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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...

Cruising New England in the Autumn

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted September 2014 | Add a Comment

The waters off New England’s coast are some of the best waters for cruising in America. Ride along with us as we explore this rocky, pastoral region by boat.

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Diesel Engine Myths

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted August 2014 | Add a Comment

When it comes to your boat’s engines don’t believe everything you hear.  Not everything you think you know about diesel engines is true. There are a handful of commonly held believes about them floating around out there that are simply myths. Find out what they are here.

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How to Prevent Boat Fires

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted July 2014 | Add a Comment

Capt. Richard Thiel looks at the effectiveness of onboard fire-suppression systems and also points out why you might not be as safe as you think.

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How to Find the Best Cruising Speed for Your Boat

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted June 2014 | Add a Comment

Here’s something you might not know about your boat’s optimal cruise speed.   Finding your boat’s “sweet spot” when it comes to cruising speed isn’t an exact science, but it’s pretty darn close. And knowing exactly where to run your engine for optimal speed and fuel efficiency is something every boater should be aware of. Here’s how you can get in the know.

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Alpha 87 Sportbridge

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted May 2014

Power & Motoryacht's Boat Test of the Cheoy Lee Alpha 87 Sportbridge The Cheoy Lee Alpha 87 is defined by exceptional fit and finish, a sporty ride, and high-quality design and build processes. Capt. Richard Thiel gave her a real workout recently. See what he had to say about her here.

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Ocean Alexander 90

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted May 2014

Power & Motoryacht's Boat Test of the Ocean Alexander 90 The Ocean Alexander 90 is a big, burly motoryacht with onboard luxury to spare and impressively nimble performance attributes. Capt. Richard Thiel recently gave her the full wring-out and liked what he found.

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How to Tweak Your Props to Make Your Boat More Efficient

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted May 2014 | Add a Comment

Get Your Props Proper Though they sometimes go unheralded, your props can affect your boat’s performance as much as nearly anything else. Capt. Richard Thiel has expert advice on how to find your prop’s sweet spot—that is, where they will allow your engine to run at max rpm and no more. The results could make your boat that much more efficient.

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How to Evaluate an Engine

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2014 | Add a Comment

Without a good engine, everything else onboard a powerboat is essentially rendered moot. In his Power & Propulsion column Capt. Richard Thiel points out some things you should do in the engine room before plunking down your hard-earned money on a vessel.

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Marine Fuel Additives

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2014 | Add a Comment

Does your fuel really need those additives? Have you ever given much thought to the fuel additives you use, and whether or not they actually help—or worse, hurt—your boat’s performance? We have. Read here to find out our thoughts on the matter.

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The Future of Marine Engines

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted February 2014 | Add a Comment

As technology advances and emissions regulations tighten, marine engines are bound to evolve, no matter how effective they currently are. We take a look at what kind of propulsion systems you might have onboard your boat in the not so distant future.

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