Banana boat

:"For the song by Harry Belafonte, see the Banana Boat Song.":"A banana boat is also a long dish used for serving a banana split."

Unpowered boat

A banana boat, often referred to simply as a banana, is an unpowered recreational boat designed to be pulled by a larger boat. Riders sit astride a large tube which is supported by two smaller tubes which provide balance and footrests, allowing them to experience some of the thrill of moving fast and close to the water much more easily and safely than by water-skiing or surfing and they are therefore a popular ride for children. Many large motor yachts or luxury yachts have a banana as one of their onboard "toys", but any powered boat can pull a banana, and they are sometimes available as a commercial ride at holiday resorts. Most models seat between three and ten people. Double models with two seating tubes side by side are available. Banana boats are often yellow and are sometimes actually moulded into the shape of a banana.

The movie features a scene where the shark attacks swimmers on a banana boat.

Type of ship

A relatively fast refrigerated ship or reefer ship especially designed for the transport of cooled bananas on one leg of a voyage and general cargo (containerized or otherwise) on the return leg. Seamen sometimes refer to this kind of ship as a "skin boat". [http://www.greatwhitefleet.com/liner/Home.asp For pictures of this kind of ship see ]

Immigration

It is also commonly used as a term for immigrants from developing countries. To say one "came off the banana boat" can imply either illegal immigration, or stereotypical behavior based on one's nationality. In this case the boat referred to is a boat importing bananas rather than an inflatable. Compare banana republic.

Food

A banana boat is also the name of a popular snack in the United States. A slice of bread is spread with peanut butter, and then a banana is put inside and the bread is semi-rolled around the banana, thus resembling a boat.

It can also be a type of dessert cooked in a campfire. It is made by peeling back one side of a banana and slicing down the middle. Then M&M's, peanut butter chips, chocolate chips or marshmallows are added inside of the banana. It is then wrapped in foil and is cooked in hot coals for ten minutes or until the chocolate inside is melted.

Other uses

Banana Boat , founded by Robert Bell of Miami, Florida, United States, [http://www.robertbell.com/] , is also the name of a brand of sunscreen manufactured by Playtex Products, Inc..

Banana Boat is also a summer song by Bröderna Katz feat Pernilla made in 2007. [http://www.brodernakatz.se/?page_id=28]


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