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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...

How to Tie a Boat up Properly

By | Posted October 2015 | Add a Comment

You should always strive to approximate this ideal, for the sake of safety and convenience.

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Clove Hitch on a Piling

By | Posted October 2015 | Add a Comment

How to do a clove hitch on a piling including a video demonstration.

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How to do a Rolling Hitch

By | Posted October 2015 | Add a Comment

Now and again you may need to secure a secondary line to a primary that’s under load (without slippage), so that tension is relieved.

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How to Tie a Bowline with Your Eyes Closed

By | Posted October 2015 | Add a Comment

The bowline can be used to make giant loops, temporarily fasten lines together, lift heavy objects, and serve a host of other purposes onboard.

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Safe Wind-Bound Departure

By | Posted October 2015 | Add a Comment

How to make a safe wind-bound departure with your boat.

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How to Lasso a Piling

By | Posted October 2015 | Add a Comment

With practice, you should be able to lasso a piling with a mooring line from, say, 8 or 10 feet off.

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Grand Banks 55 Aleutian RP

By | Posted September 2015

Our Boat Test of the Grand Banks 55 Aleutian RP.  With a straightforward propulsion package, a time-tested hullform, and an artisanally crafted interior, the Grand Banks 55 Aleutian RP delivers the goods in a very far-flung locale.

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How to Maintain a Windlass

By | Posted August 2015 | Add a Comment

Like all of your onboard equipment, your windlass requires regular maintenance in order to live a long life.

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Linesmanship Quiz

By | Posted August 2015 | Add a Comment

You've been tying up boats since you were a little squirt, but have you been doing it correctly? Take our quiz and figure out how much you know and how much you don't about managing the lines around your boat. It should take about three minutes.

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Aquila 44

By | Posted August 2015

MarineMax added bulbous bows to its Aquila 44 catamaran and compared the resulting performance. And Capt. Bill Pike was along for the ride, on both boats. See what he found out here.

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