- The 2019 Bertram 61 is the second completely new Bertram to be introduced since the company’s rebirth, following up on the inventive and drop-dead-gorgeous Bertram 35.
- This boat is a serious bluewater fishing machine, with a 188-square-foot cockpit that will make other convertible boats jealous. Construction quality is in keeping with Bertram’s famous overbuild-it attitude.
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Okay people, in many ways mere words can’t do this boat justice—so take a look at the all-new Bertram 61 for yourself:
Yeah, it’s easy to see why we’d get so enthusiastic about the Bertram 61. After many years of slumber, the sleeping Bertram beast has awakened. This legendary builder had a difficult time coming back after the Great Recession, but this model proves that those days are now ancient history. The new 61 is innovative, while staying true to the Bertram reputation in every way.
Let’s start where it counts: with the fishing. The 61 has a 188-square-foot cockpit capped with an oval 30-gallon livewell, which has a viewing window built into the transom. In the deck, there are port and starboard fishboxes that are just about as big as the crew’s quarters on some Euro-yachts. In the mezzanine there are compartments for a bait freezer, refrigerator, and stowage. And in the compartment to starboard under the bridgedeck ladder, there’s an electric grill for cooking up the catch. One of the most unusual features we spotted in the cockpit was a fully functional MFD, mounted to port, where anglers can monitor the fishfinder or chartlotter.
Where you see the boat’s fishy character come through even more, however, is on the flybridge. On old-style convertibles if you wanted to watch baits from up top you’d face aft and lean on the rail. On the Bertram 61, the seat-backs for the lounges flanking the helm are reversible. Simply swing them back, and there are two seats for people to stare at the teasers and spreader bars, as they wait for a bill to appear. Even more inventive is how Bertram designed a large forward-facing lounger into the front of the helm. No, this won’t help you fish, but it creates gobs of comfy seating for the cruise out to the canyons. In fact, considering the helm and companion chairs, the flanking loungers, and this console lounger, there’s good, comfortable seating for six people on the bridgedeck. You know how sitting sideways on a bridge’s bench seat is eminently uncomfortable when cruising through rough seas? Problem solved.
Combine that inventive bridge seating with the Bertram’s 18-degree transom deadrise and a seriously hefty construction, and what you’ll get is an awesome cruise out to the fishing grounds. Just how beefy is the boat built? The 61 consists of 88,000 pounds of vinylester-infused joy. The hull is reinforced with Kevlar, the keel and strakes are reinforced, and you can get a read on the attitude this boat’s built with by slamming a cabin door. It’ll close with a thunk, on solid-as-a-rock stainless-steel hardware.
Speaking of cruises to the fishing grounds: with a pair of fire-breathing Caterpillar C32 ACERT diesels in the engineroom creating a mind-bending 3,800 horsepower, the boat burns about 160 gallons per hour at a 2,000 RPM cruise. Sure, fuel consumption like that puts a smile on the face of every Saudi prince, but that’s about average for a boat of this size and weight. What’s not average, however, is the 40-plus-MPH cruises the boat maintains at that RPM. Firewall the throttles, and speeds jump into the mid- to upper-40.
Okay, enough of the crazy fuel-burning fun. Now enter the cabin. Once again, you’ll be anything but disappointed. The boat’s interior is every bit as luxurious as one might expect, with book-matched cabinetry wood grain, 360-degree views via a panoramic salon window, a massive pillow-topped U-shape settee, a bar with eye-grabbing shellacked wood stools, and galley appliances from the likes of Miele, Kenyon, and Sub-Zero. Oh, and did we mention there’s a 55-inch flat-screen TV?
Head down from the salon, and you’ll discover a master full-beam cabin, a guest stateroom with twins, and a guest stateroom with a queen berth forward. Each has its own head (the smaller guest stateroom “shares” the day-head) and cedar-lined hanging locker. Bertram also planned in a utility closet with a washer-dryer. And if you want to maximize sleeping capacity for those tournament adventures and overnighters offshore, the forward guest stateroom can be arranged with twin berths instead of the queen.
When all is said and done, we come right back to the same thought: words simply can’t do this boat justice. If there’s even a remote chance you might want to have a Bertram 61 of your own, you’ve just got to see one for yourself and take it for a sea trial. Only one question remains: can we come along?!
Other Choices: The market for big convertibles like this is fairly limited, but interested buyers will also want to check out the Hatteras GT59, the Viking 62, and perhaps a more customized boat like the Spencer 60.
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|Fuel capacity||1,720 gal.|
|Water capacity||280 gal.|