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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...

Grand Banks Aleutian 72 RP

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

The Grand Banks Aleutian 72 RP has a Tom Fexas-designed modified-deep-V hull. She is a rather fuel efficient vessel at semi-displacement velocities but is also capable of a 21-knot cruise speed and a 25-knot top end.

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Capt. Tolley’s Creeping Crack Cure

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

Capt. Bill Pike's gear pick for patching a leak on his boat.

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Cruising Desolation Sound

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

Sometimes the ideas you encounter while cruising can open your mind. Capt. Bill Pike joins the crew of a Grand Banks 72 Aleutian RP on a cruise to Desolation Sound, with a merry fleet following along behind and spectacular scenery and new perspectives in the offing.

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The Future of Boatbuilding

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

What Will Boats Look Like in the Future? Technology continues to leap forward and bring boaters along for a wild ride of powerful capabilities, simplified operation, and improved comfort. We thought it may help us all understand where things are headed by trying to see into the future. Capt. Bill Pike talked to folks at Carver Yachts, Raymarine, Northern Lights, and others who are leading the charge, and you may be surprised by what he discovered. Find out more here.

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Royal White Shrimp Boots

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

Capt. Bill Pike's Pick Royals are super-comfy and supple because they, unlike most PVC shrimp boots you see kickin’ around, reportedly have real rubber in them, thanks to an actual rubber plantation near the manufacturing facility in Bogotá, Colombia.

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Hunt 52 Semi-Custom

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

Understand how you want to use her, and then have her built to your exacting specifications, of course. Capt. Bill Pike explores the world of semi-custom boatbuilding with Hunt Yachts and speaks to owners and boatbuilders to learn more about the process.

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Hinckley Talaria 40 - Fog Dog

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2013

As we went to press, Hinckley had just announced it would begin to offer Volvo Penta IPS as a propulsion option on select models. Capt. Bill Pike takes you through a one-off conversion that may offer some insight into the decision.

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What to do if the Electronics on your Boat Fail

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

Navigation electronics make things easy on boaters—till they go wrong. Learn the best way to stay safe while cruising. Our tips will help you know just where you are, where you’re headed, and how to get home using a keen mind, a sharp eye, and the tools of the trade.

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Orpine Wash & Wax

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

Capt. Bill Pike's Pick A couple of months ago, after completing a sea trial on a big yacht that fairly glistened in the sun, I asked the captain, “Hey Frank, whataya use for soap? To keep your boat lookin’ like she does, I mean?”

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Expert Varnishing Tips

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

A good varnish job is a beautiful thing to behold. But getting it just right is not for the faint of heart—the trick is in the details. Learn how the professionals do the job here.

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