CAPT. RICHARD THIEL
Legends of the Fall: Power Cruising In New England
Many boaters haul out as soon after Labor Day as practical. But for the hearty and adventurous, the autumn cruising gamble can be rewarding.
Horizon PC52 Maximizes the Cat’s Virtues, Minimizes the Vices
Horizon Power Catamarans would like all of you hardcore cruisers to set aside your preconceptions about multihull cruising boats for just a moment and consider a power cat for your next boat.
What Brand Of Oil And Filters Is Best For Your Boat?
Brand Awareness: Should you buy your oil and filters from the same company that built your engines? Are the savings in using an off-brand worth it? Capt. Richard Thiel digs into some black gold.
Properly Ventilating Your Boat's Engine Room
One of the most valuable metaphors I learned while attending diesel-technician school came from an instructor who directed us in his clipped Prussian accent to think of the internal combustion engine not as an engine but as an air pump. I remember exchanging stupefied glances with my fellow students as we all wondered if he’d been into the schnapps again.
Pop Quiz! Power & Propulsion Exam, With A Few Added Goodies
Power plants are always moving forward (pardon the pun) and there is a seemingly endless supply of latest and greatest in the works; Here are a few things I spotted at the recent shows. I'm also slapping you readers with a little quiz, juuust to see if you all have been paying attention to my ramblings.
The ABCs of Understanding Hull Design
As part of my research for a story I was writing, I once asked a fellow marine writer, who was also a well-known naval architect, to explain the basics of hull design. His answer was short and pithy. “Hull design is like sex: Everyone knows the basics; it’s the details that separate the good efforts from the bad.”
Debunking Five Common Diesel Engine Myths
Most of what I’ve learned from my fellow boaters has been valuable, but every once in a while someone tries to pass off something that’s totally bogus. My particular area of expertise is engines, so I’m pretty sensitive about pontifications on that subject.
Find The Perfect Engine Load For Your Cruiser
What’s the best cruising speed for my boat? Am I running my motors too hard, to the point that something is going to break or they’ll wear out prematurely? Searching for the Sweet Spot: Do you know the best cruising speed for your boat? If not, here’s how to find it.
How To Tweak Your Props To Make Your Boat More Efficient
Most boaters would like to go a little faster and burn a little less fuel, but some take this desire to a whole new level. For the average boater, a ten-percent improvement in top speed works out to maybe three knots; could tweaking your props in search of their sweet-spot hold the key?
Engine Intelligence: Evaluating Your Boat's Beating Heart (VIDEO)
So you’ve found your next ultimate boat—you know, the one you’ll never sell. Just like the last one. Buying a boat? Add these steps to your engine survey to make sure there are no ugly surprises later.
Inside Job: Why Oil Analysis Can Help Save Your Engines
For many, the subject is at best of passing interest and at worst an arcane oddity. But many serious boaters consider it an interesting technology that can be a meaningful part of their maintenance regimen. If you fall into the first category, read on at your risk but please don’t snore.