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1985 Bertram Open Express, Cummins repower

$129,000 USD

  • $129,000 USD
  • Joe Majcherek
  • Active
  • Used
  • Multi Species Fish Boats
  • 1985
  • Bertram
  • Open Express, Cummins repower
  • Stuart, Florida, US
  • Power
  • 38ft / 11.58 m
  • 13ft 3in / 4.04 m
  • Cummins
  • C-series
  • Inboard
  • Diesel
  • Fiberglass
  • 28650
  • 2015-08-19
  • 2016-09-24
  • 1892394

The Bertram 38 Special is great design that works well for Florida offshore fisherman and this one has been upgraded throughout to include a set of Cummins 450hp C-series diesels (2007 approx. 1250 hours) and a newer Northern Lights generator in the engine room.  The tuna tower & the aluminum bow rail are newer (after the repower).  Check out some newly added photos by clicking the "full specs" button.

Seller might be willing to consider a less expensive, quality brand, center-console as a partial trade or would trade up to a 45' - 53' Flybridge Convertible. 

Manufacturer Provided Description

The Bertram 38 Special is designed for the serious sportsman. Comfortable accommodations for four include a wide V-berth, a cedar-lined closet, and a head with a stall shower. There's a posh convertible dinette and an L-shaped galley with a microwave. But the real attraction is topside. The bridgedeck provides room for anything from daytime to moonlight entertaining. Options include a cleverly positioned electronics pod (using only a portion of the chart flat) and an L-shaped lounge which houses an insulated icebox as well as more storage, a teak deck sole, and a tower. The cockpit is of tournament quality.

New in 2015:  Fresh water Head and TV in cabin.

Electronics & Helm Deck

Furuno NavNet GPS/Chartpotter/Radar

Furuno FCV1100 recording depth sounder

Furuno RD30 digital depth & data

Garmin GPS/Chartplotter

Simrad/Robertson Autopilot

ICOM Vhf radio & remote mounted speaker

Tower Electronics:  Furuno RD30 digital depth/data display & ICOM Vhf radio

Danforth magnetic compass

Pompanette helmseat & companion chair with cushions

Teak trimmed L-shaped settee behind companion seat

3-sided bridge deck eisenglass enclosure with opening U-zip panels on the sides (new 2015)

Teak bridge deck sole

Behind helmseat to starboard is SSI 320qt cooler which can provide additional seating


Fiberglass cockpit deck

Tackle Center with Livewell, Cutting Board/Rigging Station, Cockpit Sink, & Tackle drawers.

Stainless lined Bait Freezer

International Varnished Teak & Fiberglass Fighting Chair with rocket launcher backrest

Full Cockpit coaming pads

Transom Door & Gate

Electric Reel plugs

Teak boarding step pads & Teak top step box

12 gold rod holders on aft tower legs and overhead

7 flush rod holders in coverboard

storage cabinets beneath gunwale sides & low-voltage blue strip lighting

Saltwater washdown spigot & hose

Deck Equipment & Hull

Aluminum bow rail with fiberglass pulpit, teak inset

2015 Fortress anchor with chain lead and nylon rode, mounted in stainless chute with roller 

Full Tower/hardtop (newer) with upper control station, seat/backrest, & laced-canvas buggy top

Rupp Outriggers, double spreader with collapsible back bars & lowered rigger supports

Rupp center rigger

Cockpit spreader lights, 110v flood

New LED lights under hardtop and under cockpit gunnel (blue)

Underwater lights on transom

Remote control spotlight

Aluminum framed windshield with windshield wipers and opening center window

Foredeck hatch

Classic Bertram Deep-V hull design (17 degree) with black bottom paint & boot stripe, attractive gold trimmed black stripe on deckhouse sides.  Fresh anti-fouling July 2016.

Trim tabs

Electrical & Mechanical

Northern Lights generator forward in engine room

Engines are 2007 Cummins C-series 450hp six-cylinder diesels which had 2015 valve adjustment and got new 5 nozzle injectors (approximately 1200 hours since new)

30-amp shorepower cord (inlet plugs on two sides)

Bonding system (renewed 2015)

Batteries with Automatic charger & rotary shut-off switches

Main electrical panel in cabin

Engine room fire suppression system

Morse engine controls & Glendinning Syncronizer

Racor primary fuel filters

New stainless rudder bearings & rebuilt rudder tables



Broker Comments

Here is a great chance for the purchase of a timeless classic Bertram design that has updated mechanicals including economical/dependable Cummins diesels.  This boat get regular use and is ready to start new fishing adventures today.  Trading with an owner of a sportfishing convertible (up to 50') with similar condition and pricing may be a consideration.


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.  This Vessel is in use by the present owner and as such there are items in the photos and aboard that will not convey with the sale.  Specifically excluded are all fishing tackle, rods/reels, gaffs, gimbal belts/buckets.  Also excluded, all personal belongings to include any handheld electronics, diving gear, charts, weather gear, etc.

For Sale By Gilman Yachts of Fort Lauderdale

Marine Executive Center 1510 S.E. 17th Street, Suite 300
Ft Lauderdale, Florida, 33316