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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...

Podcast: Ghost Ship

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2007 | Add a Comment

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PMY Tries: Star Tron Enzyme Fuel Treatment

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2007 | Add a Comment

Starbrite Star Tron Enzyme Fuel TreatmentMy trawler spends plenty of time sitting in a slip with her fuel tanks semifull and her powerplant twiddlin' its thumbs. To deal with the consequences, I installed a fuel polisher last year to remove contaminants, a savvy move in retrospect because I've since been able to keep my go-go

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Vikal Limo

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2007 | Add a Comment

It all started 15 years ago when Australian-born yacht-design wizard Jon Bannenberg challenged Gunnar Vikingur to build a special tender, a veritable waterborne limousine for Coral Island. Although Vikingur's small operation in Perth, Australia, was partnering with Oceanfast at the time, he made room for the project, and what resulted was the first

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Tough Trip to Charleston

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2007 | Add a Comment

Capt. Bill PikeThe view from Betty Jane's wheelhouse while we were southbound on the ICW on a showery day.Things got off to a mangy start. Right in the middle of breakfast, my buddy Chuck called from Florida saying he'd missed his flight—something about being "sicker than a dog" and trying

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No Sweat

By Capt. Bill Pikephotos by Mika ... | Posted March 2007 | Add a Comment

Major-league names in new wood coatings.My friend Don dang near had a conniption fit a while back when I made my little announcement. In fact, his gesticulations caused the waiter to hustle over to our table at our favorite restaurant and ask if everything was okay. Don’s wife Jiji also seemed to be a tad flustered, although she

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Magic Carpet Ride

By Capt. Bill PikePhotos by Jeffe... | Posted February 2007 | Add a Comment

Photographer Jeffery Salter and I were just finishing a superb dinner at Angler’s Restaurant in Marsh Harbor, smack dab in the middle of Abaco Beach Resort, when I hit our hosts with a little misguided humor. What the heck—you only go round once in life, right? Why not have a few laughs en route?“Lemme ask you guys a

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Gunk Be Gone!

By Capt. Bill Pikephotos by Mika ... | Posted December 2006 | Add a Comment

After I'd delivered my Grand Banks 32 to her new Florida home, her whole schtick changed—she went from being a true long-legged cruiser to the maritime equivalent of a couch potato, with a travel regimen featuring whole weekends dockside (for dealing with maintenance projects left unaddressed during the jaunt down the Intracoastal Waterway from Maryland)

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Desirable Destination: Half Moon Caye, Belize

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2006 | Add a Comment

Back of Beyond | NovemberBelize is justly famed for subtropical ecotouristic jaunts, diving along the Western Hemisphere’s longest barrier reef, and other far-flung adventures. Much of the country’s mangrove-fringed coast is sparsely inhabited, and it’s common to gunkhole for days without seeing a soul. But beyond all the

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Desirable Destination: Berry Islands, Bahamas

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2006 | Add a Comment

Bahama Mama | MarchChester," I yelled in order to be heard above the static of a bad cellphone connection. It crackled all the way to Little Harbor Cay, an ocean-washed coral postage stamp Chester and his mother Florence Darville call home, halfway down the remote, crescent-shape chain of Bahamian islets called the Berry Islands.

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Does This Stuff Really Work?

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2006 | Add a Comment

When I first came up with the notion of modifying a modern recreational vessel so I could do a side-by-side performance comparison between plain ol’ diesel fuel and the environmentally friendly, vegetable-based stuff getting so much press these days, the idea didn’t seem that complicated. I mean, how tough could it be? All I had to do was find a boat, install a temporary bladder-type tank in her

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