Beautiful engraved RARE specimen certificate from the Hatteras Yacht Company
printed in 1965. This historic document was printed by Security-Columbian Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of a cabin cruiser under power made by this famous yacht company. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President, David Parker and Secretary. Only example of this company we have seen.
The Hatteras legend began on the barrier islands of the North Carolina shore where the frigid waters of the Labrador Current encounter the tropical Gulf Stream. The outcome is Diamond Shoals – home to some of the most turbulent and untamed waters in the Atlantic and some of the best sportfishing in the world.
In 1959 at Cape Hatteras, where nor'easters can blow almost as fiercely as hurricanes, Willis Slane envisioned building a boat that could conquer the waters of Diamond Shoals and surmount the Hatteras weather. It would not be an ordinary boat – no traditional wooden fishing boat could do this. This new boat would have to be rugged and robust to take the pounding of Hatteras waters. But most importantly, it would have to be a great sportfishing boat – big enough to handle a group of avid fishermen and comfortable enough for family back at the dock.
Breaking with all tradition, Slane chose a new material – fiberglass – to build this noteworthy yacht that launched an industry.
Hatteras produced its first sportfishing yacht on March 22, 1960, in the town of High Point, North Carolina. Christened the Knit Wits, she was a 41-foot twin cabin sportfisherman with a 14-foot beam and a pair of 275-hp Lincoln V-8s. The response was enthusiastic and the Hatteras legend was born. In a testament to the ruggedness that has become synonymous with Hatteras Yachts, the Knit Wits is still in service today after a fishing career that includes service in the Gulf of Mexico and Pias Bay, Panama.
Dave Parker, became CEO in 1965 when Willis Slane died.
Within two years, Hatteras premiered the 41 Double Cabin, the first fiberglass motor yacht and the precursor of its cruising yacht line. Additional sportfishing models quickly followed.
The market soon demanded bigger boats, and so the Hatteras sportfishing fleet expanded – first to 50-foot boats and now up to 90-foot convertibles. Hatteras also began designing and producing a line of cruising yachts that now ranges from 63 to 100 feet in length.
In 1967 Hatteras added a second manufacturing facility in the coastal town of New Bern, North Carolina. Thirty years later, the original facility was closed and all manufacturing was consolidated at the 95-acre waterfront site in New Bern, where operations remain today.
History from Wikipedia and OldCompanyResearch.com.
Time Magazine - Plug-In Boats Friday, Sep. 03, 1965
Yachtsmen once prided themselves on being a hardy lot who asked only for "a tall ship and a star to steer her by." Even those who liked their ships squat and motorized took a certain pleasure in the austerities of self-sufficiency. The most popular models were made with no frills, on the reasoning that the buyers' basic impulse was to get away from it all, at a minimum expense. But in the past five years, more and more people have more and more money, and price no longer seems an object. Furthermore, the little woman has become a backseat helmsman, and she demands all the comforts of home.
Result is that the average new yacht is neither austere nor able to get very far away from it all. Chris Craft, the General Motors of the powerboat industry, now finds that 70% of its customers who want 28-ft. yachts and more also want and are willing to pay for a whole galaxy of luxury accessories. Among them: refrigerator-freezer, $1,250; four-burner stove with oven and broiler, $365; deluxe hot-water system with mixer faucets and spray hose, $1,210; electrically pumped shower, $450; automatic pilot, $1,195.
Boats Without Brine. Virtually every boat manufacturer has had the same experience. C. P. Leek & Sons Inc., a New Jersey company that built clippers 40 years before Ben Franklin flew his first kite, began making luxury items standard equipment on their Pacemaker yacht five years ago, has seen sales soar from $1,000,000 to $14 million. Its largest model, a 53-ft. motor yacht, offers all the amenities found on Chris Crafts, plus built-in television, bathtub, washer-dryer combination and ironing board, symbols of domesticity that would wrinkle the brow of any old salt. The 50-ft., $100,000 Hatteras usually comes off the ways weighed down with stereo tape and record players, a boat-wide complex of stereo speakers, built-in bar with electric ice-cube maker, dishwasher, disposal, wall-to-wall carpeting and air conditioning.
Thus there is a new breed of sailor that doesn't sail—at least not much or far. Says Dave Parker, executive vice president of the Hatteras Yacht Co.: "People who buy these yachts aren't sailors—they're landlubbers. They like to get there fast and drink long." And to enjoy Beethoven in stereo and bourbon on the rocks, the owner of a modern yacht must hook up to a marina's power line (and he often wants a telephone line) almost as soon as he shuts off his engine; his appliances draw too much juice to allow for quiet nights lying at anchor in secluded coves. If the new yachtsman wants to go for a cruise, he must plot his course from one electrical outlet to another, lest his TV dinners defrost, his ice cubes melt, and his electrical toilet break down.
No Charge. The latter-day salt does not seem to mind. In fact, rather than lose their charge and their communications, many never even leave the dock, preferring to remain permanently plugged in. Many just like to go down to their boats on a hot summer night, and sit on the stern deck for a quiet, cool drink and a chat with friends. Yacht clubs, which usually let visiting yachtsmen plug in free of charge, are not much happier. Said Ted Tolson, vice commodore of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club: "They hook up on our docks and blow all the fuses in the circuit. Then they holler like hell because the power's off."
Specimen Certificates are actual certificates that have never been issued. They were usually kept by the printers in their permanent archives as their only example of a particular certificate. Sometimes you will see a hand stamp on the certificate that says "Do not remove from file".
Specimens were also used to show prospective clients different types of certificate designs that were available. Specimen certificates are usually much scarcer than issued certificates. In fact, many times they are the only way to get a certificate for a particular company because the issued certificates were redeemed and destroyed. In a few instances, Specimen certificates we made for a company but were never used because a different design was chosen by the company.
These certificates are normally stamped "Specimen" or they have small holes spelling the word specimen. Most of the time they don't have a serial number, or they have a serial number of 00000. This is an exciting sector of the hobby that grown in popularity over the past several years.