ertram Yachts was launched in 1960 in Miami with a 31, not unlike the 1969 model I enjoyed spending time aboard thanks to her owner, Jon Burkard, vice president of the Allied Richard Bertram Marine Group. While this boat sold new for about $22,000, like so many 31s it has been lovingly restored and is worth many times that amount today. While others had fiddled with high-deadrise designs, Hunt perfected the form. The 31's incredible ability in heavy seas changed the float plans of a generation of yachtsmen. Bertram salesmen would routinely demonstrate her by running in big seas-at times, with no hands on the wheel. Aboard a 31, fishing days that were marginal in terms of weather were comfortable, and days that were out of the question were doable.