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Yachts Miami Beach 2016 - Day 2

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:

Belzona 325

A sliding gunwale on this Belzona 325, a mid-range (can you believe?) center console. The feature facilitates getting aboard for divers and wheelchair users alike.

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Yachts Miami Beach 2016 - Day 1

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:


Kadey Krogen celebrated its 600th yacht

Kadey Krogen celebrated its 600th yacht with a 44-footer owned by happy campers Sue and Bill Ewing (far right). Annapolis sales exec (far left) and vice president of sales Tucker West  officiated.

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Oh Wooden Aye

motoryacht Oh Wooden Aye

Capt. Bill Pike discovers a "gorgeous old hunk of maritime art"

Capt. Bill’s Boat Show Regime

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.

Sometimes no plan is the best plan of all.

So Long Vietnam (For The Second Time)

Danang Skyline

Capt. Bill Pike has been keeping us abreast of his search through Vietnam for a Vietnam War-era U.S. patrol boat. Here, in his final blog post, he gives us some insight into that country’s culture, boating, and otherwise. It's a great read.

The Strange Interlocking Boat

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So we’ve come across two boats that are (or rather were) obviously American. The first we found along the Perfume River in Hue…it was certainly not a PBR but, on the other hand, it was decidedly Army-issue. From what we could tell, the darn thing had been raked with machine-gun fire—there were probably 40 or 50 holes in its riveted-aluminum hullsides.

The Trail Gets Warmer

Capt. Bill Pike in Vietnam

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.

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.

Cruising Down The Perfume River

Capt. Bill Pike in Vietnam 

Nada on the Han

River Views on the Han

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.

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.

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