Bertram 39 CC outboard is coming in 2020. There are two big slices of the market where Bertram has just entered: the first one is the Center Console market, with competitors like Boston Whaler and Valhalla Boats (of the Viking family), just to mention two of the biggest. The other is the outboard boat segment. Yes, because Bertram in its long history has not accustomed us to outboard models, except in very rare cases such as the Bertram 20′ Sportsman center console with MerCruiser 160 hp engines from 1967.
Bertram is lagging behind in this market segment, in which many rivals have already had the opportunity to position themselves for some years. The shipyard has, however, some tricks up its sleeve. In the yard’s design, the Bertram CC 39 will not be an isolated case, but the first in a long series of outboards.
Francesco Foppiano, one of the greatest experts of American boats in Italy, talks us about this news.
“In USA many of those who have 65, 70 or even 80 feet fisherman now want a smaller boat. A fast boat for quick fishing trips with live bait. And that’s where the Center Console comes in. Viking has already been in the segment for a couple of years with Valhalla Boats, a brand of center console with outboards that belongs to Viking. Now Bertram is also in the segment with some classic styles from the yard’s golden years.”
Bertram 39 CC will be a deep-V hull boat. The shipyard has focused on a boat that is wider and heavier than almost all the others to ensure maximum stability even with rough seas conditions. This Bertram has a larger width (13 feet and 2 inches), which is about 2 feet (60 cm) more than almost all competitors. This allows it, for example, to have 4 driving seats instead of three.
The Bertram 39 has a fuel capacity of almost 1,900 liters, two live tanks of almost 160 liters each (or 240 liters each, available as optional).
The collaboration between Bertram and Mercury on the engines made it possible to focus on the performance. The hydrodynamic models indicate that the maximum speed of the 39 is over 50 knots already with the standard engine (3 300 hp engines). With three 400 hp engines the speed exceeds 55 knots, while with 450s engines the speed exceeds 60 knots.
The new boats will be equipped exclusively with Mercury engines, thanks to an exclusive technical and commercial collaboration. The plan is to design 9 models, in center console and dual console configuration between 28 feet and 50 feet over the next 4 years, and then add smaller models like the famous 20 foot Sportsman.
It had been known since last November, when Bertram had issued a statement saying that the shipyard was working to expand its range of deep-sea fishing fisherman with an outboard line. And to give strength to this project the group of Beniamino Gavio, owner of the shipyard, with an investment of 15 million dollars to have in four years a range of outboard fisherman from 20 feet.