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Available for SaleFollowing Sea56' 1965 Bertram 

The boat has been berthed in Newport Beach, CA for the last Twenty-seven years and refitted by Marshall "Duffy" Duffield meticulously inspected every piece of this yacht using his talented boatbuilding experts of wood, and metal, glass, electrical, mechanical, and canvas. The boat is sound in every category and ready for immediate cruising and fishing. This vessel is a perfect example of the genius of the designer Ray Hunt. There is nothing like being on a Bertram going straight into a sea. The ride is very comfortable and extraordinarily dry. "FOLLOWING SEA" has gone through extensive refit over the last several years. Everything has been upgraded.

This is a one-of-a-kind vessel, built for the discriminating yachtsman.

26 North Yachts is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Denison Yachting. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey direct representation of a particular vessel


LOA: 56' (18 m)
Beam: 14' (5 m)
Hull Material: Fiberglass
Fuel Capacity: 250 gal (947 L)
Fresh Water Capacity: 150 gal (568 L)
Holding Tank: 80 gal (303 L)
Location: California, Newport Beach, United States
Build Year: 1965
Builder: Bertram
Type: Motor Yachts



M/V “FOLLOWING SEA” While walking down the gangway this Bertram 56 will grab your attention similar to

uncovering a gem, finding a lost treasure, and or discovering the perfect yacht. Very few vessels exude pride of

ownership more than this vintage Bertram 56.

During Following Sea refit every wire, hose, hardware, mechanical, generator, electrical, and canvas products have

been replaced with new. The list is long and can be seen on the “specifications sheet”. Most recently replacing the

engines with brand new Twin CAT C7.1 507hp Common Rail and of course a very extensive engine room upgrade.

New stringers, through-hulls, hoses, steering, rudders, pumps, fuel lines and fittings, and a full epoxy fiberglass job

finished in white Awlgrip white paint.

As you approach the boat the gleam of the finished wood trim around the bow sprint and down the length of the

vessel will stop you in admiration. Next noticing the array of different antennas on top of the flybridge hardtop will

ping your curiosity about what lies below. Stepping onboard Following Sea after deck one must picture themselves

at their favorite anchorage lounging under the canopy with their favorite cold beverage in hand. Looking down into

the huge cockpit there are two sun lounges and more than enough space for fishing, diving, or bringing aboard any

of your water toys. Just forward of the aft deck is the flybridge where one can lose their berth in admiration and

passion for this boat owner’s attention to detail. A large L-shaped settee is to starboard with a custom table that

can be lowered and made into a berth. Forward is a stainless steel ladder that allows you access to the top of the

hardtop. The flybridge is enclosed with one-year-old polycarbonate windows and a custom aluminum framed glass

center window. Two Llebroc helm chairs invite you into the instrumentation panel and operation of the vessel. While

viewing this yacht be sure to inspect the electronics electrical installation. I have never seen such perfection.

From the aft deck and down a couple of steps you will enter the salon and galley. The view along with the four

opening windows insured the simplicity of use and ventilation thought out the salon and galley. The list of features

in the specification sheet is endless and must be viewed to truly appreciate it. Next forward and down three steps is

the guest stateroom that features two large double berths, with a custom layered mattress, along with an

abundance of storage, four portlights, and two overhead hatches to ensure ventilation. Next forward is the forward

head and a shower before entering the focsle. Aft of the salon is the master stateroom that features two huge

double berths with custom foam mattresses, four opening portlights, a head, and a shower. Continuing aft and up

three steps is access to the cockpit.

Everything on this vessel is in order and ready for your personal inspection. A specification sheet will be provided,

while viewing, to ensure that no detail is missed. We have also saved several, ease of operating features, that will

surprise the best yachtsman. I look forward to and will take great pride in showing you this outstanding vessel.


  • LED lighting throughout the salon settee.
  • Raised settee.
  • Birds eye maple and teak dining table raises and lowers into a bunk.
  • Navy Ultra leather cushions.
  • Ship’s Library.
  • Curved teak shelving for books and magazines.
  • Vinyl headliner.
  • Fusion MD-750 stereo with four speakers and subwoofer Teak and holly floor.
  • Carpet strips.
  • Custom folding teak chairs varnished.


  • Custom teak cabinetry with Corian countertop.
  • Extra deep drawers with stainless steel rollers guides.
  • Isotherm SS refrigerator drawers.
  • (2) Large SS sink.
  • Galley sink faucet.
  • Microwave drawer.
  • Isotherm Ice maker.
  • Princess (original) electric stove/oven.
  • Warming element above the countertop.
  • Tilt out trash cabinet with a large trash compartment

Forward Stateroom

  • Two port and starboard bunks.
  • Custom layered foam mattress with Ultrasuede cover.
  • Storage drawers/cabinets.
  • Teak paneling.
  • Teak and holly flooring.
  • Lewmar overhead hatches.
  • (2) 12VDC Electric fans.
  • LED overhead dome lights.
  • LED reading lights.
  • Vinyl headliner.

Forward Head

  • Tecma electric head.
  • Stainless sink.
  • Lewmar overhead hatch Solid teak door.
  • Shower in the head.
  • Fiberglass shower pan with 12VDC sump pump.
  • Teak and holly sole.
  • Teak paneling.
  • Vinyl headliner.

Forward Focsle

  • Two bunks.
  • Custom layered foam mattresses with Ultrasuede covers.
  • Teak paneling.
  • Mirrored forward bulkhead.
  • Teak doors to chain locker access.
  • Spruce varnished slats on hull sides.
  • Lewmar overhead hatches.
  • (2) 120V AC outlet.
  • LED reading lights.
  • LED overhead dome light.
  • Vinyl headling.

Master Stateroom

Master Head

  • Tecma electric head.
  • Countertop with built-in sink & faucet.
  • Sliding Lexan window.
  • One stainless port light.
  • Full height mirror.
  • 120V AC outlet.
  • LED lighting.


  • The cockpit deck was removed and replaced with a single fiberglass piece with built-in hatches and gutters all
  • plumbed to drain overboard.
  • Fiberglass transom door with oversized SS hinges.
  • Varnished teak cockpit coaming.
  • Vinyl combing cushions.
  • LED lighting.
  • 7 fiberglass hatches with SS latches.
  • Awlgrip non-skid.
  • Port and Starboard storage lockers.
  • Custom fiberglass swim step.
  • Stainless steel folding swim ladder.
  • 3 SS staples in swim step.
  • Hot and cold shower in cockpit.
  • FW/SW washdown spigots with hoses.
  • 2 JL Audio waterproof stereo speakers.
  • Seven flush rod holders around cockpit coaming.
  • Custom stainless railing with built-in rod holders.
  • Custom teak companionway door to the aft stateroom


  • Anchor System.
  • SS #60 Ultra anchor.
  • 350’ High test 5/16” chain.
  • Teak bow plank.
  • Anchor roller.
  • Maxwell Windlass with chain counter (2016).
  • FW Washdown hose.
  • Anchor chain 350 feet.
  • Remote switch at the helm on the flybridge.
  • Spare anchor with rode and chain.
  • Custom chain bridle.
  • 5 Lewmar deck hatches.
  • Molded in fiberglass port and starboard deck storage boxes.
  • Spare anchor line


  • Plywood cold molded deck pre-stressed.
  • No deck beams
  • Stainless bow rail new 2018.
  • Vinyl coated lifelines new 2018.
  • Salon Windows replaced new 2020.
  • All side windows were replaced with safety glass 2014.
  • Forward Salon windows replaced with new safety glass.
  • 2020 Salon windows are all tinted.
  • Forward deck hatches.
  • (5) Lewmar deck hatches in the foredeck.
  • 12-inch bow cleats polished stainless steel.
  • 12-inch cockpit cleats polished stainless steel.
  • (4) 12-inch port and starboard spring line cleats polished stainless.
  • Teak bowsprit
  • Anchor roller
  • SS #60 Ultra anchor
  • FW Washdown hose.
  • 350’ 5/16 anchor chain.
  • Windlass foot controls and remote switch on the flybridge.
  • Spare anchor with line and chain.
  • Custom chain bridle and snubber.
  • Bow Dinghy Davit.


  • Custom resin-infused hardtop.
  • 1 large Lewmar hatch.
  • 2 port and star Lewmar vent hatches.
  • Custom polycarbonate enclosure with opening windows (new 2019).
  • Custom aluminum framed and glass center opening window.
  • Large electric windshield wiper.
  • Ritchie large 8-inch compass 2020.
  • Aluminum radar arch built into the hardtop.
  • Garmin 7616xsv Chart plotter (2019).
  • Garmin Phantom 72NM HD radar.
  • Garmin GHP Reactor autopilot.
  • Garmin 942XSV Chart plotter (2019).
  • Garmin GT50 transducer (CHIRP ClearVu, CHIRP SideVu)
  • Raymarine 36NM radar.
  • ICOM VHF with AIS Transmitter/Receiver 2020.
  • ACR searchlight with remote panels fwd and aft.
  • Fusion 750 stereo with overhead speakers and subwoofer 2020.
  • Floodlights.
  • 2NM navigation lights.
  • VHF antennas were replaced in 2017.
  • SS radar arch on hardtop.
  • Kahlenberg horn Model T-OA with Compressor/Tank.
  • Caterpillar instrumentation screen.
  • High water alarms.
  • Anchor chain counter and windlass control.
  • Tides Marine shaft seal temp alarm display.
  • Overhead teak electronics box.
  • Custom bird's eye maple and teak table.
  • SS Hi-low table pedestal converts the settee into a berth.
  • Soft vinyl headliner.
  • Three overhead LED red/white dome lights.
  • 20 Life preservers.
  • Flares handheld and gun.
  • Fully equipped ditch bag.
  • 6-man auto inflateable life raft.
  • A bronze polished ship's bell.
  • SS ladder with teak steps to hard top.
  • Lonseal vinyl teak and holly sole
  • Ultra leather settee cushions.
  • Llebroc helm chairs – captain’s navy Ultraleather (2018).
  • USB charging outlet.
  • 110V AC outlet.
  • Series parallel switch for emergency starting.
  • Morse KE-4 electronic controls with a remote.
  • SeaStar Hynautic steering with power assist (2018, Hydraulic hose replaced 2020).
  • Teak Steering wheel.
  • Bennett trim tab control with illuminated panel (2018).
  • Hinged 12VDC panel rewired (2020).
  • Volt meter and amp meter.
  • 12-volt breakers.
  • LED floor lighting.


  • Northern lights 9KW generator (1550 hours) With custom sound enclosure.
  • Charles ISO boost isolation power transformer.
  • 800 amps Lithium batteries (4) total. Install 2020.
  • Engine start batteries
  • 8D 12 volt start batteries for mains and gen Install 2020.
  • Series/ parallel switch on flybridge (start batteries only)
  • Battery bank monitoring panel.
  • Victron 5000W inverter/charger.
  • LED lighting throughout.
  • Tinned copper marine-grade wiring.
  • DC to DC converter 12 to 24 volt.
  • AC/DC distribution panel in the main salon Victron monitoring panel.
  • Victron 5000 watt inverter 2018.
  • Main on/off house back switch.
  • Digital shore power gauge.
  • Digital house bank gauge.
  • LED lighting fixtures.
  • 110-volt outlets throughout.
  • Thru hull bonding wire to all metal thru hulls.
  • Blue Seas System breakers throughout.
  • 165-watt solar panel new 2020.


  • Whale 22mm tubing and fittings throughout (2017) Ø Headhunter Mach 5 120V AC pump.
  • Headhunter 12VDC backup pump.
  • Groco accumulator tank.
  • Horizon Seafari watermaker (60GPH)
  • Forward and aft showers with new sump pumps (2017).
  • Shower hardware (2015).
  • Black water discharge pump (2017).
  • Flo-line digital level gauges for all tanks 2015.
  • 20 Gallon hot water heater 120V AC with heat exchanger off port main(2020) Ø Groco seacocks /strainers
  • throughout.
  • Freshwater filter.
  • Saltwater washdown pump 12VDC.
  • Jabsco Quietflush electric heads.
  • Holding tank vent line and filter.
  • SS water tanks (2) 150 gallons each (2005).
  • Saltwater washdown pump w/cockpit faucet.
  • 2 fiberglass bait tanks (60 gallons each).
  • Custom SS mounting hardware.
  • All thru hulls were replaced in 2017.
  • 2 bait pumps new 2017 SureFlow 1100GPH

Bilge Pumps

All have auto float switches.

Forward stateroom

t-Diaphragm type pump with auto float switch.


t-Diaphragm type pumps (fwd and aft).

Aft stateroom -Diaphragm type (fwd).

t-Submersible (Aft) Engine Room.

t-Submersible type -Diaphragm type.

Engine Room -Submersible type.

t-Diaphragm type (aft).


  • Tanks:
  • Total is 1,000 gal.
  • (2) Forward tanks 300 gal. each (2) Aft tanks 200 gal. each
  • Speeds/Fuel burn
  • The cruise speed is 20 knots top speed 24.5 knots
  • Fuel burn @ cruise 35 GPH
  • “ “ @ 18 knots 28 GPH


The company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change or withdrawal without notice.

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