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by Capt. Bill Pike

PMY Senior Editor:
Bill’s career incorporates a wide range of experience in both journalism and boating. He began his writing career in 1972 as a general-assignment reporter and columnist for the Watertown Daily Times in Watertown, New York. Later he went on to work as a feature writer and reporter for the St. Petersburg Times. Read more here...

How to Maintain a Windlass

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2015 | Add a Comment

Like all of your onboard equipment, your windlass requires regular maintenance in order to live a long life.

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Linesmanship Quiz

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2015 | Add a Comment

You've been tying up boats since you were a little squirt, but have you been doing it correctly? Take our quiz and figure out how much you know and how much you don't about managing the lines around your boat. It should take about three minutes.

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Aquila 44

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2015

MarineMax added bulbous bows to its Aquila 44 catamaran and compared the resulting performance. And Capt. Bill Pike was along for the ride, on both boats. See what he found out here.

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Going Back to Vietnam

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2015 | Add a Comment

A decorated Vietnam War veteran, our own Capt. Bill Pike, heads back to Vietnam in search of a conflict-era U.S. patrol boat, and perhaps something a bit more important than that.

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The Life Of Legendary Boatbuilder Forest E. Johnson

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2015 | Add a Comment

Take a look back at the life of legendary early 20th century boatbuilder Forest E. Johnson and the advent of the Miami boatbuilding scene. (It involves lots of rum running.)

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Jupiter 41 Sport Bridge

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2015

Our Boat Test of the Jupiter 41 Sport Bridge.  Thanks to her cool, swept-back profile, triple outboard power, and blazing offshore performance, the Jupiter 41 Sport Bridge puts out some serious sizzle.

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Viking 75 Motor Yacht

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted May 2015

Our Boat Test of the Viking 75 Motor Yacht.  Viking’s 75 Motor Yacht—a cutting-edge cruiser with the engine room, performance, and soul of a salty convertible sportfisherman.

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Outerlimits SV43

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted May 2015 | Add a Comment

When the guys at Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats set their sights on a new V-bottom kilometer speed record they knew it’d be a big commitment. They just didn’t know how big.

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Fuel-Water Separators Demystified

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2015 | Add a Comment

Your fuel-water separator may not be the most glamorous thing on your boat, but it could be one of the most important. Check out our guide to how to best take care of your system.

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Boatbuilding in Vietnam

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2015 | Add a Comment

Executive Editor Capt. Bill Pike travels to Vietnam to check in with prolific boatbuilder Dan Fritz and get the first look at his series of new Globetrotting trawlers.

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