Capt. Bill Pike's blog

The World of Boating—in Three Short, Sweet Stories

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.

By Capt. Bill Pike |

Yachts Miami Beach 2016 - Day 2

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.

By Capt. Bill Pike |

Yachts Miami Beach 2016 - Day 1

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:

By Capt. Bill Pike |

From Bavaria With Love!

Bavaria 360 Coupe

By Capt. Bill Pike |

Oh Wooden Aye

motoryacht Oh Wooden Aye

Capt. Bill Pike discovers a "gorgeous old hunk of maritime art"

Submitted by on Tue, 2015-01-06 12:11 |

Capt. Bill’s Boat Show Regime

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.

Sometimes no plan is the best plan of all.

Submitted by on Wed, 2014-10-29 15:26 |

So Long Vietnam (For The Second Time)

Danang Skyline

Capt. Bill Pike has been keeping us abreast of his search through Vietnam for a Vietnam War-era U.S. patrol boat. Here, in his final blog post, he gives us some insight into that country’s culture, boating, and otherwise. It's a great read.

Submitted by on Wed, 2014-09-10 08:58 |

The Strange Interlocking Boat

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So we’ve come across two boats that are (or rather were) obviously American. The first we found along the Perfume River in Hue…it was certainly not a PBR but, on the other hand, it was decidedly Army-issue. From what we could tell, the darn thing had been raked with machine-gun fire—there were probably 40 or 50 holes in its riveted-aluminum hullsides.

Submitted by on Mon, 2014-09-01 09:04 |

The Trail Gets Warmer

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.

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.

Submitted by on Sat, 2014-08-30 06:50 |

Cruising Down The Perfume River

Capt. Bill Pike in Vietnam 

Submitted by on Fri, 2014-08-29 11:06 |
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