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1976 Bertram Express - 28'

Year 1976
Length 28ft.
Price USD $47,000
Type: Pre-owned
Location Hobe Sound, FL, United States
Hull Material
Engine type Twin
Contact Information
Beam: 11 ft 0 in
Draft Drive Up: V Drive
Displacement: 15000 lbs Dry Load
Dead Rise: 23 at Transom
Engine(s): Marine Power
Engine Model: 350CID 310
Year: 2010
Hours: 150
Engine(s) HP: 620 HP

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

LOA: 28 ft 0 in
Beam: 11 ft 0 in
Minimum Draft: 2 ft 8 in
Displacement: 15000 lbs Dry Load
Deadrise: 23 at Transom
Total Power: 620 HP
Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Marine Power
Year Built: 2010
Engine Model: 350CID 310
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Gas/Petrol
Engine Hours: 150
Drive Type: V Drive
Engine Power: 310 HP
Engine 2:
Engine Brand: Marine Power
Year Built: 2010
Engine Model: 350CID 310
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Gas/Petrol
Engine Hours: 150
Drive Type: V Drive
Engine Power: 310 HP


The 1976 28' Bertram Express Cruiser was built by Bertram Yachts, Inc., Miami, Florida and was in production from 1971 to 1994.  It was designed by marine architect Dave Napier. The heavy hull lay-up and quality fiberglass work is typical of the earlier built Bertrams.  Older Bertrams of almost any size are highly sought after and they have retained or increased their market value.

The vessel has a deep-V hull design with 23 degree deadrise aft and a slight bow flare to keep the ride drier.  This vessel has been completely repainted in 2010.  All the paint, hardware, electrical and mechanical work was done by the highly skilled craftsmen at L&H Boats of Stuart, Florida.  L&H Boats is a well respected builder of custom boats and does high quality repairs and customization work on older vessels and specializes in refinishing older Bertrams.

The hull bottom was soda blasted to remove years of bottom paint build-up. Voids in the fiberglass were filled and fared and two coats of epoxy barrier coating were applied, then two coats of black Micron 66 anti-fouling bottom paint was applied.  The hull sides, cockpit sole, interior sides, side decks and seating areas were sanded and repainted with a white Alcraft 2000 high gloss finish.  All of the deck hardware from cleats, vent covers, hawse pipes, 4 rod holders, bimini top attaching hardware to windshield operators have been replaced with new stainless steel parts.  The original custom style Bertram bow chock/navigation light was retained and rewired with new sockets and bulbs.  New white vinyl seat cusions were made for the dinette area and all teak trim has been refinished around the dinette and parquet teak table.  Two new VHF antennas have been installed, a new raw water wash down pump and fittings were installed, and all the bilge pumps have been tested and rewired where necessary.  The steering cross bar, connecting hardware, rudder support tables, upper rudder bearings and two new rudders were installed by L&H in December 2010.  A new vinyl and stainless steel rub rail and fastening hardware were installed by L&H in November 2010.

The vessel has two Marine Power, Inc. Sport Pac replacement engines in place. They are counter rotating 350CID 310 horsepower carbuerated freshwater cooled gasoline engines with Velvet drive 1:52:1 reduction gear transmissions.  The 28 Bertram has a 160 gallon gasoline tank and this particular boat has an extra 100 gallon fuel tank. NEW aluminum fuel tanks have been installed.  Two interstate Marine 4D 1312 CCA batteries (9-2009) and a new 20 amp 120 volt marine battery charger have been installed.  There is a new Garmin 2006C Chartplotter multi-function display and a new Furuno 620 color depth sounder at the helm station.  The helm area has full instrument gauges, Morse dual throttle and speed controls, a Fireboy Halon automatic fire suppression system and Bennett trim tab control.

The 28 Bertram is set up to sleep 2 people in the V-berth and possibly 2 more at the convertible dinette opposite the helm station.  The vessel is equipped with a marine head between the V-berths and has a sink with cold water faucet behind the helm seat.  There is a 25 gallon freshwater tank under the helm seat and tackle storage drawers under the sink.  The bimini top is in two sections, the forward one attaches to the top of the windshield and extends just aft of the dinette seat.  The second section zips into the aft end of the front section and extends over the engine section of the cockpit.  The large aft cockpit area is ideal for fishing and can be fitted with either a fixed or portable fighting chair.

This is a very versatile vessel and can be used for fishing, scuba diving, or just coastal cruising.

Vessel Walkthrough & Accommodations

The forward most cabin compartment has a forepeak opening locker for the anchor rode. Just aft is a V-berth with storage underneath and a opening hatch in the overhead. A marine toilet sits between the two V-berths.  Toilet is porcelain and fully plumbed. A hanging locker converted to shelving is aft to starboard while a shelf locker is aft to Port.

From here, a step up and aft is the fully canvas enclosed helm/seating area.  There is a raised dinette to port which converts to a spacious berth, and a helm station and galley counter to starboard.  Another step up and aft leads to the aft cockpit with engine compartments forward.  There are numerous opening hatches in the cockpit revealing mechanical components.



Navigation & Electronics Equipment
  • Furuno FCV-620 Color Fish Finder
  • Garmin 2006C Color GPS with South Florida waters chip & new transducer
  • ICOM M502 VHF radio
  • Richie 4" Compass
  • Hydraulic Steering w/SS destroyer style steering wheel
  • Cable Throttle and Shifter controls
  • Full engine gauges
  • Trim tab controls
  • AM/FM Stereo with Cassette player and speakers
  • (2) Windshield wiper motors
  • Adjustable padded helm chair 

  • (2) Group 27 wet cell batteries
  • Perko battery switch
  • True-Charge battery charger
  • (1) 110v Duplex outlet in engine compartment
  • (2) New Mar 80 amp marine galvanic isolators on center of engine room bulkhead.
  • 30amp 110v input with 50' shore cord
  • Cockpit LED floor lighting
  • (1) 120v IPaneltronics circuit panel
  • (1) 12v IPaneltronics circuit panel
  • High water bilge alarm
  • (1) 110v duplex outlet in cuddy cabin berth area
  • (1) 12v fan in cuddy cabin berth area
  • (2) 12v overhead lights in cuddy cabin berth area
  • (2) 12v Bilge pumps
  • Full electrical bonding


Both engines were removed from the vessel in March 2011 and the following work was done:  The bilge and engine room were painted white and 2 new Grocco 1-1/2" full flow seacocks with external screened strainers and new 1-1/2" Trident wire reinforced intake hoses were installed. The port engine has a new long block engine, 2 new alternators and 1 new starter.  All new 3" exhaust hoses, 2 new Vernay FRP mufflers, 4 new risers and manifolds and new wiring in engine room.  Eight new adjustable motor mounts have been installed on both engines and all the wiring has been upgraded and well routed and supported.  The #8 green bonding conductor has been added to seacocks in engine spaces and all new 3" flex hose in the bilge blower system.  New hydraulic system with nylon lines and brass fittings and a new tank and gauge.  The hatch between the dinette and helm station was re-cored with PVC vinyl material and repainted with white non-skid surface.  The rudders, steering cross bar, rudder pintal connections, clevis fittings, upper bearings and rudder support shelves were all replaced in November 2010.

  • Sink with fresh water spigot
  • (2) Drawers
  • (2) Cabinets
  • Countertop

  • Sits two comfortably
  • Table lowers to sleep one
  • Storage under both seats
  • Storage under raised dinette
  • Cushions new white w/black piping

Cuddy Cabin/V-Berth
  • Anchor Locker
  • V-Berth w/filler cushion
  • Porcelain ELECTRIC toilet with a 6 gallon poly-plastic tank plumbed into the system with deck fitting on the forward deck marked for waste.  Type 1 system installation with holding tank.
  • Storage under V-berth
  • Storage in two lockers just aft of V-berth
  • Overhead opening hatch
  • DC lighting, DC fan, AC 110v outlet

Deck and Hull Equipment

This Bertram came out of L&H's shop in Stuart, FL where she's been awlgriped and restored 12/2010.  She has new canvas and Eisenglass enclosure.  Stored indoors during winters.

  • New full Eisenglass enclosure around helm/galley/dinette area
  • New aluminum frame work enclosure with laced on Stamoid top
  • New aft bimini top with SS framing
  • Forward, mid and aft cleats with hause pipes on aft cleats
  • SS Bow and side railings
  • Cockpit scuppers
  • (2) Igloo coolers, one with cushion seating in aft cockpit
  • Freshwater washdown
  • Saltwater washdown
  • (7) Combing board rod holders (port, starboard and aft)
  • Anchor w/line
  • Storage in cockpit side hulls
  • Dec. 2010 - All new name plates, rub rails and fittings
  • Aluminum Fuel Tanks

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
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