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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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Now What The Heck Is That!

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2011-06-15 15:07


Just recently,  I had the good fortune to be cruising along the Amalfi Coast with my wife in an altogether lovely Maestro 82 motoryacht. The day was a beaut, of course. The weather tends to be warm this time of year in Italy, or at least along her shores. But it's seldom what you'd call hot, at least by North Florida standards.

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To Heck with Hubris

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2011-05-12 05:50

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Viking 42 Open Preview

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2011-03-14 14:41

Keep your eyes peeled for my review of Viking’s new 42 Open in the upcoming May issue of PMY.

Viking 42 helm

The 42’s Palm-Beach-style helm is one of the simplest, most elegant setups I’ve seen on a boat of any size in the past few years. And simple is important, in my opinion—some vessels these days are perhaps overly complicated from the operational standpoint, a foible that Viking’s gracefully avoided with the 42.

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Nothin’ To It, Bub

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2011-02-22 16:56

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What A Guy!

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2011-01-26 20:40


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This Time Of Year

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2010-12-16 17:46

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Spooky Wendigo Country

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2010-12-03 12:49

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Yet Another Interesting Side Trip

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2010-11-19 12:36


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As Luck Would Have It

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted 2010-10-22 10:33

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