— By Capt. Stuart Reininger — A Gift Worth Giving - Bertram gives itself, and us, a big present. I don’t wax nostalgic, especially when it comes to boats. Since I’ve been messing around in ‘em, I’ve watched them become better built, safer, easier to handle, and yes, more affordable. I think ahead, not of the past. Well, usually. I can’t look at a Bertram tearing out of an inlet without remembering the sight of the original 31-foot Moppie, which blasted out of Government Cut to win the 1960 Miami to Nassau race. Crewing aboard an ancient Huckins being delivered to Miami, I was close enough to history to see the rooster tails on the horizon. So I have a connection. And every Bertram that’s been built since Richard Bertram parlayed that win into a company that made his name synonymous with quality has a connection with Moppie.