Bering Yachts 18 Meter Euro-TrawlerBreaking All The Rules Review by Judy Waldman Bearing in mind that Bering Yachts has become known for rough, tough, bring-it-on trawlers that look like they could take on anything the ocean throws at 'em, the new Bering 18 meter breaks all rules of the stereotypical slugboat 'look' that trawler fans find endearing. To see if style meets substance, YachtForums Editor Judy Waldman flew from Florida to Antalya, Turkey to sea trial a trawler set to make big waves in the ripple-speed community. Alexei Mikhailov spent his formative years in Russia, obtained a masters degree in hydrology, but it was rebuilding an abandoned 136’ crew ship that started his passion for shipbuilding. Shortly thereafter, Alexei moved to North Carolina and it didn’t take long before he built up a successful conglomerate exporting poultry to China and Russia. Plying the local waters and taking on fishing as a serious hobby only sustained his interest in his ultimate dream of early retirement and cruising the world. Initially Alexei wanted to build a passagemaking yacht for himself, but the itch to take on shipbuilding as his mid-life career change took him to his decades-long relationships in China, bringing onboard his friends in the marine industry from Russia. Alexei and his naval architects based the hull form for Bering Yachts on the Norwegian fishing trawlers knowing that seaworthiness and safety needed to be the number one priority in building a proper ship for the owner operated cruising explorer.