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Old 12-28-2015, 06:05 AM   #1
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Bering Steel Expedition Yachts

In 2007, Bering Yachts slipped quietly onto the scene with a 55' steel hull trawler, filling a much overlooked niche for a custom, long range, steel-based trawler in a size sector dominated by production boats. From that first splash, they've been logging miles and building credibility ever since.

Recently, Bering expanded their range to deliver a line of head-turning, go-anywhere displacement hull cruisers with solid CFD engineering, heavy metal construction and a systems integration plan that is direct & accessible.

Today, the Bering Yachts line ranges in size from 50 to 95 feet and is offered in three lines: Expedition, Explorer, and Yachtship. Some models are capable of crossing any ocean with a shorthanded crew of two. Indeed, Bering Yachts prides itself on designing, engineering, and building yachts that can go anywhere and do anything without a large crew or complicated systems.
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Old 12-28-2015, 06:16 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum! Thanks for posting some interesting pictures. Always fun to see new builders ideas and hear about different design concepts.

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I have been following Bering Yachts since the beginning. I love the concept of steel yachts,,, & photo 8 of 9 is my favorite. I'm looking forward to stepping onto one of these yachts one day.
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Great looking boats at a competitive price as best I understand. Being steel there is always the question as to how thoroughly the hull and attachments have been prepped, painted and treated. Per chance you could post the painting schedule and spec applicable to the build process. Where are these vessels built?

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I've been admiring your vessels since I learned of them a few years ago, but still know very little about them. I'm looking forward to learning more about their construction. Love the style.
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Great looking boats at a competitive price as best I understand. Being steel there is always the question as to how thoroughly the hull and attachments have been prepped, painted and treated. Per chance you could post the painting schedule and spec applicable to the build process. Where are these vessels built?

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Here you will find the answer to your question...

Steel Trawler Yacht | Semi-Custom Steel Expedition Yachts | Steel Trawler

(scroll mouse over "Company" then click on "History")
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Great looking boats at a competitive price as best I understand. Being steel there is always the question as to how thoroughly the hull and attachments have been prepped, painted and treated. Per chance you could post the painting schedule and spec applicable to the build process. Where are these vessels built?

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Hi there!

All Bering vessels are built in Zhangjiang, China and Antalya, Turkey.
We currently have three boats under construction: Bering 70, Bering 77 and Bering 80.

Regarding our construction approach, all the interior steel surfaces of the vessel are treated with epoxy primer after thorough surface preparation. Additionally the use of steel allows tremendous flexibility with the placement of interior bulkheads, thereby providing a great deal of customization with the floor plan. We also offer 10 years hull warranty.
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I've been admiring your vessels since I learned of them a few years ago, but still know very little about them. I'm looking forward to learning more about their construction. Love the style.
Thank you very much. You can read more about our construction approach on our website. I've also shared a few photos with boats in construction on my profile, here on the forum.
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Nice boat but it is not the initial hull paint job that counts to a steel boats longevity ,

it is the ease with which the hull can be blasted "water white" after the first decade or two of service..

A vessel of this cost will be in use for decades , perhaps 5 or more internal paint jobs.

The boat is Definiatly worth buying a lottery ticket for!!
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I have been watching these boats. There were one or two on the secondary market last year at a decent price - don't know if they still are.
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Check out Pacific Motor Yachts Watson Line. NZ built steel vessels with an informative website that includes a wonderful tutorial on hull design.

Located near Dashew's Circa build site in Whangarei NZ.
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Based on what I know about Watson boats I wouldn't consider them for a new build. A former Nordhavn 55 owner who is now a current Diesel Duck 462 owner went through hell with his Watson 72 build and if my memory serves me correctly it ended up in a huge lawsuit.

Note: Why someone would try to hijack a thread from a builder by suggesting another builder is just plain wrong in my book. Just Sayin'
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Boards are to share information , good and bad., or they have no use like a magazine .
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Based on what I know about Watson boats I wouldn't consider them for a new build. A former Nordhavn 55 owner who is now a current Diesel Duck 462 owner went through hell with his Watson 72 build and if my memory serves me correctly it ended up in a huge lawsuit. '
Wasn't this the case where progress payments and exchange rates became litigious?
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Boards are to share information , good and bad., or they have no use like a magazine .
No one is saying not to post it on the board. Diesel Duck is simply saying not to hijack threads regarding one boat brand for another. If Watson doesn't have a forum section or thread, I'd suggest they start one. This is in the builder's forums section and I think that section is designed to create separate sections for each builder.
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If Watson doesn't have a forum section or thread, I'd suggest they start one. .
PIcky picky. Bering does not have a builders forum section. Even if they did a quick look at the builders forum section shows all sorts of thread hijacking and boat bashing as so apparently bothers some. My comments regarding Bering were quite positive and will remain so.

Watson suffered as the NZ dollar rose against the US dollar a few years ago. The exchange rate has now turned and it will be interesting to see if they can get some traction from that. But, they do build to a high set of ISO standards. Bering's smaller vessels seem better thought out than some unmentioned 50 footer steel vessels I've been on.
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there is a 55 on yachtworld that has been for sale for a long time.The pictures are nice,the price is very good,yet it hasn't sold.Any opinions why?The only thing I noticed was that the stack is right in the middle of the flybridge seating.Not a very good design in my opinion,also doesn't lend itself to a bimini,which kind of make s the flybridge useless in the warmer climates.
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there is a 55 on yachtworld that has been for sale for a long time.The pictures are nice,the price is very good,yet it hasn't sold.Any opinions why?The only thing I noticed was that the stack is right in the middle of the flybridge seating.Not a very good design in my opinion,also doesn't lend itself to a bimini,which kind of make s the flybridge useless in the warmer climates.
I agree with the difficulty of cover on the bridge, although it is possible, just not as easy as you'd like.

However, I think the reason it hasn't sold is the lack of marketing and lack of market penetration by the builder combined with it being located in Maine. Most people in the US have never seen a Bering, much less been on one. They know nothing about the boat or company which makes selling a used one the same as selling a one off. As to the location, not exactly the hot bed of boat sales, not where people flock to look at and buy boats.

Bering is one of many companies to build a very few boats (I believe they've delivered 5 worldwide) but not take the big step to build a preference. If I owned the company and wanted to sell in the US, then I'd set up a Fort Lauderdale and a Seattle office and build two boats for each location. I'd do the same in strategic locations elsewhere in the world. Which comes first, the boat or the order? In a new, relatively unknown brand, it's the boat. People are not going to buy simply based on what they can see on paper or the web.

What you're doing on the new market absolutely impacts any used boats of your brand.
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