On the Drawing Board: Bertram 50

The boatbuilder's lineup continues to expand

bertram 50 yachts technical drawing
Although Caterpillar C18 1,150 hp engines are standard, the new 1,550 hp MAN engines will power Hull No. 1—the top speed for the new boat is expected to be in the mid 40-knot range.Courtesy Bertram Yachts

One of the most anticipated new designs for 2020 is a 50-footer from Bertram Yachts, which will join the 35 and 61 Convertible models already in production at the company’s Tampa, Florida, facility.

The iconic builder is crafting an all-new express design in both open and sport top configurations with attractive two-stateroom/two-head layouts. The master stateroom with en suite head is all the way forward, with a guest stateroom and day head to port, opposite a U-shaped lounge.

A spacious 178-square-foot cockpit with mezzanine seating will offer plenty of room for a team of anglers and deckhands, while the boat’s 1,236-gallon fuel capacity and 4-foot-2-inch draft give it excellent range and shallow-water capabilities. A Seakeeper 9 gyrostabilizer also is included as part of the standard equipment package.

Although Caterpillar C18 1,150 hp engines are standard, says Tommy Thompson, Bertram’s vice-president of sales, the new 1,550 hp MAN engines will power Hull No. 1—the top speed for the new boat is expected to be in the mid 40-knot range.