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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...

Recreating A Boat's Helm

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

Tired of those old electronics? Why not give your boat a whole new helm? Here’s how one boater recreated his boat's helm. With mounting frustration, Pasquale Didonato eased his 48-foot Sea Ray Sedan Bridge out of the C&D canal toward the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay. It was well after dark, and a raster-scan radar screen gave his countenance a spooky glow as he leaned to the right in a half-crouch to check his lineup on an upcoming set of buoys...

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Carver 44 Sojourn

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2012

We test two radically roomy, pod-equipped Carver cruisers, one with gas power and the other with diesel. Coming up with this test report on Carver Yachts’ 44 Sojourn required two separate wringouts. I did the first on Georgia’s Lake Lanier last year, using a model fielded by Carver dealer Singleton Marine Group and outfitted with twin 400-hp Volvo Penta IPS550Gs, the only gasoline-powered pod propulsion package Volvo was selling at the time...

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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 Pike | 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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