With the decline in overall worldwide economic activity in 2008, Burger looked back in its storied history, which includes building many exceptional commercial vessels, and made the decision to diversify its product offerings to include not only custom yachts but also commercial vessel construction and vessel refit and repair. It is ironic that the first new commercial contract awarded to Burger was for the R/V COREGONUS, a 62’ welded aluminum vessel for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to replace the R/V BARNEY DEVINE, their 75-year-old Burger! Since her delivery in 2011, Burger has delivered 8 additional new commercial vessels and has built a reputation of high-quality new construction and exceptional refit and repair services for vessel of all types, be they yachts or commercial vessels.
The 142’ (42.7m) Motor Yacht SEA OWL and the 140’ (42m) LADY GAYLE MARIE were launched in 2010. SEA OWL was a collaboration between the Burger Design Team, Vripack in the Netherlands, and the UK-based Andrew Winch Design, while LADY GAYLE MARIE was the third new Burger build by the current owner.
In late 2017, Burger delivered NORTHLAND, a 103'-6" (31.5m) steel and aluminum explorer yacht designed by Luiz de Basto of Miami, Florida. NORTHLAND has extensively traveled the east coast of the United States as well as the South Pacific and is currently plying the waters of the North Atlantic.
In 2018, Burger delivered another new and innovative project, BLUE BOAT HOME, to her excited owner. BLUE BOAT HOME is a 48’-8” (14.83m) cruiser designed for an owner/operator and features Vripack’s patented Slide Hull, which has been proven in the North Sea and provides a smooth ride in most any conditions.
Burger’s second 48 Cruiser, BLUE, which features a De Basto Designs interior, was delivered to her new home in August 2019. In late 2021, the Burger 50 Cruiser, SET FREE, was delivered to her new owner. SET FREE immediately set off on the Great Loop of Eastern North America.
The construction of high-quality commercial vessels, as well as vessel refit and repair projects, remain an important part of Burger’s history and legacy moving forward. Since reinstituting commercial vessel construction in 2010, Burger has delivered nine commercial vessels, including the all-welded aluminum R/V COREGONUS , three all welded steel passenger vessels (CHICAGO’S LEADING LADY, CHICAGO'S CLASSIC LADY, and CHICAGO'S EMERALD LADY), the all-welded steel R/V ARCTICUS for the US Geological Survey, the steel passenger vessel LUCIA for use in the Chicago River, aluminum hull and superstructure sub-assemblies for two all-electric vessels to the Maid of the Mist boat tours (NIKOLA TESLA and JAMES V. GLYNN) in Niagara Falls, NY, and NEEBISH ISLANDER III, a steel 15 car ferry to the Eastern Upper Peninsula Transportation Authority in Michigan.
For one to recognize, appreciate, and value that Burger is a true custom builder is to look at the variety of yachts and commercial vessels that have been designed and built since its founding in 1863. Working with in-house designers and engineers, and highly acclaimed designers from around the world, Burger continues to raise the bar in quality and innovation.
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