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SailFishCostaRica 04-29-2017 08:47 PM

Copying a 31 Bertram in Quepos Costa Rica
Well it's been about a year since we've done something crazy, so I figured I'm not getting any younger and better get started! I love our Gamefisherman, and almost did a cold molded wood boat, but every tournament i see it's the wood boats, the foam boats, and then a dang 31 foot Bertram up there in the top. I have to see if there is something to this, so if the hull is smooth and raises fish while they are heavy, how much better would they do if we could build one that weighed half! So, I called in a favor and have one month to do what i want with this boat. My friend is headed to Brazil and says I can do as I please, as long as his boat is ready to fish by June first. Sounds like a challenge to me! Here's the boat:


So in typical fashion, as soon as we started to put it on the trailer, we got a torrential rain :)


But we stuck with it, got soaked and here she is on the trailer!


Earlier today this happened:


That is 60 sheets of 1 inch and .75 inch divinycell. This is going to be fun!

The first goal is to clean this boat up, take all the running gear off, and then we are going to wax it about 6 times, 4 coats of PVA and we want to make a mold of it. Once the mold is done, we have to clean it up, put it together, paint the bottom and the antislip on the floor and give it back to my friend who is in Brazil until the 1st of June.

After i give the boat back we start seeing how we can make one of these things. i don't want to loose the classic lines, I have always felt like this was the 69 camaro of boats. You just can't change it or it looses the magic. So it has to LOOK the same, but I want to make it lighter, faster, and stronger. We are going to do the hull in all 1708 glass, nice vinylester resin, thick bottom, thin sides. All the top side will be built with the diviniyCell coring. Twin cummins 210hp 6BTs for longevity and gas mileage. Lightweight ZF 65A trannys. I'm thinking of building two fuel tanks (One big tank with a division). front part of the tank will be 80 gallons which we always leave full for day trips, and then the back part we will have 220 gallons so if we want to make a run to the FADS we can fill the whole thing up. We are going for AC, a generator, bed up front, couch on the inside. It'll be fun.

Here's the goal:

Here's another cool one, I'll probably stick with the colors above, but this one really caught my eye! I'm not going to do the wood though.


Cool, well that's what I have for today. Monday and Tuesday are Costa Rican holidays, so we are going to hit it on Wednesday and see if we can get this thing ready to copy!

bigfishtx 04-30-2017 08:19 AM

Subscribed. I had one for a while, they are great boats. I had plans to extend the bridge deck toward to stern a couple of feet to get more room on the bridge, you may come up with a similar plan.

WildCard07 05-01-2017 10:58 PM

This should be interesting. Really enjoyed following your last build. Good luck with this one.

Down_South_Stingray 05-02-2017 01:41 PM

Love me a clean Bertram. As a car guy I couldn't agree more when you say the '69 Camaro of the water. Good luck with the Build!

fishinguy 05-02-2017 03:09 PM

wow this is going to be an interesting build. Subscribed.

Empty Pockets CC 05-02-2017 09:38 PM

I'm in.

dlbpjb 05-03-2017 08:43 AM

Yes, it will be fun!

Bearkat 05-03-2017 10:29 AM

Awesome! I really enjoyed following your last build as well. This will be fun to watch.

SailFishCostaRica 05-03-2017 12:53 PM

Just about have everything off we need to get off. I had to take the tower off to move it into a building, so that was alot of work. And we got all the running gear, thru hulls and vents taken off. We'll spend the rest of the day today washing it and then we'll see if our warehouse is ready.


SailFishCostaRica 05-03-2017 12:55 PM


Originally Posted by bigfishtx (Post 20698410)
Subscribed. I had one for a while, they are great boats. I had plans to extend the bridge deck toward to stern a couple of feet to get more room on the bridge, you may come up with a similar plan.

Interesting, i don't think a foot would kill the looks. That is something to consider. Don't want to ruin the classic look though, I might do it and cut it off if I don't like it :) Something to think about...

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