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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...

Going Back to Vietnam

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted August 2015 | Add a Comment

A decorated Vietnam War veteran, our own Capt. Bill Pike, heads back to Vietnam in search of a conflict-era U.S. patrol boat, and perhaps something a bit more important than that.

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The Life Of Legendary Boatbuilder Forest E. Johnson

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2015 | Add a Comment

Take a look back at the life of legendary early 20th century boatbuilder Forest E. Johnson and the advent of the Miami boatbuilding scene. (It involves lots of rum running.)

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Jupiter 41 Sport Bridge

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted July 2015

Our Boat Test of the Jupiter 41 Sport Bridge.  Thanks to her cool, swept-back profile, triple outboard power, and blazing offshore performance, the Jupiter 41 Sport Bridge puts out some serious sizzle.

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Viking 75 Motor Yacht

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted May 2015

Our Boat Test of the Viking 75 Motor Yacht.  Viking’s 75 Motor Yacht—a cutting-edge cruiser with the engine room, performance, and soul of a salty convertible sportfisherman.

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Outerlimits SV43

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted May 2015 | Add a Comment

When the guys at Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats set their sights on a new V-bottom kilometer speed record they knew it’d be a big commitment. They just didn’t know how big.

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Fuel-Water Separators Demystified

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2015 | Add a Comment

Your fuel-water separator may not be the most glamorous thing on your boat, but it could be one of the most important. Check out our guide to how to best take care of your system.

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Boatbuilding in Vietnam

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2015 | Add a Comment

Executive Editor Capt. Bill Pike travels to Vietnam to check in with prolific boatbuilder Dan Fritz and get the first look at his series of new Globetrotting trawlers.

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ESI Fuel-Polishing System

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2015 | Add a Comment

How do you guarantee squeaky-clean fuel? Try an ESI Total Fuel Management fuel-polishing system like the one we’re installing on Arawak, our 1996 Grand Banks project boat.

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Back Cove 41

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted February 2015

Our Boat Test of the Back Cove 41.  The practical Back Cove 41 appears to be a traditional Down Easter, but technology and construction set her apart.

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Aspen C100

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted January 2015

Power & Motoryacht's Boat Test of the Aspen C100.  The Aspen C100 is a multihull but it's not a catamaran. It's a proa, which means the hulls don't match—and there's only one engine. The result? Surprising levels of efficiency. See what we mean here.

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