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My first reaction to this image is "Nothing really stands out here." It leaves me with a sort of a "ho hum" feeling. It's not a BAD picture, but it has nothing in it that transcends the ordinary. It's no especially dynamic in composition, it's not especially colorful, it's not especially evocative, it's not especially emotional, or moody, or anything. It just "is", ya know?
Compositionally it's particularly awkward, partly because the boat's so centered but especially because the motor's truncated. Another strike against it is "no faces": there's no real sense of "play" here, they may's well be commuting up the swamp. The dog is potentially playful, but we can't "read" him.
I have looked at the images visible in thumbnails on your profile page, and I'm struck with how similar they all are. At first glance, it appears that you approach every composition straight-on, witht he subject centered and with relatively little excess environment surrounding it. It's as if you use the camera to record or memorialize things and creatures, as opposed to using it to give us any sense of your REACTION to these subjects. Does that make any sense?
Consider THIS picture; I realize this may not have been possible, but suppose you were down the shore to right quite a ways and shooting back AT the boat: Imagine the dog's face leering right at us, tongue flapping, silly grin. Imagine the driver of the boat grinning likewise. Imagine a more dynamic composition, maybe a vertical shot with the boat filling much of the bottom of the frame, then some trees and a bit of sky...
I'd like to see you break free of this conceptual framework you're working in, and start to let your hair down a little with some wild 'n crazy stuff. Don't be afraid to experiment. Don't be afraid to let emotion into your images :-)