Hatteras employees restore 41-foot sportfishing yacht

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A fully refurbished Knit Wits — the first Hatteras sportfishing yacht, built in 1960 — was the centerpiece of an employee appreciation day at the New Bern, N.C., headquarters.

Employees who worked to restore the boat signed their names on the hatch of the 41-foot convertible “sort of as a time capsule,” president John Ward said at a celebration dedicated to employees who have helped the company transition to new ownership with Versa Capital Management.

“It’s our way of saying thank you for helping us move in the right direction and getting us back on track,” the New Bern Sun Journal reported him saying at the event, which was held Friday.

Ward praised employees for their talent and dedication in getting 10 yachts prepared for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which took place Oct. 31-Nov. 4.

“They have all done great work getting the boats ready for the boat show” and in refurbishing Knit Wits while incorporating the most modern technology available to a seagoing sportfishing yacht, he told the Sun Journal.

The event included many of the 275 people who are still employed by Hatteras and Cabo Yachts. The companies were once Craven County’s largest employer with 1,500 jobs.


5 comments on “Hatteras employees restore 41-foot sportfishing yacht

  1. Reed Austin

    I agree with Rick. Out of 10 miles of docks and 3 million square feet of boats and displays, Knit Wits was tied for first place with anything else at FLIBS as the coolest boat in the show. A photo would be great.

  2. Rick

    I agree with the other two. You guys almost never post pictures inexcusable in today’s tecno world where I take a picture of my dog in the park and it is only home computer by the time I get there.

  3. William B

    Hatteras found Knit Wits in Panama prior to 1985 and paid dearly for her.She was restored cosmetically to original appearance and updated with turbo 6V53 GMC diesels with up to date wiring and hardware. Original engines were Chris Craft 430 CI 275 hp. She was reintroduced to the world inside the 1985 Miami Boat Show at Hatteras’s 25th anniversary.The spec board said she had 275 hp Lincoln engines!I got to tour it and have pictures.
    She was an ongoing experiment and the engines were modified for more power. Some time between 1985-89 she had an engine room fire which damaged the decks and cabin. Hatteras had to find a sister boat and remove the entire deck and cabin and transplant it to Knit Wits. The original hull was intact and repairable.I believe she was used for company promotions and fishing tournaments.
    So 28 years later it was time for another update. She is a great boat,
    hope she lasts at least another 53 years.

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