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Dick DeBartolo, MAD's Maddest Writer, and co-host of The Giz Wiz at GizWiz.TV, The Giz Wiz on ABC's World News Now, and on Tech Guy Labs with Leo Laporte on TWiT.tv. But wait, there's More »

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    The Giz Wiz is an avid boater!

    Living right in mid-Manhattan, Dick's never owned a car in his life, but he has owned 26 boats! At one time he owned 5 boats, but that got a little expensive, so he whittled it down to three. These days he's happy with just one - a 23' Farallon shown above! It's powered with a four-stroke 250 HP Yamaha outboard.

    For 42 years Dick wrote a column for Powerboat Magazine reporting on new boats, new engines, and his favorite, new boating gadgets and gizmos. Powerboat ceased publication in February 2012, so Dick continued to write about marine gadgets online. 

    If you'd like to take a live look out onto the Hudson River from inside my boat, here's the view from my onboard live Dropcam! It's on 24/7, but with the rolling waves from passing tugs, sightseeing boats, etc. it does go off from time to time. The folks at Dropcam sent me an email during hurricane Katrina to tell me more than 55,000 people had watched the hurricane whipping up the Hudson River through my Dropcam! (They do the hosting, so they would know the numbers.)

    New link coming now that Nest is part of Google.

    My Farallon is powered by a 250 hp Yamaha four-stroke outboard. The best top speed when the boat was new and kind of gadget free was 44.2 mph. 

    Update: With my 2017 Yamaha 4 stroke 4.2 Liter outboard, my Farallon once again has a top speed of 44.2 mph even with  everything we've put aboard for the past 15 years!



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