First Look: Bering B72

Bering’s newest expedition yacht is well-equipped to cross oceans.

Bering B72

Bering Yachts only built three B65s, but combined, the bluewater expedition vessels have covered more than 100,000 nautical miles in all climates and sea conditions. That’s equivalent to crossing the Atlantic Ocean more than 30 times. Now, Bering is building on the performance of its smallest expedition yacht with a slightly more expansive model, the B72, which will eventually replace its smaller sibling.

The B72 features the same layout as the B65, but with more height, an additional foot of beam and seven additional feet of LOA. “It’s just perfecting the boat,” says Alexei Mikhailov, founder and president of Bering Yachts. “We tried to make an ultimate boat in this class.”

According to Mikhailov, the steel-hulled B72 is essentially a mini superyacht by ratio—both heavy and voluminous, with a displacement of 260,000 pounds. In line with a growing trend, the B72 will largely be powered by lithium-ion batteries. “The generator only runs one or two hours a day, maybe less if you don’t use air conditioning,” says Mikhailov. It has a fuel capacity of 6,340 gallons for a range of more than 4,000 nautical miles while cruising at 8 knots, which means it’s possible to cross the Atlantic twice or the Pacific once without refueling. And with a CE Class A certification, crossing oceans is exactly what the B72 is meant to do.

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The standard layout on the B72 offers three cabins and a full-beam owner’s suite in the forward section, but the boat can also be configured with five or six cabins, with or without crew quarters. All staterooms are located on the lower deck, where they are isolated from engine noise by steel bulkheads and soundproof barriers. On the main deck, there is a salon, galley and pilothouse with panoramic windows. There is a second helm station on the flybridge that is covered by a hardtop. The flybridge also has room to accommodate two tenders, launched via a hydraulic crane.

The B72, which will be built in Antalya, Turkey, is likely to make its official debut at the 2023 Cannes boat show. Bering already has two boats on order, and by 2023, they will be ready to break the B65’s record for oceangoing miles.

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This article originally appeared in the June 2022 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.