October 26, 2009

Project: Bertram 511

Bertram Yacht, a legendary force in the construction of Sportfish Yachts and Cruisers, is preparing to unveil its latest creation, the 511. This new Bertram is set to debut at the coming Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show and will replace the 510 model. Italian designer Zuccon who took over the design work for Bertram from 1998 will likely awe traditional enthusiasts with new, cutting edge exterior styling combined with classic rough seas performance features. Since its inception Bertram has built a reputation for building tough sportfish boats, whether competing in prestigious tournaments or running in open water, the legendary ride has been tried and tested among competitive anglers and experienced captains alike. The new 511 captures the classic spirit of earlier Bertram models and exudes a new edge modern appeal from its previous predecessors, without compromising the traditional look of the US builder. It boasts a streamlined shear line and charming elegance in which creature comforts combine with high performance, to provide for a pleasant, adventurous fishing experience out at sea. Years ago, builders had to make concessions in their building practices due to the limitations in construction capabilities available at the time. Therefore, they changed forward windshields to solid fiberglass construction to avoid weaknesses in their building processes. Nowadays, due to the incredible advances in technology quality methods of construction that are available, builders as Bertram are returning to their roots and have brought back the forward windshield design that can withstand the elements. With access to top end cutting edge technology, Bertram applies these new techniques and successfully re-introduced a full forward wrap around window into its latest models, first with the 540 presented last year and now with this new 511. This unique feature also makes for an incredible full 360 degree view of the surroundings and is a great asset for capturing wide clear views of what lies ahead. Robust hull-side windows have also been incorporated to provide natural light to the staterooms below deck. These hull windows first introduced on the 700 in 2007 have now been tried and tested on other Bertram's and have proved to uphold in challenging conditions. Having windows in both the master and twin guest staterooms also opens up for a relaxing environment with natural light on board. In addition to their aesthetic appeal, these distinctive hull side windows are reinforced into the yacht’s fiberglass hull during the early stages of construction fortifying its already rock solid hull, thereby adding to its overall strength. The interiors have also a fresh new look, with a large and comfortable living area including an accommodated salon and open galley welcoming you inside. Stunning views of the surrounding ocean from each of the living areas makes the space feel larger too. The spacious galley which is larger to yachts of this size, features a built in coffee maker, refrigerator, and freezer system. An open L-shaped dinette faces the open galley and large salon, creating a welcoming environment for guests on board. Ample storage is accessible under the L-shaped sofa, with plenty of storage for rods, reels, tackle, etc. A lower helm station which takes the space from the second settee is also available as option. The cabins below continue the comfort and maximum visibility focus feature of the 511. The double berth master stateroom is highlighted by the hull side windows, which are not typical of other sport fishing vessels, but provide a pleasant experience and interesting perspective from the staterooms when underway. A fore VIP stateroom is surprisingly well lit and is outfitted with a queen size berth. The starboard cabin with twin single berths is well proportioned too. A full washer/dryer is discreetly incorporated into the hallway closet, and you also have two spacious heads designed with contemporary elegant accents as well as stand up showers for a modern day feel. Well equipped for all sport fishing conditions, this well integrated yacht offers a variety of amenities for the dedicated angler with a spacious cockpit, measuring approximately 170 square feet, providing space and ample storage on board, and you also get today's most wanted, must have mezzanine aft looking settee which makes an ideal spot to watch or prep your next catch. An optional prep center or added mezzanine seating is also available on the starboard side. The 511 embraces serious performance, with the hull being an evolution of the 510, which in turn came from the classic Bertram 50. This apart the shape retains the usual trademarks of a Bertram such as a solid fiberglass deep vee hull, and center fuel tank that optimizes trim at various speeds and conditions. Innovative rudders and struts minimize drag, and a five-bladed prop significantly reduces vibration and noise. Equipped with standard twin MAN V10CR 1100hp, or CAT C18 1050hp, and the big choice of MAN V12CR 1360hp, the 511 is built as a Bertram with a no holds approach to running in rough waters.

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