Ber­tram 61

Soundings - - Con­tents - — Gary Re­ich

Bertram de­buts the largest con­vert­ible in its fleet, a 44-knot 61-footer with a seakindly hull de­signed by Michael Peters.

Af­ter prowl­ing through the canyons for a few months, the Bertram 61 de­buted at the Newport In­ter­na­tional Boat Show in Septem­ber. “She rides like a dream, bet­ter than we ever imag­ined,” Bertram CEO Peter Trus­low says of the con­vert­ible. “We’ve been sea-tri­al­ing her the best way we know how—by fish­ing her hard off­shore. We couldn’t be hap­pier with the ride and per­for­mance.”

Michael Peters de­signed the 61’s seakindly hull. Sea­keeper sta­bi­liza­tion is stan­dard. Top speed with a pair of 1,925-hp Cater­pil­lar C32A diesels is 44 knots, while the 61 cruises at 34 knots, ac­cord­ing to Bertram. The ex­te­rior of the 61 screams Bertram. Chis­eled fea­tures are grace­ful and pow­er­ful. The bow flare is pro­nounced but not over­stated, and there’s pro­por­tional bal­ance from bow to stern.

In the teak-cov­ered cock­pit there’s a mas­sive mez­za­nine lounge seat. Above it is a sprawl­ing fly­bridge with the helm set far aft to give the driver a great view of a trolling spread. In the cabin, the 61’s look is con­tem­po­rary and min­i­mal­ist. There are ex­panses of satin-fin­ished teak off­set by cream­col­ored uphol­stery and coun­ter­tops. Glass wraps around the salon and cre­ates an open feel. At the show, eight of us gath­ered in the gal­ley to talk fish­ing, and we had plenty of room. Be­low on the ac­com­mo­da­tions level are three state­rooms and three heads.

LOA: 61’1” Beam: 18’3” Draft: 4’10” Displ.: 88,000 lbs. Fuel: 1,720 gals. Wa­ter: 280 gals. Power: (2) 1,925-hp Cat C32A diesels Price: $3.49 mil­lion

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