Burger might be known for its bigger custom builds, but after taking a leap of faith into the small to mid-sized market the Wisconsin-based shipyard has found a new niche in custom weekend cruisers.
Hot off the heels of its predecessors, Burger's latest concept comes in the form of a 66 Cruiser that offers wide market appeal in a 15-metre package, with options for a flybridge and extensive customisation.
Burger launched its first 48 Cruiser in 2019 as a one-off custom project, but its popularity saw the model snowball into a 50 Cruiser. “The 48 and the 50 created a lot of excitement about smaller custom projects from Burger and we had several inquiries asking if we can do some a little bigger,” said Ron Cleveringa, vice president of sales and marketing at Burger.
The 66 Cruiser is the “big brother” of the range, offering an extended swim platform, foredeck lounge and an extra deck in the form of a flybridge providing its owner commanding views from the helm station. The concept features an additional en suite cabin to starboard, with a master suite amidships and forepeak VIP cabin, accommodating a total of six guests overnight.
As a custom shipyard, the new concept is floated as a design that is open to interpretation and customisation. “That's where the fun begins,” said Cleveringa.
“It’s aimed at those looking for an alternative to production boats that currently are available or someone moving up through the different sizes,” he added. “It could also be used for someone coming down from a bigger boat or used as a second boat for owners who keep their larger yacht in the Mediterranean or Caribbean.”
Like its siblings, the Burger 66 was developed in partnership with Vripack and utilises the Dutch studio's patented Slide Hull design for increased performance and comfort underway. The 66 Cruiser will also benefit from improved fuel capacity and range for owners looking to cover greater distances and enjoy longer stints on board.