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Capt. Bill Pike

Executive 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. Between those two jobs, he was a ship’s officer, working as navigator and supervisor on everything from tugs to 1,000-footers in the Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and the waters off South and Central America. He holds an unlimited tonnage, First Class Pilot’s License for the Great Lakes and a 1,600-ton Master’s License for all oceans.

Bill is on his second tour with Power & Motoryacht. He was an associate editor with PMY in the late ’80s but left to work as senior editor and technical editor at Boating. Bill returned to PMY in 1997. A recipient of numerous awards for his service in the army during the Vietnam War, Bill has also received a Boating Writers International first place award for feature writing and an NMMA Directors Award.

Hatteras 100 Raised Pilothouse

By | Posted January 2014

Power & Motoryacht's Boat Test of the Hatteras 100 Raised Pilothouse.  Executive Editor Bill Pike recently tested the Hatteras 100, a boat which he found both luxurious and sturdy. The test was held in trying conditions, with wind gusts up to 25 knots. 

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Marine Diesel Engine Advice from a Pro

By | Posted January 2014 | Add a Comment

Ever wished you had a buddy who was a diesel mechanic so he could give you the real skinny on what’s going on with your engine? You’re in luck. Capt. Bill Pike has just such a friend, and in this article he asks him some of the questions you always wondered about, but were too afraid to ask.

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How to Upgrade Your Boat Like a Pro

By | Posted December 2013 | Add a Comment

As vice president of sales and marketing for custom superyacht mainstay Trinity Yachts, Billy Smith knows a thing or two about building a better boat. Capt. Bill Pike did a deep dive with him on how to improve the amenities, performance, and aesthetics of any boat, and they started with Smith’s 32-foot Mainship. Read here for must-have knowledge on upgrading your own boat.

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Filson Original Briefcase

By | Posted December 2013 | Add a Comment

Capt. Bill Pike's favorite bag...

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More Maintenance Tips and Tricks

By | Posted November 2013 | Add a Comment

Six New Boat-Care Tips. So you want your boating to be even better from now on? Read on, fellow boat nuts.

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Grand Banks Aleutian 72 RP

By | Posted October 2013 | Add a Comment

The Grand Banks Aleutian 72 RP has a Tom Fexas-designed modified-deep-V hull. She is a rather fuel efficient vessel at semi-displacement velocities but is also capable of a 21-knot cruise speed and a 25-knot top end.

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Capt. Tolley’s Creeping Crack Cure

By | Posted October 2013 | Add a Comment

Capt. Bill Pike's gear pick for patching a leak on his boat.

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Cruising Desolation Sound

By | Posted October 2013 | Add a Comment

Sometimes the ideas you encounter while cruising can open your mind. Capt. Bill Pike joins the crew of a Grand Banks 72 Aleutian RP on a cruise to Desolation Sound, with a merry fleet following along behind and spectacular scenery and new perspectives in the offing.

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The Future of Boatbuilding

By | Posted October 2013 | Add a Comment

What Will Boats Look Like in the Future? Technology continues to leap forward and bring boaters along for a wild ride of powerful capabilities, simplified operation, and improved comfort. We thought it may help us all understand where things are headed by trying to see into the future. Capt. Bill Pike talked to folks at Carver Yachts, Raymarine, Northern Lights, and others who are leading the charge, and you may be surprised by what he discovered. Find out more here.

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Royal White Shrimp Boots

By | Posted September 2013 | Add a Comment

Capt. Bill Pike's Pick Royals are super-comfy and supple because they, unlike most PVC shrimp boots you see kickin’ around, reportedly have real rubber in them, thanks to an actual rubber plantation near the manufacturing facility in Bogotá, Colombia.

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