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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...

Everything You Need to Know About Your Boat's Transmission

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted November 2012 | Add a Comment

The marine transmission: your boat’s unsung hero. Because this simple but durable device is so critical to getting you where you want to go safely and efficiently, you really ought to have some idea of what it does and how it does it. 

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Diesel Engines and a Cleaner Environment

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2012 | Add a Comment

Power & Propulsion If you pay any attention to the topic of boat engines, you’ve probably heard the term “common-rail diesel” bandied about and perhaps wondered what it means. In fact, this technology is in no way restricted to the marine venue; it’s also common in both stationary and vehicular powerplants, mainly because it helps diesels meet new, stricter emission standards. 

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Mercury Marine’s Ship’s Log App

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2012 | Add a Comment

Mercury Marine has introduced a free app for the iPhone that allows any boater to keep a record of important data and memorable events.

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Volvo Penta V8-380

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2012 | Add a Comment

Volvo Penta has introduced a new V-8 featuring significant weight savings and the latest in variable-valve-timing technology.

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Three Hunts Provide Propulsion Testing Platform

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted August 2012

We compare three Hunt 36s with three different drive systems. Which is best? Capt. Richard Thiel heads to New England to pit three Hunt 36s with different propulsion packages against each other—find out which one is right for you.

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Enjoy the Virgin Islands During Hurricane Season

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted June 2012 | Add a Comment

It is possible to reason with hurricane season and find blessed solitude in the British Virgin Islands.

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Hinckley Talaria 48

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted June 2012

Hinckley’s new Talaria 48 embodies her builder’s heritage, and shows that the company is back on course. Power & Motoryacht's boat test of the Hinckley Talaria 48. Beyond pleasing proportions (less so in the flying-bridge version) and two cabins and two heads, there were other goals: a saloon flowing seamlessly into the cockpit; a big (8 feet long), more sociable cockpit, thanks to facing seats; and easy boarding from either side through gates artfully cut into the coamings.

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Horizon PC58

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted June 2012

Exlusive Power & Motoryacht boat test of the Horizon PC58, a multihull with wide-ranging appeal for both traditionalists and nonconformists. Horizon’s first mass-market multihull is a Cat that monohull boaters can love. The PC58 is the best-balanced power catamaran I’ve driven. The fact that she’s Horizon’s first production multihull makes the success all the more remarkable.

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Riviera 61 Flybridge Series II

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted June 2012

Riviera broadens the appeal of its 61 Series II beyond her angling origins. One of the little bits of black magic that’s part of boatbuilding is knowing when to mess with success. That is to say, when you’ve got a well-received boat that’s still selling well, how do you know when it’s time to replace or redesign it? And an even more critical question: How much should you change it? Too much and you may lose the boat’s constituency; too little and you run the risk of it going stale.

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Viking 66 Convertible

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2012

PMY Exclusive Boat Test of the Viking 66 Convertible. Viking’s new 66 Convertible is definitely a work of art and maybe even a masterpiece. There’s a story, probably apocryphal, that when someone asked Michelangelo how he would create a sculpture of an elephant he replied, “I would take a large piece of stone and take away everything that was not the elephant.” Although a masterpiece of oversimplification, his words point up that genius almost always results from having a clear goal and being able to focus on it to the exclusion of everything else...

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