50' Sportfisher

50' Sportfisher (1989 Bertram 50 Convertible) - Fishing in Mexico before her refresh.
50' Sportfisher

Owner-driven yacht interior design refit requirements run the gamut from the exquisite elegance of a superyacht to the functional everyday comfort of a classic sportfishing boat.  The driving force for the new owner of this time tested platform was to refresh his “new” boat so his family would enjoy spending time aboard while he and others pursued their passion of fishing.

In addition to family-driven requirements, the owner placed strict limits on the interior refit budget due to a number of upgrades and repairs required to the vessel’s mechanical and electrical systems.  The resulting design, materials specification, selection, fabrication and installation were driven from a limited budget while at the same time needing to ensure that the family would enjoy being onboard.  At times these were somewhat opposing forces, especially with an older vessel such as this one.

Many, but not all, interior surfaces were upgraded.  This included new carpet in the salon, dinette, lower deck hallway and all three staterooms; synthetic teak floor in the galley and two ensuite heads; new counter tops in the salon, dinette, galley and heads; new sinks and faucets in the galley and heads; a new surface mounted electric stovetop vs. the old under counter stovetop in the galley; new upholstery for the salon couch and dinette settee; new valance in the salon and window treatments in the staterooms; new custom bedding and associated soft goods for the master stateroom; and lighting upgrades for all staterooms.  Due to budget constraints headliners and wall coverings were not upgraded.  As a result, a significant portion of the vessel’s living and accommodation space was upgraded even though the project had significant budgetary constraints.

As you will see from the following portfolio presentation, a significant interior improvement was achieved as a result of our refresh initiative.  This project provides clear evidence that even when budget is of primary consideration, an owner’s objectives can be achieved through effective collaboration based upon a solid scope and set of requirements established at the outset of a refit project.