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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...

How to do a Three-strand Splice

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2015 | Add a Comment

This is the easiest, most common splice. Typically, it’s used to put an eye in the end of a mooring line or anchor rode.

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Fiberglass Fabric Basics

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2015 | Add a Comment

So you’ve got a quarter guard that got torn up by a piling? Or you need to plug a hole left by an extracted through-hull? Fiberglass fabric’s the answer.

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How to Cleat a Line

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2015 | Add a Comment

A step-by-step guide of how to properly cleata a line, including a video demonstation.

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How to Coil a Line

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2015 | Add a Comment

Step-by-step instructions on how to properly coil a line, including a video demonstration.

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How to Tie a Boat up Properly

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2015 | Add a Comment

You should always strive to approximate this ideal, for the sake of safety and convenience.

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Clove Hitch on a Piling

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2015 | Add a Comment

How to do a clove hitch on a piling including a video demonstration.

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How to do a Rolling Hitch

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2015 | Add a Comment

Now and again you may need to secure a secondary line to a primary that’s under load (without slippage), so that tension is relieved.

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How to Tie a Bowline with Your Eyes Closed

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2015 | Add a Comment

The bowline can be used to make giant loops, temporarily fasten lines together, lift heavy objects, and serve a host of other purposes onboard.

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Safe Wind-Bound Departure

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2015 | Add a Comment

How to make a safe wind-bound departure with your boat.

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How to Lasso a Piling

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2015 | Add a Comment

With practice, you should be able to lasso a piling with a mooring line from, say, 8 or 10 feet off.

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