Ah - Cuba - another reason to talk about Obama and boats (and to some of you guys - enough with the cynicism and predictions of doom. As Oscar Wilde said: The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing).
boat, Pilar, is in Cuba in desperate need of help. A US charity, Finca Vigna, was organized to restore the boat and his Cuban house but had its license
to travel to Cuba pulled by the Bush administration because it was somehow supporting the enemy (sigh).
This charity is no lightweight. The board includes Jimmy Buffett, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Bob Villa of this old house, and the watercraft curator from Mystic Seaport. Most interesting is the guy who ran Obama's New England
fundraising effort - Alan Solomont - is also on the board. I'd bet lunch money
that Barack knows this.
The Pilar is a really cool boat. A boatbuilder
who knows her history
told me that her twin engines were different sizes. One was 150hp for speed. The other was 50hp for trolling. Engines in those days were not good at idle. She ran fine under both engines or just one.
I've read that there's a Caribbean
summit in April in Trinidad that Obama is planning to attend. It's been suggested that he might pick this opportunity to make an announcement about Cuba.
The previous owner of my boat was a Brit. I've got somewhat outdated Cuban cruising guides
and even a Cuban courtesy flag aboard. I'm ready to go!