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Dinner Out56' Hatteras 1981

Longboat Key, FL


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  • Yacht Details 56' Hatteras 1981
  • Location Longboat Key, FL
  • Engines Detroit
  • Days on MarketInquire
  • Last UpdatedNov 22, 2021
  • Asking Price$399,000
  • Cruising Speed20 kn
  • Maximum Speed
  • Max Draft 4' 11''

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  • Cruising Speed: 20 kn
  • Beam: 18' 2''
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Max Draft: 4' 11''
  • Displacement: 74,000 lb
  • Fuel Tank: 1 x 1020|gallon
  • Fresh Water: 1 x 250|gallon
  • Holding: 1 x 200|gallon
  • Single Berths: 2
  • Double Berths: 1
  • Cabins: 3
  • Heads: 3

Dinner Out Yacht Description

WOW, WOW, WOW, "Dinner Out" is the nicest Hatteras 56'MY on the market today. She is constantly being updated and professionally maintained in 2021!

Price Just Reduced $50,000!

Are you looking for a "turn-key" Hatteras 56' MY that the seller has spent a lot of love and $ updating and servicing? Now you don't have to wait any longer fixing up and spending $$double trying to get close to what "Dinner Out" currently represents. You can go yachting today in a very nice clean, updated Classic Yacht without the worries.

Seller states and has records of over $1M spent updating & refitting this beauty. Her very Detailed Service log has entries of over $1M spent tracking ALL of her service work and Refit back to 2012-2021 in a 2" binder (See Photos of Service Log Binder). 

If you want a turn-key Hatteras 56', then come inspect "Dinner Out" for yourself. Inside and out, this yacht shines and looks awesome ready for fun on the water cruising.

This just in from the seller... "Seller would consider a trade of, Grand Banks East Bay, Sabre, Back Cove or Palm Beach yacht in the 40' range".

  • Brand new to the 2021 market
  • Over $1M spent, on this Verified Vessel Service Log Book, since 2012-2021, fully documented service Binder for your personal inspection located on board.
  • Cruise 18-19 knots in comfort
  • Shiney white painted Hull, Clean bilges, Newer Interior
  • Newer Bow Thruster, Garmin Electronics
  • Seller states that the Main Engines were completely Rebuilt prior to his purchase in  2012, current main engine hours around 450hrs SMOH
  • Loaded with updates,upgrades and extras, some Major electrical and plumbing systems replaced and/or added
  • Newer AC Compressors
  • Windows (15) re-caulked, sealed and painted
  • Replaced most marine Electrical Wiring and Plumbing
  • Updated LED Lighting and Electrical switches
  • Upgraded Custom Built Fly Bridge, Wet Bar and Seating
  • Newer Garmin 7212 Plotters, Sonar, Radar in PH and the Bridge

Walk Through 56 Hatteras My

Board from the port or starboard side entering the PH or Aft Deck. Starting from the Aft deck, you have two custom wood tables, bench seating, enclosed deck weather protected by wing doors on either side deck. Nice clean, well laid out wet bar to port and storage and ladder to the bridge. Also, a refrigerated fiberglass deck box for additional cold storage on board. Entrance into the salon through the french doors with a well-appointed salon and pilothouse opened up for wide-open space: newly appointed soft goods, headliner, and furniture. Forward to the Pilot House with P&S Pilothouse doors, fresh soft goods, electronics makes for a very easy clean pilothouse for any captain.  

 A few small steps down to the newly appointed galley with "Gaggenau" appliances, Summit Drawer refrigeration freezer, Broan Elite trash compactor, and disposal. This galley has plenty of lighted counter space for any Gourmet chef on board—a very nice booth-style dining table.

Forward of the galley is a nice VIP stateroom ensuite head and plenty of storage. 

Heading from the galley aft through a nice companionway is the third stateroom and head across from the stateroom. Heading aft are P&S Engine rooms, and all the way aft is the Master suite and en-suite head.

Up from the aft deck is your Bridge access with a custom wet bar and upper aft deck for sitting or a tender and davit—a nice comfortable Pilot station with excellent visibility through a new style windshield to capture her modern looks.

Everywhere you go on this yacht, something has been updated or replaced.

This is a very, very nicely maintained and upgraded 56' Hatteras with a wide 18' 2" beam. 3 stateroom, 3 head, galley down layout with a huge aft deck. Super low hours (+/-) 150 on engines (SMOH)  THIS WILL BE THE NICEST ONE YOU FIND! 

Work has been continuously performed and documented since 2012, such as;

  • House painted,
  • Flybridge painted
  • Newer Non-skid
  • Additionally;
  • Built-In Bridge WET Bar with bar stools
    NEWER ANTENNAS (including newly installed wi-fi antenna)

This boat is as nice as it gets!

If you are looking for a large beamy boat with a nice enclosed aft deck that is extremely economical with fuel consumption, look no further. This is it. Yacht runs like a newer yacht since the engines were majored a few years ago.

Salon And Pilothouse

  • Newer Garmin Electronics
  • PH Bench Seat
  • Sofa
  • Love Seat
  • Chairs (2)
  • Coffee & End Table
  • Indirect LED Lighting
  • Double Swing Doors from Aft Lounge
  • Wrap Around Windows with Shades
  • Flatscreen Smart LED TV
  • New headliner with LED hi-hat lighting
  • Port & Stbd Wing Doors
  • PH Decorative Glass
  • Companionway to Galley
  • Electrical Control Boards
  • Windows re-bedded and sealed

Galley And Dinette

The galley on this beautiful yacht has been completely updated with wood floors, new appliances, new countertops, and a dinette area. Unbelievably nice!!!

  • GE  2 Fridge/ 2 Freezer Drawer style
  • Oven for a chefs delight
  • Flat cooktop stove
  • NEW drawer-style Dishwasher
  • Power Vent
  • NEW Booth Style Dinette (with storage beneath)
  • Sliding Windows
  • Separate A/C
  • Companion Way from Salon
  • NEWER Counter Tops
  • NEWER Wood Flooring

Living Facilities


  • Centerline Queen Berth with bedside Lights
  • Port & Stbd Bureaus with Lockers & Drawers
  • Three side windows in Master StateroomCustom innerspring mattress
  • Large Cedar Lined Hanging Locker
  • Portholes (3)
  • Aft Escape hatches (2)
  • TV/DVD
  • Separate A/C
  • En-Suite Head
  • Shower/Bathtub
  • Electric Toilet
  • Mirrored Vanity




  • Twin Berths
  • Night Table
  • Reading Lights
  • Screened Portholes (2)
  • Separate A/C



  • Stall Shower
  • Electric Toilet (Rebuilt Pump)
  • Power Vent
  • Tile floor 
  • Mirrored Vanity with Storage 
  • Carpeted passageway 
  • Storage Locker
  • Engine-room Access Doors (4)
  • LED Overhead Lighting
  • Wallpapered
  • Newer Washer/Dryer (vented)



  • Twin Bunk Style Beds (2)
  • Two Port Holes Plus Escape Hatch
  • Reading Lights
  • Hanging Locker
  • Dressing Mirror
  • TV/DVD
  • Access To Anchor Locker
  • En-Suite Head with Stall Shower
  • Electric head
  • Mirrored Vanity with Storage
  • Shower Sump
  • Power Vent

Pilothouse & Flybridge Electronics

Pilot House

  • 7212 Garmin Plotter, Sonar Radar
  • Simrad Auto Pilot
  • Sea Keep
  • 2- SHIP VHF's
  • Bow Thruster, Joystick
  • Niad Stabilizers
  • Ritchie Compass
  • ACR Remote Spotlight control


Fly Bridge

  • 7212 Garmin Plotter, Sonar, and Radar

Aft & Fore Deck

  • Entry from Port & Stbd Walkways Via Wood Swing Doors
  • Icemaker
  • Wet Bar
  • Lounge Seating with all NEWER cushions
  • Carpet
  • Storage Lockers
  • Large Sun-pad on Foredeck 
  • Safety railing
  • Foredeck bench seating
  • Flybridge Ladder
  • Swim Platform with Boarding Ladder
  • New beautiful Teak Tables on the aft deck
  • Large Side Decks from Aft Lounge
  • Molded Bench Seat
  • Teak Bow Pulpit
  • Enclosures 
  • Windlass w/Chain, Rode, & Anchor
  • Refrigerated Storage Boxe
  • Freshwater Outlet
  • Windshield Covers
  • Completely Reset Windshield

Engine Rooms (2)

The engine rooms are clean, well-lit examples of exactly how an engine room should be. Both Engine Rooms Have been detailed and painted. Seller states that both Detroit engines have been overhauled in 2010 and currently have approximately 450+ hours. 

  • Kidd Auto Halon Fire Extinguisher (3)
  • Sentry 32Volt 30 Amp Battery Charger
  • Fuel Transfer Valves
  • All NEWER Batteries
  • Fans
  • Racor Fuel Filters
  • Blowers
  • New Battery Charger
  • NEWER Hot Water Heater (40 Gal)
  • NEWER Heat exchangers
  • NEWER Exhaust

Note From Sellers, Dinner Out



It all began in 2011 when my wife Kathleen and I shifted our focus from ocean-front property to liveaboard Yacht. Through our due diligence in researching older “boats,” we decided along with advice from our marine group that Hatteras was one of the best vessels to purchase. In our opinion, a lot of newer boats look like spaceships, and as older boats go, Hatteras is one of the finest ever built.


Through our many months of searching, we found Xanadu, a 1981 56MY Hatteras in Boston, Massachusetts. Xanadu had very good bones, recently rebuilt engines (Detroit 8/92 Twin Turbo Diesels), and the layout was perfect for us. We brought Xanadu from Boston to Savannah in June of 2012. For our eight-day journey, the boat was mechanically flawless, and not to mention exciting, for a boat that hadn’t taken a trip for three years.


When we arrived in Savannah, our plan was to upgrade and refit where necessary. Along with our upgrade, we found the name Dinner Out to be more suitable for who we are. Our initial intentions turned into a nearly total refit. We intended to spend approximately $300,000 in repairing and replacing what was necessary. So much for our intentions. (A package that includes detailed work orders for everything that was repaired or replaced along the way is available for you. We also included recent post-2018 maintenance and repairs including some major upgrades like bow thrusters, etc.) What we found at that time was a 31-year-old vessel that needed a lot of TLC. We wanted to bring this very special Hatteras into the 21st century.


One crisp November morning, we exited Savannah on the first leg of our journey to Longboat Key, Florida. By far, this was the most exciting adventure for my wife Kathleen and I. Following the ICW, over the next 21 days, we made 14 stops, all along the intercoastal through Lake Okeechobee to the west coast of Florida. Needless to say, what we experienced would take volumes to fill. We arrived at Long Boat Key Club at dusk in a severe storm with 40mph plus winds. Huge exhale when we tied up to the dock. Our stay at Longboat Key Club has been nothing but excellent. Now that we were living aboard, we had the advantage of tweaking every system on the boat.


Today what you will find on Dinner Out is a very comfortable, dependable experience for liveaboard or travel. With the help of Snead Island Boat Works and with Garrett Matlock with Finish Line Customs, we have been able to enjoy every trip and stay on Dinner Out.


A large part of our journey has always been to climb aboard Dinner Out and say to ourselves, “How can we make this better today?” We hope that if you make the choice to make Dinner Out yours, that you will be part of the continuing saga of our 1981 Hatteras 56 ft MY.


 Steven and Helena, "Dinner Out"

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