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1978 38' Bertram 38 III Convertible

$73,900 USD

  • $73,900 USD
  • Fritz Grell
  • Active
  • Used
  • Multi Species Fish Boats
  • 1978
  • 38' Bertram
  • 38 III Convertible
  • Jupiter, Florida, US
  • Power
  • 38ft / 11.58 m
  • 13ft 3in / 4.04 m
  • Caterpillar
  • 3126
  • Inboard
  • Diesel
  • Fiberglass
  • 2015-03-16
  • 2016-09-21
  • 1821598

A repowered Bertram 38 is a rare find at a reasonable price.  Expectations cruises at 23 knots burning only 26 gallons per hour with her 3126 Caterpillar diesel engines.  This Bertram is ready to fish or cruise, cosmetically and mechanically well maintained.


EXPECTATIONS has been under the same ownership for 21 years.  Many improvements have been made over the years including upgrading the power to Caterpillar 3126 diesels which provide a cruising speed of 23 knots while burning a combined 26 gallons per hour.  This Bertram is in above average condition and ready to fish or cruise.

Vessel Walkthrough

The master stateroom is forward with V-berth, private vanity and sink.  The guest cabin is to port with two large over/under bunks.  To starboard is the enclosed head with stall shower.  Up three steps is the salon with L shaped sofa and chair to port.  A full length galley is to starboard.   The interior has been refubished and cushions recovered.


  • L shaped sofa with storage under
  • Swivel barrel chair
  • Coffee table
  • Overhead rod storage
  • Valances and window blinds
  • Tinted windows
  • Insulated interior windshield panels


  • Galley up to starboard
  • Drawer and cabinet storage
  • Full length galley provides generous counter space
  • Single stainless steel sink
  • Recessed Kenyon two burner stove
  • GE microwave oven with convection and grill
  • Sub Zero under counter refrigerator with top freezer section
  • Sub Zero under counter refrigerator with bottom freezer section and ice maker

Master Stateroom

  • V-berth forward
  • Overhead rod storage
  • Overhead opening hatch with screen
  • Two opening ports with screens
  • Eight drawers, two hanging lockers
  • En suite vanity with sink

Guest Stateroom

  • Large over/under bunks
  • Seat
  • Three drawers, hanging locker
  • Opening port with screen and curtain
  • Sliding privacy door

Head Compartment

  • Stall shower
  • Opening port
  • Electric head
  • Vanity and sink


  • Aft bulkhead replaced and reconfigured with outward opening cabin door
  • Fighting chair with four rod rocket launcher and seat cushion
  • Cockpit bolsters
  • Fresh and salt water wash downs
  • Half tower with aluminum railings and ladder
  • Double spreader outriggers with collapsible back bars
  • Center rigger
  • Eight flush mounted rod holders
  • Six rod rocket launcher on fly bridge rail
  • Tackle center with eight drawers, sink and cutting board
  • Deep cockpit freezer
  • Spare props mounted in lazerette
  • Fiberglass step box
  • Fiberglass bow pulpit with anchor roller
  • Ideal Windlass
  • Danforth type anchor, chain and rode
  • Aluminum bow rail
  • Windshield cover
  • Spreader lights

Helm and Electronics

  • Custom fiberglass helm
  • Helm cover
  • Icom IC-M502 VHF radio
  • Standard Horizon Quest VHF radio
  • Furuno NAVnet VX2 chart plotter, color depth and radar
  • 72 mile open array radar
  • Simrad AP25 autopilot
  • Engine instrumentation
  • Aluminum half tower
  • Three sided enclosure with U-zip windows in very good condition
  • Dual trumpet FIAMM air horn
  • Hydraulic steering
  • Boat Leveler trim tabs
  • Forward bridge seating with cushions and bolsters
  • Pompanette helm and companion chairs with seat cushions


  • Westerbeke generator with 527 hours
  • Dedicated generator start battery
  • Generator Racor fuel filter
  • Two 30 amp shore power lines with power cables
  • True Charge 40 amp battery charger
  • Two 8D batteries
  • Whirlpool 19 gallon electric water heater
  • Electrical distribution panel withn sub panel on fly bridge

Engine Details

  • Caterpillar 3126 marine diesels with ZF transmissions, year 2000
  • Port engine rebuilt 2005; Owner estimates *500 hours since rebuild and about *2,000 hours on starboard engine
  • Racor engine fuel filters
  • Recent risers, rebuilt port turbo
  • Fireboy engine room Halon system
  • Fiberglass fuel tank, aluminum water tank
  • Groco engine sea water strainers

Mechanical Disclaimer

 * Engine hours are as of the date of the original listing and are a representation of what the listing broker is told by the owner and/or actual reading of the engine hour meters.  The broker cannot guarantee the true hours.  It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or his agent to verify engine hours, warranties implied or otherwise and major overhauls as well as all other representations noted on the listing brochure.


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.




For Sale By United Yacht Sales

110 SW Atlanta Avenue
Stuart, Florida, 34994