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Capt. Bill Pike

Executive 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. Between those two jobs, he was a ship’s officer, working as navigator and supervisor on everything from tugs to 1,000-footers in the Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and the waters off South and Central America. He holds an unlimited tonnage, First Class Pilot’s License for the Great Lakes and a 1,600-ton Master’s License for all oceans.

Bill is on his second tour with Power & Motoryacht. He was an associate editor with PMY in the late ’80s but left to work as senior editor and technical editor at Boating. Bill returned to PMY in 1997. A recipient of numerous awards for his service in the army during the Vietnam War, Bill has also received a Boating Writers International first place award for feature writing and an NMMA Directors Award.

The Great Propeller Fight

By | Posted February 2013 | Add a Comment

I recently contended with a few of my colleagues here at Power & Motoryacht that most of the propellers we deal with in boat-test reports are of the fixed-pitch variety and therefore, to mention fixed pitch as a qualifier in a list of specifications constitutes an exercise in basest redundancy.

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Volvo Penta’s New V8-380

By | Posted January 2013 | Add a Comment

Volvo Penta uses two Formula 26 Sun Sports to test a lightweight, sophisticated V-8 that ups the performance ante. The new Volvo V8-380 demonstrated increased acceleration and improved fuel economy.

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A Little VHF Etiquette

By | Posted January 2013 | Add a Comment

There are any number of ways (books, pamphlets, the Internet, etc.) to get a handle on the rules and laws that govern VHF usage these days. But what about plain ol’ etiquette? You know—good manners? Aren’t there some subtleties to VHF usage that will promote solid communication as well as encourage bonhomie? Here are a few I’ve picked up on over the years.

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Ranger Tugs R-31

By | Posted January 2013

Power & Motoryacht Tested: The Cruise-Ready, Trailerable Ranger Tugs R-31 Capt. Bill Pike knows the advantages of single-diesel cruising boats. So who better to give the new Ranger Tugs R-31 the once-over? Don’t let the traditional lines of this boat fool you, she’s innovative through and through. Read all about her here.

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How To Dock Shorthanded

By | Posted November 2012 | Add a Comment

A few generalized tips on docking your boat safely, whether you’re short-handed or single-handed.

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How To Run an Inlet

By | Posted November 2012 | Add a Comment

Power is the biggie when running an inlet—precisely controlled power. The trick is to precisely fit speed and steering to the constantly changing conditions once inside the pass—going not too fast nor too slow.

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How To Bleed A Diesel Engine

By | Posted November 2012 | Add a Comment

If you allow air to enter the supply line of an engine it will promptly airlock the engine and summarily shut it down. Here are the steps to get things going again.

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How To Avoid A Hurricane

By | Posted November 2012 | Add a Comment

If caught in unavoidably bad weather, get creative.

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How NOT To Leave The Dock

By | Posted November 2012 | Add a Comment

Before departing any dock any time there are a few things you ought to get into the habit of doing...

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Regal 46 Sport Coupe

By | Posted November 2012

Power & Motoryacht's Boat Test of the Regal 46 Sport Coupe Hands-on boaters will lust after the joystick control and peppy performance of the Regal 46 Sport Coupe. But the inside-outside design and a wealth of entertainment amenities make sure there’s something for everyone.

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