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Classic fiberglass Bertram 20 center console

bow of the boat photo of a fiberglass classic Bertram 20 center console

note the really nice refinish work on this classic fiberglass Bertram 20

Bertram 20 restored fiberglass boat photo from the stern deep vee

looking at the stern of the Bertram 20 classic fiberglass boat photo

Remember the 20 foot version of the classic fiberglass Bertram? It came in several versions, including a boat model called the Moppie, the Bahia Mar, and the Baron, among others. These 20’ boats tended to weight in at around 2,300 LBS. Here seabuddy talks about and shows boat photos of a center console 20’ 6” model.

Bertram started with a wood prototype 30 footer in 1959. That boat was turned upside down to use as a form to make a mold and became the classic fiberglass Bertram 31 in 1960. She was introduced at the New York Boat Show in 1961. That boat model started the Bertram Yacht boat building business.

In 1962 Bertram made their second length in a production boat model. It was the 25 footer. By 1963, this boat builder then made a 38’ sport fishing boat.  It was 1964 when they introduced their 20 foot boat series. By 1965, reports say that they made one of these a day in their Miami boat building plant.

I have seen restored and updated 20’ Bertram boats that are powered by a stern drive V-8 and also by outboards. The one in the photos has been repowered with a V-6 Mercruiser and has an Mercury Marine Alpha out drive.

There was a Dick Bertram. Dick founded and originally owned Bertram Yachts. He passed away at age 84 on 4/28/2000. He successfully raced sail boats and then power boats. In 1956 he won a famous offshore race in a 34’ wood Chris Craft powered by twin 215 Hp. Cadillac Crusader engines. While Doodles II won, it was pretty much destroyed as a usable boat by the beating it took in the race. Dick again won the same Miami to Nassau race in 1958 in a 35’ wood Enterprise brand boat. He won the 1960 race in the wood prototype Bertram. In 1961 he won again, this time in a fiberglass Bertram 31’.

More on Bertrams here

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restored fiberglass classic Bertram 20 name plate says "BERTRAM 20"

another photo shot the Restored classic fiberglass Bertram 20

updated Helm console on the classic fiberglass center console Bertram 20

WOW! classic wood / fiberglass helm station on Bertram 20

Advantage boats, todays leader in performance boats

fiberglass go fast boat photo 29 x flight advantage boats

29 X Flight Advantage fiberglass sport boat photo at Lake Havasu

The team at Advantage boats has hit one out of the ball park with its 2012 X Flight 29 foot stern drive go fast river runner boat. Simply put, it’s a sales success do to its performance on the water.

Here is one performance boat that Mom puts her thumb up as the boat to buy for the family after she takes a ride and compares it to similar go fast boats The 29 X Flight model inboard outboard model boat turns far better than the others, gives a good, soft ride, and still delivers a solid 73-74 MPH in test after test as you trim the drive to air it out.

What is the secret? Boat designer Gary Ferguson created a blend of a racing boat catamaran air entrapment hull entry with a multi-step vee bottom hull aft for a truly different sport boat. Here is a performance hull with a soft ride, an ability to take rougher water, make turns with great control, and a hull shape that uses all the performance boat tricks to get higher top speeds.

This boat can take more horsepower if you want an even higher top speed. Both 600 SCI Bravo 1 XR Merc Racing Horsepower and 800 horsepower engines from the racing division of Mercury Marine Mercruiser are routinely a part of the discussion when Advantage boats gets down to how should they build a boat for you. All Advantage boats are made custom for each customer. That is the way they do things.

29’ 7” is the hull length and the beam is 107” and most boats run a completed weight of 4,400 lbs. As many as 14 people can enjoy a 29’ X Flight at one time.

Try this link for more information http://www.advantageboats.com/x-flight.htm

Here is a quote from the company… “We’re dedicated to being the industry leader in performance sport boats, creating innovative and technologically advanced new models”

Nuff said for seabuddy.

Photos from Advantage boats.

X Flight sport boat from Advantage boats 2012 photo

2012 Advantage boats 29 X Flight 600 horsepower Merc Racing power

2012 Cobalt 242 bow rider test results

2012 bow rider runabout stern drive 242 Cobalt

A good ride comes standard with a 2012 Cobalt 242 bow rider

Here is a top shelf fiberglass bow rider that goes right at 47-50 MPH with a 305 cubic inch 5.0, breaks 50 MPH with a 350 cubic inch 5.7 and gets another 7 to 8 MPH on top of those numbers with a big block Mercruiser and its Mercury Marine I/O. All these power choices use a Chevy block as a base starting point for the gas engine.

The Mercury Marine Bravo Three drive with two props on one drive shaft is popular as is the similar Volvo – Penta Duo-Prop outdrive. Hole shot or 0 to 30 MPH acceleration times in the seven to eight second range indicates how well the hull and power packages are matched up. By the way, the best fuel economy is in the 22 MPH to 30 MPH cruising speed range.

She is a very well detailed luxury runabout with seating in the bow featuring a special foot well space, good hand rail positioning, comfortable seating, all within a deep, secure cockpit. A Cobalt designed boat really focuses on cockpit space, especially its interior width. High spec materials in a good hefty weight and well attached is all over and under a Cobalt boat. Quality, thoughtful touches, and cockpit comfort with room comes with a Cobalt boat as standard equipment. Cobalt’s warrantee coverage on this 242 bow rider boat is outstanding. Just check all the parts, items, events, and systems that are covered.

Another nice thing with a Cobalt is that one needs only to add 7-8% to the base price for a well equipped boat. A loaded boat takes more than that, but careful selection of the needed options keeps the add-ons down.

Cobalt Boats 2012 bow rider wide interior cockpit boat photo

Finely detailed luxury inside a 242 Cobalt 2012 cockpit

private head compartment in a 2012 cobalt 242 model boat photo

tall inside the private head compartment of 242 Cobalt 2012 boat

New Mercury Racing Mercury Marine big block marine engine power with a warranty

565 horsepower big block mercury racing marine engine

Photo of the new Mercury Marine Racing engine just out

She is a stroked big block for 533 cubic inches of displacement. That is an 8.7 liter displacement engine. The bore of this Mercury Racing Mercruiser is 4.466 inches with a stroke of 4.25 inches of big block power. She runs on 89 octane with its 8.7 to 1 compression ratio.

It makes 565 horsepower at the crank. And it is rated to be propped such that it will go 5,000 to 5,400 rpms at wide open throttle. Keep it stock in recreational boating use and it is covered by a full one year limited warranty. Add a supercharger after that first year and get around 725 horsepower. The extra cubic inch displacement and the higher rpm rating will give this engine in any style boat lots of out-of-the-hole acceleration.

Special aluminum racing heads specific to this engine, a stroked and balanced crank, special aluminum pistons, and unique connecting rods make for an expensive engine but one with long lasting durability at hard high performance marine use durability cycles.  Mercury Racing tops off this assembly with a multiport fuel injection system makes this engine easy to manage in your Hi-Po Boat in any situation. Be it within a marina, around a launch ramp, or out on the open water.

This new engine from Mercury Racing comes mated to your choice of a Bravo One XR out drive or Bravo One XR Sport Master inboard outboard drive. They also team this engine, transmission, and stern drive package with a transmission control module for what is called Zero Effort control operation. ITS, the (Integrated Transom System), is available if your performance boat needs it. They thought of everything!

50 MPH plus Bow Rider with Mercruiser

boat photo of bow rider boat

low profile optional windshield is shown in this boat photo

Regal Marine for 2012 has a lock on stylish under 20 LOA bow riders with their 1900 model that measures 19’ 10”. Take a look at the sculpted fiberglass hull sides. The windshield choices. The engine choices. The standard equipment, much of which is designed in from the get-go.

Here is a boat with a very deep vee that super softens the chop and stays in control in tight turns. It is a performance boat. The only negative to a deep vee in this size boat is bow rise on initial take-off but the helm seat design and location fixes that.

She goes 50 MPH plus with the middle engine choice, a 220 Horsepower Mercruiser MPI engine and out drive package. You can go even faster with the 270 Horsepower Volvo option.

So it is excellent speed with a reasonable engine package, peppy turning ability, high style hull and cockpit features, and a lot of storage in a nice tight high value package with the 2012 Regal Bow Rider.

One thing that seabuddy must point out is the size of the standard swim platform and access from out of the water to inside the cockpit design feature that this Regal offers. Even at a boat show, drop the swim ladder and try this out for yourself, it is that good.

Finally, this boat has a generous 8’ 3” beam for its length that is wider than most. That gives extra room to move around inside the cockpit. Once in the cockpit, check out the removable ice chest under the rear seat. Regal spent more time and attention in designing this boat than other boat builders do and this feature shows one of the resulting benefits of that extra thinking to a boater and his family.

jump seat in walk way to swim platform

extra seat along the rear of the cockpit

oversize swim platform Regal bow rider

This is one big swim platform plus standard full height windshield here

Bertram 32 Race Boat with Mercury Marine and Mercruiser engines

classic fiberglass Bertram race boat flying

flying a classic fiberglass Bertram racing boat

I am talking about the boat designed by R. Specht, not the boat model that C. Raymond Hunt who did the Bertram 31 (which started the Bertram Yacht Company) and many of  other the Bertram sizes. This one model was a boat designed for racing only; no family runabout, no fishing boat, no day boat aspirations for this one. She was made to race internationally and go after the World Offshore Championship.

Note the transom angling forward and the slight roundedness and tumblehome at the stern. That marks this design. Some say the boat was really a 31’ and called a 32’ just to avoid confusion with the 31’ production Moppie. Others suggest that at least one was cut back to be a 30’ long boat, at the racer’s request. The best research I could come up with says that less than a dozen were made over a 3-4 year period in the late 1960s.

Most were stern drive boats (with twin big blocks and perhaps one with three small blocks), a few used high horsepower shaft drive inboards with the rudders behind the hull, and one was raced while powered by four outboards. Outboard powered Offshore Race Boats in the 30’ size range were a rare bird at this time. Another is rumored to have staggered engines with one  engine as a straight inboard and the other using a v-drive, with both engines in line with each other at the boat’s center.

Balestrieri raced one or two. So did Dick Bertram, Rittmaster, Lewis, and Wishnick. They are all famous names from the early days of racing boats offshore at breakneck speeds. Some of the boats were rigged in Italy as they were to be campaigned in Europe.

I know one Bertram 32 hull was in Pomona, CA in the mid-1980s. I inspected it and it was in the process of a long term restoration. I wonder were the other hulls are now.

Photo thanks goes to the Tornado Racing Team and Magnum Marine.

classic race boat from the late 1960s

a famous Bertram racing boat in the air, not the water

boat racing legend Mr. Balestrieri

Mr. Balestrieri holding one of his Awards

Stingray Boats with big block Mercruiser

fiberglass boat photo

Performance go fast fiberglass red power boat at speed

Here is a 2012 model from Stingray boats and Al Fink that gives good performance on the water with small block and big block stern drive or an I/O marine drivetrains. Using both Mercruiser and Volvo power packages one can go from 55-57 mph with 300 horsepower, about 60 mph with a 320 horsepower engine, and up to 75-76 mph with 400 to 420 horsepower. So, one boat can use engines and stern drive selections to go from the mid-50s to the mid-70s mph in speeds. You pay your money and get your choice.

This is one boat that you know when you see it. Most are sold finished in a bright red gel coat that stands out in a crowded launch ramp or at most all marinas. She has a long fore deck, raked back windshield, and a great cockpit that has a full width bench seat and two bucket seats for the boat driver and co-captain. She also has a very nice cuddy cabin that serves well as a place to change out of your bathing suit, use the head, or take a nap. Friends of Seabuddy even use theirs as a weekend retreat on occasion.

With a big block Chevy engine I/O she is a performance boat. While it was not rough when I took a trial, she slipped through large wakes with minor disturbance. She is peppy coming out of the hole, but does not snap your neck. And carving turns and having fun on the water was a natural with this Stingray boat. It is a boat model that brings a smile and laughing light heartedness to your demeanor. Even with a full load aboard. Take a spin on the water for yourself, but seabuddy wants to warn you, you will want to own this boat.

Cobalt boats A series 28’ big block Mercruiser

2012 cobalt boat

bow rider fiberglass inboard outboard boat photo image

bow rider fiberglass inboard outboard boat photo image

She is a runabout, water sports craft, day cruiser, wakeboard boat depending on the given day you take her out for an adventure on the water. Always powered by a big block Chevy engine, made for marine use by either Mercruiser or Volvo-Penta, she delivers 50 mph plus speeds for a comfortable ride in rough water. Maybe the best one can get for a bow rider in a 2012 model boat. This boat is about the ride. Do not forget that.

Cobalt gives a great profile and a unique convex, sculpted hull design with stainless steel accents in its A series boat selections. That catches your eye as you first see the boat. Then the sheer luxury and finish takes your attention as you inspect the upholstery, the helm, the gel coat. You take note that there are no decals on the outside of the boat. You feel the heft of the metal parts. You go from section to section of the boat in your review and are never disappointed in this 28’ A series boat model.

Horsepower goes from 380 to 430, but any of the three choices give similar performance. A mile or two more in top end speed, but with a barely noticeable softer hole shot 0-30 mph time comes with the highest power. The most out-of-the-hole grunt is the feature of the base engine. So, pick your choice, top speed or fast acceleration.

Now talk about warrantee coverage and find all those items that are covered by a Cobalt warrantee that are not even mentioned by other brands. What are “non-defect” engine failures? Do you want them covered by your warrantee?

Oh, did seabuddy mention the swim platform feature that takes the swim deck 11” UNDER the water rather the typical 12” above the water for boarding?

Cobalt A28 series bow rider fiberglass I/O boat photo image

28 Cobalt Mercruiser 2012 model year bow rider boat photo image

Cobalt bow rider A 28 series boat interior photo image

Cobalt 28 foot bow rider swim platform down position boat photo

Cobalt inboard outboard bow rider head boat photo image

High style and function in 2012 trailered Cabin Cruiser

2012 express cabin cruiser boat photo

You have to see the newest Regal Express cruiser. Go to a dealer or go to a boat show, but see this boat. She has high style with a very good level of functionality. As a weekend cruiser, she has huge windows and portholes to see out from inside the cabin and a huge (for a cruiser of this length) bed in the owner’s stateroom.

She is 28’ 10” by 8’ 6” and fits under most bridges when on a trailer. Thus, no permit is needed to trailer this fully found cruising yacht. She will take a strong pickup truck to tow its empty 7,585 lbs. weight, however. Figure on a “10,000 lbs. plus” towing load with fuel, batteries, water, boat gear, crew supplies, and trailer included as you would typically would be towing her going down the road.

The owner’s cabin area features the largest bed in her class of trailer-able sleepers. No need to convert a vee seating area into a bed at the end of a day or a week on the water. It is set up and positioned within the cabin area such that the bed linens can stay ready all day long.

This Regal 28 Express is a single engine I/0 boat. You select from a 260 horsepower Mercury Marine Bravo III, a 270 horsepower Duo-Prop, and 300 horsepower with either a Duo-prop or Bravo III outdrive. Since Regal Marine Industries exports so many boats internationally, they also offer a diesel engine choice with a Duo-Prop that is popular in Europe.

2012 Express cabin cruiser at rest boat photo

express cabin cruiser underway boat photo

2012 fiberglass express cabin cruiser queen bed boat photo

1,350 Hp with from Merc Racing at the Boat Show

1,350 Hp Merc Racing engine photo

Mercury Marine offers through its Merc Racing division a 1,350 Hp engine with a one year warranty for recreational boating. This engine uses four cams (or quad cams) with four valves in an engine that is turbocharged (turbo-compressor induction in Mercury Marine speak) with a 6,500 rpm redline to get this top power from the 9 liter engine displacement (552 cu. in.).

This 1,720 lb. engine requires a Merc Racing’s dry-sump M8 stern drive which uses a integral Merc Racing dry-sump Hydraulic transmission. Expensive stuff, these M8 out drive pieces, but they are built to take the torque of this engine.

M8 Merc Racing outdrive

Additional Hp above the 1,350 Hp quoted is available with a proper engine room design by the boat builder that allows for lower engine intake air temperatures. Some say it can go up to shh! Hp with the right spirit of coordination between Merc Racing and your high performance boat builder. But, that is still a secret number for now.

Use 91 octane fuel only in this engine and select your out drive reduction ratios with the boat, load, and use in mind.

Now, if you want to use 89 octane gas and use a cheaper/lighter stern drive (the dry-sump NX1 SSM), get Merc Racing’s sister offering, a 1,100 Hp. engine, although some reduction grear ratios cause even this engine to be matched to the M8 stern drive and transmission, for good durability to handle the torque multiplier in a performance boat . This engine has the same compression ratio, same bore and stroke, and the same four cam design.

This one is a torque monster developing 1,100 lb-ft as low as 2,500 rpm. It does a single throttle body rather than the two that comes with the 1,350. The warranty stays the same at one year for recreational boating.

Mercury Marine offers through its Merc Racing division a 1,350 Hp engine with a one year warranty for recreational boating. This engine uses four cams (or quad cams) with four valves in an engine that is turbocharged (turbo-compressor induction in Mercury Marine speak) with a 6,500 rpm redline to get this top power from the 9 liter engine displacement (552 cu. in.).

This 1,720 lb. engine requires a Merc Racing’s dry-sump M8 stern drive which uses a integral Merc Racing dry-sump Hydraulic transmission. Expensive stuff, these M8 out drive pieces, but they are built to take the torque of this engine.

Additional Hp above the 1,350 Hp quoted is available with a proper engine room design by the boat builder that allows for lower engine intake air temperatures. Some say it can go up to shh! Hp with the right spirit of coordination between Merc Racing and your high performance boat builder. But, that is still a secret number for now.

Use 91 octane fuel only in this engine and select your out drive reduction ratios with the boat, load, and use in mind.

Now, if you want to use 89 octane gas and use a cheaper/lighter stern drive (the dry-sump NX1 SSM), get Merc Racing’s sister offering, a 1,100 Hp. engine, although some reduction grear ratios cause even this engine to be matched to the M8 stern drive and transmission, for good durability to handle the torque multiplier in a performance boat . This engine has the same compression ratio, same bore and stroke, and the same four cam design.

Merc Racing NXT1 SSM stern drive

This 1,100 Hp one is a torque monster developing 1,100 lb-ft as low as 2,500 rpm. It does a single throttle body rather than the two that comes with the 1,350. The warranty stays the same at one year for recreational boating.

Merc Racing 1,100 Hp engine