Four cult Classic Boats for fishing and cruising (7.5 to 16.5 m)


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Bertram 54 (1981)

Four cult Classic Boats for fishing and cruising

The fisherman, or the fishing-hull hybrid, is perhaps the type of boat that best emphasizes the versatility of a hull. Evolving from boats dedicated purely to fishing, they have gradually become more and more malleable designs, in all their variations, making themselves usable for day trips as well, to the point of being excellent cruisers. Just think of great masterpieces such as the Grand Banks 42, which went from being a fishing boat to becoming the benchmark of excellence for cruisers of yesteryear. In this brief review, here are 4
Classic Boats
that, although thought of or derived from the fishing world, have also known (and still know) how to be so much more.

Riva 25' Sport Fisherman
Riva 25′ Sport Fisherman

Bertram 54 | 16.5 m

In 1981 the Bertram 54 made its first appearance, a future best-seller and destined from the outset 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.

Beneath 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.

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Bertram 54 (1982)

Classic Boats. Grand Banks 42 | 12.7 m

Unmistakable in line and style, the Grand Banks 42 is not just a great Classic Boat. It is a true icon of boating spread all over the world. In fact, in the early 1960s, the Grand Banks 42 was born and immediately became what we would call an “instant classic,” making itself an immediate bearer of a revolution, an incredible success. Adopting canons derived from fishing boats, trawlers combine elegance and pragmatism on hulls with impeccable marine qualities, making this segment famous throughout the seas.

An extremely rational and elegant boat, the Grand Banks 42 is distinguished first and foremost by its lines, characterized by an almost straight bow and large central volumes, where fine, comfortable interiors are carved out. Among the various interior layout solutions proposed by the shipyard, certainly the most popular in Italy was the one with a V-shaped forward cabin, separate toilet room, two-door saloon and dinette that could be converted into an extra berth. Then aft, under the deckhouse that faces the cockpit, is the master cabin, complete with separate toilet and shower.

Grand Banks 42 Classic Boats
Grand Banks 42

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Concorde 27 Sport Fisherman | 8.23 m

A child of the American shipbuilding avant-garde, Owens was a great source of supply and inspiration for Italy, and, precisely among his models, the 27 Sport Fisherman was one of the most successful hulls, especially in terms of lines and fashion. Designed for both sport fishing and as a weekender, its lines would, in fact, become a must-have in the homegrown fisherman segment, creating a panorama of boats that has survived to the present day.

Just as much goes for the interiors, which, in layout, are not that far from some of our contemporary boats. In addition to the exteriors, which are strong with a large cockpit and flybridge, Owens’ small 8.2-meter boat in fact offers the now classic open-space configuration, with double forward berths, an indoor kitchenette, bathroom facilities and dinette with sofas, which can of course be converted into an additional bed, bringing to 4 the number of guests who can sleep on board.

Concorde 27 Sport Fisherman

Classic Boats. Riva 25 Sport Fisherman | 7.5 m

A marriage of great American industrial production with Italian craftsmanship of the 1960s and 1970s, the Riva 25′ Sport Fisherman is the keystone of Italy’s transition to the fishing weekender. Indeed, we are now in the late 1960s and Riva, under license from Bertram, is producing a powerboat that is innovative in its own way and strong on ease of space, now intended to facilitate movement, to provide ample breathing room, rather than limiting users to the role of passenger only.

Elaborating on the original Betram design, Riva adapts the spaces to Mediterranean needs, creating a boat closer to home boating, versatile both as a fisherman and as a weekender.On deck there is no shortage of space, strong with a sundeck and an easy cockpit, and as for the interior, in addition to the covered wheelhouse there is space on board for a double forward cabin and a dinette, the latter comfortable for four people and convertible into a sofa or double berth, in case of eventuality, bringing the total sleeping places to 4.

Riva Bertram 25' Sport Fisherman Classic Boats
Riva Bertram 25′ Sport Fisherman

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