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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...

Magical Mystery Tour

By | Posted December 2007 | Add a Comment

The way the average marine transmission accomplishes the mission is "Way more complicated."Okay, my education concerning things mechanical has not been formal. Indeed, you might say I've extracted the whole shebang from the School of Hard Knocks—meaning I've typically learned about things by having to either maintain or fix

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Destinations To Die For: Man-O-War Cay, Bahamas

By | Posted November 2007 | Add a Comment

Man-O-War offers service facilities, great hospitality, and protected anchorages. My roots are in runabouts—I've built a few, owned more, and enjoyed 'em all. So I was plenty excited as photographer Jeffery Salter and...

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Destinations To Die For: Panama City, Florida

By | Posted November 2007 | Add a Comment

The Panama City Beach area is loaded with quiet bayous and creeks. I guess there's some disagreement over whether newspaperman Howell Raines actually coined the term Redneck Riviera to describe the swathe of beaches and communities on the southern fringe of Florida's...

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At Sea: Fear Factor

By | Posted November 2007 | Add a Comment

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Renaissance Men

By | Posted August 2007 | Add a Comment

Paul BrouMiller Marine's Bimbo (left) and Mike Miller.Mike Miller and his brother Bimbo don't mess much with advertising and PR. So I first got wind of their Florida Panhandle boatbuilding operation, Miller Marine, the way most other folks do. While dock-walking a high-end bastion of sportfishing

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Podcast: Ghost Ship

By | Posted August 2007 | Add a Comment

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PMY Tries: Star Tron Enzyme Fuel Treatment

By | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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