Numbers are paramount with the Bertram 31. More than 1,800 hulls of the five different models were built during its 25-year run. Regular production ended in 1983, but 23 Silver Anniversary models were built in 1986. The vessel’s deep-V hull form with 24 degrees of transom deadrise helped define the ride that would make Bertram Yachts a household name.
Notable features: Each version of the 31 had a 110-square-foot cockpit except the Bahia Mar, which had 147 square feet.
Belowdecks: The models differ slightly in layout; however, each has double bunks in the forward cabin. Availability: At press time, more than 30 Bertram 31s were available, ranging from $25,000 to $208,791.
“After Moppie won the 1960 Miami-Nassau race, setting a new record … the future of the deep-V was secured. Richard Bertram is said to have commented that so many yachtsmen were waving their checkbooks at him that he had no choice but to build boats.” — Yachting, 2005