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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 Cleat a Line

By | Posted October 2015 | Add a Comment

A step-by-step guide of how to properly cleata a line, including a video demonstation.

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How to Coil a Line

By | Posted October 2015 | Add a Comment

Step-by-step instructions on how to properly coil a line, including a video demonstration.

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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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