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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...

Marlow Yachts 66E

By | Posted March 2016

Our Boat Test of the Marlow Yachts 66E. The Marlow Yachts 66E is a fine, seaworthy vessel. But the detailing and engineering that are generally hallmarks of the Marlow brand push her well beyond such stalwart adjectives.

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Lessons from the El Faro Tragedy

By | Posted February 2016 | Add a Comment

When the cargo ship sank near the eye of the hurricane, many questions were raised. Executive Editor Capt. Bill Pike shares his thoughts here.

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Tiara Q44

By | Posted February 2016

Our Boat Test of the Tiara Q44.  Who better to take you through the capabilities (substantial) and amenities (plenty to go around) of Tiara’s new Q44 than Leon Slikkers of Tiara Yachts. Join Executive Editor Capt. Bill Pike as he joins Slikkers and his team on the Great Lakes. See what happened here.

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Long-Distance Boat Buying

By | Posted January 2016 | Add a Comment

Here’s the tale of a dedicated boat nut who nearly lost his mind trying to buy a boat that was a long, long way from home.

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What to do with Old Trumpet-Style Air Horns

By | Posted December 2015 | Add a Comment

Got an old, trumpet-style horn that’s grown feeble and/or worn-looking? To replace or refurbish? That is the question.

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Liquefied Natural Gas Powered Boats

By | Posted November 2015 | Add a Comment

Does the industrial use of LNG-powered propulsion herald a cleaner future for pleasure boats? Executive Editor Capt. Bill Pike investigates the possibility.

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How-to Guide to Knots, Hitches, and Linehandling Techniques

By | Posted October 2015 | Add a Comment

A guide to all the knots, hitches, and linehandling techniques you’ll ever need to know, including demonstation videos.

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Heaving a Line

By | Posted October 2015 | Add a Comment

A video demonstation on how to heave a line from your boat.

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How to do a Three-strand Splice

By | Posted October 2015 | Add a Comment

This is the easiest, most common splice. Typically, it’s used to put an eye in the end of a mooring line or anchor rode.

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Fiberglass Fabric Basics

By | Posted October 2015 | Add a Comment

So you’ve got a quarter guard that got torn up by a piling? Or you need to plug a hole left by an extracted through-hull? Fiberglass fabric’s the answer.

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