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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...

Following Up on Megayacht Yogi Sinking

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

The French authorities have issued a report on the sinking of the megayacht Yogi. Capt. Bill Pike has analyzed its findings and come to some troubling conclusions. Read his article on his investigation and the report here

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Upgrading Boat Upholstery

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

Take a step back and really look at your boat’s upholstery. Are your cushions looking their age? Maybe it’s time for an upgrade. Capt. Bill Pike’s tips will have you on the road to recover-y in no time with an in-depth look at fabrics and foam, and some insider insight into the process. Check out his report here.

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MarineMax 484

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted May 2013

Delivering (and Testing) the MarineMax 484 Having the luck of Executive Editor Capt. Bill Pike would make us blush. He slipped his name onto the delivery crew list for MarineMax and drew a leg on the brand-new 484 powercat from Florida to the BVI. Well, if you didn’t know already, the man can spin up a sea story. See what happened on the MarineMax 484 here.

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Exumas Cruising Guide

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

We share the straight scoop on the Exumas in this handy cruising guide.

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The Viking Yachts Story

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

Boatbuilding is a tricky business, all the more so because many decisions must be made with a balance of heart and head. Family-run Viking Yachts has made it work better than most.

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Sea Flush

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

Sea Flush is a tool that facilitates winterizing, unclogging thru-hull fittings, flushing out saltwater and cleaning heat exchangers/exhaust manifolds/A/C hoses and Oil Coolers on your boat.

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Monte Carlo Yachts 70

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2013

Power & Motoryacht's Boat Test of the MCY 70 For confirmation of the refinement of pod propulsion, look no further than the Monte Carlo Yachts 70. The rumble from beneath the the decks heralds a level of sophistication on a par with the rest of the boat.

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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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