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Pilar Still Pleases

In our February/March 2012 issue of BoatU.S. Magazine, we featured an excerpt from Paul Hendrickson’s award-winning book, Hemingway’s Boat.

The book tells the story of Hemingway’s love afwfair with his boat Pilar, arguably his one true love, loyal and constant throughout the last 30 years of his life.

When Hendrickson visited Pilar in Cuba a few years ago, he described the boat as “sitting on concrete blocks like some old and gasping browned-out whale” and told how, while still beautiful, she was suffering from the inevitable ravages of time.

Well, the article brought back lots of positive feedback from readers and from one in particular, Mel Roberts, from Boca Raton, Florida, it brought some good news, and even better photos of Pilar!

Pilar Still Pleases
Recently my wife and I planned a trip to Cuba. Being lifelong boaters, two of the highlights we were looking forward to were visiting Hemingway's house, and seeing Pilar. Just prior to leaving for Cuba I read the article “Hemingway’s Boat,” (Feb./March 2012) by Paul Hendrickson. As a result, we expected Pilar to be a rundown hulk of a boat.

To our great and pleasant surprise, Pilar has been restored wonderfully and is nicely displayed.