Boat Review: Bertram 360 Open

This, the smallest Bertram the company has built in many years, represents a giant leap from the old Spartan days of Moppie and the ubiquitous Bertram 31.

This, the smallest Bertram the company has built in many years, represents a giant leap from the old Spartan days of Moppie and the ubiquitous Bertram 31. The lines flow with a smooth, sleek look befitting a company owned by Euro-yacht-building powerhouse Ferretti. The interior glows with fine cherry wood joinerwork and rich fabrics. This sophisticated interior layout makes you think comfort rather than camp out.

The 360 Open comes equipped with a transom fish box (which can be plumbed for a second baitwell) to augment the in-deck box, as well as a bait-prep station with a sink and a freezer on the portside and a livewell under the aft-facing seat to starboard.

The Express version of the 360 - designed more for cruising - features no fishing amenities in the cockpit, and the transom box gets replaced by foldaway seating. With that said, fishing and nonfishing cockpit features are optionally interchangeable between the two models. Other cockpit features on the Open include a tuna door with opening cap-rail gate and an optional Eskimo ice maker.
To make best use of space, the dinette aboard the 360 is on the bridge deck where the forward-facing seat boasts a reversible backrest, providing a comfortable place to sit and watch the spread.

When you flip up the seat bottom, the adjustable helm seat conveniently transforms from a standard bench seat to a leaning post. Whether the driver is seated or standing, the air-conditioning outlet at the helm helps keep him comfortable behind the large, curved windshield - even on the hottest days.

Worthwhile options to consider here include a three-sided bridge enclosure, aft drop curtain, cockpit coaming pads, hardtop, tower with upper station and outriggers. And though I love being able to grill freshly caught fish, the built-in grill is available only on the Express model, not the Open. Bertram offers several choices of power for the 360: Caterpillar C7 diesels in either 420- or 460-hp models or the Volvo D9s rated at 575 hp. And unlike the large engine boxes that used to grace the Bertram 31's cockpit, the 360's engines hide under the bridge deck, which rises on rams for easy and open access to the power plants. To handle the ship's appliances - along with the hair dryers, curlers, straighteners, blenders, mixers and can openers - Bertram offers your choice of a 5- or 10-kW generator. SPECIFICATIONS LOA 39'4" BEAM 13'9" DRAFT 3'9" WEIGHT 28,224 pounds FUEL 406 gallons WATER 82 gallons POWER T 575-hp diesels BASE PRICE $389,000 (w/ CAT C-7s)Bertram Yachts Miami, Florida 305-633-8011 www.bertram.com
Belowdecks, the 360 Open and Express offer the same accommodations: a queen-sized island berth on centerline in the forepeak, galley and head to port, and an L-shaped settee starboard with a hi-lo table.I find it interesting that in these times when the marine market is demanding bigger, faster and more expensive, several top names in boatbuilding are stretching their models in the other direction with quality fishing boats in the 30- to 45-foot range. Is this creating a market or answering demand? With boats as good as this, we'll bet on the former.