Bertram 54 (16.5 m), the queen of American fishing boats – Classic Boat


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Bertram 54
Bertram 54 (1982)

Bertram 54, the queen of American fishing boats

In 1981 the Bertram 54made its first appearance,a best-seller destined from the start to become a cult, a Classic Boat as marine as few and with great build quality. A thoroughbred sportfisher and all-weather boat, it was immediately appreciated by both those seeking a boat for deep-sea fishing and those more oriented toward cruising, strong in fact with as many as 3 double cabins and a large salon. Below the waterline, however, magic happened, thanks to an impressive deep V-shaped hull nestled between its 5.8-meter beam and 16.5-meter length. The 54′ was thus not just a fishing boat, but an object of desire for many, a hybrid, in short, successful on every front. Needless to say, how it influenced the market, setting a standard for what was to come.

Bertram 54
Bertram 54 (1981)


Not merely big, but grand – not merely big, but grand. This (roughly) was the American reception given to him in 1981, a terse definition but one that undoubtedly did justice to Bertram 54, reflecting the standards of his time. At 16.5 meters in length overall, complete with ample space, flybridge and (if desired) tuna tower, this 54-footer immediately greets with a large cockpit, designed specifically to accommodate all the equipment needed for deep-sea fishing (including reinforcements to support the chair), but without detracting from comfort, should you want to cruise instead. Thus, there is no shortage of space for bait preparation, as well as spaces for storing live bait, equipment, and any catch.

Bertram 54
Bertram 54 (1982) – Pozzetto

From the cockpit, two walkways lead to the bow, which is flush and completely unobstructed but lends itself well as a solarium. Aft of the main superstructure, you instead access the fly (left), or the interior (starboard). On the fly, complete with wheelhouse and navigation instruments, are two separate ergonomic seats in addition to the ladder needed to access the tuna tower.


Bertram 54 (1982)

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Bertram 54 – Interior

Coming to the interior, the Bertram 54 immediately greets with a large salon carved out on the same deck level. Here, a sofa and coffee table area on the left and a set of armchairs on the starboard side find their place. Just beyond, again to starboard, are the dining area (consisting of round table and chairs) and several cabinets, mirrored to port by a galley complete with bar top overlooking the aft salon. Proceeding further, however, leads to the sleeping area.

Bertram 54 (1982) – Interior

Under the bow floor then, there are three cabins, with a total of six people accommodated on board. Just to starboard is a double stateroom, mirrored by a twin bedded cabin located mure to the left. In the bow, however, a third full-beam cabin is provided, with beds arranged in a V-shape. Each cabin is equipped with a private bathroom complete with shower and sink.


Shifting attention to the engine room-particularly well designed and easily accessible (it can also accommodate a washing machine)-here are, in addition to a generator compartment and a station intended for monitoring all equipment, 2 Detroit Diesel Allison V12 engines of 650 horsepower each, optionally replaceable by an increased torque of 800 horsepower per engine, bringing the maximum speed to 30+ knots.

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Bertram 54 – Technical Specs

Length Over All (LOA) 16.5 m
Baglio Massimo (Bmax) 5.8 m
Dive 1.5 m
Full Load Displacement 28,600 kg
Standard Motorization (1982) 2x Detroit Diesel Allison V12 71Tls 650hp
Optional Motorization (1982) 2x V12 800 hp
Maximum Speed 30+ kn
Fuel Tank 4542 lt.
Fresh Water Tank 946 lt.
Construction VTR
Construction site Bertram


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