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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...

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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2011 Engines Review - Pod Drives

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

The Power of OneWill ZF and SeaVee shake up the boating world with their single-pod center console?One of the best things about the Miami International Boat Show is that it’s so big, I always find at least one thing there that I never expected. This year the surprise was a 34-foot center console with a

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Leadline

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted December 2010 | Add a Comment

Two continents, two coursesIt surely comes as no surprise to you to learn that as editor of PMY, I attend a lot of boat shows every year. But you may not know I attend as many foreign shows as I do domestic ones.Besides beefing up my frequent flyer mileage, this gives me the chance to compare European and U.S. boatbuilding. I don’t

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Different But The Same

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted November 2010 | Add a Comment

I always like to put a little surprise in this column, but not this month. The cat is not only out of the bag, but he’s down the street and on his way out of town.Yes, PMY has been redesigned, front to back and top to bottom, starting with the name. Why change it from Power & Motoryacht? First, many of you already called it PMY, and besides, a lot of

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Absolute 52

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2010

Absolute is turning heads in Europe. Can it do the same in America? If you’re a boatbuilder who’s bent on competing in the United States, you better have two things: a lot of boatbuilding experience and a good idea of what Americans like and what they don’t. America’s financial landscape is littered with the bones of companies who entered what is

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Formula 400 Super Sport

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2010 | Add a Comment

Primed for PerformanceThis is one high-performance sportboat that has plenty of luxury, too.When it comes to combining the excitement and speed of a true high-performance boat and the comfort and luxury of a family cruiser, no one does it better than Formula. As proof of that, you need look no further than the new 400 Super Sport.

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