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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...

How To Dock Shorthanded

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2012 | Add a Comment

A few generalized tips on docking your boat safely, whether you’re short-handed or single-handed.

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How To Run an Inlet

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2012 | Add a Comment

Power is the biggie when running an inlet—precisely controlled power. The trick is to precisely fit speed and steering to the constantly changing conditions once inside the pass—going not too fast nor too slow.

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How To Bleed A Diesel Engine

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2012 | Add a Comment

If you allow air to enter the supply line of an engine it will promptly airlock the engine and summarily shut it down. Here are the steps to get things going again.

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How To Avoid A Hurricane

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2012 | Add a Comment

If caught in unavoidably bad weather, get creative.

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How NOT To Leave The Dock

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2012 | Add a Comment

Before departing any dock any time there are a few things you ought to get into the habit of doing...

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Regal 46 Sport Coupe

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2012

Power & Motoryacht's Boat Test of the Regal 46 Sport Coupe Hands-on boaters will lust after the joystick control and peppy performance of the Regal 46 Sport Coupe. But the inside-outside design and a wealth of entertainment amenities make sure there’s something for everyone.

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Yacht Rescue in Panama

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2012 | Add a Comment

During the early ’90s, Colón, Panama, was a veritable den of cutthroats and thieves. Could a small band of Americans fly down there and liberate a brand-new 72-foot battlewagon—the Flagship of the Bertram fleet—from the decks of a mutinous freighter? A trapped yacht and an armed rescue team? Just another day in Panama.

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Volvo Penta DGPS Software Upgrade

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2012 | Add a Comment

A Groovy Refinement

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Look-Ahead Speed on Garmin GPSMAP 7212 displays

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2012 | Add a Comment

How To Double Down on Radar

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How To Winterize Your Diesel

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2012 | Add a Comment

Capt. Bill's tips on winterizing your boat's diesel engine.

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