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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...

Engine Maintenance Tips

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted December 2013 | Add a Comment

Capt. Richard Thiel knows oil analysis isn’t the sexiest topic in the world. But it is an important one if you plan on keeping your boat well maintained for years to come. Here he shares some tips on how to do it well... and on the cheap. 

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Are Synthetic Engine Oils Right for Your Boat?

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted November 2013 | Add a Comment

Capt. Richard Thiel investigates whether the high-tech, synthetic engine oils are all they’re cracked up to be—particularly for marine engines.

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Horizon PC60

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2013

Power & Motoryacht's boat test of the Horizon PC60.

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Princess 82

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2013

Power & Motoryacht Tested: Princess 82 If you know the line of Princess motoryachts as we do, you may be curious to see just this new addition fits. But if you’re just becoming acquainted with these exquisite British-built motoryachts, you’re in for a real treat. Either way, we’d love to show you around the Princess 82. Step aboard with us here.

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What's New in Marine Propulsion Technology

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2013 | Add a Comment

What’s new in the engine room, on the transom, and on the horizon. Today’s Marine engine manufacturers are using new technology to keep pushing powerplants in cleaner, lighter, and more user-friendly directions.

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Ferretti 960

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2013

Power & Motoryacht's boat test of the Ferretti 960 A close look at the details of the Ferretti 960—from her thoughtful accommodations to her clever tender garage—will show you that the more things change, the more you’ll want to keep an eye on what this builder has in store.

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Control Sound and Vibration on your Boat

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2013 | Add a Comment

A quiet boat stops noise in the engine room—before it gets to you and your crew.

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Princess V48

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted September 2013

Power & Motoryacht's boat test of the Princess V48 She shows how this British boatbuilder has used smart ideas to create living space. Check out our full test here.

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How to Make Your Boat's Engine Last Forever

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted August 2013 | Add a Comment

Can you keep your engine running forever? Capt. Richard Thiel thinks so. By diligently following an aggressive maintenance program, you can keep her purring smoothly, avoid midseason calamity, and stave off the need to repower—if you go about it the right way.

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How to Keep the Fuel Tanks on Your Boat Clean

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted August 2013 | Add a Comment

Understanding why you need to keep the diesel in your tanks clean.

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