Illustrations by Kent Barton
Capt. Bill Pike has seen it all. Years of piloting oilfield supply vessels in the Gulf of Mexico and shakedown cruises of a veritable grab-bag of vessels have led to one truth: rarely does everything go according to plan!
Illustration by Kent Barton The Operative Factor When faced with a vicious storm and dangerous conditions on board, Capt. Bill Pike knew the only one who could help him make the right decision was himself. ▶ Illustration by Kent Barton Mr Bill’s Neighborhood It’s one of the few places left to harbor a true sense of community ▶ Grocery Shopper’s Curse Cruising with a bunch of folks in the future? Make sure somebody else does the grocery shopping. Really! ▶ Ahhhhh, Perfectionism! Having a little chat with a good friend clarifies what’s always seemed like, what you might call, “one of my issues.” ▶ The Weirdness of Toes Thanks to a swim-platform grill, a beautiful night, and a bunch of buddies gathered round, strange phenomena emerge. ▶ Illustration by Kent Barton The Halon Tragedy Know when to quit for the day, or your boat may get mad at you. ▶ Split Personality Boat ownership these days requires a weird mixture of two types of talent. ▶ Take It Easy Doing things the hard way is not always the best way. ▶ Look! Kangaroos? How a bunch of Aussies, an old wooden cruiser named Flinders, and a passel of marsupials joined forces to emphasize a deeply philosophical point. ▶ Cloak and Dagger Ever feel guilty about all the time you spend working on your boat? Listen up, compadre. Here’s a solution. ▶ The Interpretation of Dreams Excuse me, but what about a little chat? ▶ Murphy’s Creek An old sea dog rejuvenates his point of view. ▶ Move Over, Gilligan! A dicey, dicey cruise reveals a crew’s true mettle. ▶ Illustration by Kent Barton Sorry, Mr Roboto! Driverless boats are coming—no question. But are they a good idea? ▶ Clog-Free Nation When the chips are down, sometimes an old-fashioned course is best. ▶ Guardian Angels Sometimes when you really need ’em, they just show up. ▶ Eye of the Hurricane Wherein the media-hyped, weather-related delusions of a long-distance boat owner are fully explicated. ▶ What’s in a Name? Ol’ Mr. Shakespeare gave us boaters a thing or two to think about with this famous line. ▶