Send us before-and-after pictures of your project,
upgrade, or customization. Include a description and
email it to Magazine@BoatUS.com
Someday we’regoing to own a Bertram,” said my dad when we were out fishing on a friend’s boat. Sadly, that day never came for him;hepassedawayin1973
when I was just 13 years old. But those
happy memories of fishing on Long Island
Sound have never left me.
About five years ago, I spotted a
Bertram 31 behind a neighbor’s house.
After repeated badgering, he told me it
was free if I’d remove it from his dock.
The boat had sat unused and unloved
for seven years, was in a very sorry
state, and needed extensive rebuilding.
Many boats wouldn’t be worth repairing,
but the Ray Hunt-designed Bertram is a
classic that’s in high demand by offshore
fisherman who value the boat’s manners
in rough conditions.
I moved the boat to my workshop, then
set to work. I stripped everything – and I
mean everything – from the boat until all
that remained was the bare hull, deck,
and flybridge. In the process, I discovered
the original hull ID: Build Number 13,
constructed in 1973. This was kismet. Dad
No expense was spared on the interior,
which included a Sub-Zero refrigerator,
air-conditioning, and granite countertops.
The old engines were torn out and
replaced with a pair of Yanmar six-cylinder diesels. I installed a nine-kilowatt
generator, a watermaker, and a water
heater before topping off the rebuild with
new upholstery, new electronics, and cork
It took five years to bring Details back
to better-than-new condition, but the
wait was worth it. Dad would be proud.
Palm Beach, FL