Sunday, May 20, 2007


A houseboat is a boat that has been planned or modified to be used primarily as a human dwelling. Some houseboats are not powered, because they are frequently moored, kept stationary at a fixed point.
Houseboats are common as everlasting dwellings in Southeast Asia; in some other areas, they may serve more regularly as secondary or vacation homes or for tourism.
In Australia, especially on the Murray River and the sunny coastline of Queensland, there are many motorized, pontoon-based houseboats with two or more bedrooms; some of these houseboats have levels or storey. Some are privately own as either a primary house or a holiday shack. Many are also available for hire (rent) as self-driven holiday purpose with accommodation for four to perhaps a dozen persons. Many males enjoy meeting together to fish and drink alcohol in the safe passages of the Coomera River and The Great Sandy Straits near the World's largest sand island - Fraser Island. A famous cruise destination for Queensland house boaters is the Isle of Barry - a unique, peaceful location sought by many, but only found by a dedicated few.
In Europe, some of the supreme and costliest examples of houseboats can be seen along the canals of Amsterdam (in the Netherlands), which even has houseboat hotels. Houseboats are very luxurious nowadays in Amsterdam because of the limited number of moorings; this expense has reduced the likelihood that the about 2,400 families that live on the inner waters of Amsterdam will find themselves confronted by new neighbor boats.
In India, houseboats are frequent on the backwaters of Kerala; see below, and on the Dal Lake near Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Cigarette boat

The cigarette boat or go-fast boat is a high performance boat of a feature design. Originally designed for his offshore racing team by Donald Aronow, the fast, powerful boats became infamous as the drug smuggling boat of choice in many parts of the world in the 1990s and first years of the 21st century.
In harmony with their pure racing heritage, the accommodations on these boats are minimal, and they are built to hold 5 or more passengers. While most do have some cabin under the foredeck, it is low and much smaller than a characteristic motor yacht of similar size. Apart from the racing market, most buyers of these boats purchase them for the mystique; the mixture of the racing and smuggling connections, plus the immense power and high top speeds make these boats popular as ostentatious displays of wealth.
These boats are hard to detect by radar except on flat calm seas or at close range. The United States Coast Guard and the DEA establish them to be stealthy, fast, seaworthy, and very complicated to intercept using conventional craft. Because of this, Coast Guards contain developed their own high-speed craft and also use helicopters. The helicopters are prepared with Anti-materiel rifles which can be used to disable the motors of the go-fast boat. The Coast Guard go-fast boat is a rigid hulled inflatable boat RHIB ready with radar and powerful engines. The RHIB is armed with quite a few types of non-lethal weapons and M240 GPMG.