Capt. Bill Pike Blog

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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Nada on the Han

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2014-08-28 08:43

River Views on the Han

Retracing the steps you took, or rather the waters you swooped across, during a combat tour that enlivened your youth need not be a totally grim endeavor. In fact, there are aspects of it, I am finding out, that can actually be fun. For example, a couple of days ago on the Song Thu Bon, the Vietnamese skipper of our little single-diesel-powered double-ender (sort of a sampan, I’d say, with a roof and benches) let me drive for a while and I had a superb time doing it.

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An Extraordinary Project

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2014-08-27 09:15

Cua Viet River

Back in 1969, I served as an infantryman—a combat medic—in Vietnam. My unit operated in what was then called I Corps, just south of the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), a stretch of no-man’s land between the northern and southern parts of a country torn apart by a horrible war. A few weeks into my stint with Charlie Company, First Platoon, a cool thing happened—the brass decided we needed a little R&R and sent us all to a spot at the mouth of the Cua Viet River, just a bit south of the DMZ.  Cua Viet was home to a Navy base, with a beach, a mess hall—with food that beat the livin’ daylights out of the C-rations we were regularly feasting upon—and movies on most evenings in a sort of outdoor theater.

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Removing The Un-removable

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2014-08-11 09:00

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Using a Sextant for Navigation

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2014-06-05 16:18

Going Back For Backup

Can you believe? A celestial voyage down memory lane!

Many years ago, during what often seems like another lifetime, it was my job as a U.S.

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Goodbye Split Controls...And Good Riddance

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2014-05-08 09:56

Boat HelmSo let’s go totally retro for a sec. Let’s say it’s 1988 and I’m just making what I remember as a fairly ragged transition from commercial seafaring to the recreational realm, or to be more technically accurate, to the realm of marine magazines.

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Talk About A Sweet Boat

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2014-04-04 11:56

Coastal Craft 65 Concord

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A Wild, Wild Ride

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2014-04-02 12:09

Aspen 32The Aspen 32 from Aspen Power Catamarans ( has got to be one of the coolest, most interesting watercraft I’ve sea trialed in years. She has a very monohull-like appearance despite the fact that she’s got two hulls, not one. And get this: The Aspen is not actually a cat, despite her builder’s catamaranish name.

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