A lot has changed in the last 54 years since the legendary Bertram 31 was launched—especially when it comes to boating. Yet, there’s one key element that should never fade in and out with fickle trends: a good ride. This obvious, but often overlooked priority is the foundation for the latest Bertram model now under development.
“We reduce each new design to its basic common elements, focusing on the
requirements of the boat rather than the styling,” says yacht designer Michael
Peters. “Beautiful styling is simply the skin-tight wrap that covers a functionally
After an extensive design review we selected Peters to lead our design efforts.
He and his staff, along with the Bertram management team led by Susan Davids,
have been working feverishly this summer on the new model. Besides his deep
understanding of what makes a good boat bottom, Peters is seriously passionate
“Bertram got its start as a no-BS man’s boat,” Peters says. “Bertram is the reason
I live in Florida today. Growing up, it was the boat of my youth. I have honestly had a
desire to do Bertram ever since.”
At this writing, the tooling is underway on a boat that will certainly capture
the spirit of Bertram. We’ll unveil the design to the public at the Ft. Lauderdale
International Boat Show on November 5. We hope the hull drawing shown here will
whet your appetite. And because we know it’s all about the ride, we’re projecting a
top speed of over 40 knots. As a Bertram Insider, you will continue to receive future
updates as we transition from the tooling stage to production.
Thank you for your continued interest in Bertram Yacht. If you’re attending the
Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show in November, we’d love to see you at our party on Friday
November 5th. Drop us a line at email@example.com if you want to be added
to the invitation list.
Capt. Tommy Thompson
Product Development Manager