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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...

Love Story

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted December 2009 | Add a Comment

Crewed or bareboat? The author samples both. Photo by Gary FeltonPhoto by Gary FeltonThis view of Marina Cay shows the house where Robb and Rodie White lived in the 1930’s, on the hilltop between two red-roofed

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Grand, Ain't It?

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2009 | Add a Comment

I grew up a few milesfrom a little miningtown in northernNew York State, andon Friday evenings,shortly after the paychecks came out,our family went to town to do ourgrocery shopping. We’d park our Chevyon Main Street to, as mom used to say,“watch the people go by.”Don’t laugh—this customwas the highlight of ourweek. Folks came frommiles around to

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Trick Your Ride

By Capt. Patrick S...Capt. Grant RafterCatherine PearsonCapt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2009 | Add a Comment

Everyone dreams about buying that new boat. Historically, PMY readers have traded up every three years. But for a lot of us, that usual step up is going to have to be deferred for a few months. However, that doesn’t mean we’ll have to put up with the same old boat. Take a look around, and you’ll see that there’s plenty of room for improvement onboard.In this section PMY’s editors offer 14

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Nautic Air Module - Got Allergies?

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2009 | Add a Comment

As an unabashed booster for boats and boating, I’m a tad amazed to find myself admitting that we boaters have a wholly invisible but smelly problem: onboard air quality. Consider my own 21-year-old, meticulously maintained trawler Betty Jane. Like lots of other vessels, she mostly gets used on weekends, and throughout any given weekend, especially during the summer, she’s likely to be almost

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Jabsco Oil Changer

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2009 | Add a Comment

When my buddy Bruce said he had a like-new Jabsco Porta Quick oil changer he’d give me for free, I was happy. When I discovered the unit sells for $209.99, I was ecstatic.The Porta Quick is a 14-quart plastic container/reservoir with a 12-volt electric impeller-type pump on top. A cord with alligator clips supplies battery power, and a toggle switch

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Toss the Sawzall!

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2009 | Add a Comment

So a guy walks into a boatyard and says, “Hey, I gotta have a bow thruster.” In a few days, an open-ended job begins, with the bill contingent upon the yard’s hourly rate, expertise, and the man-hours worked. When the guy returns he finds his boat starring in a veritable horror show. A couple of first-time thruster installers have blundered into a foam-cored transversal while cutting a hole in

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100 Largest Yachts 2009 #96: Trident

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2009 | Add a Comment

Trident | 213'9" ( tie )In June, during a tour of Dutch-based builders, I got a chance to take a short cruise around Amsterdam aboard this 214-foot beauty. And even though her Donald-Starkey interior was not yet complete, I did get to check out some of her more striking design elements. From the centerpiece elevator that Feadship rightly

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100 Largest Yachts 2009 #82: Attessa

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2009 | Add a Comment

Attessa | 225'0" ( 71 ) Billionaire industrialist, shipping magnate, and true boat lover Dennis Washington owns this 226-foot beauty, which has a storied past despite her youthful appearance. She was originally launched in 1998 as the 203-foot Feadship Lady Avila. In May 2001, during a passage from Thailand to Rhodes, she caught fire

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100 Largest Yachts 2009 #78: Martha Ann

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2009 | Add a Comment

Martha Ann | 229'6" ( 67 ) ( tie )Martha Ann’s a globe-trotter of the first order. Since her launch in December 2007, she’s already made landfall in a host of palm-fringed ports in the Bahamas and western Caribbean. One of her most spottable attributes is her striking blue hull, a color not shared by sisterships Apoise (89)

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Swap or Not?

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2009 | Add a Comment

I explained to Joe Galati of Galati Yacht Sales that PMY was looking for a cruiser with incandescent or halogen lighting that we could swap for LEDs from Imtra Marine. We had four objectives:First, we wanted to see if it’s a do-it-yourself project or a job for a pro. Second, we wanted to measure energy savings—LED lights are heralded for their energy efficiency but backup data is

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