Bertram 410

Truer and Bluer. Raise your game.

If you had a dollar for every billfish that's been hauled over a Bertram's transom, you'd probably have enough cash to buy the new 410. This boat is the next step in the evolution of a look the 50-year-old company has been cultivating for a while. Its sheerline suggests it has some Italian stallion in its breeding, which, as Bertram cognoscenti know, it does. Ferretti/Zuccon International has been influencing the design above the waterline since its 1999 buyout. But below the waterline, as well as inside the cockpit, it's still a traditional Bertram, which means it's all about fishing.

Construction includes a heavy layup of multi-directional and woven fibers below the waterline, plus a fiberglass/foam grid stringer system. Much of the boat above the waterline is vacuum-bagged, which cuts weight while improving strength. The gel is Armorcoat, with a hydrex vinylester barrier coat to help prevent blistering. The nonslip has a good tooth, sticky on bare feet as well as Top-Siders, yet it looks smooth and clean.

Bertram has moved toward extending the flying bridges forward on many of its boats, which creates a gathering spot for passengers. On the 410, however, putting all that space in front of the console made passage behind the captain's chairs too tight. There's a small passage on the starboard side, but that's constricted because the console projects over the stairs.

Inside the cabin there's sinful luxury: yacht-grade finishes on all-wood furniture, real leather upholstery trim, teak and holly flooring, and molded stone countertops. In the bow peak is the master, which shares a head with the starboard stateroom. Twin doors will make your guests feel at home. Want peace and quiet in your berth? The AC system is positioned aft of the engines, which in turn are behind the fuel tank compartment, so you can scarcely hear the generator running.

For a 42,000-pound rig, this boat is amazingly light on its feet, spinning at near dizzying speeds within its own length. But top speed isn't great, maxing at 34.5 mph. Interestingly, the twin 600-hp Cummins delivered about the same fuel economy all the way from 2500 rpm through top end, so you can match your speed to sea conditions and not worry about hunting for the most economical sweet spot.