Special Feature: Bering Yachts 77' World Cruiser No Boundaries. No Limits. Know Bering! by YF Publisher Carl Camper 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. Bering Yachts prides itself on building robust, steel hull yachts with an emphasis on reliable, easy-to-access machinery. This mindset starts subsurface and works it's way throughout the ship's systems. Initially, Bering took their design cues from North Sea commercial ships, but quickly recognized an emerging trend in trawlers; ugly is overrated! Armed with a bevy of computational design talent, Bering Yachts set out to blaze a new wave of contemporary cruisers starting with the Bering 77 World Cruiser. Displacing some 460,000 pounds, it shares its bulbous bow, hard chined, round bilge hull (yes, you read that right) with her proven sister ships, but the new 77' has twin-shafts that are sheathed in a gondola skeg configuration allowing her to sit high & dry on a short tide. Bering Yachts is headquartered in the U.S., but has built a network of engineers, designers, surveyors and architects that stretch around the globe. The man orchestrating this boat building band is Alexei Mikhailov, a Russian-born businessman who speaks multiple languages, but his native tongue is any dialect that includes the word 'boat'. This isn't just a man drawn to the sea, but a man driven to make it accessible for everyone. I was first introduced to Alexei at the 2009 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show and soon discovered some common ground. At first, it was a bit surreal. In a previous life, my career was spent developing technologies to protect our country from the perceived threats of the cold war. Now, I'm sitting across the table from a Ruskie! Within moments, the past was history and I found myself embracing a new comrade in the marine industry.