Capt. Bill Pike Blog

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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Yachts Miami Beach 2016 - Day 2

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2016-02-12 11:40

So it’s Friday, the second official day of the Yachts Miami Beach Show, and a whole lot of boats and boat features have happily appeared on the ol’ Power & Motoryacht radar screen. Just a few:

Belzona 325

A sliding gunwale on this Belzona 325, a mid-range (can you believe?) center console. The feature facilitates getting aboard for divers and wheelchair users alike.

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Yachts Miami Beach 2016 - Day 1

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2016-02-11 22:22

Well, it’s that time again. The Yachts Miami Beach boat show began this morning with frosty temps but plenty of enthusiasm. While tooling around the show, I encountered some pretty interesting stuff. Check it out:

Kadey Krogen celebrated its 600th yacht

Kadey Krogen celebrated its 600th yacht with a 44-footer owned by happy campers Sue and Bill Ewing (far right). Annapolis sales exec (far left) and vice president of sales Tucker West  officiated.

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From Bavaria With Love!

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2015-04-08 08:39

Bavaria 360 Coupe

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Oh Wooden Aye

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2015-01-06 12:11

motoryacht Oh Wooden Aye

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Capt. Bill’s Boat Show Regime

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2014-10-29 15:26

Sometimes no plan is the best plan of all.

Oh, I know it. I should evince more personal development and maturity at this stage of the game. But hey, what can I say.

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So Long Vietnam (For The Second Time)

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2014-09-10 08:58

Danang Skyline

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The Strange Interlocking Boat

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2014-09-01 09:04


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The Trail Gets Warmer

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2014-08-30 06:50

Capt. Bill Pike in Vietnam

We used a sampan to make our way from the bridge at Dong Ha in Quang Tri, the northernmost province of what used to be South Vietnam, to Cua Viet, the spot where the U.S. Navy kept its PBRs and other watercraft back in the day. Of necessity, of course, we had to travel some water that I hadn’t traveled for 40-some years.

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Cruising Down The Perfume River

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2014-08-29 11:06

Capt. Bill Pike in Vietnam 

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