return of the Hatterascal program.
With Capt. Jeff Donahue at the helm and Capt. Doug Covin in the cockpit, the Hatterascal traveled from the Bahamas to the Gulf, then back up the East Coast to fish many of the major tournaments during the 2012 season. Scores of anglers had the opportunity to experience the power and luxury of the GT63 in each of these major venues, and racked up some impressive scores aboard the Hatterascal this season. Hundreds more stopped by the dock to talk with our captains and take a tour of the impressive GT63. Thousands more followed the progress of the Hatterascal on Facebook and used gplink's live feed to see every move and even view engine performance numbers.
We must also note that this seasons success would not have been possible without the sponsorship of Gregory Poole CAT Marine Power, High Seas Electronics, Pipewelders, Alexseal, and many others. See the entire listing of the 2012 Hatterras Fishing Team below.
Tournament completed by the Hatterascal during the 2012 campaign include:
Bahamas Billfish Championship - Leg 1
Guana Cay -- April 24-28
35th Annual Memorial Day Tournament
Orange Beach, Alabama -- May 25-28
Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic
Biloxi, Mississippi -- June 3-10
Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic
Sandestin, Florida -- June 20-24
MegaDock Billfishing Tournament
Charleston, South Carolina -- July 11-14
White Marlin Open
Ocean City, Maryland -- August 6-10
29th Annual Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament
Manteo, North Carolina -- August 14-17
21st Annual Mid-Atlantic $500,000
Cape May, New Jersey -- August 19-24
The launch of this season's Hatterascal marked the renewal of a long-standing Hatteras tradition. Hatteras launched its first factory demonstrator early in its history. First christened the Hatterascal, a combination of "Hatteras" and "Rascal," in the mid-1960's; she represented Hatteras at fishing tournaments, boat shows, owners' rendezvous and special events for more than 40 years.
"Hatteras Yachts has enjoyed a reputation for superior design, strength, and sea keeping since the launch of our first boat in 1960," states John Ward, executive vice-president for global sales and marketing at Hatteras Yachts. "With the introduction of the GT Series last year, we have been able to add 'performance' to our list of superlatives. Each boat in the series is capable of at least a 40-knot top end when fully loaded. It is important that folks have an opportunity to see that type of speed first hand, and we feel that the Hatterascal is the perfect ambassador for the brand in the sportfishing community."
The Hatterascal did not head out into the field alone. For the 2012 season, she carried with her a dozen sponsors. Their partnership was invaluable.
Thanks to all of our 2012 Hatterascal Fishing Team members:
High Seas Technologies
Gregory Poole Power Systems
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