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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...

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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Smart Through-Hull Management

By | Posted March 2016 | Add a Comment

Keep the Water on the Outside.  Keeping through-hull fittings exercised is a simple way to make sure they work. But that’s only the beginning of what you should be doing. Learn more about these critical component here.

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Everglades 435

By | Posted March 2016

Our Boat Test of the Everglades 435.  Florida-built center consoles are not all the same. Some claim pure speed, while some claim rough-water performance. Everglades is ready for action with its new 435. See why here.

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Horizon V80

By | Posted February 2016

Our Boat Test of the Horizon V80.  Gather together, everyone, and check out the Horizon V80. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of room. See what we’re talking about here.

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Why Gasoline Inboards May Rise Again

By | Posted February 2016 | Add a Comment

If you’re a cruiser with a boat of a certain size, you haven’t looked at gasoline-fueled power for a long time. But the engines are making significant leaps soon. See what we’re talking about here.

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How to Assess an Engine Room

By | Posted February 2016 | Add a Comment

Do you know what you’re looking at in your engine room? Even if the ways of diesel power are a mystery, Editor At Large Capt. Richard Thiel can show you what to look for and what it says about the boat you’re looking at.

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How to Read an Engine Spec Sheet

By | Posted January 2016 | Add a Comment

Learning how to decipher the graphs and small print on a spec sheet will help you make the right purchase.

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How to Buy Power for Your Boat

By | Posted December 2015 | Add a Comment

Choosing the right power package for your boat is extremely important. Let us help you with some expert advice.

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