Bertram 360: Bluewater Attitude, Italian Good Looks - 01/21/2009

Bertram Yachts and Ferretti Group have collaborated on the birth of their new 360 design, which is the first 30+ footer to be introduced to the Bertram line in years. She is offered in either an Open or hardtop version. This model is a long-delayed replacement of the popular 31. In fact, the 360 is a direct descendant of the classic 31. Today’s 360 Open captures the essence of the traditional fishboat layout with the modern flair and sleeker, softer lines that post baby boomers are used to. Our first impressions on the 360 Open? Solid. Serious. A man's boat.

Bertram 360
The 360 Open may be the smallest boat in the Bertram
line up, but she’s one tough contender
in her express fishboat category.

Capt. Steve takes a video look at the 360 Open at the New York Boat Show.

Open or Express Version

This is not grandpa’s Bertram by any means. The 360 can be customized to your needs whether it’s a hybrid of the hardtop or the Express model you’re after. She’s a rugged, offshore-ready, heavy 36 footer. Designing a performance sportfishing boat was the goal in mind, as she’s built with wider chines to reduce her time to plane and a deep V hull for rough water. Bring it on, because this one has the undercarriage to stand up with the big dogs. She may be the baby in the line up, but don’t let her size fool you.

Bertram 360 bow run
She can run with the big boys.

Even though she’s got a softer profile -- thanks to the Italians -- there’s something about her that’s just unmistakably “Bertram” and this is what we like. The designers didn’t steer completely away from tradition, rather just improved on their own proven and familiar design.

Bertram 360 steve Tuna Tower
Capt. Steve takes a video look.

The Tuna Tower

One of our favorite features on this boat is the tower and how easily it attaches. Capt. Steve says, “The whole tower is a single piece option for the boat, which attaches to the top side of the hardtop. The hardtop is attached to the boat with thick pipes, just like a t-top, with flanges on the ends of those pipes to bolt the top into place. Do that in all four corners and voila -- a fishing machine.”


Length overall is 36 feet, and with the bow pulpit she measures 39 feet 4 inches. Her beam is 13 feet 6 inches and she weighs in at 28,440 lbs. Fuel capacity is 400 gallons and freshwater capacity is 80 gallons. Standard power on the 360 Open are twin 500-hp QSC Cummins diesels, or for additional power you can add the optional twin 600-hp Cummins.

See Capt. Steve’s Video Look…

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