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The Bertram 35 sports 500 hp Cater­pil­lar C7.1 diesels with ZF drives. With a 20,800-pound dis­place­ment, my test ves­sel hit a top speed just over 36 knots in 2-foot­ers. The 35’s solid fiber­glass bot­tom and cored hull sides with Kevlar­rein­forced keel and strakes make for a rel­a­tively light­weight yet strong blue­wa­ter ves­sel. cus­tom look, while the stan­dard out­fit­ting feels more con­tem­po­rary. En­gine-box cush­ions cre­ate sun-pad and lounge ar­eas.

Up top, the fly­bridge is un­clut­tered. The op­tional wooden helm pod with Palm Beach con­trols is a nice touch to the raised con­sole that houses mul­ti­func­tion dis­plays and the Cater­pil­lar en­gines’ 7-inch dis­play. An­cil­lary sys­tems such as switches, a VHF radio, thruster con­trols and more are in a re­cessed helm box to star­board. A cooler box is to port. Three Pom­panette helm chairs keep the cap­tain and spot­ters to­gether. The op­tions list in­cludes in­te­rior col­ors and ma­te­ri­als, thrusters, a Sea­keeper gyro, elec­tron­ics, fish­ing gear and tower/hard­top choices.

The spirit of Bertram lives on in the 35. Al­though she’s a new de­sign, be­ing on board feels like cruis­ing with a leg­end.

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