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Bertram 360 has ‘the ride’

For many the Bertram name brings to mind legendary powerboats of the 1960s, the Bertram 31 and 33 in particular.

For many the Bertram name brings to mind legendary powerboats of the 1960s, the Bertram 31 and 33 in particular. Over the years, however, the boats have grown, and the Miami-based builder turned exclusively to big convertible battlewagons. But a newcomer to the stable suggests a return to the old days, a smaller boat with modern styling and the influence of Bertram Yacht’s Italian parent company, the Ferretti Group.

The Bertram 360 is a 36-footer with a raised bridge deck open to a cockpit geared for fishing (Open version) or socializing (Express version). With its European styling — curved windshield, and port and starboard cat-eye windows amidships beneath the windshield — the boat is a bit of a departure for the company.

“All other Bertram product manufactured today is in the convertible configuration,” says domestic sales manager David Pagliughi. “We went with two different configurations because there are two very distinct markets, which can be covered with a single hull bottom.”

The 360 Express is designed for boaters interested in the cruising amenities of a “lake boat,” says Pagliughi, with the ride of a Bertram hull. “The Open will appeal to those interested in a pocket battlewagon,” he says.

The 360 is the result of a collaboration among Bertram Yacht, the Ferretti Group and design firm Zuccon International. Bertram and Ferretti handled the engineering, while Zuccon designed the superstructure and interior. Bertram also planned the interior décor and appealed to customer focus groups to determine amenities and layout.

“The 360 can be configured to please just about any prospective boat buyer, whether their passion is fishing, diving, cruising or sunbathing,” says Pagliughi.

The boat’s windshield has what Bertram calls an “open air pass through,” and other features of the raised bridge deck area include a 3-foot helm seat with flip-up bolster to starboard, and a summer galley abaft the helm station. To port, the companion seat bolster flips to face forward or a dinette table with additional seating aft. The bridge deck lifts to reveal the engine compartment.

The Open model’s cockpit is equipped for fishing, with a tackle station forward and to port, transom fishbox and a live well. The cockpit of the Express contains additional seating. Both versions use the same arrangement below deck. Immediately to port upon stepping down the centerline companionway is an enclosed head compartment with stall shower. Forward of the head is the galley, which includes such equipment as a refrigerator, sink and stove. To starboard is an L-shaped settee with a table and a flat-screen in the forward bulkhead.

The cat-eye windows provide natural light to the saloon and galley areas, including the head compartment and shower stall. The private forward stateroom has an island berth with storage beneath, a hanging locker and storage lockers in the hull ceilings. The interior is finished in cherry.

In the end, Pagliughi says the Bertram 360’s ride separates it from the competition. “Although small in comparison to the other Bertram models, the engineering and construction that go into the 360 Bertram are the same,” he says. For example, a deep-vee hull; resin infusion for the cored bulkheads, cabin floor and hull sides; solid fiberglass bottom; and an “overbuilt” stringer system, he says.

“Whichever way the boat is built,” says Pagliughi, “there is one common trait: the ride.”


LOA: 39 feet, 4 inches

BEAM: 13 feet, 6 inches

DRAFT: 3 feet, 9 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 28,224 pounds

HULL TYPE: deep-vee

TANKAGE: 406 gallons fuel, 82 gallons water

ENGINE OPTION: twin diesel inboards to 1,150 hp

SPEED: 41 mph top, 37 mph cruise (with twin 575-hp Volvo Penta D9s)

PRICE: $453,775

CONTACT: Bertram Yacht, Miami.

Phone: (305) 633-8011.