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.