WHILE THE 72 IS aimed at the yachtsman looking for the palatial comforts of a motoryacht, with the high-speed riding and handling characteristics of a convertible, cruising is her obvious forte.
But fear not sportfishing fans. The new Bertram 60 exemplifies what the well-dressed sportfisherman is likely to be wearing on the offshore tournament circuit as only Bertram can do it.
A logical move up from the 50 or 54, the 60 follows the proven formula of the tournament-crusading 54 - three staterooms, three heads, light pickled-maple interior, big flying bridge with refrigerator/icemaker, and a humongous cockpit. But from a fisherman's point of view, the 60 also has the vital features that make long-range fishing that much more spectacular.
For starters, the salon of the 60 has a concealed rod locker in the overhead to stow tournament gear, and the fishwell in the fiberglass cockpit sole can hold two giant bluefins or a wolf-pack of big-eyes with ease. Fill it up with medium-sized tunas or groupers, and you'll need a half-day to pack out.
The cockpit also comes with such standard equipment as four flush-mounted rodholders, prep center with sink and fresh- and saltwater outlets, baitwell, freezer, and engine-room access. Cockpit coaming padding and transom door with gate are also standard.
Due to its longer length, the 60 appears somewhat leaner than the 54 though this is strictly an illusion. It's just that by stretching the 54 envelope a bit the cockpit is lower to the waterline (great for ﬁshing), and the salon doesn't appear as boxy. Speed is no illusion, either. With a throaty pair of 1,350-hp DDC 16V-92TAs, the company has clocked it at 42 mph. Trolling valves are standard to help maneuvering in tight quarters and on the fishing grounds. Base price is $1.135 million.