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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...

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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Earthrace Saga

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

Earthrace is a B100-powered 78-foot trimaran with carbon fiber and Kevlar laminates and engine air intakes atop her “wings” to facilitate breathing in the wave-piercing mode. Below: Earthrace’s proposed around-the-world route.New Zealander Peter Bethune, a one-time oil-exploration engineer now solidly into 100-percent

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Albin 40 North Sea Cutter

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2005

What a gorgeous, New England day it was and what a pretty blue-hulled, China-built 40-footer docked there behind Eastern Yacht Sales, Albin Marine's dealership in Hingham, Massachusetts. For a moment I stopped to study her profile from afar—boxy perhaps, particularly minus the bimini top most owners will opt for, but muscularly built and undeniably salty-looking. Thick, welded-stainless

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Soul Music

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2004 | Add a Comment

The first time I really put boats and music together was when I was a kid just back from Vietnam and my mind hadn’t quite settled down yet. Credence Clearwater Revival was topping the charts with “Proud Mary,” which had a refrain that went, “rollin’... rollin’... rollin’ on the riverrrrrrr.”

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Formula 47

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2003 | Add a Comment

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Clash of the Titans

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2003 | Add a Comment

Clash of the Titans - Metal Yacht Construction

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The Big Hit

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted May 2003 | Add a Comment

The Big Hit — Maintenance April 2001

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