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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 to create a well-stocked cruise kit for your boat

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

Planning a cruise this summer to someplace far, far away? Take along an old-fashioned (or new-fashioned) cruise kit. The odds and sods in my Lehman Coastal Cruise Kit are gratifyingly varied, individually wrapped in plastic, clearly labeled, and stowed in a compact, easy-to-access plywood

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Tested: Pulse Tech's desulfator

By Capt. Bill PikePhotos by Cy Cyr | Posted April 2011 | Add a Comment

Rejuvenation SensationDoes Pulse Tech's desulfator work?We test it on an aging battery to find out.These close-ups of lead-acid battery plates were supplied by Pulse Tech. In image A sulfation buildup appears as yellowish dots. Image B shows a cleaner battery plate after Pulse Tech treatment.Last

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Bilge Pump Early-Warning System

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

Just the other day, I received in the mail a device called a BW8 Bilge Pump Activity Monitor from British manufacturer Celectron. Manufacturers occasionally send me products in hopes I’ll feature them in this column and, after looking the little unit over (and reading the

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A Passion for Tarpon

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

Book Review: A Passion for TarponThe title of this wonderful book says it all.During the long phone conversation I had with Lefty Kreh, he mentioned a recently released book he’d just written an intro for, a book that in his opinion

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Fishing head-to-head

By Capt. Bill PikeCapt. Patrick S... | Posted March 2011 | Add a Comment

He Said, He SaidTwo anglers go head-to-head at the Bertram-Hatteras Shootout and offer the final tally as they see it.Capt. Bill Pike (with camera) onboard Screamin Eagle.Triumph of the Geezer

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Saltwater Fly Fishing with Lefty Kreh

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

The Mayor Of Saltwater CityLefty Kreh brought modern big-game fly fishing to millions.Photos Courtesy of Lefty Kreh Kreh is not only famous, he’s famous for being a renegade. His casting technique (“Lefty’s Composite Cast”) emphasizes a side-arm style—he’s shown here “shooting line”

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Hemingway’s Pilar

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

Two serendipitous (but very different) meetings with the most famous sportfishing vessel of all time—Hemingway’s Pilar. The year was 1992, and I was in Cuba working on a magazine story about marinas and other aspects of the Cuban marine scene.

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Dinghy Replacement

By Capt. Bill PikePhotos by Jeffe... | Posted February 2011 | Add a Comment

Recently, I underwent a profoundly meaningful conversion experience and, like a whole passel of converts before me, I’m hot in the heels to share it with the world. The whole thing started several weeks ago when I felt the pain of being dinghy-less for the

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The Ultimate Upgrade

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

Disaster struck at seven o’clock on a wintry North Florida morning. Tim Martin and his buddies were idling along in Martin’s seasoned battlewagon, 30 miles offshore, having deployed lures for the early wahoo bite. “Hey,” yelled Adrian Heilman from the cockpit as one of the exhaust ports burped black smoke. From the helm station on the flying bridge,

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Checking and changing your galvanic isolator

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted December 2010 | Add a Comment

Now and again, I serendipitously stumble across an onboard problem well before it snowballs into something expensive. For example, I was recently talking with my industrial-electrician brother and the subject of...

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