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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 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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Going Back to Vietnam

By | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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