In Vietnam, one can observe the entire evolution of boats, from primitive to modern.
Most are for work, many are for living, a bunch for transportation, and a few for leisure.
Man first ventured onto the water--not counting floating on a log or clinging to debris after being washed out to sea by a tsunami--in something called a coracle. These are still used, as witnessed on the beach at Da Nang. At the later end of the spectrum, hydrofoils breeze along the Saigon River carrying passengers to and from I know not where. In between are all shapes and sizes of water craft, including the one which carried me to and from that country.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.