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by 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...

The Simple Truth About Marine Engine Maintenance

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted May 2015 | Add a Comment

Maintaining boat engines isn’t rocket science, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Let us show you how to do it the right way.

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Spring Cleaning for your Engine Room

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted May 2015 | Add a Comment

If you live in a northern climate you probably prepped your engines last fall so they would be ready to go, but there are other chores to consider around your engine room beyond those required just to get your boat ready to go in the water. Let me suggest a few that perhaps you hadn’t thought of...

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Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2015

Our Boat Test of the Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht.  The 6000 Sport Yacht from Riviera shows how well things can work out when you apply sound design to a great initial idea. Read the full test here.

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7 New Must-See Marine Engines

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2015 | Add a Comment

Our expert walks you through seven of the newest, coolest, and best marine-propulsion systems that the industry has to offer. This is a must-read for any hardcore gearhead.

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Horizon PC52

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2015

Our Boat Test of the Horizon PC52.  You may have some preconceptions that turn you away from catamarans. But with voluminous interior space and serious seakeeping ability, the PC52 from Horizon may help to change your mind. Read the full test here.

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Offshore 87 Motor Yacht

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2015

Our Boat Test of the Offshore 87 Motor Yacht.  Check out our test of the Offshore 87 and you might just learn something new about this long-range cruiser—and what you want your next boat to be like.

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How to Recommission Your Boat in the Spring

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2015 | Add a Comment

Our expert walks you through ten easy, but important, tips that will help you keep your boat running smoothly.

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Power & Propulsion Exam and Solutions

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2015 | Add a Comment

Our engine expert put together a test to see how much you really know about your propulsion system. Gentleman, start your pencils. Also, Caterpillar’s New C8.7 and ZF Hybrid-Ready Transmissions

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Engine Room Safety

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted January 2015 | Add a Comment

There's plenty of stuff in your engine room that can hurt you if you're not careful. Know how to be safe in your machinery spaces and you'll improve your maintenance. See how here.

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How to Pick the Right Battery for Your Boat

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted January 2015 | Add a Comment

The ABCs of Marine Batteries.  If you know the type of marine batteries you have on your boat, there's a good chance you won't need to do anything else to maintain them. But it's smart to read up and be sure. Check out our expert take on marine batteries here.

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