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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...

7 New Must-See Marine Engines

By | Posted April 2015 | Add a Comment

Our expert walks you through seven of the newest, coolest, and best marine-propulsion systems that the industry has to offer. This is a must-read for any hardcore gearhead.

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Horizon PC52

By | Posted April 2015

Our Boat Test of the Horizon PC52.  You may have some preconceptions that turn you away from catamarans. But with voluminous interior space and serious seakeeping ability, the PC52 from Horizon may help to change your mind. Read the full test here.

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Offshore 87 Motor Yacht

By | Posted April 2015

Our Boat Test of the Offshore 87 Motor Yacht.  Check out our test of the Offshore 87 and you might just learn something new about this long-range cruiser—and what you want your next boat to be like.

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How to Recommission Your Boat in the Spring

By | Posted March 2015 | Add a Comment

Our expert walks you through ten easy, but important, tips that will help you keep your boat running smoothly.

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Power & Propulsion Exam and Solutions

By | Posted March 2015 | Add a Comment

Our engine expert put together a test to see how much you really know about your propulsion system. Gentleman, start your pencils. Also, Caterpillar’s New C8.7 and ZF Hybrid-Ready Transmissions

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Engine Room Safety

By | Posted January 2015 | Add a Comment

There's plenty of stuff in your engine room that can hurt you if you're not careful. Know how to be safe in your machinery spaces and you'll improve your maintenance. See how here.

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How to Pick the Right Battery for Your Boat

By | Posted January 2015 | Add a Comment

The ABCs of Marine Batteries.  If you know the type of marine batteries you have on your boat, there's a good chance you won't need to do anything else to maintain them. But it's smart to read up and be sure. Check out our expert take on marine batteries here.

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The Importance of an Engine Log

By | Posted December 2014 | Add a Comment

It may sound too simple, but keeping track of your engine’s performance with a pad and pen can teach you a lot about your powerplants, and help you identify problems before they get out of control. Learn what you need to know here.

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Cruisers 390 Express Coupe

By | Posted December 2014

Power & Motoryacht's Boat Test of the Cruisers 390 Express Coupe.  Capt. Richard Thiel discovers that Cruisers has built a better mousetrap with its 390 Express Cruiser—over-sized components and sporty performance abound!

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Viking 92C

By | Posted November 2014

Power & Motoryacht's Boat Test of the Viking 92C.  Viking is making a real statement with its largest build to date, the 92 Convertible. She’s truly fishable, has megayacht details, and you won’t believe her top-end speeds.

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