I’m here in Cannes, and I just bumped into Leonardo DeCaprio.

Well okay, not quite. But I did bump into Leonardo Blanco, who’s selling boats at the Cannes Boat Show.

But since I’m still jet lagged, and I’ve been walking the docks for two days straight, and I need to come up with a blog fast, please excuse this irrelevant opening paragraph and chalk it up to confusion, fatigue, out-right lying, or all of the above.

Boats look different in Europe, says no-longer-jaded reviewer Lenny Rudow.

Boats look different in Europe, says no-longer-jaded reviewer Lenny Rudow.

Seriously though, I am quite confused. And it’s not the language barrier, figuring out how to flush the toilet, or this strange Euro-money that seems to disappear even more quickly than dollars at the Miami Boat Show.

Actually, it’s the boats.

Apparently, we ‘Mericans don’t see all the different boats in the world on our side of the Atlantic—not by a long shot. Here in Cannes, I’ve spotted boats that amount to giant floating sunpads with a helm and hundreds of horsepower; aluminum-hulled ocean-capable single-screw 56-footers that have back-up power via Saildrives; one-man mini-subs; and yachts with cabins that are, essentially, gigantic plexi-bubbles plopped down on the deck. There are more plumb bows, over-forty-foot RIBS, and high aspect ratios (whatever they are), than you’d see back home in a decade.

After well over two of those decades covering the marine industry, I honestly thought I had more or less seen it all. Nope. Europeans do things a bit differently, and to be perfectly frank, they have some ideas we red-white-and-blue boaters should pick up on.

Curious? I hope so, because videos and reviews of some of the more interesting boats we’ve seen here will be coming to you soon. Until then, are-riviore. Or something.