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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...

Troubleshooting Boat Performance

By | Posted May 2013 | Add a Comment

A reader wants to know why his boat is slowing down. Boat performance is one of those things that a boater can usually troubleshoot himself. There are four main factors that affect it: engine output, propeller efficiency, hydrodynamic drag, and load.

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Marine Engine Horsepower Ratings

By | Posted April 2013 | Add a Comment

Power & Propulsion: What Does Your Engine’s Horsepower Rating Mean? Understanding what horsepower is, what it gets you, and why less is sometimes more can help your engines last longer. Learn more about horsepower ratings mean here.

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Five Tools Every Boater Should Carry

By | Posted March 2013 | Add a Comment

They’ll get you out of many a jam, they won’t break your bank account, and you probably don’t have them aboard—yet.

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Engine-Room Test

By | Posted February 2013 | Add a Comment

Take our engine-room test on your own terms. Know the names and locations of basic engine-room components and you won’t be embarrassed next time your mechanic comes calling.

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IPS vs. Zeus: Which is Better?

By | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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