View Full Version : reading Hemingway's Boat

10-23-2011, 06:19 PM
Started the new book called "Hemingway's Boat, Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost."

His beloved boat was the thirty-eight-foot motor yacht Pilar, supposedly the true love of Hemingway's life. She was a handsome black fishing boat, out of Key West and Havana, built for Hemingway at the Wheeler Shipyard in Brooklyn in 1934.


Here is an article about her in Yachting in 2007.


The book is pretty good so far, if a little heavy handed in the macho Hemingway way.

Although I haven't finished reading it yet, it seems that the boat brought out the best in Papa. His sons remember some of their few happy times with him as the times out on the boat.

The author, Paul Hendrickson, says Hemingway was "boatstruck," which is something everyone on this forum will understand on a personal level.

I am enjoying it so far.


10-23-2011, 06:54 PM
That is one lovely boat....a beautiful vessel, and just what I would imagine Papa "machoing" up on..thanks for posting.

Googled around a bit and found some pics and a bit more info here:


I would sure love to own (and have the ability to use and upkeep) her....

Scott Rosen
10-23-2011, 10:17 PM
I bought the book last weekend and look forward to starting it as soon as I finish The King's Highway.

10-24-2011, 06:44 AM
Interestingly, the Yachting article says there's only one other Wheeler Playmate known to exist, but you can get up close and personal with a sister ship (or so I thought) at the Islamorada Bass Pro Shop. Google-fu seems to be inconclusive as to whether it's an actual sister ship.

Anyway, sounds like the book is work checking out!

10-24-2011, 09:25 AM
What do they say about dark hulled boats in tropical climates? That looks like it has held up well.

11-15-2011, 11:07 AM
Thanks for the tip. Down loaded it to my iPad and read it all the way from 30th street station in Philly to Toronto. Great book. See the Sunday NYT review. Slightly different view of mr macho. Thanks again.