- Devoted to the Bertram 31 boats around the world!

First, let me say a most sincere "Thank You!" to Uncle Vic for once again initiating a UV Support Fund, and to all of you, who once again have shown your financial support of website.

Words can not begin to convey the value of the friendships that I have made through this website.  When I first built the site and invited a few of the soon to be "Faithful" over, little did I realize that I had built a doorway and opened it to what would become a worldwide fellowship.  But, the true success of the site has been largely due to the caliber of all of you and of course the common bond via the Bertram 31.

Your generosity and willingness to help support is greatly appreciated!

Posted By: Vic Roy
Date: Sunday, 26 September 2004, at 6:28 p.m.

Here we go, Faithful. Just to remind everyone, this site is free, open to all, and probably has the most pure expert advice, not just on the Bertrams, but on boating things in general, to be found on the net. The number of hits proves that. The depth and range of knowledge here is unsurpassed anywhere. And in my view, keeping it free and open to all goes a long way in attracting people who chip in expert advice that would never come aboard if it was a pay site. This site has a courtesy level that is enforced by the Faithful, and works. No unkind words are tolerated, period. Poking fun, joking, sure, but no harsh words are permitted here. The Faithful are way above that.

Now, how is this site financed? It is owned by Capt. Patrick, lock, stock and barrel. He has some site sponsors (hey, my law firm is one, wanna sue someone for stealing your bank?) but most of the financial support comes from viewers like you. Hummmm, sounds like Public Broadcasting, so let me modify that: Most of the funding comes from the Faithful.

So who are "The Faithful"?

In my view, The Faithful are the people who love Bertram boats, from the first one ever popped out of a mold to the one that's about to launch today. Over the some 4 or 5 years of Patrick putting us in this common sandbox, an awful lot of us have become very close friends. We turn out to all be pretty much the same, and have formed a tight bond. We are all different, but all the same. We now, unlike many people that met on the net (say it ain't so, UV, say it ain't so ya'll met on the INTERNET?) we see each other a good bit, have events where we have a big time, and just enjoy being with each other.

OK, enough of the tear-jerking, time to raise some money to keep our Sandbox thriving. Many of us send money to Patrick on a regular basis, some now and then. This fundraiser is a special event, to celebrate our Noble Leader's 60th birthday. I ask each and every one of you to send a check to Ole Fart (address is on the top of the page) for $60 with a notation on the bottom of your check that says, "Happy Birthday, Ole Fart".

Many of us can, and will send more, because what he has created is priceless for the fiendships we have formed here, not just casual friendships, but friends for life.

So the minimum is $60, and let's get after it. Write them checks, and we will have an "Amen" corner under this post - all you have to post is "I'm in" and we need to fill this server up with "I'm in's"

It is my humble pleasure to know you guys, and let's step up to the plate to keep free and open.

your friend,


Special Thanks to all who continue to show your support:

Fall 2004

  • Greg Acton
  • Jim Bailey
  • Bill Beardslee
  • Jim Bourg
  • Brick Brown
  • Ed Chadrow
  • David Clutter
  • Mac Creech
  • Chiles Cridlin
  • Rodney Cocuzza
  • Ed Curry
  • Bill Cusick
  • John & Steve Davis
  • Tommy Drake
  • Dick Dean
  • Scott Deskins
  • Trey Dibrell
  • Bruce Doan
  • John Dunker
  • Richard, "Doc", Ely
  • Lynn Fasnacht
  • Ernest Fielder
  • Bob Fioresi
  • Wayne Flutz
  • Andre Fourrier
  • Moonie Fourrier
  • John Formica
  • Terry Frank
  • Bill Fuller
  • Eddy Gallegos
  • Jerry Gomber
  • Fred Haas
  • Tom Hodgson
  • Holtz Boatworks
  • Tom Jacob
  • Charlie Johnson
  • Troy Johnson
  • Garry Jordan
  • Gary Kahn
  • Walter Kaprielian
  • John Kelly
  • Mike Kennedy
  • Dave Kosh
  • Bob Lico
  • Tom Marata
  • Craig McCarville
  • Jack McDonnell
  • Dan McKinney
  • Dave Mechem
  • Tony Meola
  • Mitch Mills
  • Alex Moore
  • Patrick Nutt
  • Mike Olhstein
  • Russ Pagels
  • Chris Pague
  • Joe Pica
  • Robert Pitt
  • Doug Quigley
  • David Recca
  • Richard Reischer
  • Dave Roberts
  • Vic Roy
  • Kevin Saer
  • Rawleigh Simmons
  • Brian Smith
  • Ian Upton
  • Chris Walter
  • Tom Ward
  • Kenneth Wlodarczyk
  • Harry Woods
  • Joe Zaccarelli

A Very Special Thank You goes to Tom Jacob's wife, Rebecca, for the painting she did from one of the photos taken at the 2004 North Carolina Rendezvous!

A Very Special Thank You goes to Walt Kaprielian for sending his great The Captain Cook Book!

As always...

Best regards,

Patrick McCrary

Capt Patrick McCrary
3640 Investment Ln. #15
West Palm Beach, FL 33404


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