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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...

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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Upgrade Your Engine Room and Emergency Lighting with LEDs

By | Posted December 2015 | Add a Comment

Let there be (LED) light: A well-lit engine room can help you spot potential issues (read: oil leaks).

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Hunt 80

By | Posted November 2015

Our Boat Test of the Hunt 80.  With its 80, Hunt pushed its boundaries for building larger boats, and came away with a boat that is eminently cruisable, not to mention pretty. Read the full test here.

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5 Reasons Outboards Are Here to Stay

By | Posted November 2015 | Add a Comment

Outboard engines have gotten great: They're functional, durable, easy to maintain, and if you ask us, they can look pretty cool too. Read the five reasons we think outboards are here to stay.

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Cruisers 60 Cantius

By | Posted November 2015

The 60 Cantius from Cruisers Yachts retains the interior volume we’ve come to expect from Cruisers, but with a twist: She’s got a sporty profile. Read how she came together here.

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Monte Carlo 6

By | Posted October 2015

Our Boat Test of the Monte Carlo 6.  The Monte Carlo 6 may not be a Monte Carlo Yacht, but she sure looks and runs like one.

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Carver C43

By | Posted October 2015

Our Boat Test of the Carver C43.  The Carver C43 may look unlike past Carvers, but that doesn’t mean she’s abandoned her cruising DNA.

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