Boats of Distinc­tion

Burger 48 Cruiser, Delta 60 Open

Yachts International - - Contents - BY AN­DREW PARKIN­SON

Any­time a builder brings a model to mar­ket, there’s an air of cau­tion among cus­tomers. Like walk­ing across hot coals at a Tony Rob­bins con­fer­ence, no one re­ally wants to be first. But with hull num­ber one sold and hull num­ber two in build, Wis­con­sin­based Burger Boat Com­pany’s 48 Cruiser ap­pears to be in­trigu­ing even the tra­di­tion­al­ists.

In con­ceiv­ing the 48 Cruiser, the 155-year-old yacht­builder teamed with Dutch de­sign firm Vri­pack, which patented the Slide Hull con­cept that is gain­ing trac­tion in cruis­ing yacht de­sign. The re­sult was a hand­some, fast-dis­place­ment cruiser with all the grace and style of a tra­di­tional Burger yacht, but with the silky-smooth quick­ness and agility of a wet seal.

The owner of hull num­ber one—a long­time Burger ad­mirer with her heart orig­i­nally set on a 38-footer— also played a role in craft­ing the de­sign.

“In the de­sign process, in which the owner was closely involved, we de­ter­mined a 48-footer would best ful­fill her needs,” says Ron Clev­eringa, Burger’s vice pres­i­dent of sales and mar­ket­ing. “We wanted to cre­ate some­thing out of the or­di­nary, some­thing the Amer­i­can cruiser mar­ket had never seen. We ap­proached Vri­pack be­cause of their rep­u­ta­tion for think­ing out­side the box and be­cause they had a small-boat divi­sion. They in­tro­duced us to the Slide Hull, which was a per­fect fit for this size range and had al­ready proven suc­cess­ful in re­al­world test­ing on com­mer­cial ves­sels in the North Sea.”

Ac­cord­ing to Vri­pack, the Slide Hull di­rects wa­ter flow in a way that re­sem­bles go­ing down a slide (hence the name). Com­pared to a typ­i­cal plan­ing hull, Vri­pack says, the shape gives the 48 Cruiser ad­van­tages: im­proved ride qual­ity, re­duced pound­ing and no bow rise as she gets up on plane.

“It’s like the boat is rid­ing on cush­ions,” says Vri­pack naval ar­chi­tect Peter Bouma. “The re­duced pitch­ing mo­tion helps pre­vent sea­sick­ness and im­proves fuel con­sump­tion, out­per­form­ing any other ves­sel that I’ve seen.”

Pow­ered by twin 600-horse­power Volvo Penta D8-IPS800 en­gines, the Burger 48 cruises at 30 knots, where, ac­cord­ing to Clev­eringa, hull re­sis­tance was recorded to be 14 per­cent less than a tra­di­tional plan­ing hull dur­ing tank test­ing at Wolf­son Unit in the United King­dom. Top speed is re­port­edly around 35 knots.

Ac­com­mo­da­tions are two en­suite state­rooms. The for­ward state­room is con­vert­ible, with two twins or a queen. The sa­lon lay­out has a helm sta­tion, dinette and galley. Curved stain­less steel dou­ble glass doors, side opening win­dows and a re­tract­ing glass hard­top bring the out­doors in.

The first hull, be­ing prepped for de­liv­ery as of April, is headed for the Great Lakes. Hull num­ber two, avail­able for de­liv­ery this sum­mer, sports a con­tem­po­rary in­te­rior by Mi­ami-based de­signer Luis DeBasto, who re­cently com­pleted the 103-foot, 6-inch (31.5-me­ter) Burger North­land.

Clev­eringa says Burger sees a bright fu­ture for the new cruiser.

“We’ve fielded nu­mer­ous in­quiries on hull num­ber two, and we’re al­ready get­ting re­quests for larger ver­sions to­ward the 60- and 70-foot range,” he says. “Be­ing able to of­fer a smaller op­tion cre­ates an op­por­tu­nity to bring new clients into the Burger fam­ily, com­bin­ing their vi­sion with our her­itage. It should es­pe­cially ap­peal to the yachts­man look­ing for some­thing be­yond a pro­duc­tion boat—some­thing dis­tinc­tive that con­veys their own per­sonal touch.”

above: The for­ward state­room is con­vert­ible with two twins or a queen (pic­tured). top: The LOA may be a de­par­ture from typ­i­cal Burger yachts, but the in­te­rior’s crafts­man­ship and fit and fin­ish will be fa­mil­iar to Burger own­ers and en­thu­si­asts.

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