25 Bertam vs 26 Hourston

Discussion in 'Boats, Motors, Trailers and Towing Rigs Forum' started by Robert Snyder, Dec 3, 2019.


Which would you choose?

  1. Hourston

  2. Bertram

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  1. Robert Snyder

    Robert Snyder Well-Known Member

    So, not sure if the question has been asked, but which would you choose? why?

    What are some of the pro's and con's for each vessel?

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  2. Robert Snyder

    Robert Snyder Well-Known Member

    I would say a pro for Hourston is that it's a 8'6" beam makes it trailer friendly...

    Although the 9'8" beam on the Bertram boasts more deck space and stable platform...
  3. Aces

    Aces Well-Known Member

    Been on 31 and 34 Bertram’s, not the 25. Fantastic boats with twin diesels.

    That said I love my 26 Hourston and will be sad the day I sell it
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  4. ab1752

    ab1752 Well-Known Member

    I'm in the exact same position. I often think about a different rig then I go look around and that ends the conversation inside my head pretty fast. If I had more time then perhaps a 31 Bertram would sway me over but that's not happening any time soon.
  5. ab1752

    ab1752 Well-Known Member

    Also I have had people in marinas come up and tell me what a nice restoration we did on our bertram. So i think there are a lot of similarities in design, to the eye anyway
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  6. bryce

    bryce Active Member

    Lol just build the boat you want all these questions even though I read all the comments and enjoy the build threads are all going to end in a 50/50 draw or fairly close I like betrams and i like Hourstons
    I drive a wellcraft and love it it rides amazing and is an awesome boat
    The big question is what do you like
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2019
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  7. casper5280

    casper5280 Well-Known Member

    Both great boats with similar lines. Personally I think the Hourston has better lines, also like the cabin instead of open.
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  8. Robert Snyder

    Robert Snyder Well-Known Member

    Personally, I am with Hourston, although arguments can be made for either. Just thought it would be interesting as both have similarities in the respective vintage. :D
  9. Stosh

    Stosh Well-Known Member

    Gotta love the classic Bertram design. I’ve seen many of them in Florida over the years when I was lucky enough to spend some time down there. Nothing like a beamy boat to fish out of. However, the Houston would be a drier boat when on plane.
    My 2 cents
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  10. pelican

    pelican Member

    Never been on a Bertram. I'll trade a ride in the spring with a 26 Hourston Sportfisher, stock i/o.
  11. profisher

    profisher Well-Known Member

    For me it would be the boat that can sit on a trailer during the off season and be launced easily when needed. I know many guys with permenantly moored boats who wish they could reduce their annual costs by having the boat on a trailer in the driveway over the winter. This reason alone is why many bigger boats go up for sale.
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  12. Robert Snyder

    Robert Snyder Well-Known Member

    Aye, yes trailering and not have the expense of moorage is important to me!
  13. Wild Bill

    Wild Bill Well-Known Member

    I looked today Campbell river was about $250/month off season and about $550 high season.. My new place is about 10 minutes from Big rock and 2 minutes from discovery. Free public launch wins!
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  14. Rain City

    Rain City Crew Member

    My 60 trips to the boat per year would quickly turn to 20 if I had to launch every time. Not to mention the cost of owning, maintaining and storing the trailer if I had one. The net cost difference is well worth it for me. Made the decision to go with essentially a non-trailerable boat even easier. My opinion anyways.
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  15. Gong Show

    Gong Show Well-Known Member

    That's the difference living in the big shitty as opposed to smaller town on the big island.
    We all make our choices and hopefully make the best of it.
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  16. Rain City

    Rain City Crew Member

    Amen. To be honest if I didn't have a boat moored downtown I wouldn't be here at all. Well besides all the grandparents and aunts and uncles for the kiddo. I get why people don't want to be here but this has always been home for me. Sucks that it's becoming a bigger and bigger shitty. I'll join you guys when my kid turns 18 and I'm retired :)... if you'll have me of course. I promise I'm only slightly more annoying in person.
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  17. RiverBoy

    RiverBoy Well-Known Member

    What kind of boat do you have? i have a DE 185 and i won’t launch at Big Rock in less than 5’ of tide. i HATE discovery but it is what it is in CR. pretty much two choices in the Salmon Capital is just pathetic.
  18. Aces

    Aces Well-Known Member

    In some marinas such as in Tofino, where moorage is at a premium you have to pay for the whole year to keep your spot. Makes it easier to just leave it in the water
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  19. Rain City

    Rain City Crew Member

    Spots like mine at my Marina can be a 5 year wait so you're kind of forced to keep it. At $4500 or so a year for my 32 LOA I think it's pretty reasonable. I'd pay half that to keep it on a trailer somewhere. Plus I get two parking passes for downtown, those are worth what like a 100k each? lol
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  20. Aces

    Aces Well-Known Member

    That’s a decent rate. Tofino Resort charged the same for a 30 ft finger

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