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Capt. Richard Thiel's blog

An American Dream

Things are still tough in the boat business. While there are signs of a faltering recovery, no one’s exactly gushing about the future. Most everyone seems resigned that the boat business will be a shadow of its former self, at least for now.

Virtual Hatteras

I've viewed a fair number of "virtual boat tours" over the years, and most of them look—well, virtual, as opposed to realistic. Either that or they're so cursory that they  don't give you a feeling for what the boat is really like. But the  one for Hatteras's new GT63 pretty much blew me away. It's both realistic and comprehensive. Have a look:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9xSZdWz3CU

A Coming Attraction

One of the boats Fairline is featuring on Collins Avenue is this Targa 58, which is the very boat I tested a few weeks ago. Not to give anything away but I loved it. Look for the exclusive US test in April PMY.

Con Job

PMY has the largest circulation of any powerboat magazine. Every month about 148,000 anglers, weekend cruisers, bluewater voyagers, megayacht owners, and sundry boat nuts peruse our pages.

More than 90 percent own a powerboat, some two or three. Presumably the rest are temporarily boatless but important to us nonetheless.

Lethal Water Jets?

I received a press release the other day from a PR flak announcing that a law firm he represents had recently won a big case. Presumably, I got the release because the defendant was Bombardier, which of course manufactures personal watercraft—or more colloquially, jet skis.

New Life For 2-Cycle Detroit Diesels

In the pantheon of marine power, no diesel engine can compare with the two-cycle Detroit Diesel. Designed and developed by General Motors in 1938, the engine achieved almost mythic status because  its two-stroke combustion cycle (one power stroke for each crankcase rpm) gave it significantly greater power density than diesels using the more common four-stroke combustion cycle (one power stroke for each two rpm).