1960 Hatteras Rescued and Refurbished

Author: Tom Serio [The Triton]

Thanks to a recent full refurbishing as well as being rescued from a derelict lifestyle in a Panamanian creek back in 1984, the very first Hatteras yacht is back in all her glory at the Hatteras display at the show.

There’s plenty of history that goes along with M/Y Knit Wits, Hatteras’ hull No. 1.

Launched in 1960 by Hatteras founder Willis Slane, Knit Wits was named after Slane’s investors from the local textile industry in North Carolina. This 41-footer is believed to be the first boat over 30 feet constructed of fiberglass, and her success paved the way for production fiberglass boat building in America. 

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