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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...

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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The Gathering Storm

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

Simone TieberAny mariner worthy of the name knows that when you spot threatening clouds on the horizon, you don’t just sit there. You act, or at least you start formulating a plan to deal with the looming threat. Only an irresponsible boater would gamble that the storm will somehow magically turn away. So why is everyone from

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An Affair of the Heart

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

It’s my firm belief that owning a yacht is like having a love affair: There’s no room for logic. The entire process (from picking one out to staffing it to using it) should come from the heart, not from the brain. And as far as budget goes—well, you wouldn’t go shopping for an engagement ring at Wal-Mart, would you?Ryan

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Birthday Bash

By Capt. Richard ThielPhotos by Anna ... | Posted January 2007 | Add a Comment

It all began with an e-mail: “Come to Amsterdam and wish Rembrandt a Happy 400th birthday.” It seems Crown Blue Line (CBL) was promoting its charter boats in Holland. I’d no idea you could bareboat in Holland, yet discovered the company has two bases there—one in Strand Horst, 35 miles east of Amsterdam, and the other in Sneek, about 60 miles north of Strand

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