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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...

Volvo Penta D8 IPS

By | Posted January 2017 | Add a Comment

The Volvo Penta D8 fills a gap in the company’s line of recreational-boat-ready diesels, and it’s already linked to a next-generation IPS pod. Take our word for it, you’ll be seeing more of this engine at the next boat shows and beyond. Check her out here.

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Cutwater 302 Sport Coupe

By | Posted January 2017 | Add a Comment

Speed has been added to the equation with Cutwater’s newest 302 Sport Coupe. You can kiss the single step that energized the inboard-powered C-30 Sedan goodbye. The 302 has two, with “Laminar Flow Interrupters” (more on that later) that get this Sport Coupe moving.

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Nordic Tug 44

By | Posted January 2017 | Add a Comment

Our first look at the Nordic Tug 44. The Nordic Tug 42 was a heck of a boat, but she had a drawback or two. Her re-designed, and considerably refined replacement, the Nordic Tug 44, addresses the biggest of the lot with yachty panache.

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How to Repair Spider Cracks in Fiberglass

By | Posted December 2016 | Add a Comment

Stress cracks. Spider cracks. Hairline cracks. All suspicious looking in their own right. Replacing coring materials in an existing deck is a messy, pricey job probably best left to the professionals. First things first though: Identifying the problem. We break it down in 5 easy steps.

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Marlow Pilot 34

By | Posted December 2016

In spite of a smaller footprint, the Marlow Pilot 34 has lots in common with the big, sophisticated motoryachts that Marlow Marine has been building for years.

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Cruising the Maine Coast with a Legendary Couple

By | Posted December 2016 | Add a Comment

We cruise with legendary passagemakers Bruce and Joan Kessler and learn their secrets for a lifetime of happy boating.

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How to Letter Your Transom

By | Posted November 2016 | Add a Comment

There’s something to be said for handpainted letters on the transom, as Executive Editor Capt. Bill Pike recently discovered the best way. See if there’s a boatyard Van Gogh in your future. Check out the step-by-step procedure here.

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A Guide to Resurfacing Your Transom

By | Posted November 2016 | Add a Comment

Covering up old, barely visible names and hailing ports with Awlcraft 2000—a job best left to professionals.

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Nimbus 365 Coupe

By | Posted October 2016 | Add a Comment

Our first look at the Nimbus 365 Coupe. This handy pocket cruiser offers up some big-boat cruising features. It may mean this Nimbus 365 may be a boat you’ll want to move up into—or down into, depending on your starting point. Have a closer look at the low-maintenance design here.

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Grand Banks 44 Eastbay SX

By | Posted October 2016

Our Boat Test of the Grand Banks 44 Eastbay SX. The 44 Eastbay SX from Grand Banks features a wish list of modern boatbuilding materials, top-notch ancillaries, a precisely positioned LCG, and superb handling under rough and ready conditions.

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