Capt. Richard Thiel Blog

My Titanic Moment

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted 2012-05-03 14:33

Capt. Richard ThielOn the wall of my office, right above my desk where I have to look at it every day, hangs a large black-and-white photograph of a ship. It lends a nautical ambience to what would otherwise be a cold and sterile space. But this isn’t a photo of just any ship. It’s of the RMS Titanic, as she’s leaving Southampton, England, on her maiden voyage, almost exactly 100 years ago. 

The picture has been with me for a long time and adorned many offices because it has been a constant reminder of two rules that have been important to me, not only in magazine publishing but in life: Expect the unexpected, and you’re never as smart as you think you are.

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A visit to New York City’s disappearing commercial waterfront.

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted 2012-04-03 12:57

Ghosts of Red Hook

On a snowy Sunday afternoon in late January I found myself perusing the New York Times obituaries in a desperate attempt to avoid shoveling my driveway.

I normally have no interest in news of the recently departed but one entry caught my eye: “Pilar Montero, 90, Bar Owner and Link to a Seafaring Past.” And with good reason, for three decades earlier I had met Mrs. Montero when I visited Montero’s Bar and Grill, which is in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn and has been since 1945.

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Fishing As Therapy

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted 2012-03-13 10:47

Every year when our annual sportfishing issue rolls around I get to ruminating about fishing and how it is that one activity can mean so many different things to so many different kinds of people.

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Stability For Smaller Yachts

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted 2012-02-01 13:25

Intrepid 390 Sport Yacht with Stabilizer from Mike Plante on Vimeo.

You've probably heard about the Seakeeper gyro that's showing up in all kinds of yachts 50 feet and larger. Well, now the company has come out with a less power version that's suitable for boats under 50 feet. It's actually a prototype for a new, small mode; that Seakeeper will introduce at the Miami boat show. Its compact size not only means it doesn't take up a lot of space, but also that it doesn't require a lot of electricity. Does the small unit work as well as the big one? For the answer, check out this video.

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More Flair From Carolina

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted 2012-01-19 17:12

Does the world really need another high-end, semicustom, mid-30-foot, outboard-powered, fishing boat? Before you say no you might want to take a look at a 32-foot express coming out of OBX Boatworks, a new builder with big plans and an impressive pedigree. OBX Boatworks says that while it has yet to build a boat, it has actually been up and running for a year, designing and building the tooling for the 326XP, as the new boat is officially called.

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Big Nordy

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted 2012-01-11 21:29

You may have heard rumors of a new, much larger Nordhavn in the works. Well, the rumors are fact—the next new Nordhavn will be a 120, and construction is already well underway in China, with an expected launch date of mid-2012. Here are some construction photos just released by Nordhavn. Below you see an interior shot (looks like maybe one of the main staterooms) with some cabinetry and lacquer work already finished.

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The Show Must Go On

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted 2012-01-03 11:30

In 2011 I hit 11 boat shows, both domestically and abroad. And trust me, 11 was enough.

I know many of you look forward to boat shows, and actually I do too—at least at the beginning of the season. I just think there are too many of them. Admittedly as a journalist my motivation for going to them is different from yours: You shop and buy (hopefully); I do research. Still I question whether seemingly every city and sizable town in the world needs its own boat show—or maybe two—each presenting essentially the same boats
and information.

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Bitter Sweet

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted 2011-12-15 10:17

I just returned from a wonderful five-day bareboat cruise thorugh the British Virgin Islands, courtesy of The Moorings, which lent me one of their brand-new 3900 PCs. (The PC stands for Power Cat.) Here's an aft view our boat with me and my daughter Rikki.

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Only in America

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted 2011-12-09 11:09

This job isn’t all bright sunshine, blue sky, and bodacious boats. There’s another side too, exemplified by the dozen or so boat shows we attend every year. The show locations—Cannes, Genoa, London, Monaco, Sydney—sound glamorous but they have their commercial aspects too. Besides first looks at new models, these foreign exhibitions offer a global business perspective because for builders there, export is such an important part of their livelihoods.

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Decisions, decisions...

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted 2011-11-17 09:14

I was sitting at my favorite local waterfront “conference center” (aka marina pub) late last summer swapping solutions to the world’s problems and spinning boating yarns, truthful and not, with some friends.

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