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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...

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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Carver C34

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted August 2013

Power & Motoryacht's boat test of the Carver C34 The Carver C34 may make an impression. But it’s the smart boater that takes the time to understand what’s really going on with the design, both inside and out.

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Azimut Magellano 43

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted July 2013

For cruisers looking for a versatile platform for on-the-water adventures, the Azimut Magellano 43 offers a good range of speed in an efficient package. Read more about her here.

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How a Carbon Tax in the U.S. Will Impact American Boaters

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

Is a Carbon Tax in Your Future? The short answer is: Probably. But you should probably understand why a carbon tax is headed your way, and how other countries are managing it. Here’s what you need to know.

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What Makes a Good Engine Room?

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

The design of an engine room can tell you a lot about how a boat is built. Look for these qualities, and some pitfalls, in your boat and you may see her differently.

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