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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...

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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How to Keep Your Props Clean

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

The very best way to coat a prop with anti-foulant. If you want to keep your boat running as well as possible, you need to keep your props clean. Of course the best way to do that is to use anti-foulant. But there’s more than one way to coat a prop.

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Trinity 120

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted February 2014

Power & Motoryacht's Boat Test of the Trinity 120.  With an interior built for comfort and rigging and engineering that stays true to the builder's roots, the 120-foot Trinity Finish Line is an impressive package. Capt. Bill Pike crawled over every inch of her to make sure of it.

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Sea Ray 510 Fly

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted February 2014

Power & Motoryacht’s Boat Test of the Sea Ray 510 Fly Sea Ray’s all-new 510 Fly announces the company’s surge into the yachting class. With excellent maneuverability and creative use of onboard space, this boat looks to be a gem. Capt. Bill Pike tested her out.

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