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Old 04-09-2020, 07:49 AM
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Default 28 bertram outboard bracket build

A good friend of mine bought a 28 after seeing the success Daytrip01 has had with these boats. My friend is leaving his a flybridge but were converting it to outboards, and doing a flat deck from the salon door back.
I got roped into building the bracket, and somehow I roped Daytrip01 into helping me build the mold as hes already built a few and his design and lamination is proven. Unfortunately for me I'm going to be building this one on the boat. My back isnt thanking me but it isnt "that bad".. As luck would have it it hasn't rained here in 2 months. But the day i build a mold outside that cant get wet, it's got to rain the next day haha.
here's where i am at with it up to this point, progress is determined by my day job and the rain schedule.






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Nice work !
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I believe their is demand for that bracket. Lots of 28 Bertram’s out there that are prime candidates.
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I believe their is demand for that bracket. Lots of 28 Bertram’s out there that are prime candidates.
There sure is! That being said, it's not as easy as bolt a bracket on and hang some motors. The transom still needs to be cored properly, which means cutting into the floor, which means finding issues with the stringers, etc etc. But if you or your checkbook isnt afraid of the work it's a Solid candidate of a hull.
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Curious, what is the advantage of fabricating this bracket vs. having Armstrong, Stainless or Dusky build you one and then bolting it on?
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Glass is absolutely the way to go in terms of rigidity if you have the time and money to do it correctly, tie it into the stringers, etc. Not knocking aluminum brackets, I have had both ( 26 Regulator for example). Have a custom all glass bracket now and it’s bomb proof.
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Aluminum ones are solid too, but they pit out, corrode etc, especially in boats that are left in the water. The rest of the boat is glass, why not the bracket?
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Good project. High volume hull. Can add fuel, gen. Make a good GOM runner to go to the floaters and spend the night.
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We plan on doing some anchoring out in the Bahamas with this boat as he is adding a gen and a/c.
His dream is to take it to the Canaveral bouy for tuna. And he will lol. He makes corner trips all the time in a 23 intrepid so this bertram will be night and day
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Had one. Repowered it with 350 Crusaders, new 220 gallon aluminum tank, custom black lexan one piece side glass, painted like a Blackfin. Got crushed during Ike when the old paint shop fell down on top of it. Fuel tank survived it though.
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That's a bummer.
my friend is aiming to get 300-350 gallons of fuel in the boat.
Personally I would start a build on one but I just finished a 4 year build , and I'm not exactly rearing to jump back into another build
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Keep posting pics. I may get motivated. Lots of abandoned 28s around here.
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I have a few more , but they are pretty much the same as the others I posted. So far I have only the first2 layers of 1.5oz chopped strand Matt down as the "skin coat".
I will keep the thread updated until it's done, dont worry
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Cool project, I was so close to building my own on my current project but ended up finding a used one but I have a feeling I will build one in the future.
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They really aren't too hard to build, especially if you can do it off of the boat. Considering my friend got a quote from Armstrong for north of $8k for a bracket , were going to end up well under that.
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HarvestTime,
You sir are a machine and a craftsman.
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Now that is a good looking mold! Royce is a mad man BUT he needs to advanced course in carpenters square use....it’s not just a straight edge its a computer too.

Part number two waiting to be built. Just put first two skins on the other bertram project tonight.
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How much for the 23 intrepid
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I'll ask my bud
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He wants 30 for it. Has a literally brand new trailer, brand new aluminum top, hard top redone. Complete rewire, jl audios,new garmin, premium Rupp riggers..etc the whole deal, hes a marine tech like me.



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