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Volvo Announces Acquisition of Seven Marine

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2017-07-07 09:21

Seven Marine Outboards

As Volvo Penta becomes the majority owner of Seven Marine, does this mean the realm of outboard propulsion is going to change? In ways that may eventually (pardon the pun) shock you.

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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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