The Bertram 46
was the offshore convertible of choice in the early 1970s and the model was built
up until 1988 when it was retired. The Bertram 46 was sold all over the world and
are probably preferred by more fishing charter captains than any other. By our count
there are about 100 currently on the market and most are powered with Detroit Diesel
8V92s or 8V71s. We found used Bertrams with anywhere from 435-hp to 750-hp, depending
on how much bailing wire duct tape was on them. Most people would choose not to
own a boat powered with these engines at any horsepower. That’s why used Bertram
46s with DDAs are so inexpensive.
This 1974 Bertram 46 is for sale for $112,000. A few are even less, and many
Bertram 46 are asking about $135,000.
The original Bertram 46 went through three versions from the early 1970s until 1988
when it was discontinued. Then, it was revived for three years from 1995 to ’97
and stopped again. In 2000, under the management and ownership of the Ferretti Group,
the new 450 was introduced which had about the same displacement as this old Bertram
46 but carried a 14’11” beam, 13” less than the old Bertram.
Bertram 46/450 Pricing
The least expensive older Bertram 46 we found was selling for about $69,000
with 3800 hours on the engines, and obviously ready for a major overhaul. Major
overhauls on the DDAs could easily run $65,000 and might be even higher, which would
put this boat right up with the others Bertram 46s selling for $135,000.
Yanmar 6SY-STP Diesel.
Interestingly, MarineMax appears to have cornered the market on non-current or very
late model 450s and owns seven 2007 or 2008s which it is offering from anywhere
from $789,000 for a 450 with 119 hours on it to $1,219,00 for a non-current one.
Most of the boats are powered by 900-hp MAN diesels. So if you have the bucks and
want a pristine new Bertram 450 you can find them for about $400k off of new MSRP
Our guess is pricing is even better than what is published as there is a scroll
on most of these ads saying “Call us for Special Pricing.” The ad for the unit selling
for $789,000 with 119 hours says it has never been titled (perhaps it was a demo)
and is “loaded” and has a “huge price reduction.” If this sounds good to you, try
Marine Max at 631-424-2710.
Let’s Repower with Yanmar
Yanmar is the leading name in marine repowering so not surprisingly they have repowered
a Bertram 46. The Yanmars in this example were installed by Coastal Carolina yacht
Yard. Twin DDA 8V71TIs were replaced by twin Yanmar 6SY-STP diesels rated at 720-hp.
With the old engines, the Yanmar distributor reports that the boat had a WOT of
21 knots and a cruise of 20 knots. With the new Yanmars, the distributor reported
the following performance table—
Based on this data, the WOT performance of the Bertram 46 increased 57% with the
new Yanmar 720-hp engines, and best cruise improved 45%.
The big question is how much did it cost to repower the boat with the 6SY-STP diesels.
According to the distributor, the total cost for the new engines, the engineering
and the installation was $170,000.
Based on the prices above for used Bertrams it looks as if you can buy a used Bertram
46 and repower with the 720-hp Yanmar diesels for total cost of $250,000 to $300,000.
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