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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 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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Beneteau Gran Turismo 49 Fly

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2012

Online Exclusive Boat Test. The Beneteau Gran Turismo 49 Fly is a speedy, well-mannered performer offshore with a layout that’s both straightforward and ultra-roomy. Best of all, check that price. Learn all about her here.

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Capt. Bill’s Take

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

Whether it’s propulsion systems or design details, Capt. Bill Pike has seen trends come and go over the years. Now he’s training his eye on what’s new this year and in the future. It doesn’t matter what kind of boat you’re hunting, Pike will tell you what to look for.

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Boat Conversion from a Fishing Vessel to a Yacht

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

Resident boat nut Capt. Bill Pike recounts one man’s quest to save a 56-year old herring drifter from the scrap heap.

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Making a Refit Manageable

By Chris CaswellCapt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2012 | Add a Comment

Break down a project to manageable parts, and get some added tips from Capt. Bill Pike.

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