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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...

IPS vs. Zeus: Which is Better?

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

Pod propulsion questions now are met with an embarassment of riches. But which is better, Volvo Penta’s IPS or Cummins Mercruiser Diesel’s Zeus system? We take on this tough question here.

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MJM 36z

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted December 2012

Power & Motoryacht's boat test of the MJM 36z While MJM’s boats sport a rather traditional Down East profile, a peek beneath the surface reveals innovation in nearly every aspect of the build, from her high-tech hull construction to a smart use of stern drives for a combination of performance, efficiency, and draft. 

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Vicem 107

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted November 2012

Power & Motoryacht's boat test of the Vicem 107. Old World craftmanship meets old-school style in the Vicem 107, as Editor-at-Large Capt. Richard Thiel discovered on a visit to Turkey to try her out on Homer’s wine-dark sea.

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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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