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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.

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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A Tribute to Capt. Richard Thiel

By | Posted September 2016 | Add a Comment

Farewell, My Friend. Executive Editor Capt. Bill Pike reflects on his friendship with Capt. Richard Thiel.

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A Very Special Gift

By | Posted July 2016 | Add a Comment

A 16-year-old fisherman with leukemia gets a special gift from a boatbuilding Good Samaritan.

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Three Women Making History at the Masters International Angling Tournament

By | Posted July 2016 | Add a Comment

To become a top offshore angler, one must possess a certain skill set and knowledge base that come from years of actively pursuing game fish. Nowhere does it say you have to be a man to do it. See what we mean here.

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Viking 48 Convertible

By | Posted June 2016 | Add a Comment

Our first look at the new Viking 48 Convertible. The first Viking 48 Convertible hit the high seas more than 30 years ago, and immediately became the leader of the pack. Thanks to an ongoing evolution of design at Viking, this new version adds cruise-worthiness to the fishbox.

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