Bering Yachts may best be described as a worldly trawler and traveler. Alexey Mikhaylov is the American founder of Bering Yachts, whose beginnings in shipbuilding started in Russia in his twenties when he and a partner in the shipbuilding business rebuilt an abandoned 136’ crew ship. The intrigue and subsequent success of this rebuild and resale project left its mark.
Alexey moved to North Carolina in the 1990s and established a successful company exporting to Russia and China. As his business grew, he began thinking of early retirement and began searching for a passagemaking trawler for world exploration. Alexey was impressed by a popular steel trawler because it was the safest material for world exploration. After extensive research and brand comparison, coupled with his reflections on the sense of accomplishment on his ship rebuild project in Russia, Alexey decided to embark on a second career – building affordable steel trawlers drawing on his shipbuilding partner in Russia and his experience from 10 years of successfully doing business in China.
Bering Yachts is quietly filling an industry overlooked niche for a go anywhere, fear-knot boat ready to do battle with wind, waves or even reefs. And it’s only 55’ long!