In 1990, Bertram launched its most ambitious project to date – a 72' Convertible. At the time of her build, the 72 was the largest sportfisherman ever put into production at Bertram. Only five of these models were ever built.
Improving on a solid design layout, this Seventy-Two has received a tremendous amount of improvements over the last seventeen years - both inside and out. The entire balsa cored hull was stripped and replaced with Divinycell foam coring. The interior decor and layout were completely updated and improved, while her electronics and appliances were modernized. The stabilizers and much of the onboard machinery have been recently overhauled.
The enclosed bridge offers the distinction of being both a world class, seaworthy fishing machine and a luxury yacht. Step aboard to discover what makes this Bertram 72 such a special opportunity!
Welcome aboard! Entering the large cockpit, you’ll immediately see that this boat is well-suited for serious sportfishers, with a Rybovich fighting chair and custom stern tank, bow tank and custom rod locker. There is also a 1 x 24v/220V bait pump, complete prep station, tackle drawers, large stainless steel holding plate freezer, Seatemp and JRC color FF50 depth finder w/ DYTEK ST500 Seatemp and color video cameras. A few steps up from the cockpit is an upper cockpit, with a set of circular stairs to access the enclosed bridge. There’s also a convenient day head located in this upper cockpit area.
Opening the door from the cockpit reveals an incredibly generous living space with an open plan salon, galley and dining area. Custom carpet, window covers and valances throughout provide a coordinated look, while carpet runners keep high traffic areas fresh. Communications throughout are simple, with an extensive intercom system and a satellite phone system.
The salon features a U-shaped sofa to port with an electric hydraulic table, a 27" Sony television, a Pioneer VSXD stereo with Sony DVD/CD/Video and custom Bose surround sound with 10 speakers. Two large club chairs are to starboard, for additional seating. The salon also includes a custom bar with sink and icemaker – perfect for a nightcap. All countertops are granite throughout, adding a touch of additional luxury onboard. The interior cabinetry is done in a nice high gloss white, which presents a nice neutral base for any softgood changes.
The galley, located to port, is quite open to the salon, for easy conversation and socializing. It is fully equipped with all modern high-end appliances and an abundance of storage.
On the starboard side of the galley area, four steps lead down to the main companionway. Two guest staterooms are located forward – a VIP at the bow, and a guest stateroom with side by side berths to starboard. As you turn left and down two more steps, you enter the full width master stateroom, which features a very generous private head and dressing area.
The large enclosed flybridge is accessed via the circular stairway at the upper cockpit. It’s fully outfitted, with two large helm seats providing excellent visibility. There’s also room for an additional seating for six. The bridge also offers sleeping accommodations for captain and crew.
Aft of the flybridge features a second steering station - perfect for backing down on a fish or for backing into a slip.
The galley has been completely redesigned and newly equipped with all the best appliances. The aft galley bulkhead was redesigned allowing a completely open and inviting arrangement. There are all new granite counter tops and flooring, stainless steel sinks, new cabinets including all hardware and new cabinet faces and lighting. To port of the galley is a custom office area with VHF radio, desk and chair. Appliances include:
The guest stateroom is to starboard off the main companionway, and features two single berths and a private ensuite head. Forward is the VIP Stateroom with an island queen berth and private ensuite head with stall shower. Both staterooms feature the following:
Crew West Marine Electronics of Newport Beach, California replaced all electronics in 2001 and upgraded systems again in 2012. The entire dash was completely replaced for all new components. Both port and starboard windows on the bridge are electrically operated to open and close. The wiring was improved to modern standards and is in compliance with all marine safety requirements. To starboard there are two L-shaped settees that convert to berths for captain and crew.
Her twin 1,873 hp 12V 396TB93 MTU engines received a $115,000 W5 Inspection in 1999 at 3000 hours. Both engines now have less than 4650 original hours and have been routinely serviced and professionally maintained.
The Bertram 72' was designed and built with a 17 degree deadrise balsa cored hull and bottom. The balsa core was badly engineered and poorly installed, leading to water-saturation problems over the years. This contributed to Bertram’s decision to end production of the 72' after five hulls. In 2000, the naval architecture firm of Sharp Design and Dencho Marine were retained to repair and revitalize. They completely stripped the bottom of the balsa core and devised a laminate schedule that would be stronger than the original. All balsa coring was stripped to the inner skin and new vinylester laminate was applied to the old skin to create a solid base. The hull was at this time reinforced in areas where through-hull fittings, sea chests, bow thruster and stabilizers were to be located. Dencho Marine then vacuum bagged Divinycell foam core into place to match the thickness of the original balsa and cranked the vacuum up to 24 inches of mercury then added the outer skin.
Dencho Marine is so skilled at this procedure that there was very little fairing needed when the job was finished. Nearly 500 gallons of Clark urethane foam was injected into the once empty chines to prevent water intrusion or the chance of future chine problems or damage. Nearly $400,000 was spent on rebuilding the hull and bottom. The hull was then completely painted with AWLGRIP. The entire project was closely monitored by two certified marine surveyors who approved of the work that was done. The parties that were involved in the major rebuild are available to discuss the project with serious buyers.