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Capt. Richard Thiel

PMY Editor-in-Chief:
Raised in San Diego, Richard grew up on boats—admittedly, mostly sailboats. He actually didn't purchase his first powerboat, a 19-foot SeaCraft center console, until after he moved to Jupiter, Florida, in 1980. From the moment he launched Last Resort, he was hooked on powerboats, so much so that he decided to parlay his love of them and his experience as a diesel mechanic into a career as a freelance boating writer. Read more here...

Meet Volvo Penta’s New E-Key and the Latest Diesel Engines

By | Posted August 2016 | Add a Comment

In addition to tweaking its line of power options and configurations, Volvo Penta rolled out E-Key, a new remote-control system to enhance your management of boat systems, both on and off the vessel. Get more information here.

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Absolute Navetta 52

By | Posted July 2016

Our Boat Test of the Absolute Navetta 52. Boats that bring efficiency over a range of speeds are appealing to today’s coastal cruiser. Those with style and a bit of panache are sure to have their own admirers. The Absolute 52 Navetta will certainly fall into both categories. See what we’re talking about here.

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Should You Have a Sound Shield on Your Generator?

By | Posted July 2016 | Add a Comment

Could your generator be dying a quiet death? Maybe, if your hushbox is keeping you from proper troubleshooting challenges. Have a look at what Power & Propulsion columnist Richard Thiel thinks. Read his thoughts here.

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What to do if You Run Your Boat Aground

By | Posted June 2016 | Add a Comment

Running aground is no fun. But there are ways to minimize the damage to your boat and her running gear. Do the right thing and you’ll save time and expense. See how to manage your next grounding here.

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Azimut Magellano 76

By | Posted June 2016

Our Boat Test of the Azimut Magellano 76. The Azimut Magellano 76 is a cruisers’ boat, but with an added turn of speed.

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Well-Designed Engine Rooms

By | Posted May 2016 | Add a Comment

A well-designed engine room is the hallmark of a truly great boat. Our expert examines a few terrific examples he found at a recent boat show.

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Sea Ray 400 Fly

By | Posted May 2016

Our Boat Test of the Sea Ray 400 Fly. Sea Ray has a world-class reputation for building sporty express boats. Capt. Richard Thiel tests the new 400 Fly to see if the new design unravels or cements the legacy.

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How Many Outboards Should Your Boat Have?

By | Posted April 2016 | Add a Comment

Putting more outboards on the transom or bracket may result in more speed—but it may not. There’s more to it than counting the horses. See what we mean here.

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Bavaria 450 Coupe

By | Posted April 2016

Germany has come to be known for its engineering exports. A company called Bavaria has been building boats for Europe to enjoy for quite some time. And now they’re here. See for yourself.

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New Marine Engines

By | Posted March 2016 | Add a Comment

Engine manufacturers created a lot of exciting buzz at the Ft. Lauderdale and Miami shows.

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