Burger Boat Company, founded in Manitowoc, Wisc., in 1863, is something of an outlier in the high-end yacht construction world. Focusing on custom yachts and commercial ships with steel and/or aluminum hulls, Burger taps into America’s land-locked ship-building mecca on Lake Michigan and its multi-generational traditions and abundant population of skilled craftsmen to produce vessels that typify classic, robust performance. But that certainly doesn’t mean they don’t have a dogged dedication to ongoing innovation and edgy design. Some recent builds and concepts stand as shining examples of the maker’s vision.
Burger 120 Raised Pilot House
This extended top-deck pilot house concept marries a very contemporary, luxury vision with Burger’s heritage of exceptional quality. Designed in conjunction with Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architects, the yacht’s specs include an on-deck owner’s stateroom and four guest staterooms. But the approach also provides for plenty of outdoor living and entertaining space for social cruising. And with the space, come views, of course. Inside, windows stretch along each deck, giving the owner and guests incredible vistas to enjoy.
And the extended pilot house idea turns what is usually a functional control space for a few crew into a languid hybrid area, seamlessly blending a traditional steerage into a luxurious top-deck social area and salon. Like Burger’s other yacht concepts, the 120-foot, 25-foot-plus beam, aluminum vessel can be customized to an owner’s bespoke specifications.
NORTHLAND Custom Build
The sport fishing/expedition-style NORTHLAND is a recent custom build designed to explore elite fishing hotspots around the globe, and make a strong impression doing so. The extraordinary design comes by way of innovative master Luiz de Basto, creating a one-two punch of unmistakable exterior lines and color ways (take in the tall, burly lines and unique mocha/bronze hull and deck accents) and out-of-the-box interior details (a floating staircase and custom marine life artwork, to name just a few).
The 103-foot steel-and-aluminum super yacht delivers the robust performance to stand up to the rigors of long-range journeys at sea (with a dedicated fishing cockpit to address the owner’s primary goal for the craft) but also folds in exacting design cues meant to make the owners feel perfectly at home, wherever their travels take them. So far, NORTHLAND has taken them on journeys throughout the South Pacific, including to Tahiti, Australia, New Zealand and more. Here’s a video tour of this immaculate vessel:
Burger 63 Sport Fishing Yacht
Sleek lines and custom craftsmanship sets this new Burger concept apart from standard smaller-scale production sport fishing yachts, and delivers an elevated alternative for what is more typically a “work horse” fishing vessel. Sculpted curves lead to a dedicated fishing cockpit and flybridge with ample room for family and friends to socialize after the fish are caught, expanding and adding a touch of sophistication to any expedition.
But don’t let the rarified approach fool you: The Burger 63 Sportfishing Motor Yacht is a full-fledged fishing boat with the power, engineering and the design to deliver the goods. The concept incorporates design studio Vripack’s uncanny SlideHull® technology the takes advantage of air traveling between the wide chine and hull bottom to reduce at-speed dead rise as much as 5 percent, which provides a much more comfortable experience. Especially at a top speed of 35 knots.
Again, this new yacht concept allows owners to oversee the creation and bespoke details of an overall build that features three ensuite staterooms, unobstructed views in an open salon area with retractable glass panels, and abundant space for entertaining friends and family.