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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...

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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Princess 60 Flybridge Motoryacht

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2012

The Princess 60 Flybridge is British-born and American-bred. Power & Motoryacht's exclusive boat test of the Princess 60 FB Motoryacht.

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Strong Marine

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

AutoCleatThe AutoCleat is the only cleat that goes totally flush at the push of a button‚ —in just two seconds. It not only provides a sleek, uncluttered look but lets you start your engines, press the release button, and be instantly free of all mooring lines.($495,

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Voith

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

This thruster is powered by magnets that surround its tunnel, so there is no gear box in the hub to restrict water flow and no large motor above (inside the hull) taking up space. Magnetic operation makes it much quieter and virtually vibration-free compared to conventional thrusters.

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Azimut-Benetti's Think Tank

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted June 2011 | Add a Comment

Think TankInside a small office in a picturesque marina, Azimut-Benetti is focused on the future.Most boatbuilders of any size have one or two engineers whose job it is to bat around futuristic ideas and tinker with new projects, many of which will never see the light of day. Azimut-Benetti has an entire office and 15 engineers dedicated to thinking of the future.

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