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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...

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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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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