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by Capt. Richard Thiel

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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...

Truck It!

By Capt. Richard Thielphotos by Tom S... | Posted August 2008 | Add a Comment

Maybe it's because I spent my early boating life in a warm climate that I've never bought into the idea of hauling my boat out of the water, shrink-wrapping her and leaving her up on the hard for six months. It wasn't the expense that bothered me, nor was it the hassle of applying, removing, and discarding all that glorified Saran Wrap. More than anything, it was that the whole exercise seemed

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The Secret Sea

By Capt. Richard Thielphotography by ... | Posted June 2008 | Add a Comment

Have you ever been somewhere so unspoiled, so beautiful, so perfect you were afraid to tell anyone about it for fear they'd go there and ruin it? That's how I felt after a one-week bareboat charter on a 47-foot Moorings powercat out of La Paz, Mexico. I couldn't wait to tell everyone about the splendid isolation of the Sea of Cortez, which I consider the best bareboat cruising destination

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More Mariner

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted June 2008 | Add a Comment

If you were to compare Hull No. 1 of the Pacific Mariner 85, which we tested in our February 2005 issue ("Dream Machine"), and Hull No. 12, which I tested earlier this year, you'd have to look pretty closely to find any differences. And, truth be told, there really have been no

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Wonder Board

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted March 2008 | Add a Comment

You PMY readers are never satisfied. From the time you take delivery of your latest boat, you're thinking about just two things: the next one you're going to buy or ways to improve the one you just bought. We know you don't need advice on how to shop for a new boat—you're veterans at that—but if you're looking for a few projects to either do

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Dark Days For Do-It-Yourselfers

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted February 2008 | Add a Comment

When Thomas Paine wrote, "These are the times that try men's souls," he was referring to the colony's treatment at the hands of nasty King George III. But were he around today, Tom's observation could also apply to boating. It's hard to imagine a crueler month for us nautical types than March. So it's perhaps understandable that at a time of year when so

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After Petroleum, What?

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted December 2007 | Add a Comment

Azimut's fuel cell genset derives energy from gasoline. Future versions will use diesel fuel taken from the boat's diesel fuel tanks.The days of gasoline and diesel are rapidly coming to an end. With more than a quarter of the northern polar ice cap gone this summer and unprecedented drought in the southeast and west, even Dubya

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The End of Rock and Roll

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2007 | Add a Comment

If you could eliminate one thing from boating, what would it be—other than cost? If you said rough water, you'd not be alone. Uncomfortable gyrations have been the bane of seafarers ever since someone hollowed out a tree trunk. But, of course, no one this side of the New Testament can calm troubled waters. Ancient mariners poured oil on them to no avail. Modern active and passive

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Island Odyssey

By Capt. Richard ThielPhotos by Aime Coln | Posted August 2007 | Add a Comment

PMY has had a different company boat every year since 1988—most christened Office Ours—and every year they get a little bigger and a little more luxurious. In 2005 we added a twist. Instead of having the boat delivered to us, we went to her—St. Augustine, Florida, where our Luhrs 41 was built. Taking that Office Ours to New York was not only a great cruising

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No Show

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted April 2007 | Add a Comment

Everyone loves a boat show. And why wouldn't they? There are beautiful boats, lots of different foods, entertainment, and usually sunshine. And compared to an Orlando attraction, the cost is reasonable. No wonder boat shows are such a popular family outing.The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina, site of The Yacht Collection at

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A Fuel For You

By Capt. Richard Thielphotos by Erik Rank | Posted March 2007 | Add a Comment

There are plenty of reasons why the diesel engine is the best power choice for boats over 35 feet, and principal among them is its sterling reliability and reknowned durability. Compared with even the newest electronic gasoline engines, diesels are signifitcantly less likely to suddenly stop running and significantly more likely to outlive their owners.But diesels aren’t perfect. They do

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