Capt. Bill Pike's blog

Move Over, Gilligan!

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?

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!

Doing a little work on your boat? It’s possible you’ll see a few things that’ll flat-out astound you. Or worse!

By Capt. Bill Pike |

A Good Book and a VERY Big Wrench

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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My Sailboat Dalliance

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. 

By Capt. Bill Pike |
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