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25’ Bertram Express/Moppie .00

1962 25’ Bertram Express/Moppie .00


Year: 1962

City: San Diego, CA

Stock: 742b40

Condition: fair

Make: Bertram

Propulsion: power

Price: $9,000

Listing: By Owner

Status: Available

Length: 25'

Model: Express/Moppie

Engine hours: -

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25’ Bertram Express/Moppie 10’ beam Deep Vee 1962 Ray Hunt inspired hull.

• 2 -Volvo AQ 120B with 270 outdrives
• Teak Bow Pulpit
• Bow railing
• Tuna Tower with 11 rocket launchers and electronics box built by Tom Rogers Saltwater Specialties
• Teak Swim Step
• Hynautic Hydraulic Steering System
• Bennett Trim Tabs
• Raytheon Radar, Sounder, Radio, GPS plotter (all older)
• Windlass with deck button
• Danforth anchor with chain and 200’ line
• Backup Danforth anchor with chain and line
• Bait Tank
• Bait Bag
• 2- new Todd Captain chairs, pedestals, and adjuster
• 2- axel trailer with surge breaks
• 2- Stainless Steel fuel tanks approximately 55 gallons each
• Fire Boy Automatic Halon Fire Extinguisher System
• 2 – Cannon downriggers with weights

This is a restoration project of a classic boat. Boat has not been in the water in a while. Bertram has an unbelievable big water ride for the size. This is an amazing fishing diving machine with tons of cockpit! Bertram is a classic boat with an unbelievable history. Please serious inquiries only!

This is an excerpt from the history of the Moppie Ray Hunt Design:
“While in Rhode Island on July 16, 1958, Bertram, who was in charge of the foredeck crew on a 12-meter Vim in that year’s America’s Cup contest, noticed a 23′ runabout gently whisking around the 6- to 8-foot seas and 20-knot winds at the start of the Newport trials.
Bertram recounted the event in his book, “The Deep-Vee Story.” “This little 23-footer stopped every sailor in the fleet in his tracks. No one had ever seen a powerboat performance to approach it…I made a mental note to corner Ray after the race and get to the bottom of this amazing exhibition,” he wrote.
Thoroughly intrigued, Bertram sought out the designer of this remarkable little craft—C. Raymond Hunt. An innovative designer who doodled on an envelope the famous Boston Whaler hull (for which he was later credited), Hunt had designed this 23′ Hunter as a tender to the 12-meter Easterner. The 1958 America’s Cup contender also was his design.
Hunt’s high-deadrise, “deep-V” hull bottom (a variation of a 1903 deep-V design attributed to American engineer E.W. Graef) extended the length of the boat rather than flattening it out near midship. It also featured longitudinal “strakes” to help provide lift and throw spray away from the boat, keeping the deck dry. Bertram figured this deep-V hull design just might be the answer to a faster, smoother, more efficient pleasure-boat hull. So he contacted Hunt after the races and commissioned a set of plans for a boat of his own. In 1960, using Hunt’s plans, Bertram built a 30′ wooden deep-V-bottom boat as a utility boat, which he named Moppie, after his wife Pauline, who got the nickname as a child.
In a casual conversation, Bertram told Griffith about his new Moppie, and the latter suggested this might be just what they needed to recapture their winning streak. The pair had lost the 1959 Miami-Nassau race to a 27′ prototype fiberglass boat.
Although powerboat racing already was a popular sport, most races were lake regattas, which were kind to the smaller, flat-bottomed boats in use then. However, these popular boats were too slow and ill-suited to a rough ocean environment.
An offshore race boat gains most of its speed while it is airborne and needs enough power to lift into the air, ideally riding with just the props in the water. In rough water, the boat lands on the aft third portion of the hull. If the bottom of the boat flattens out near the aft portion, the boat comes down off a wave like a pancake.
A shakedown cruise on Moppie convinced both Bertram and Griffith that this hull design, which handled rough seas with ease, was stable in turns and most of all did not pound, could tame the waters in the “World’s Most Rugged Ocean Race.”
Four days of high winds churned the water before the 1960 Miami-Nassau race, creating ideal conditions for these hard-core competitors and their boat, with winds blowing steadily between 15 to 25 knots. The deep-V Moppie performed admirably; after leading the entire way, it crossed the finish line in exactly eight hours. Moppie would have finished even faster had a compass not failed, which forced the crew to stop and take time-consuming sun bearings.”

“These early offshore races played a large role in the development of hull design, strake placement and component-part placement in each Bertram. It was an era without computers, GPS navigation and cell phones, when trial and error, dead reckoning and true grit were the tools of the testing ground. Johnny Bakos won the 1962 Miami-Nassau race in a 25′ Bertram with stern drives—a first in offshore powerboat racing.”

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