33′ Bertram Sportfish — The Hull Truth — Boating and Fishing Forum

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Bertram Sportfish

RE: 33′ Bertram Sportfish


Your choice of a 33SF is a good one to start with. It is a much drier ride than the B31 and is a heavier boat at around 20K+ lbs displacement. The lower profile, and corresponding lower center of gravity of the B33SF versus the B33 Convertible is a huge advantage in seakeeping for this boat. The B33SF is much more roll resistant, is a great fisherman AND family boat. The engines are located in boxes in the cockpit which keeps cabin noise down, allows easy maintenance due to accessibility, and keeps all oil dirt and crap out of the cabin. When you shut down for the night, the engine heat is outside the cabin and you can cool the interior much easier than the A/C fighting the heat dissipation from under the cabin sole. The generator is amidship stern under a hatch between the rudder posts. This is a big drawback since the hatch did not drain well and water would often soak the genset and cause accelerated corrosion and failure. Look to modify this hatch with better scupper drains and seals.

The cockpit is a decent size for fishing and many mount a permanent fighting chair. Some refurbished B33SFs have replaced the cockpit sole for various reasons. I would inspect this area very closely for structural integrity. A good modification is to add custom tackle draws under the bulkead windows so they clear the engine hatch opening. There are many B33SFs with full tuna towers. If you plan on adding one in the future buy a boat with one already installed. The market for boats with full towers is very weak and you can steal a boat with diesels and a tower right now.

Leak points. The common areas to look for are window beds around the aluminum frames. There was some discussion of water penetration in heavy seas near the forward cabin window and gunnel area between the hull and liner which would soak carpets. I would inspect this cramped space if you can and look for water stains running down the wall.

The cabin on the B33SF is the smallest Bertram that I would call habitable and wife-friendly. For example, The pre-1986 model has the dinette which is a less efficient use of the space compared to the L-settee in the newer cabin layout. The head location against the aft bulkhead of the cabin eats up window area and creates a more confined salon. The older cabin layout does not have a stall shower but rather a wrap around curtain which is a complete waste of time.

Bertram Sportfish

The 1986 model and newer cabin is much nicer. The galley is more spread out and the owner utilizes all of the window area which creates a more open feeling. The L-settee has a high-low table which folds to half size when not needed which also creates a more spacious cabin area. The head is amidship which allows full headroom, doesn’t block off the exterior view and has a separate stall shower, which is a huge improvement.

The optional lower station is a personal choice. My opinion is that it robs valuable cabin storage for a seldom used item. Boats without the lower station get a large hanging locker. I would look for a boat with a half-tower (fixed welded top with canvas) and a good set of eisenglass roll-up curtains for weather protection. The half-tower also offers a great mounting area for electronics.

Overall, this boat cruises best at around 20kt and higher. Many older diesel models (Cat 260Hp were standard diesel package) repower with higher horsepower, lightweight diesels and readily obtain a 23-25 kt cruise and around 30kt WOT. The standard 260 Hp cats could push the boat to 23-25kt WOT and 20-21kt cruise. Pay close attention to any gas to diesel conversion since the shaft sizes were on the cusp of being too small without upgrading size (1-3/8 AQ22 I believe came with the diesels). If you’re looking at the gas engine version keep in mind that this boat is a little too large in my opinion for gas engines. You state you wish to fish offshore so I would definitely look for a diesel model. You will burn around 15GPH with diesels at cruise..

If you ask a more specific question, I may be able to help more. Good Luck

Bertram Sportfish

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  1. I am in the process of buying a 1983 33 ft Sportfisher with a half tower. I will need to ship it from TX to OR. It is my understanding that the half tower comes off. I need to know how high it is without the props to the top of the bridge (without the half tower).

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