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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.

Yacht Rescue in Panama

By | Posted November 2012 | Add a Comment

During the early ’90s, Colón, Panama, was a veritable den of cutthroats and thieves. Could a small band of Americans fly down there and liberate a brand-new 72-foot battlewagon—the Flagship of the Bertram fleet—from the decks of a mutinous freighter? A trapped yacht and an armed rescue team? Just another day in Panama.

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Volvo Penta DGPS Software Upgrade

By | Posted November 2012 | Add a Comment

A Groovy Refinement

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Look-Ahead Speed on Garmin GPSMAP 7212 displays

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How To Double Down on Radar

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How To Winterize Your Diesel

By | Posted November 2012 | Add a Comment

Capt. Bill's tips on winterizing your boat's diesel engine.

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Beneteau Gran Turismo 49 Fly

By | Posted November 2012

Online Exclusive Boat Test. The Beneteau Gran Turismo 49 Fly is a speedy, well-mannered performer offshore with a layout that’s both straightforward and ultra-roomy. Best of all, check that price. Learn all about her here.

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Capt. Bill’s Take

By | Posted October 2012 | Add a Comment

Whether it’s propulsion systems or design details, Capt. Bill Pike has seen trends come and go over the years. Now he’s training his eye on what’s new this year and in the future. It doesn’t matter what kind of boat you’re hunting, Pike will tell you what to look for.

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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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