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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.

Grand Banks 44 Eastbay SX

By | Posted October 2016

Our Boat Test of the Grand Banks 44 Eastbay SX. The 44 Eastbay SX from Grand Banks features a wish list of modern boatbuilding materials, top-notch ancillaries, a precisely positioned LCG, and superb handling under rough and ready conditions.

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A Tribute to Capt. Richard Thiel

By | Posted September 2016 | Add a Comment

Farewell, My Friend. Executive Editor Capt. Bill Pike reflects on his friendship with Capt. Richard Thiel.

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A Very Special Gift

By | Posted July 2016 | Add a Comment

A 16-year-old fisherman with leukemia gets a special gift from a boatbuilding Good Samaritan.

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Three Women Making History at the Masters International Angling Tournament

By | Posted July 2016 | Add a Comment

To become a top offshore angler, one must possess a certain skill set and knowledge base that come from years of actively pursuing game fish. Nowhere does it say you have to be a man to do it. See what we mean here.

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Viking 48 Convertible

By | Posted June 2016 | Add a Comment

Our first look at the new Viking 48 Convertible. The first Viking 48 Convertible hit the high seas more than 30 years ago, and immediately became the leader of the pack. Thanks to an ongoing evolution of design at Viking, this new version adds cruise-worthiness to the fishbox.

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How to Haulout a Boat

By | Posted June 2016 | Add a Comment

Jittery about that haulout? Take the edge off with this simple technique.

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Fleming 58

By | Posted May 2016

Our Boat Test of the Fleming 58. When an able cruiser like the Fleming 58 falls into the viewfinder of Capt. Bill Pike, you just know he’s going find a few things to say. Take a read of his test and think about what you would do with a boat like this.

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Nordhavn N96

By | Posted May 2016 | Add a Comment

Our first look at the Nordhavn N96. The salty but luxurious Nordhavn N96 is the newest offering in the line that practically invented the passagemaker. Fully customizable and capable of traveling upwards of 4,000 nautical miles before refueling, she's sure to satisfy any captain's wanderlust.

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The Dangers of Relying too Heavily on Helm Electronics

By | Posted April 2016 | Add a Comment

Helm electronics must be trusted to be effective tools to help you navigate and keep your boat safe. But what happens if the data is bad to start with? Get a load of what happened when such a problem arose for the U.S. Navy in Iran’s territorial waters. Read the analysis here.

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The Story of One Man’s Unquenchable Need for Speed

By | Posted April 2016 | Add a Comment

Secret government designs, raw fear, and an unquenchable need for speed.

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