The 28 Bertram is a great fishing machine. Few realize that the 28 has MORE deadrise (23 degrees), production total (2800) and cabin headroom than the legendary Bertram 31. Seller owned 25’ and 31’ Bertrams before and likes the 28’ the best. According to receipts on the boat, the engines were rebuilt and replaced in 1993 (this must have been up to the bellhousing as the original serial numbers are still there). Engine beds/stringers were replaced in 1999 and both engines and one borg-warner reverse gear were rebuilt in 1999. There was quite a bit of work done on the port engine in 2003. Because the boat has the original serial number plates on the engines, it has antique status for Florida boat registration and the cost is about $7/yr. Boats with a purchase price under $20,000 can be insured by Progressive without a survey, saving thousands for the buyer capable of doing his own evaluation and inspection. The current owner has had the boat for about 10 years along with another boat that got used more and has only done minor maintenance on the boat and engines. Owner can’t guarantee anything. Buyer may survey if he wishes. The boat has a large 85 square feet fishing cockpit aft and a raised observation area with railings above the engines. Forward is the cabin with enclosed head and galley with under-counter refrigerator (may not be working) to port. Across the passageway is a dinette to starboard that can convert to a bed. Further forward is a hanging locker on either side. Next forward is the cabin with two large V berths. All the way forward is the anchor locker. There is an aluminum framed half tower over the helm and a cockpit Bimini top and helm cover. Canvas all fairly new and in good shape. This is a simple boat with swim platform, saltwater washdown, three automatic bilge pumps, hydraulic steering, outriggers, rod holders, a removable fish cleaning station, anchor, lines and fenders. Unlike some low priced 28's on land for many years, this boat starts up quickly, runs fine, does not smoke/burn oil. It is recommended that non-ethanol fuel be used unless boat is used often and little fuel is left in the tank. Batteries and both starters are fairly recent. The fresh water flush system for engines extends life of risers and coolers. The boat gets the mechanical and electrical maintenance it needs. The oil was changed recently. On a recent fishing trip, boat burned 35 gallons of gas running about 40 nautical miles (combination of 20 knot cruise speed, eight knot trolling and intracoastal idling). Cruising fuel consumption is generally in the range of 1-2 nautical miles/gallon. For low speed operation, the boat is fine. For high sped operation the boat should be hauled for a bottom paint job, Trilux applied to the running gear and install new depth finder and maybe new strut bearings and rebuild the carburetors. Exterior gelcoat has been painted and is fair (receipts indicate boat was painted in 2003). Spare parts include: propeller shaft, zincs, two carburetors, fuel pump, two distributers, ignition wires, belts, hoses, and unopened gasket set.
MAY TAKE ANTIQUE/CLASSIC CAR OR SMALLER BOAT IN TRADE.
In the interest of full disclosure, the boat is owned by the Listing Broker. He has another boat he wants to buy and this is why the boat is for sale.