Salty Stories: the Exploits and Misadventures of Capt. Bill Pike
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. ▶