Best approach to build Bertram-like boat — Page 2 — Boat Design Forums

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Bertram 42 boat

I always use a broker. That being said their are good brokers and bad brokers, the good ones are worth their weight in gold, and will save you money time and frustration. The bad ones are better off shot.

My advice is to head to a local yacht club and get some recommendations from the members. The good ones are active in the boating community, and will have sold and bought boats for the members for years, sometimes generations. Just be sure to ask a number of people on different nights.

As for the boat you are looking at, don’t discount the shape some of these older battlewagons are in. The 42 Bertrum may still be the all time favorite boats for deep sea fishing, and are much better than their new builds. Of course their are some Junkers out there, but a lot of them are impeccably maintained and many have professional crews on board. In large part because when you are blowing 50,000 on a fishing rodeo for 3 days, if the boat doesn’t work you are screwed.

On another note, it sounds like you may be new to a boat of this size. Assuming this to be true, you may want to take a careful look at the maintenance and operating cost of a boat like this before you buy it. Realistic fuel burn can be $100-150 an hour for a boat this size. Slippage here on the Gulf Coast is cheaper than Callie but still runs about 7k a year, plus 3-4k in insurance, and maybe another 5-10k in annual maintenance. These boats can be a lot of fun, but it isn’t unusual to see owners never take them out because of the cost of operating them.

If you don’t plan of deep sea fishing, and can give up the speed there are a number of good trawlers in this size range for about the same price, but the maintenance maybe half (1 engine, and it’s half the hp), and the fuel burn can be as low as $10/hour. Slippage and insurance stay about the same depending on boat length.

I think Par and I were writing at the same time. I would add that a good surveyor is critical to knowing the story of a particular boat, what’s wrong with it, what is right with it, what is cosmetic damage, what’s structural, and to some extent the cost of repairs. On any boat this size I would never consider buying without a professional survey (this from a guy who does some surveying for others). But I think a surveyor and a broker do different things, the broker is to help you find the boat of your dreams, the surveyor is there to make sure it isn’t really a nightmare.


Greg Rubin

Captain-Attorney-Boat addict

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