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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...

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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The New Caterpillar C8.7

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

Capt. Richard Thiel investigates the new Caterpillar C8.7 and the market and regulatory forces that launched it. With emissions regulations becoming more and more stringent, CAT was forced to link up with an unlikely partner to get their powerplant off the ground: Fiat. Yes, Fiat.

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The Truth About Shafts and Pods

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

Since their invention, pod systems laid claim to the throne held by conventional shafts as the dominant form of marine propulsion. But that hasn’t necessarily happened. We investigated the details of how each system stacks up, from complexity to maintenance and costs.

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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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