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Old 03-17-2019, 07:31 AM
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So I'm thinking of a larger sport fish to replace my 38' but due to limited dock space a 50' is out. Anyone have experience with the last few model years of the 43' & 46' ?
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Old 05-03-2019, 04:42 AM
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So I'm thinking of a larger sport fish to replace my 38' but due to limited dock space a 50' is out. Anyone have experience with the last few model years of the 43' & 46' ?

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Old 05-03-2019, 05:07 AM
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Friend of my dad had a 46.6. It was a battleship, but to my surprise, it was wet. If I remember correctly, it was one of very few built with 12V92's. In its day, it was a fast boat. Personally, I'd go the extra 3' for the simple reason that access to mechanical's is likely better across the board. A big plus with the 43 however is that I think it has the galley in the salon. The 46.6 I spent time on had the galley down, which I personally don't like because it removes you from the main space. I was a kid at the time, so don't remember anything about speed, fuel burn, etc., but I do know it would walk away from a lot of boats when running at cruise. Still one of my favorite boats of all time.
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Old 05-03-2019, 05:54 PM
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The 43 is a great boat with a great layout. It has the galley up option as you stated and is a very practical entertainment boat as well as a solid offshore fishing machine.

This is one has single forward berthed with entry to head through forward cabin and also through companionway. The galley table drops down to create another bunk and there is a pullout sofa in salon. She is solid as a rock and the motors were majority idle cruising Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket sounds. This boat was hardly fished and is in great condition.
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Old 05-03-2019, 06:47 PM
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Originally Posted by SplashFL View Post
So I'm thinking of a larger sport fish to replace my 38' but due to limited dock space a 50' is out. Anyone have experience with the last few model years of the 43' & 46' ?
The 90's model 46' Bertram's had some quality control issues but we're much faster than the older ones & had a bit narrower beam. They were built with the newer DDEC 8V92's & 10cyl. MANS. & had engine room access through the cockpit which was lacking on the older 46's. The 43' was a nice boat as well, but had 6V92's which had decent speed & again the later models had engine access through the cockpit instead of a salon hatch. There weren't any built to my knowledge with 12V92's the engine room is not big enough for those motors. The 50' & the 54's were built with the 12V92's.
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Old 05-03-2019, 06:56 PM
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Never fished a 43 but have spent some time on a 46. The head sea ride is good. You can defiantly tell you have some weight under you. Only downside was the snap roll in a beam sea while not running is tough. The boat in question was repowered with 700hp engines and was a solid 23-25kt cruise boat. The boat has room for extra fuel tanks to be added, I think this one had 700gallons. The galley down makes for a really nice sized salon. There is also room on the 46 for a indeck fish box and several have been converted with mezzanine seating. The Bridge layout also allows for in dash electronics vs overhead. Doubt you would be unhappy with either one. The market for used sportys is a tight right now.... lots of junk and not a lot of clean repowers. Good luck with your search.
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