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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...

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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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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