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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.

Expert Varnishing Tips

By | Posted July 2013 | Add a Comment

A good varnish job is a beautiful thing to behold. But getting it just right is not for the faint of heart—the trick is in the details. Learn how the professionals do the job here.

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Bruckmann Yachts Abaco 40

By | Posted July 2013

Power & Motoryacht's boat test of the Bruckmann Yachts Abaco 40.  The Bruckmann 40 puts a traditional look on top of a slippery running surface, giving her owner, a former sailor, an on-the-water experience that’s hard to beat.

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Cheoy Lee Bravo 88

By | Posted July 2013

Power & Motoryacht's boat test of the Cheoy Lee Bravo 88   Executive Editor Capt. Bill Pike digs into the details to get the inside scoop on how the Cheoy Lee Bravo 88 blurs the line between commercial and recreational boats. For this venerable builder, it’s just good business.

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LifeProof iPhone Case

By | Posted June 2013 | Add a Comment

While easing into West Palm Beach after a recent sea trial, I noticed a phenomenon of sorts—everybody onboard, the captain, the dealer, and myself, had iPhones with identical LifeProof cases. What caused me to notice this nifty coincidence was a moment, albeit a rather dispiriting one perhaps, when all three of us were simultaneously fiddling with our smartphones, either ogling Google, digging up work-related details, or talking with our bosses...

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Following Up on Megayacht Yogi Sinking

By | Posted June 2013 | Add a Comment

The French authorities have issued a report on the sinking of the megayacht Yogi. Capt. Bill Pike has analyzed its findings and come to some troubling conclusions. Read his article on his investigation and the report here.

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Upgrading Boat Upholstery

By | Posted May 2013 | Add a Comment

Take a step back and really look at your boat’s upholstery. Are your cushions looking their age? Maybe it’s time for an upgrade. Capt. Bill Pike’s tips will have you on the road to recover-y in no time with an in-depth look at fabrics and foam, and some insider insight into the process. Check out his report here.

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Aquila 484

By | Posted May 2013

Delivering (and Testing) the MarineMax 484 Having the luck of Executive Editor Capt. Bill Pike would make us blush. He slipped his name onto the delivery crew list for MarineMax and drew a leg on the brand-new 484 powercat from Florida to the BVI. Well, if you didn’t know already, the man can spin up a sea story. See what happened on the MarineMax 484 here.

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Exumas Cruising Guide

By | Posted May 2013 | Add a Comment

We share the straight scoop on the Exumas in this handy cruising guide.

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The Viking Yachts Story

By | Posted May 2013 | Add a Comment

Boatbuilding is a tricky business, all the more so because many decisions must be made with a balance of heart and head. Family-run Viking Yachts has made it work better than most.

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Sea Flush

By | Posted April 2013 | Add a Comment

Sea Flush is a tool that facilitates winterizing, unclogging thru-hull fittings, flushing out saltwater and cleaning heat exchangers/exhaust manifolds/A/C hoses and Oil Coolers on your boat.

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