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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...

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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Filson Original Briefcase

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

Capt. Bill Pike's favorite bag...

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More Maintenance Tips and Tricks

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

Six New Boat-Care Tips. So you want your boating to be even better from now on? Read on, fellow boat nuts.

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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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