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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...

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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How Propellers Affect a Boat's Performance

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

When a boat’s performance heads south, the props are often called into question (along with other aspects of what makes a boat go). Learn the whys and hows of sorting performance issues with propellers (and beyond) here.

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Maritimo M50

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted June 2013

Power & Motoryacht's Boat Test of the Maritimo M50.  Adding feet and inches to an established design is a proven way to bring customers along and update a model lineup. But Maritimo has refined the method with the introduction of the M50, which riffs on the much-loved M48, but takes the use of interior space to the next level. Check out what we’re talking about here.

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Troubleshooting Your Boat's Engine

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

How to troubleshoot engine problems on your boat.  We’re going to talk about the art, guidelines that define the way you approach a problem—any problem. It could be a dead engine, smoke in the bilge, or a jammed silverware drawer in the galley. These ten rules won’t guarantee that you’ll solve a problem, just vastly increase your chances of success and vastly decrease your chances of making things worse.  

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Troubleshooting Boat Performance

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

A reader wants to know why his boat is slowing down. Boat performance is one of those things that a boater can usually troubleshoot himself. There are four main factors that affect it: engine output, propeller efficiency, hydrodynamic drag, and load.

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Understanding Hull Design

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

How do efficient hulls work? Editor-At-Large Capt. Richard Thiel takes a close look at how a hull reacts to the motion of the water from the drawing board to the test tank, and beyond.

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Marine Engine Horsepower Ratings

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

Power & Propulsion: What Does Your Engine’s Horsepower Rating Mean? Understanding what horsepower is, what it gets you, and why less is sometimes more can help your engines last longer. Learn more about horsepower ratings mean here.

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