Much water has passed under the Bertram bridge in recent years with a little debris left in the wake. Yesterday's press conference put to rest any concerns about the brand, the boats and most importantly... the people who build them. Merritt Island has a space-age talent pool that can only be matched by Seattle's software and aviation industry. Dedicated and educated labor is needed to build world class boats. The space coast was the right choice to expand the brand. I grew up believing the only thing solid in life was a Bertram; much like Dick, who was a very strong figure. But just how strong was yet to be seen. Allow me share a story...
Several days after publishing pictures and a story about a boat that 'Absolutely' sank, I received a certified letter from an attorney representing the Ferretti Group requesting certain omissions and corrections. As the publisher of a completely new, relatively untested media, I was concerned. I immediately sought legal council to evaluate my position.
Ferretti's attorney was based in Miami, along Brickell Avenue, about 100 miles south of where I live in Northern Palm Beach County. A few days after receiving this certified letter, I was cruising A1A in Jupiter, FL and I stopped to look at an open house. As I walked up the driveway, a man and his wife were leaving the house and I noticed several patches on the sleeve of his jacket including CRN, Pershing, Ferretti & Bertram. He was obviously someone in the biz so I asked if he worked for one of the companies. This gentleman shook my hand and said "I'm Bob Allen, Ferretti Group's attorney". I can't recall what ran through my mind at the time, but I can tell you a chill ran down my spine. As I shook his hand, I said "You're not going to believe this... I'm Carl Camper from YachtForums". It may have been the first time in history that an attorney was speechless.
I can't even begin to calculate the odds of us meeting, especially under the circumstances. I'm not a believer in the paranormal and honestly, I'm not an overly religious type either. But this meeting was WAY beyond happenstance. I can only surmise that Dick was looking down from the heavens on that day and he played a role in this. Maybe this gives you an idea how strong a figure Dick Bertram was. At least in my life.