With the elimination of the so-called wetfoot, dryfoot policy this month, will we be seeing fewer of these homemade boats? I wrote a Sun Sentinel story about that and how some local museums and gardens still have some of these rafts/vessels as relics of history. The Spanish version of the article is here.
The photo above is a raft called the Tio B that was found just south of Miami Beach in 1994 during the rafter crisis. The raft is on display at HistoryMiami Museum in downtown Miami. The photo below is of a Cuban boat (from the top) used by migrants in 1979 and one used by Haitians (below). (Photos by Johnny Diaz)