Benno and I wanted to take in the Miami International Boat Show which ran from last Thursday through this Monday while we were here with our Diesel Duck. The advertisement claims it to be "The greatest Boat Show in the world" and with so many vendors in the Convention Halls alone for us to talk to, that by late afternoon we were totally exhausted, but loaded down with freebies like T-shirts, hats, mouse pad, pins, beverage holders, pens, eye glasses straps, sample products, neat shopping bags filled with brochures and catalogues to keep us busy for some time. In addition to the exhibition grounds around the Miami Beach Convention Center, courtesy shuttle buses would take you to other sites. At the Miamarina at Bayside, where the "Strictly Sail" boat show had the newest sailboats on display plus tents with related gear, Benno and I volunteered there for a couple of hours on Sunday at the SSCA booth to help promote this great association. At the Sea Isle Marina and Yachting Center all the power boats were lined up and waiting for new owners and the Yacht and Brokerage Show had a huge fleet of the multimillion dollar super yachts on display that had most folks say: "Wow!"
Now, the picture above makes you ask: "Hmm, Highway Patrol on a SPEED BOAT in Texas, which highway?" Well, after talking to one of the Sheriffs, Benno found out that they take this heavily cal. 7.62 machine gunned and kevlar bullet proofed boat to patrol a part of the Mexican border and to take care of the heavy armed "banditos".
On this picture Benno is admiring impressive artwork at a booth at the show.