The 31 Bertram Build

CHRISTINA LYNN

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I thought you guys would like to see this build of my 31 Bertram in progress. Last Week my good friend Chuck and I bought this cult classic 31 Bertram. On Thursday we pulled it out of the water to start the build of our Island Dream boat. This boat will be built the way we want, on a great hull. Some will cry, some will laugh and some will say WTF for taking a saw to such an awesome boat.
FYI, I’m not going into this build haphazardly. This will not be the first boat I have built. It will be my biggest build only due to the size of the boat. I have done my research; I fully understand the cost and time it will take to build this boat in a professional manner with only the best building materials. I have a planned completion date of March 2012. If I don’t meet that date no big deal but that’s my goal. I currently own a boat that I love (26 Blackman Outerbanks). I have out grown it. Running to the island twice a week and since finishing my captains last year I will be running more and more charters. What I am building is my style of boat on steroids, basically my Blackman in a 31x11.6 model.
ON THAT NOTE, Please refrain from the B.S. comments. If you have some good advice, a hook up on material or a good idea that might work better than the way I’m doing it I would love to hear it. But if you plan on talking shit please don’t.
The build will be slow. I will work on the boat a few times a week and I will post pictures after each day. Hope you enjoy the build and come fish on her someday. Thanks Joe
Before
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Starting of the cutting(James working Hard)
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CHRISTINA LYNN

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The site will only let me post a few pictures at a time. Maybe it's on my end Ill try posting more pic's my laptop when I get home Thursday.

Day 1 Demo
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End of day 1
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ConSeaMate

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Pilot house on the Bert?......
 
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CHRISTINA LYNN

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Day 2, The first half for the day was spent mostly cleaning up fro the day before. After lunch more demo removal of cleats, wiring, hose's ETC... after we were more organized I started the removal of the unneeded bulkheads. this is a Slow process to do it clean and neat.
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End of day 2, Theres alot more work to be done before I can start taking whats spinning around in my brain and put it to form. I'm almost at the point where I'll have a clean platform to start with. I think two more days of work till I can start laying out the boat.
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Thanks Dave and James for the help.
TO BE CON'T
 
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CHRISTINA LYNN

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Yep, 31 Bertram pilothouse, Thanks Jeff, Looks like you have something in the work's your self in the background. And Thanks for the Kind words. Joe
 
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ConSeaMate

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Yep, 31 Bertram pilothouse, Thanks Jeff, Looks like you have something in the work's your self in the background. And Thanks for the Kind words. Joe

I have a Silverton that I want to do a Pilot house on......I'll be following this thread.....Good Luck!....
 
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HMF23

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That will be one awesome project, got to love having all them four days to work on it. Keep the picks coming.
 
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Garrison

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Can't wait to see what you pull off. Good luck with the project can't think of a better set up in a boat that size. Any more details, power layout etc?
 
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Looks like a fun project!

The first thing I would do is to build a deck around it on three sides with a nice railing and set of stairs! Leave room on the deck for storage, saws and walking. Going up and down a ladder will kill you over time.

Keep the pictures coming.
 
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ConSeaMate

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Looks like a fun project!

The first thing I would do is to build a deck around it on three sides with a nice railing and set of stairs! Leave room on the deck for storage, saws and walking. Going up and down a ladder will kill you over time.

Keep the pictures coming.

Send him a pic Dennis!.......
 
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Ali

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Great idea for a project. That hull bottom is one of the best. That flybridge sucks IMO.

Great candidate.

Hard to watch you chop up a classic, but I'm sure it will be sick when you are done.

What are you thinking for power? Single or twin?

Have fun.
 
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JBG

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Great idea for a project. That hull bottom is one of the best. That flybridge sucks IMO.

Great candidate.

Hard to watch you chop up a classic, but I'm sure it will be sick when you are done.

What are you thinking for power? Single or twin?

Have fun.

The boat already has twin Cummins 504s in it that run great. Awesome boat.
 
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Black-is-Back

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Joe that is a hell of a project you got going and I can’t wait to see what you turn her into. Keep the reports coming and good luck!
 
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Phat Matt

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One of my favorite hulls...all time classic. Can't wait see her. Keep the pics coming man!

Matty
 
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