US boatbuilder Bertram Yachts has acquired a waterfront facility on Florida’s Gulf Coast where it can build new Bertram models and fulfil customers’ service and refit needs throughout the lifecycle of their vessels.
The new Bertram world headquarters is an existing 120,000sq ft shipyard and marine service facility immediately south of the Gandy Bridge on Tampa Bay.
“This plant, which already has been operating as a full-service marine facility for decades, is perfect for Bertram in so many ways,” says Peter Truslow, Bertram CEO. “It will allow us to create a complete Bertram manufacturing and service centre in one of America’s most popular year-round boating destinations.
“The facility has a great layout, with 40ft-high buildings and high-tech fibreglass construction equipment already in place that we can utilise to build our new Bertram 35’ and larger models. In fact, production of Bertram 35’ Hull No 3 already is under way in Tampa, and the first Bertram 60 will start construction here later this year.”
By investing in the Tampa facility, Italian industrial corporation Gavio Group delivered on a strategic vision it has held for the builder since acquiring the Bertram brand from Ferretti SpA in 2015.
“From the beginning, my idea was to start in Maine and then move Bertram to Florida," says Beniamino Gavio, who leads the group’s Baglietto, Bertram and Cantieri Cerri yacht brands. "My first choice was Florida. We believe that Bertram belongs to this country.
"The Bertram team is an American team, and they know the market very well. Bertram started in Miami, and we want to keep Bertram in Florida in order to preserve the connection with its history.”
Bertram’s new headquarters are located directly on Tampa Bay, with a depth of 14ft at the dock, allowing the builder to sea-trial and deliver new Bertrams to customers 365 days a year. Its service centre is capable of hauling, servicing, painting, repowering, and refitting a wide variety of vessels from small sportfishing boats to superyachts.
“We have two travelifts, including one that is capable of hauling yachts up to 120ft in length. The service operation already has jobs booked for boats from 35ft-100ft,” Peter Truslow adds. “This area also has a world-class marine infrastructure. So many of our key suppliers are nearby, including Michael Peters, designer of the new Bertram 35’ and 60’. There are many talented boatbuilders and service technicians on the Gulf Coast as well.”
Florida Governor Rick Scott says that Bertram’s US$35m capital investment in the local community will lead to the creation of around 140 new jobs.