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Contact Chris Burns for more information at (949) 872-3199
“Barn-find” isn’t the right term for this boat; time capsule is more suited for this 1987 Bertram Flybridge Cruiser. When the current owner acquired her, she was perched upon a 3-axel galvanized trailer in the heart of Orange County. The original owners had purchased their Bertram from The Crows Nest in Newport Beach in 1987 (Hull Number BERF2409J687). Over the summer they used the boat and determined that they would rather keep the boat out of the water. After putting just over 100 hours on the engines, she sat on the trailer for over 30 years.
In January 2020, the boat was maneuvered out of the original owners back yard to begin its rehabilitation. Years of sitting required hundreds of hours of clean up and restoration
Some of the work completed includes:
New engine beds, and some bulkheads, aluminum fuel tank, fiberglass rudder tables, filling original thru-hulls and replacing with new Groco thru-hulls & valves, exhaust hoses w/ new bronze exhaust fittings, holding tank & macerator, bilge pumps, batteries, Hynautic steering re-sealed, new bonding system, and bottom paint (previously unpainted for 30 years). Manifolds, risers, heat exchangers, and oil coolers were boiled, cleaned, and painted. Formed engine hoses replaced as well.
The GM 350 Mercruisers provide enough power to bring her up to 30kts in prime conditions. 20-22kts cruising is as comfortable as it gets.