1983 Hatteras 55 Convertible

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Yacht Overview

Make: Hatteras

Model: 55 Convertible

Year: 1983

Length: 55′

Located In: Key West, FL

Engine/Fuel Type: diesel

Hull Material: Fiberglass

YW#: 8559261


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. 

BFB 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. 

BFB 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. 



Full Specs

Boat Name



LOA: 55
Beam: 17.5 ft
Maximum Draft: 4.83 ft
Dry Weight: 65,000 lb
Headroom: 6.5 ft


Engine Brand: Detroit Diesel
Engine Model: 12V-71-TI
Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Power: 650|horsepower
Engine Type: Inboard

Engine Brand: Detroit Diesel
Engine Model: 12V-71-TI
Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Power: 650|horsepower
Engine Type: Inboard


Fresh Water Tanks: 1 (387 Gallon)
Fuel Tanks: 1 (1287 Gallon)
Holding Tanks: 1 (271 Gallon)


Number of cabins: 3
Number of heads: 3


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. Custom woodworking with cherry. Custom desk and table.

The mechanical systems were also refit at that time with a new Northern Lights 20KW  generator, 2500 watt inverter with designated golf cart battery bank, a complete in-frame overhaul of the engines and paint maintenance. 

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.

  • These engines reportedly have approximately 3,200 hours since their major overhaul and have performed flawlessly since the rebuilds (based upon log books)
  • Larger heavy duty ZF transmissions (as engines were originally 870 HP)
  • Both engines have block heaters and owner always employs prior to start
  • Oil change transfer system Engines and Transmissions
  • Dual RACOR fuel filters with switching manifold
  • (2) Reversing high-capacity engine room blowers
  • AIRSEP filters enhancing performance
  • Engines have always been well maintained with service records

2001 Refit

In 2001 the vessel received a major refit to include:

  • Complete in-frame overhaul of both main engines by Anchor Marine in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Engines were detuned to 650 HP.
  • New Northern Lights 20KW generator
  • New 2500 Watt inverter with (6) 6 volt Golf Cart Batteries and one 12V 8D Battery
  • Salon and galley were gutted and all new Cherry Wood Cabinets, Corian Countertops, Galley fixtures, Salon furniture, Carpeting, Fabric wall panels, Window Valances and Lighting were installed. The interior wood was refinished.
  • Custom Navigation Desk/Station was incorporated into the salon
  • Electronics package was updated and Sat TV and Phone installed
  • Maintenance painting of the exterior was performed


The inverter system will run refrigeration and accessories for over 12 hours without recharge.

  • 20 KW NORTHERN LIGHTS Gen with 2,958 hours, Model # M844LK with sound shield (water pump replaced in 2022)
  • XANTREX FREEDOM 458 INVERTER - 2500 watts with 8 six-volt golf cart batteries
  • (1) 8D-12V Batteries - (8) 6V Battery for engine start Group 31 for Generator start
  • 12 Volt ALTERNATOR installed on starboard engine to assure ship’s instruments will function
  • Charles 32 Volt 40 A Charger
  • 12 Volt Charger
  • Glendenning Cable Master


Electronics upgrade in 2014.

  • SIMRAD NSS7 and NSE12 Muti-function Displays with full color charting
  • Simrad Radar TX0659 6kw, high definition (networked)
  • Simrad broadband sounder sonar module BSM-2
  • Simrad Autopilot AC12N 
  • Standard VHF AC42, RC42
  • Standard Horizon VHF in salon
  • Datamarine Digital Depth Sounder
  • GOST SECURITY SYSTEM: 4 Eyeball cameras (Salon, Bridge, Cockpit and engine room). PHANTOM Security strobe, siren incursion alarms with PARADOX Controller located inside salon door. Cameras allow recording of fish caught in the cockpit. All entry points connected. (Not currently subscribed)
  • KVH Sat Tracphone (Not currently subscribed)
  • KVH Tracvision TV receiver and antenna

Entertainment A/V Systems:

  • XM RADIO receiver Sony AMP and CD Player
  • Direct TV, TRACVISION by KVH with Satellite dish above bridge
  • BOSE Stereo speakers throughout vessel (Salon, Master suite, Guest suite, Bridge, Cockpit and engine room)
  • Flat Screen TV in Master S/R and Salon

Mechanical Systems
  • (3) Reverse Cycle Marine A/C systems, (all renewed recently)
  • (3) AC water pumps (1-spare mounted reserve pump )
  • HEADHUNTER fresh potable water pump system with backup pump
  • Galley Maid Electric Heads with macerator pumps