Most of PMY’s boat testers are exceptionally familiar with Ft. Lauderdale’s Harbortown Marina, a kickoff point for numerous wringouts. At the conclusion of yet another test, Capt. Bill Pike was departing Harbortown recently when he spied a creature in a tree ahead that, for all intents and purposes, blew his mind.
A monkey? Yougottabekiddin! Upon drawing closer, as if one monkey sighting wasn’t enough, he spotted three or four more, jumping around in the trees and sporting on the green sward.
Pike theorizes the animals, who seem quite at home in South Florida, particularly when bananas and apples are in the offing, may have escaped from captivity during a hurricane and returned to the wild, such as it is on the outskirts of Ft. Lauderdale. Not having time to investigate the sighting, however, he’s curious to know if any of PMY’s readers or Web site clickers have a handle on precisely where the monkeys came from and when they arrived.
If you know the answer to one or both of these questions, drop PMY a line.
This article originally appeared in the November 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.