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by 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...

Salish Sea 48

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2013

Power & Motoryacht's boat test of the Salish Sea 48. Yeah, she’s got some traditional New England flair, but the fine-running Salish Sea 48 is also a modern, smartly crafted West Coast cruiser.

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How To Make Your Boat a Long-Term Investment

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2013 | Add a Comment

Maintenance Special: There are ways to extend the life on onboard equipment. Capt. Bill Pike shares tips, wisdom, and proven techniques to help keep your boat running at the top of her game and her equipment doing yeoman service. But don’t go and order up an extra-large tub of elbow grease just yet, since some of Bill’s hints fall at the sweet end of the effort spectrum. Intrigued? Read more here.

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Vol-Test XL Solenoid Voltage Tester

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted February 2013 | Add a Comment

Ideal Industries has taken up the Wiggy mantle with a new Wiggy-inspired device: the Vol-Test XL Solenoid Voltage Tester.

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Refresh Your Boat’s Interior

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted February 2013 | Add a Comment

The Smart Way to Refresh Your Interior Maybe your saloon isn’t looking quite as sharp as you’d like. Take heart—we’ve got some expert advice on caring for onboard joinery that may save you time and money. Read all about it here.

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A Bad Fire on a Boat is a Deathrap

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted February 2013 | Add a Comment

See how an insurance company is helping fire departments coordinate training for firefighters to save burning yachts.

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Clean Marine Engines from John Deere

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted February 2013 | Add a Comment

John Deere’s new 4.5-liter marine diesel meets EPA Marine Tier 3 requirements and has enough power to replace the company’s older 6.8-liter Tier 2 engine. Want to know more about this PowerTech line? Click here.

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The Great Propeller Fight

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted February 2013 | Add a Comment

I recently contended with a few of my colleagues here at Power & Motoryacht that most of the propellers we deal with in boat-test reports are of the fixed-pitch variety and therefore, to mention fixed pitch as a qualifier in a list of specifications constitutes an exercise in basest redundancy.

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Volvo Penta’s New V8-380

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted January 2013 | Add a Comment

Volvo Penta uses two Formula 26 Sun Sports to test a lightweight, sophisticated V-8 that ups the performance ante. The new Volvo V8-380 demonstrated increased acceleration and improved fuel economy.

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A Little VHF Etiquette

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted January 2013 | Add a Comment

There are any number of ways (books, pamphlets, the Internet, etc.) to get a handle on the rules and laws that govern VHF usage these days. But what about plain ol’ etiquette? You know—good manners? Aren’t there some subtleties to VHF usage that will promote solid communication as well as encourage bonhomie? Here are a few I’ve picked up on over the years.

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Ranger Tugs R-31

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted January 2013

Power & Motoryacht Tested: The Cruise-Ready, Trailerable Ranger Tugs R-31 Capt. Bill Pike knows the advantages of single-diesel cruising boats. So who better to give the new Ranger Tugs R-31 the once-over? Don’t let the traditional lines of this boat fool you, she’s innovative through and through. Read all about her here.

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