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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...

Aspen C120

By | Posted May 2017

Our boat test of the Aspen C120. The Aspen C120 runs like no catamaran you've ever driven. Her asymmetrically shaped sponsons offer good manners and surprising efficiency.

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Ranger Tugs R-29 CB

By | Posted April 2017

Our boat test of the Ranger Tugs 29. Ranger Tug’s R-29 is a tough little ship aimed at one demographic above all: couples.

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Hampton 650

By | Posted March 2017

Our boat test of the Hampton 650. The Hampton 650 Pilothouse is smooth, quiet, and comfortable. But it's not all about performance. Contemporary design and decor? It has that too.

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Tiara C53 Coupe

By | Posted January 2017

Our boat test of the Tiara C53 Coupe. Tiara’s C53 Coupe is new and improved, but only where it counts.

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Understanding Hull Design

By | Posted December 2016 | Add a Comment

How do efficient hulls work? Capt. Richard Thiel takes a close look at how a hull reacts to the motion of the water from the drawing board to the test tank, and beyond.

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Pursuit S 408

By | Posted November 2016

Our Boat Test of the Pursuit S 408. Take a big center console, a little cabin, and more features and performance than you can shake a tickle stick at, and you’re ready to head to the islands for some fishing, diving, and cruising.

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How to Check the Cooling System on Your Boat

By | Posted October 2016 | Add a Comment

Fall is an ideal time to inspect your engine’s cooling system.

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Test Your Engine Know-How

By | Posted October 2016 | Add a Comment

Did you read our Power & Propulsion columns closely over the last 12 months? If you think you did, this simple quiz will be a piece of cake. Take the brief test here.

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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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