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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...

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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Ladybug 2200S TANCS

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

Capt. Bill Pike’s favorite piece of onboard gear for February 2014. A technology called TANCS (Thermo Accelerated Nano Crystal Sanitation) might very well produce a cleaner, fresher-smelling boat interior, without resorting to bleach or other harsh chemicals.

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Astondoa Top Deck 63

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted January 2014

Power & Motoryacht's Boat Test of the Astondoa Top Deck 63.  Astondoa’s new Top Deck 63 is, to say the least, a departure from the norm. With fold-out decks and a swim platform that can nearly double its size, the boat has loads and loads of deck space. Read Capt. Bill Pike’s test of her here.

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Hatteras 100 Raised Pilothouse

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted January 2014

Power & Motoryacht's Boat Test of the Hatteras 100 Raised Pilothouse.  Executive Editor Bill Pike recently tested the Hatteras 100, a boat which he found both luxurious and sturdy. The test was held in trying conditions, with wind gusts up to 25 knots. 

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Marine Diesel Engine Advice from a Pro

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

Ever wished you had a buddy who was a diesel mechanic so he could give you the real skinny on what’s going on with your engine? You’re in luck. Capt. Bill Pike has just such a friend, and in this article he asks him some of the questions you always wondered about, but were too afraid to ask.

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How to Upgrade Your Boat Like a Pro

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted December 2013 | Add a Comment

As vice president of sales and marketing for custom superyacht mainstay Trinity Yachts, Billy Smith knows a thing or two about building a better boat. Capt. Bill Pike did a deep dive with him on how to improve the amenities, performance, and aesthetics of any boat, and they started with Smith’s 32-foot Mainship. Read here for must-have knowledge on upgrading your own boat.

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