Bering Yachts may best be described as a worldly trawler and traveler. Alexey Mikhaylov is the American founder of Bering Yachts, whose beginnings in shipbuilding started in Russia in his twenties when he and a partner in the shipbuilding business rebuilt an abandoned 136’ crew ship. The intrigue and subsequent success of this rebuild and resale project left its mark. Alexey moved to North Carolina in the 1990s and established a successful company exporting to Russia and China. As his business grew, he began thinking of early retirement and began searching for a passagemaking trawler for world exploration. Alexey was impressed by a popular steel trawler because it was the safest material for world exploration. After extensive research and brand comparison, coupled with his reflections on the sense of accomplishment on his ship rebuild project in Russia, Alexey decided to embark on a second career – building affordable steel trawlers drawing on his shipbuilding partner in Russia and his experience from 10 years of successfully doing business in China. Bering Yachts is quietly filling an industry overlooked niche for a go anywhere, fear-knot boat ready to do battle with wind, waves or even reefs. And it’s only 55’ long!
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. Enter the Bering 77' World Cruiser; a yacht built for the adventurous without Richard Branson's billfold.
Bearing in mind that Bering Yachts has become known for rough, tough, bring-it-on trawlers that look like they could take on anything the ocean throws at 'em, the new Bering 18 meter breaks all rules of the stereotypical slugboat 'look' that trawler fans find endearing. To see if style meets substance, YachtForums Editor Judy Waldman flew from Florida to Antalya, Turkey to sea trial a trawler set to make big waves in the ripple-speed community.
Bering Yacht's 60-foot Steel TrawlerA Bigger Bering! Recreation, charter and ego-inflation are some of the pertinent reasons for owners building many yachts. However, how many of them can claim to be owners of rugged and utilitarian vessels fit to go almost anywhere while still maintaining the comfort of a luxury yacht? Trawlers may not be the fastest of the lot, nor are they the largest, but what they lack in size and speed they make up in range and practical get-it-done attitude. Indeed she is a luxury yacht under 75-feet long that allows her to berth practically anywhere without any hassle. The Bering 60-foot steel trawler is actually 63.4-feet LOA with a 20-foot beam over all. Even at full-load the Bering 60-footer’s draft comes in sub 6-feet (5.8-feet). Her ocean-going prowess comes to light with a leisurely top-speed of 10.3-knots and cruising at 8-knots. The range is astounding for such a small yacht and in this case, slow-and-easy wins the race. The Bering 60 Steel Trawler has a range just over 5,000 nautical miles drawing on only 4,600 gallons of fuel or just under 17,400 LT. To keep the Bering 60 moving there’s a 405-horsepower QSM-11 diesel engine by Cummins connected to a ZF-W325 gear box spinning a five-bladed bronze propeller.
Bering Yachts 18-meter TrawlerTaking Trawlers Into The 21st Century Bering Yachts president Alexei Mikhaylov is quickly building on the popularity of his new line of steel trawlers. In a radical departure from tried and tired designs, he's displacing displacement stereotypes with a modern new trawler... the Bering 18, already in-build! Starting from scratch, with a blank digital slate, Alexei took a look at today's trawlers and continually asked the question... WHY? The result is an edgy new euro-look that is certain to appeal to a broader market. The new Bering 18 is now in production with a launch date of March, 2012. Like all Bering vessels, every aspect of this new offering has been evaluated to provide the highest level of sea keeping ability to safely cruise any coastline or ocean, while optimizing comfort of the crew. Working with an in-house naval architect, interior and exterior designers, application engineers in cooperation with Z&M Naval Design Bureau on the B18, Bering Yachts prides itself on providing “beyond semi-custom vessels” to suit individual needs and works closely with knowledgeable owners to design a vessel that best suits the intended use.
YachtForums associate writer Judy Waldman flies to France for a sea trial of a little boat making big waves in the knot-so-fast community. Bering Yachts is quietly filling an industry overlooked niche for a go anywhere, fear-knot boat ready to do battle with wind, waves or even reefs. Bering Yachts may best be described as a worldly trawler in more ways than one. MILA, Bering Yachts’ latest launch, was custom ordered by her new owner from Russia after having seen the Bering 55 Hull # 1 in North Carolina. MILA was in Antibes France since being shipped from China in time for display at the Cannes International Boat Show. MILA’s transom reads Road Harbour BVI. Alexey Mikhaylov, the American founder of Bering Yachts, was aboard in Antibes for this YachtForums review.
This month Bering Yachts updated on the construction process on their latest Bering 65 trawler yacht. The yacht is progressing nicely and the yard says that she should be ready for launch by May. Bering said they have been fairing the yacht for the last few months providing a superb foundation for the spraying of the top final paint coats.
Bering Yachts is a yard that specializes in the construction of expedition style yachts below the 100-foot market but recently they have been pushing that threshold, promoting the B115, however the yard recently announced the introduction of a new 40-meter model. That's right, Bering is now offering a 130-foot, go-anywhere model to customers. Her bold and rugged lines are the work of Bering in collaboration with Sabdes Design.
Bering yachts recently announced that they have another new build Bering 65 in the works. The Bering 65 is arguably one of the most popular Bering models and quietest as well. She will be built with a steel hull and mated with an aluminium superstructure. The 235,000 lbs displacement vessel is set out to have its interior finished in American Walnut. It is a three-stateroom layout for guests onboard this Bering 65 and sleeping quarters for two crew members.
Bering Yachts is upping the ante on their rugged explorer yachts. Not only is the design being refined and evolving but they are becoming larger too! The company recently released renderings for a 115-meter explorer, that’s a 35-meter design. The yacht has three internal decks for guests and owner alike and a lovely open-air sun deck. The sundeck has an interesting layout with the Jacuzzi set aft on the deck and flanked by a large curved built-in sofa. Tables are nearby to rest you cocktails or book on and there is space to stretch-out a couple sun-loungers as well. The forward part of the sundeck is situated under the hardtop and is full shaded and built-in sofas and sizable table encourage guests to mingle and take in vistas over the forward portion of the yacht.
The U.S-based Bering Yachts and Portofino Yachts (of Brazil) recently signed a contract that allows them further access the Brazilian market. With that said, Portofino Yachts becomes the exclusive distributor for the Bering Yacht brand in Brazil. Of course Bering is still a relatively young company but has built a name for itself since coming to the market in 2007. Specializing in pocket yachts and go-anywhere expeditions and trawlers, Bering Yachts will get you where you need to go albeit sipping on the fuel.
Bering's radically styled Bering 70 has been launched in Turkey. Even though Bering is known for explorer and trawler type yachts, this yacht -the first in their 'YachtShip' series- is going to be best known for coastal cruising. Completion is expected to be swift with initial sea trials planned for mid-September and delivery in November. The bow is one of the main design features to change for Bering. Not only does it appear stylish it is also very functional. The absence of a large overhanging bow reduces the reserve buoyancy that creates the lift/pitch in an approaching wave.
Expedition and trawler yacht builder Bering Yachts are working hard on a couple projects at the moment. The Bering 80 has already taken to the water (technically) and all appears well. The first hull is anticipated to be launched in September 2015 according to Bering. This displacement yacht is part of Bering's Expedition Series and has been designed from the keel-up to be a great trans-oceanic yacht.
Construction on the first hull for the Bering 70 trans-oceanic yacht is going apace. Fitting out of spaces is well underway and the structure in general is more-or-less completed. Meticulous work is ongoing to prepare the yacht's surfaces for paint and other finishing materials. Bering says they are looking to launch the first Bering 70 in September. Great care has been taken in designing the bow of the Bering 70. Bering comments that a reverse-raked bow is seldom seen even in contemporary or traditional designs. The absence of a large overhanging bow reduces the reserve buoyancy that creates the lift/pitch in an approaching wave. This allows the bow to slice through the waves rather than ride up and over them. The result should be a much more comfortable ride for those onboard.
Bering Yachts is proud to announce the launching of the second unit in their Bering 65 series. The new yacht was rolled out of the build shed in Zhangjiang, China on a special trailer to have her mast assembly added and prepared for splashing. The design is based on proven North Atlantic commercial trawlers that operate in some of the most hostile conditions. With efficient, commercially-rated diesel engines and voluminous fuel tanks, she can easily travel 5,000 nautical miles at 6-7 knots without the need for refueling.