Bertram Yacht has been producing seaworthy fishing boats for more than 50 years and their latest launch, the Bertram 64, shows that the company is still doing what they do best—building solid boats ready to raise the fish. The Bertram 64, available with an enclosed or open flying bridge (shown), has everything needed to be a hit on the tournament circuit. She has enough stowage space to house a small Bass Pro Shop’s worth of gear, with lockable rod stowage in the cockpit, lighted rod stowage in the saloon, and overhead rod stowage in the galley and the bridge. An interior spiral staircase that leads to the flying bridge keeps guests safe while heading up top under way and allows for a large cockpit ready for action. If you’re more into beer-in-hand fishing, the cockpit mezzanine is great for spectators and can be retrofitted to accommodate an extra freezer or even more stowage space.
Underway, the Bertram 64 won’t disappoint. With a standard engine package of twin CAT C32 ACERTs pumping out 1,925 horses each, she gets up to a jaunty 39 knots on the pins. She features a Mortiz OctoPlex system that, through a standard NMEA 2000 network, can control and monitor just about everything onboard—power distribution, fuel and holding-tank levels, engine and generator status, and more—so you can focus on what matters: the fish.
After a long day of raising trophies, the interior welcomes tired anglers with a U-shaped settee to port opposite a recessed television (in case you’re fishing on game day). Forward of the saloon is a large galley to port with seating and a dinette to starboard. When it comes time to turn in, guests can rest their heads in style in one of four staterooms—a large master, a forward VIP with a queen berth, or two guest staterooms with twin berths. After 50 years of putting top-notch fishing boats on the water, it comes as no surprise that Bertram’s latest seems a sure thing for anglers.
This article originally appeared in the November 2012 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.