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Capt. Bill Pike

Executive 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. Between those two jobs, he was a ship’s officer, working as navigator and supervisor on everything from tugs to 1,000-footers in the Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and the waters off South and Central America. He holds an unlimited tonnage, First Class Pilot’s License for the Great Lakes and a 1,600-ton Master’s License for all oceans.

Bill is on his second tour with Power & Motoryacht. He was an associate editor with PMY in the late ’80s but left to work as senior editor and technical editor at Boating. Bill returned to PMY in 1997. A recipient of numerous awards for his service in the army during the Vietnam War, Bill has also received a Boating Writers International first place award for feature writing and an NMMA Directors Award.

Bertram 35

By | Posted July 2017

Our boat test of the Bertram 35. Bertram is back with a powerful, seamlessly built 35-footer that’s as pretty as the sportfishing exemplar that inspired her, the iconic Bertram 31.

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EarTec UltraLITE Headset

By | Posted June 2017 | Add a Comment

These ultralight headsets make docking a calm and quiet experience.

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Hatteras 90 Motoryacht

By | Posted May 2017 | Add a Comment

New Boats Notebook: When Capt. Bill Pike took a virtual-reality tour of the coming Hatteras 90 Motoryacht at the last Yachts Miami Beach show, he found plenty of show-stopping details, including fold-out balconies and a flexible layout ripe for customization. Get more insight here.

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Viking 37 Billfish

By | Posted May 2017 | Add a Comment

Our first look at the Viking 37 Billfish.

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A Little Tape’ll Do Ya!

By | Posted April 2017 | Add a Comment

Got a few drink-holder-sized holes in your steering console that need patching? Or a spot where an antiquated plotter used to be that needs filling in?

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How to Replace Bad Isolation Mounts

By | Posted April 2017 | Add a Comment

Feeling more vibration on board than you are used to? A prop issue? Well, unless you’ve hit something recently, or run the old girl aground, it’s possible you have bad isolation mounts.

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Pirate of the Caribbean

By | Posted March 2017 | Add a Comment

Thousands of boats are stolen each year. Max Hardberger recovers some of them using alcohol, witch doctors and other forms of guile.

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High-Tech Boat Testing

By | Posted March 2017

Why isn’t your new yacht making her contract speed? Why are her turns to starboard tighter than those to port? Answering such questions definitively has been virtually impossible over the years. Not anymore.

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New Engine Alert: Debut of the Evinrude E-TEC G2

By | Posted February 2017 | Add a Comment

Capt. Bill Pike delves into the technology that makes these new outboards so special. (Hint: You never have to change the oil ... ever!)

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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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