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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.

Boat Conversion from a Fishing Vessel to a Yacht

By | Posted October 2012 | Add a Comment

Resident boat nut Capt. Bill Pike recounts one man’s quest to save a 56-year old herring drifter from the scrap heap.

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6 Tips for Cruising Home Waters

By | Posted August 2012 | Add a Comment

Cruising home waters, even for few days, can introduce you to people and places you’ve never seen before! Here’s how to make a truly unexpected adventure happen

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Robert Moss interview

By | Posted August 2012 | Add a Comment

Capt. Bill Pike interviews Princess V72 owner, Robert Moss

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Princess V72

By | Posted August 2012

Power & Motoryacht's boat test of the Princess V72. With responsive control and plenty of horsepower, this Princess V72 gives an experienced owner the confidence to run her on his own.

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How to Tie a Bowline

By | Posted June 2012 | Add a Comment

Chapman doesn't properly illustrate how to quickly and efficiently tie a bowline. Forget about that "rabbit and the hole," this video will show you the proper way to tie a bowline—tug-boat fashion.

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Marquis 630 Sport Yacht

By | Posted June 2012

The Marquis 630 Sport Yacht is a punchy combination of volvo joystick control and the most powerful IPS available. The Marquis 630 Sport Yacht is a well-engineered, expertly crafted, and elegantly designed performance cruiser, with plenty of get-up-and-go. Power & Motoryacht's boat test of the Marquis 630 Sport Yacht, including review, specifications, layout plans, final boat test numbers, and photographs.

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Sea Ray 410 Sundancer

By | Posted June 2012

Our Executive Editor cuts a rug onboard Sea Ray’s latest sport yacht, the 410 Sundancer, and finds plenty to like—if you’re into fun Boat test of the Sea Ray 410 Sundancer. Back in the day, thanks to what they call bonne chance in southern Louisiana, I crossed trails with a fabulous old Cajun by the name of Justin Wilson. He had a popular cooking show on TV at the time and a bunch of books, cookbooks, and videos on the market. And because we hit it off from the start, he kindly offered to help me with a story I was doing about Louisiana-built boats, Cajun restaurants, and whatever else I could dream up...

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Why Did the Megayacht Yogi Sink?

By | Posted May 2012 | Add a Comment

The boating industry was stunned when Yogi—a virtually brand-new, $39 million megayacht—sank in the Aegean Sea. The incident raised questions. Lots of them.

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A Daring Rescue of a Tsunami-Swept Yacht

By | Posted April 2012 | Add a Comment

When the tsunami hit northeast Japan in 2011, a Bertram 57 was washed out to sea. Her owner rescued her. Takayuki Nozawa. When I met him for the first time at this year’s Miami Boat Show, I was already somewhat familiar with how he’d saved his beloved Bertram 57 Golden Bay from oblivion after the 2011 tsunami in Japan. I’d seen video footage of his jump from the helicopter. And we’d talked on the phone, him in the office of his Yasuda Shipyard in Tokyo, me in my office in the Florida Panhandle...

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Recreating A Boat's Helm

By | Posted April 2012 | Add a Comment

Tired of those old electronics? Why not give your boat a whole new helm? Here’s how one boater recreated his boat's helm. With mounting frustration, Pasquale Didonato eased his 48-foot Sea Ray Sedan Bridge out of the C&D canal toward the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay. It was well after dark, and a raster-scan radar screen gave his countenance a spooky glow as he leaned to the right in a half-crouch to check his lineup on an upcoming set of buoys...

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