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My Local Boat ( plenty of fantasies I have)
by Ed Matlack
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I swear this place needs a micellaneous category...this is another of my fantastical journeys thru my fantasy world...

My Local Boat…

(plenty of fantasies I have)


She is a 31-foot Bertram sports fisherman,

She has the lines of the designer’s eye,

An ocean boat of strength & beauty,

Power from twin turbo-charged Yanmar diesels,

She can get up to and stay at a respectable 30 knots,

But she is not made for speed, but for longevity at sea…


Her range is not that of the Rene Lyn, but 500 nautical, ain’t bad,

Out to the canyon and back at speed, with fuel to spare, not so sad,

Outriggers & all electronics, GPS, Raytheon etc times two,

Just in case, an Epirb on the raft, if in the water we go too…


She is the Rainbow Zen, my personal fishing boat; she is the very end,

I will never trade her in; will never do anything but take care of her,

Until that fateful day when the gods do trade me in and request that I send,

My old fisherman’s body into the great fishing contest in the sky,

But I will be forced to leave the Rainbow Zen here for another,

To use her to his hearts content, for she will outlast us all,

Herein I don’t pretend…  

                     © ed – 3/4/04

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Reviewed by Scott Zachary 3/4/2004
You nailed it, buddy! It's time to put "Cruisin' Skipper's Dream" in the garage and get a real boat. You made me do it, so there. Thanks for a wonderful poem!

Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 3/4/2004
Ed, what are you doing slipping around and taking pictures of my Bertram...good thing I took down the outriggers this week...great little dream Eh?
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 3/4/2004
She does look like a beauty!
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 3/4/2004
Excuse me, sir.. could you please help me up off the floor? Ahhhhhhh... Ed, me sweet! I fully collapse over boats and water.. the sea, the ocean, the lake, even rivers are just fine with me... (you can have the chorine stuff.. ick) Jaysus, when I scrolled
down to see this gorgeous picture I just floated right off my chair... sigh... I love this piece you've written, a fine tribute to a natural beauty, I'd say.
Ok... here's the deal, my dear, lovely, sweet, wonderful friend (sucking up here) hehe... I think you should adopt me... yes, you read me right... adopt me!
Then I can see her, walk on her, feel her, go out into the water on her... and ohhhhhh, how cool that would be! Pleeeeeease!? (grin) Think about it? ok.. thanks.. katy xox.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/4/2004
Beautiful boat Ed!!

Love tinka
Reviewed by Rene Swing 3/4/2004
Hey u know, I stayed here! No I mean it. In the house where the boat is docked, I stayed here for 1 summer. It was yrs. ago. I love the summer there too. So peaceful & calm....Wish I could go back there again....But then maybe someday.....

Love ya....Rene'
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