NEW BOATS — Bertram 64

NEW BOATS - Bertram 64

Long a mainstay on the USA sportsfishing scene, Bertram’s logo was taken over by the Ferretti Group in October of 1998. The latest entry into the hardcore sportsfishing arena from the company’s designers and engineers is a 64-foot convertible. It’s being touted as a new concept and is already creating a buzz with blue-water aficionados. And it comes down the ways as the brand turns 50!

Without compromising the incredibly seaworthy hull that has made this sportsfishing brand so notable over the past five decades, Bertram engineers are introducing modifications and improved features that evoke the company’s model past. But, the 64 takes on a whole new form, embracing acutely sleek features that will define its future.

This new Bertram 64, designed in collaboration with Studio Zuccon International Project, Ferretti Group's AYT (Advanced Yacht Technology) and Centro Stile Ferretti Group, has been created first as an horizon-chasing, sportsfish boat. It is equipped with CAT C-32 ACERT engines powered at 1925hp each and is expected to top out at 40kts.

With its new sleek, racy and aggressive exterior profile, courtesy of a restyling of Bertram's famous shear-line, the B-64 is also quite a good-looking boat. Larger expansive cabin side windows have been incorporated into the exterior design and a smooth windscreen distinguishes the exterior brow, which will be offered as standard for the conventional sportsfishermen or full forward window as an option.

The cockpit boasts 194ft² of working space including a large mezzanine deck loaded with added storage and fishing features. There are extra-large in-floor cockpit fishboxes, inbuilt baitwell, spacious fridge/freezer and ample rod storage. Also available is the optional pressurised fishbox with see-through window and lights.

The 64 comes equipped with a Mortiz OctoPlex system that remotely controls and monitors all AC and DC power distribution throughout the boat. The innovative technology is capable of providing complete vessel status using a standard NMEA 2000 network with extensive monitoring capabilities, which extends to regulate the bilge areas, tank levels, battery and even engine and generator status among many other additions. — Capt Ken Kreisler

Photo: Bertram celebrates its big Five-O with a new 64 convertible sportsfisher.