Capt. Bill Pike Blog

Is Frogtape Froggy Enough?

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2012-01-18 17:09

I'm not going to be unduly negative in the following little dittie I hope, just informative. If you're at all into onboard DIY these days, you've undoubtedly heard of Frogtape, a new product that purports to prevent tape-related bleed-through during  painting projects, both big and small. My brother told me about the stuff and, at his behest, I used some on a home-improvement job I had going around the ol' ranchero.

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Fold-Up Bike Alternative

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2012-01-06 16:07

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Holidays Before the Holidays

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2011-12-21 17:21

Funny thing about sunsets, a naturally groovy phenomenon you tend to see a lot of while traveling onboard a boat like my relatively slow, leave-at-dawn-arrive-sometime-after-the-moon-comes-up  trawler Betty Jane. On the one hand, there's a certain similarity amongst most of them I suppose, but on the other, most all have their unique characteristics, their foibles.

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Happy Halloweeeeeeeeennnnnn!

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2011-10-19 17:40

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Dive Dive Dive

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2011-10-12 17:04

"So just climb in there, Bill," Marc Deppe of Triton Subs told me. "Yup. Yup. That's right. Operating this sub is about as intuitive as breathing."

After a second or two, there I was, seated at the helm of the Triton sub simulator in Vero Beach. With the surface of some computer-generated water dead ahead at about eye-level. And a few computer-generated fish cruising past. And then a shark. Yikes! A hammerhead!

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Whoooooeeeee! What a Show!

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2011-09-28 11:25

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The Virtues of the Flying Bridge

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2011-09-07 16:40

Okay. I'm probably going to create a little controversy with this baby, but what the heck. Over the years, here and there, I've had the opportunity to operate any number of large watercraft, often at night, during bouts of rather snotty weather, and (with what seemed to me like) the highly inconvenient absence of a flying bridge.

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Bertram Yachts' 50th Anniversary Party

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2011-08-31 13:43

Rain Check?

Bertram Yachts' 50th Anniversary Was One Helluva Party, Despite The Weather!

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Just A Little Socially Redeeming Value? Nah!

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2011-07-06 16:59

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Hot Days on the Ol' St. Johns

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2011-06-22 15:05

I shot the photo shown above while solo-cruising Betty Jane just this past weekend. I say solo-cruising because my wife BJ did not exactly declare that she wouldn't join me but somehow, at the last minute more or less, found an excuse for not going along. The reasoning behind her decision was an elemental one, I suspect, albeit quite common in the Sunny South this time of year.

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