Capt. Bill Pike's blog
So it’s Friday, the second official day of the Yachts Miami Beach Show, and a whole lot of boats and boat features have happily appeared on the ol’ Power & Motoryacht radar screen. Just a few:
Well, it’s that time again. The Yachts Miami Beach boat show began this morning with frosty temps but plenty of enthusiasm. While tooling around the show, I encountered some pretty interesting stuff. Check it out:
Sometimes no plan is the best plan of all.
Oh, I know it. I should evince more personal development and maturity at this stage of the game. But hey, what can I say.
We used a sampan to make our way from the bridge at Dong Ha in Quang Tri, the northernmost province of what used to be South Vietnam, to Cua Viet, the spot where the U.S. Navy kept its PBRs and other watercraft back in the day. Of necessity, of course, we had to travel some water that I hadn’t traveled for 40-some years.
Retracing the steps you took, or rather the waters you swooped across, during a combat tour that enlivened your youth need not be a totally grim endeavor. In fact, there are aspects of it, I am finding out, that can actually be fun. For example, a couple of days ago on the Song Thu Bon, the Vietnamese skipper of our little single-diesel-powered double-ender (sort of a sampan, I’d say, with a roof and benches) let me drive for a while and I had a superb time doing it.