King of the Battlewagons

    In 1960, Richard Bertram revolutionized powerboating by running the first deep-V hull in the Miami-Nassau race. The 31-foot Moppie, which trounced competitors in horrendous sea conditions, gave the America’s Cup sailor instant street credibility with the offshore racing set, and within a decade, Bertram was considered the premier sportfishing brand. Now owned by Italy’s Ferretti Group, Miami-based Bertram continues to perfect its original deep-V hull (which served as the foundation for modern powerboats), while infusing Italian design into the interior. Its flagship 700 Enclosed, launched in February, is equal parts tournament sportfisherman and trophy home.

    Insulated fish boxes, live wells, stand-up rod storage, and freshwater wash downs comprise the fishing ensemble in its 270-square-foot cockpit, while the large salon is defined by African Wenge furniture and cabinetry, a 42-inch LCD HDTV, and a Bose theater system. The enclosed flybridge is equipped with an electronics-filled helm console, spacious U-lounge, wet bar, and DVD-equipped entertainment center. Ferretti’s Anti-Rolling Gyro (ARG) reduces rolling motion by up to 50 percent, giving the 700 a pleasant ride, even while trolling in rough seas. With the upgrade 2200-hp MTU engines, this king of Bertrams has a top end of 35 knots and price tag of $4,410,000. (305.633.8011, www.bertram.com)

     ?Michael Verdon

     

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