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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 Replace a Windlass

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2014 | Add a Comment

If your windlass is looking a little worse for the wear, maybe it’s time to install a new one. Let us show you how.

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Why You Need a Life Raft on Your Boat

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2014 | Add a Comment

A boat fire can spread in minutes, and have dire consequences. Read one man’s tale of the time his boat caught on fire while at sea, and learn why a good life raft might be the most important piece of equipment on your boat.

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Crossing the Pacific Ocean in a Nordhavn 120

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2014 | Add a Comment

This story about the Nordhavn 120 crossing the Pacific Ocean is guaranteed to make you want to pull up your own anchor and set off for ports unknown.

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Riviera 50

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2014

Power & Motoryacht's boat test of the Riviera 50.  When Capt. Bill Bike heard about two otherwise nearly identical Rivieras, one powered by Cummins Zeus pods and the other powered by Volvo Pentas, he knew what he had to do. Test them to see which runs better, of course.

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Hatteras GT60 vs. Knit Wits

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2014

Power & Motoryacht's Boat Test of the Hatteras GT60 vs. Knit Wits.   We pitted the original Hatteras Knit Wits against her latest successor, the GT60, in a series of tests. You might be surprised at just how well the old lady fared. Read here for more.

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Air Filter Silencer from Walker

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2014 | Add a Comment

Checking the Decibel Rating on an Air Filter Silencer from Walker We put an air filter silencer from Walker Engineering to a true test—installing her on a boat and measuring her decibels.

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Princess S72

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted May 2014

Power & Motoryacht’s boat test of the Princess S72  Princess’s S72 is the first in a new class of sport boats for the British builder. Capt. Bill Pike tested her recently and found a vessel that was as pleasingly luxurious as she was fun to drive. He especially liked the boat’s spacious flying bridge.

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Bertram 64

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2014

Power & Motoryacht's Boat Test of the Bertram 64.  Bertram’s latest launch, the 64, is a fishing boat that will be able to compete with anything on the market thanks in no small part to her powerful Cat C32 ACERTs and seakindly, wave-slicing, deep-V hull. Capt. Bill Pike put her through a rigorous test and found just about everything onboard to his liking.

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Lowe’s Kobalt 138-Piece Socket Set

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2014 | Add a Comment

I have used my Kobalt socket set on so many onboard projects (from rehabbing an inverter to changing secondary fuel filters) that I’d be hard pressed to count them all.

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How to Rebuild a Fuel-Water Separator

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2014 | Add a Comment

Your fuel-water separator is an integral part of your boat. But do you know how to fix it if it starts to leak? Capt. Bill Pike shows you the ins and outs of repairing a Parker Racor FG500.

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