Boat Review: Bertram 72.5

Italian-owned Bertram released a new 72 that combines classic styling with a luxurious interior.

In October 1998, Bertram released its first new product since being bought by the Italian conglomerate Intek in May 1997. The Bertram 72.5 retains the classic Bertram lines that have made the company successful, along with a long-awaited power package - twin 1,800 hp DDC MTU 16V 2000s.

The 72.5 also features significant structural improvements in the hull. These reinforced construction factors include an improved laminate schedule, advanced internal hull reinforcements and extensive use of the latest lightweight materials, particularly in interior furnishings.

Inside the 72, the Italian ownership designed a little European flair, with a wide-open salon and unique apartment-style galley/dinette arrangement. This arrangement boasts a full-size dining table with banquet-style seating for eight.

Down below, four staterooms sleep eight. The midship owner's cabin features a queen berth, L-shaped settee, large vanity, dual hanging lockers and a spacious head with double lavatories.