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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...

AquaLens Underwater Viewing System

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

If a remote-controlled submarine’s too pricey for your budget, try a submersible on a stick. For weeks, I’d been anticipating the arrival of an AquaLens (an underwater viewing system that mounts on an extendable boathook) from the folks at Aquabotix. While I have no trouble checking on the health of the transom zincs on my boat by simply lying prone on her swim platform and reaching underwater, checking the condition of the deeper, way-less-accessible propshaft zinc (as well as the prop itself) in wintertime North Florida is a chilly, virtually impossible task, unless you happen to own a wet suit and a scuba rig. So was a remote, waterproof video camera—a sort of miniature submarine on a stick—gonna be cool or what?

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Axcell 650

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2012

PMY Boat test of the Axcell 650. Hovercraft technology makes the Axcell 650 different from other cats.

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Sabre 48 Salon Express

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted March 2012

PMY boat test of the Sabre 48 Salon Express. We ran this beauty hard, from Portland to Rockland, Maine, and she never faltered.

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Triton 3300 submarine

By Capt. Bill PikePhotos by Jim R... | Posted February 2012 | Add a Comment

We dive the Bahamian depths onboard the newly launched three-person, yacht-friendly Triton 3300/3 submarine.

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Clean Marine Systems

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

Clean Marine is offering an Environmental Fuel System that looks like it will truly solve the fuel-spill problem... 

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OceanLED

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

Think about it a minute: Isn’t hauling your boat in order to change the elements in her underwater lights a lot like tearing your house down to change the light bulbs? OceanLED’s new Pro Series XFM (External Flush Mount) underwater light does away with this sort of overkill. Indeed, to our knowledge...

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Taking the Plunge

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

A chance encounter with a newspaper story leads to a deeply intriguing proposition. As a kid, there were only two things I loved as much as boats: treehouses and submarines. To deal with the first of these hankerings, I handcrafted an array of wooden structures

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Rose Point Navigation

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

Do those old analog gauges on your boat's dashboard seem just a bit jittery and unreliable? Problem solved...

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Grundn’s Gage Jacket

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted December 2011 | Add a Comment

Photo by B.J. VickersGrundns Weather Watch Rain GearThis lightweight foul-weather jacket will stay dry inside and out, and it’s easily packable.I’ve been into salty-looking foul-weather jackets ever since I saw the famous (and occasionally infamous) cruising sailor Tristan Jones wearing one with a

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Amped Wireless UA600EX

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2011 | Add a Comment

PMY Tested: Amped Wireless UA600EX Pro USB Adapter. Improve your marina's Wi-Fi signal with this powerful directional booster...

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