Capt. Bill Pike Blog

A Good Book and a VERY Big Wrench

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2017-02-07 17:59

A trusty pipe wrench

Our story opens in the midst of a voyage from Anacortes, Washington to Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, a very remote little archipelago well west of Vancouver Island. Lioness, a Defever 49 with five guys aboard, owner Phil Chernin and his brother-in-law Monty Bourn amongst them, eases along toward Queen Charlotte City, Haida Gwaii’sd one and only big town. 

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Guardian Angels

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2017-01-31 09:18

Sometimes when you really need ’em, they just show up.

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Eye of the Hurricane

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2017-01-18 09:59

Illustration by Kent BartonWherein the media-hyped, weather-related delusions of a long-distance boat owner are fully explicated.

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On Location: Grand Banks' New Malaysian Facility

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2017-01-11 08:58

Capt. Bill Pike travelled to Johor Bahru for an inside look at the new, high-tech facility where the Grand Banks 60 is being built.

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Shelter from the Storm

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2016-12-16 11:31

Most boaters go with a plain ol’ haulout at their marina prior to a hurricane—then they go home. Not these folks.

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My Sailboat Dalliance

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2016-10-03 12:31

Not having a boat can drive some people a little crazy. Here’s what it did to me.

Boatlessness does strange things to a boater’s psyche. At least that’s my experience. And to further explicate the phenomenon, please allow me to describe the bizarre state of mind I fell into during the long, glum, boatless period that stretched between the sale of my Grand Banks trawler a year or so ago and the recent purchase of my new (to me, that is) Cape Dory 28 Flybridge Cruiser. 

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Last Week, the Republicans...This Week the Democrats

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2016-07-27 09:23

boat ride at the 2016 DNC

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Boating and Voting: Capt. Bill at the RNC

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2016-07-21 07:43

The Republican National Convention? Yup, Capt. Bill Pike here, in Cleveland, site of the wild and wooly RNC. Next week… same deal with the Democratic National Convention. Watch for a big election story in the October issue of Power & Motoryacht. And join me on Facebook and Twitter for all the festivities. It'll be interesting—I guarantee.

National Marine Manufacturers Association

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The Republican National Convention?

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2016-07-19 09:28

RNCThe Republican National Convention? Yup, Capt. Bill Pike here, waiting on a plane to take me to Cleveland, site of the wild and wooly RNC. Next week … same deal with the Democratic National Convention. Watch for a big election story in the October issue of Power & Motoryacht. But for now, Join me on Facebook and Twitter for the festivities.

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The World of Boating—in Three Short, Sweet Stories

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2016-06-21 09:54

By Bob DiChiara, as told to Capt. Bill Pike

Bob DiChiara

Here, Take My Car 

Years ago, my wife, Joyce, and I took our first boat, a 30-foot Sea Ray Weekender, across Long Island Sound to Connecticut. We pull into the marina and we’ve got dinner reservations in town. But it’s raining. I mean, it’s pouring.

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