Capt. Bill Pike Blog

Move Over, Gilligan!

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2017-04-24 08:39

Illustration by Kent Barton

A dicey, dicey cruise reveals a crew’s true mettle.

I like to look good. If you stop by my North Florida ranchero most any time, I’ll want you to think good thoughts about me, like, “Wow, this guy’s got a helluva spread here. And look at that shop he has out back—all those tools hung up neatly on a giant pegboard. He must really know what he’s doing.”

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What Were They Thinking?

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2017-04-19 13:30

With the back of the electrical panel open, Zaricor encounters a true head-scratcher.With the back of the electrical panel open, Zaricor encounters a true head-scratcher.

What Were They Thinking?

Doing a little work on your boat? It’s possible you’ll see a few things that’ll flat-out astound you. Or worse!

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Crunch Time

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2017-03-20 11:04

En route to the boatyard? Don’t be in such a darn hurry!

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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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