Burger is working on a new 50 Cruiser, with an aluminum hull by Vripack and an interior by De Basto Designs, in its yard in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Founded in 1863, Burger is one of the most historic names in American boating; it usually makes larger yachts, up to 260 feet. The company uses all that experience to create a semi-custom build for its 50 Cruiser line.
The new boat will be powered by twin 600-hp Volvo IPS800 pod drives, delivering a cruising speed of 26 knots, a top speed of 31 knots, and a range of 300 nm. It has Vripack’s patented Slide Hull, which reduces pounding and produces a smooth, efficient ride throughout the speed range. The hull’s relatively large volume forward also allows for more spacious accommodations.
The boat under construction is Burger’s third in the 50 cruiser series. Each one is different. As in Burger’s larger yachts, owners can customize much of the interior, selecting high-quality finishes and hand-crafted details.
“This yacht will be a sparkling example of Burger’s shipbuilding heritage,” says Jim Ruffolo, president and CEO of the Burger Boat Company. “The Burger 50 Cruiser is everything an owner is looking for in a yacht. Luxury, style, comfort, modern technology and an heirloom to share with family and friends for a lifetime of adventurers.”
The salon, with a galley up, is filled with natural light from windows all around, and from an electric sunroof forward. The galley is fully equipped for cruising; a large, U-shaped dining area is opposite.
The aft deck is protected by the overhang from the cabin top, and it has U-shaped seating aft and gates on each side for easy access. The swim platform lowers hydraulically to help with launching and retrieving the tender and to make it easy to enjoy watersports. The transom contains a barbeque area with counter space.
Below, the Cruiser 50 has two staterooms with en suite heads. The full-beam master is aft with a queen berth and a private seating area. Large windows, and two opening portlights, let in natural light. The guest cabin is forward and the queen-sized berth can be configured to two singles.
Burger builds the 50 with marine grade aluminum and offers a lifetime warranty on the hull, plus a five-year blister warranty.
Specs.: LOA: 49’8”; Beam: 15’2”; Draft: 4’3”; Disp.: 46,000 lbs.; Fuel: 565 gals.; Water: 135 gals.; Power: 2×600-hp Volvo IPS800 pod drives.