Our hotel in Bangkok faced the river. Out of our window I could follow the boat traffic up and down. If you have seen other posts in this blog you know that I enjoy sitting by the Mississippi River in New Orleans and watching the busy river. The river in New Orleans is predictable with the same types of huge ships coming and going. This crazy river had all kinds from huge barges to speed boat river taxis. To explore some of the main tourist attractions you rode a river taxi with the locals. Great fun and great views.
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They have direct drive to a propeller on a shaft. The entire motor is balanced on a pivot and the driver controls the boat by physically lifting the motor and shaft to the left or right to turn or completely out of the water to stop.