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Old Aug 11, 2007, 09:52 PM
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Pilar from Cuba

Just read an amazing story in the August Marine Modelling International. Israel Wlfredo Diaz Gomez lives in Cuba, and like most of his countrymen, he needs to be resourceful. He decided to build a model of Ernest Hemingway's 1934 cabin cruiser "Pilar", which is preserved at Hemingway's old home in Cuba.

He lists some of the challenges he overcame... not allowed to send money out of the country (eek! no mail order!), he used local woods, pieces of umbrella wires for various rods, a fan motor out of a Russian car... it goes on.

And one of his most useful resources? Pat Tritle's article on building "Orca"! Pat, you'll be in trouble in Miami now...


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Old Aug 11, 2007, 10:47 PM
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How on earth did they get an article about a guy living in a Communist country ruled by a fascist dictator who doesn't allow outside news sources?
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Old Aug 12, 2007, 06:07 AM
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Kmot, You are correct about censorship, but there is a lively toursist trade in Cuba mostly from Europe and Mexico. Too bad the entire populous doesn't benefit from it. Until recently (read 9/11) many sailboaters and sportfishers traveled to Cuba. The US is the only major power that has an embargo/travel restrictions on Cuba that I am aware of. The PILAR was/is like a pilgramage for fisherman and those that have read of Hemingway's exploits. If anyone is interested in scratch building the PILAR, her sister ship is in a tackle shop here in the Keys. She is about 98% restored to her original configuration from what I can tell. I should probably stop and take some pictures one day, give me a good reason to have a libation at Zane Greys (bar inside tackle shop).
If you haveen't seen the boats that the Cubans build to migrate to the States you have been cheated. I'm convinced that somebody had a satellite TV and watched Monster Garage These are the only vehicle conversions I am aware of, but the other craft are just as impressive when you think that they risk thier lives to cross a trechourous body of water like the Straits of Florida. All of these were powered by putting a prop on the driveline The Buick was making good 6 knots when we intercepted it!
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Old Aug 12, 2007, 07:22 AM
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Do take pix! Maybe we can get Pat T. to draw up a model... there's a connection now, after all...

Yep, I know this isn't a place for politics... but we do business with, and allow trade to Hanoi, Moscow (don't tell me they aren't a repressive dictatorship!), Bejing, and a whole slew of others... why not Cuba?
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Old Aug 12, 2007, 09:24 AM
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Pat, I'll get the pix hopefully this week. I think I have a couple of stops up that way this week, I'll have to check. I would love to see Pat T. whip this one up. She is a beautiful old boat. Lots of Character.
No politics, but I guess one would have to read some history back from the early 1960's until now on how/why to take a stand and not give it up. Right or wrong it's still going on...on both sides.
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Old Aug 12, 2007, 09:29 AM
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It's a shame they have to sink those amazing car/boats. They should be saved and put on display somewhere as a reminder of what people will go through to get to this country.
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Old Aug 12, 2007, 02:38 PM
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No politics, but I guess one would have to read some history back from the early 1960's until now on how/why to take a stand and not give it up. Right or wrong it's still going on...on both sides.
Rhumb, like you said, there would be some reading up required to get the whole dirty little picture.

It involves tarnished politicians from this country, from Cuba, and then you mix in a little mob participation---.

A lot of embarassment all around, if the real facts got out---.
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Old Aug 12, 2007, 02:55 PM
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hmmm... time to model an rc carboat?
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Old Aug 12, 2007, 08:49 PM
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lowdive, There is not much more to go on other than a few pic's and scattered first hand reports. So think driveline prop, 4 tires and correct model and year and yer there!
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Old Aug 12, 2007, 09:44 PM
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Kaptain, you are right on all counts.

I had more of a response but it sounded like a soap box so I figured I'd spare us all. What I will say is working in that arena made me take stock in a lot of things. And that's all I have to say about that.

Now who is going to build the PILAR first so I can watch and learn sumthin?

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You get the impression that a lot of people are waiting for Fidel to pass from the scene; that might provide an opportunity for things to begin to change - maybe.
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Old Aug 13, 2007, 02:57 PM
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Speaking of beautiful old wooden yachts, how about this grand old dame.If I only had the money,she'd be all mine.Can someone say retirement home?
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Old Aug 13, 2007, 03:11 PM
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wow! that is a beaut!
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Old Aug 13, 2007, 03:58 PM
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Har! My grandad had that idea in '62... he and Grandma were on a Matthews 44... that lasted a bit more than a year before they settled on dry land again.

Oh, the mahogany! The varnish of it all!
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What a great line!

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Har! My grandad had that idea in '62... he and Grandma were on a Matthews 44... that lasted a bit more than a year before they settled on dry land again.

Oh, the mahogany! The varnish of it all!
patmat, I needed a good laugh this afternoon thanks!
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