When I wrote about Bertram Yachts in September 2014, I had no idea that they will change hands again. Their official site doesn’t give a clue about who exactly is the owner at the moment, except this:
Bertram was acquired by a 54′ Bertram owner and he has given a mandate that the brand be returned to its American Roots.
But if you are not taking them too serious, you will find the next announcement made on April 9, 2015:
“The Gavio Group has officially acquired US sportfish yacht builder Bertram Yachts from the Ferretti Group. Argo Finanziaria, a holding of the Gavio Group, had signed a preliminary agreement in a letter of intent with Ferretti to takeover Bertram, with the acquisition expected to be finalised by 31 March 2015. The Gavio Group, owners of Italian superyacht builder Baglietto, sees the acquisition as a chance to enhance the Group’s brand portfolio in terms of the types of yachts it can offer and its reach into the US market.”
If I have not already mentioned, I can say now, that it’s not a favorite of mine. I think that it is still an expensive toy, a much too luxurious vessel to use for speed fishing. As you maybe all know, you can catch a big fish running with a smaller boat as well, as in the picture below:
To be more precise (and this is just one example, maybe not the cheapest either), here are the specifications of the above boat, a Century 2301, which offers a number of fishy features standard. A multi-function helm can accommodate large flush-mounted electronics and hides an enclosed head with plenty of storage. A wide rear bench seat with backrest opens up to reveal a calming blue 30-gallon baitwell, and port and starboard fish boxes drain overboard. Choice options include Yamaha Command Link Plus, underwater LED lighting, an array of Raymarine electronics packages, and a fiberglass hard top.
|LOA: 23’||Fuel: 140 gal.|
|Draft: 16”||Weight: 4150 lb.|
|Beam: 8’6”||Max. hp: 300|
No doubt, there is a difference between fishing in the “Century”, and fishing with a Bertram 60.
The company (Bertram Yachts, of course) was initially found by the legendary Richard Howard “Dick” Bertram. He was born on February 4th, 1916, in New Jersey, and died at the age of 84, in 2000. They were acquired in 1998 by Ferretti Group, which has been taken at the stock exchange by a bigger bidder, the Chinese multinational heavy machinery and automotive manufacturing company Weichai Group.
The new owner, The Gavio Group is the leading Toll Motorway Operator in North-Western Italy with 1,400 Kilometers of network under concession, located on one of the areas with the highest income per capita in Europe. All toll roads managed by the Gavio Group stretch along major European infrastructure corridors and strategic routes identified by the EU to boost mobility of people and freight.
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