Round-the-world cruisers have largely stuck to the same traditional design template, until now. Introducing the Bering 70...
The 70 is the first model in Bering’s all-new Coastal range, designed to deliver ocean-crossing potential with a modern twist. After all, who says that a bluewater cruiser needs to fit the traditional mould of a Nordhavn, Fleming or even Bering’s own range of more conformist Voyager series craft?
Despite its sharp design, the Bering 70’s credentials for serious cruising stack up thanks to its steel construction, shallow draught displacement hull and a 4,000-litre fuel capacity that translates to a 2,500nm range at a cruising speed of 9 knots.
Power comes from a pair of modest yet reliable Cummins 6.7 350s via €26,000 worth of Seatorque shafts for a measly consumption figure of just 13lph at cruise speeds. One glance at the fuel system alone hints at the impressive engineering and focus on reliability. Things like the split main fuel tanks and 1,000-litre day tank, belt and braces Furuno and Maretron fuel monitoring and a Reverso fuel polishing and transfer system.
The beauty of the Bering 70, though, is that away from the oily bits it looks and feels every inch the modern motorboat, with a contemporary interior and deck spaces that are as well suited to long stints on anchor as they are ploughing through the rollers. There’s a basic but comfortable sunbathing area built into the coachroof and a sprawling cockpit well protected by the flybridge’s substantial overhang, on which the tender is stowed.
The flybridge is dominated by a square of dinette seating with a wetbar aft and an optional hardtop with solar panels fitted (supplementing the ones on the wheelhouse) to top up the domestic power supply.
Inside there is no sign of the usual teak and holly, replaced by non-traditional woods and crisp lines illuminated by huge windows on both sides. It’s modern, fresh and, within reason, ripe for customisation.
The standard layout includes a surprisingly open-plan main deck with a galley amidships and lounging area aft, opposite a staircase that leads down to a huge master cabin in the middle of the lower deck. The bridge can be separated from the saloon if desired and twin helm seats installed so the skipper can have some company on passage.
The indulgent, three-cabin standard layout (with additional crew/captain space) can be altered for one with opposing guest suites amidships and the master cabin forward to provide more sleeping space for guests. But being a semi-custom builder Bering will consider alternative interior layout ideas.
If range and fuel efficiency are important to you but you also yearn for avant-garde design then the Bering 70 is well worth a second look.
Update: The Bering 70 is due to make its public debut at the 2021 Cannes Yachting Festival.
LOA: 70ft 3in (21.44m)
Beam: 18ft 3in (5.57m)
Engines: Twin Cummins QSB 6.7 350hp
Top speed: 13 knots
Price from: €1.9m ex VAT
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