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Posted on Oct 28, 2011 in Boat Show Coverage
Today's Big Launches
by Dean Travis Clarke


As Capt. Peter B. Wright said to me this morning, the Lauderdale show is misnamed… it should be the Fort Lauderdale Ship Show. I have never seen more mega-yachts in any single place at one time!

Those of us more interested in fishing vessels will appreciate several new hulls introduced just today.

Cabo invited the press to run its new 36 Express with ZF pods and 461-hp Caterpillar C7 ACERT diesel propulsion. Some interesting notes prior to you reading our upcoming full-fledged sea trial: It comes with everything you’d expect aboard any Cabo, meaning flawless wiring and plumbing runs, hatches that never slam and overall engineering perfection.

It runs with an exceptionally clean wake and is very quiet thanks to the pods and underwater exhaust. In addition, dynamic positioning allows you to fish bottom structure without anchoring at the press of a button. It also allows you to kite fish without drifting and without worrying about keeping a particular heading. The boat will handle all of that automatically.

Hull much better than the older 35. Michael Peters penned the newer hull with a resulting in a smoother, faster, dryer and more efficient ride. Oh, and a cleaner trolling wake, too! Speaking of trolling, another advantage of these drives is that you can drop down to one to two knots for perfect live-bait trolling speed.

This boat may well serve two masters: the entry level buyer who wants to start out affordably but with top quality, and the old salt who wants a topnotch fishing boat that can be easily handled solo.

Cabo Yachts

New Bern, North Carolina

LOA: 38 ft. 6 in.

BEAM: 14 ft. 2 in.

DRAFT:  3 ft. 1 in.

DEADRISE: 17.5 deg.

WEIGHT: 25,750 lb.

FUEL: 400 gal.

WATER: 100 gal



Based on the older Bertram 63 hull, this lovely addition to the Bertram Empire hearkens back to the more traditional, American styling that helped make Bertram famous. You won’t find near as much Euro-flavor here. But not everything has gone retro. Bertram includes loads of innovations in its new hull. Twin Seakeeper gyros stabilizers make slow speeds and drifting feel like you’re standing on shore! For the other end of the speed spectrum, standard power consists of a pair of 1,700-hp Caterpillar C-32 ACERTs while the upper horsepower lists as twin 1,925-hp Cats.

From the profile changes that make the entire boat look sleeker, to a four-cabin/three head layout to touches like huge mirrored bulkheads in the master stateroom that suddenly turn into a giant TV screen, the Bertram 64 will surely appeal to traditionalists as well as those modernistas among us. Look for a full sea trial in early 2012.


Bertram Yachts

Miami, Florida


LOA:  67 ft. 8 in.

BEAM: 18 ft. 4 in.

DRAFT:  5 ft. 3 in.

WEIGHT:  94,711 lb.

FUEL:  1,850 gal.

WATER:  360 gal.



Paul and Daniel Spencer again take the lead in custom yachts using the latest propulsion. Their newest 57 with three staterooms and two heads sports Volvo Penta pods that push this cold-molded beauty to a top speed of 41.7 knots burning 87 gph. But get this… at 1,900 rpm, you can cruise this offshore fishing machine at 30.4 knots burning a relatively scant 52 gph!


Spencer Yachts

Wanchese, North Carolina



LOA: 57 ft.

BEAM: 16 ft. 10 in.

DRAFT: 4 ft. 5 in.

WEIGHT: 58,000 lb.

FUEL: 1,450 gal.

WATER:  250 gal.