At the 2021 Cannes Yachting Festival, Hugo took the chance to look inside the Bering 70 explorer yacht, which was making its Cannes debut.
With a rounded displacement hull constructed of 6mm steel, a superstructure made of 6mm aluminium, topped by a fibreglass flybridge, few boats looked more out of place at the 2021 Cannes Yachting Festival, and yet few attracted so much attention.
The Bering 70 was conceived by naval architect Valeriy Savelyev, styled by the Australian yacht designer Scott Blee, and built by Bering in Turkey.
As the debut model in the shipyard’s Coastal series, her deliberately shallow draught of just over 4ft (1.33m) makes her especially suitable for exploring littoral waters rather than ocean passagemaking.
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There are sturdy skegs to protect the sterngear in case you’ve got the echo sounder set to feet instead of metres.
The compact deck saloon is flanked by wide, safe side decks and a spacious cockpit aft, and has a decent-looking dinette and midships galley, and a separate wheelhouse.
Down below, the Bering 70’s sleeping arrangements feature a spacious ensuite owner’s cabin amidships and a VIP forward, with one small twin-bunk cabin between them, opposite the day head.
There is crew accommodation for two in the stern. The interior décor on the prototype is pleasantly modern, with light fabrics and veneers to open up the spaces.
Under a fixed hardtop, the flybridge has plenty of seating and lounging space, and tender stowage aft. For sun-worshippers the foredeck sunpad is the place to be.
With its 1,500-gallon (6,800lt) fuel capacity and modest horsepower, the shipyard claims an impressive cruising range of 3,000 nautical miles for the 65-tonne Bering 70 at a sensible eight knots.
Just as important for a boat whose owners might reasonably expect to operate independently for longish periods is its 280-gallon (1,273lt) fresh water capacity.
Update: If you missed it last year, don’t despair – the Bering 70 will be making an appearance at the 2022 Cannes Yachting Festival.
Bering 70 specification
LOA: 73ft 6in (22.4m)
Beam: 18ft 3in (5.6m)
Engines: Twin 305hp Cummins QSB 6.7
Top speed: 11 knots
Starting price: €2.3million