Capt. Richard Thiel's blog

Hey You! Yeah, YOU!

The U.S. Coast Guard announced this week that its 2011 National Recreation Boating Survey is underway, and the agency wants the input of boat owners like you. A survey questionnaire is being sent by mail to "select" owners of U.S.-registered recreational powerboats, and the agency's contractor, ICF Macro, is also calling members of the general public, asking them to participate. No details were available on how the agency is selecting participants.

Viking and ZF Team UP

ZF Marine, the German manufacturer of marine transmissions and associated running gear, has just taken delivery of a new 50-foot Viking convertible equipped with its POD 4000 propulsion system. The boat, shown below, is powered by a pair of 1,150-hp Caterpillar C18 diesels connected to the pods via carbon fiber jack shafts. ZF states that the ZF 4000 are the highest-rated pods on the market.


Joe Illes, PMY's midatlatic sales rep, just sent us these pictures, which he took at his marina, the Sunset Boating Center in Hampton, Virginia, moments ago. They pretty much speak for themselves.

First the forklift

And now the boat that was on it when it fell into the water

Somebody's not going boating today.

Paddle Power

Making the crossing between Florida and the Bahamas is not much of an accomplishment any more, especially in the summer. That's when the wind blows pretty steadily out of the south, a situation that fails to rile the Gulf Stream even a little bit. So during this time of year all manner of craft large and small—sometimes very small—make the roughly 50-mile trip without so much as a spilled Kalik. Of course, for a powerboat, it's especially easy. For a sailboat, not so much. But how about for a human-powered boat? A paddleboat?

A Very Cool (And Affordable!) New Boat

Remembering TV’s best-loved boater.

The Good Captain

I love Australia’s Sanctuary Cove Boat Show. It’s small and, for a boat show, intimate, but it has its drawbacks—namely jet lag.

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