The Triton

Capt. Jeff Werner

Capt. Jeff Werner has been in yachting for more than 20 years on private and charter yachts, both sail and power. He is an instructor for RYA, MCA, USCG and US Sailing courses and owns Diesel Doctor (MyDieselDoctor.com). Comments on this column are welcome at editorial@the-triton.com.

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Fuel turnover does not ensure cleanliness

Diesel Digest: Capt. Jeff Werner Fuel degradation is commonly associated with the amount of time fuel has been sitting in a yacht’s tank. The assumption is …

New technology lets engineers test fuel onboard

The cornerstones of a diesel fuel preventive maintenance program are: sampling and testing to assess the quality of fuel in the tank, separation to remove …

Fuel is a valuable asset; treat it that way

High-pressure common rail (HPCR) engines are now the norm for all new diesel engines that are installed aboard yachts. The need for HPCR engines has been …

Various ways to remove water all amount to same thing: Do it during regular maintenance

By Capt. Jeff Werner Water is the most damaging contaminant found in diesel fuel. Growth of bacteria, mold, yeast or other types of fungi in a diesel fuel tank …

Solar powered fuel system onboard

Imagine you are the chief engineer aboard a superyacht, and the owner corrals you one day to talk about the new island hideaway she just purchased in the …

Annual ‘physical’ spares yacht’s diesel a preventable ‘illness’

By Capt. Jeff Werner We all understand the importance of completing an annual physical with our doctor. It is longevity. We all want to live as long as …

Fuel p­roduction often source of diesel engine problems

Over the past few years, there has been a sudden, dramatic and worldwide increase in filter clogging tendencies in engines. What has changed? Oil supply and …

Diesel fuel algae might be sign that water has entered tank

One of the first things a tyro engineer learns when working aboard a yacht is to watch out for algae growing in the yacht’s diesel fuel. Diesel fuel algae is …

First step in good maintenance? Know how diesel engines work

Diesel engines are the mainstay for both propulsion and generating electricity aboard yachts. Understanding how they work is the first step to knowing how to …

Do your due diligence before diesel fuel fill-up

Chances are that when a yacht ties up at a fuel dock, the captain asks how much does the diesel cost per gallon, and is there enough fuel to fill the yacht’s …

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YMB17: Capt. Ted McCumber hired as commercial director of Feadship America

YMB17: Capt. Ted McCumber hired as commercial director of Feadship America

Dutch builder Feadship appointed Capt. Ted McCumber as commercial director of its America office, effective March 1. Capt. McCumber has …

Friends remember captain/engineer Badeau’s five decades in yachting

Friends remember captain/engineer Badeau’s five decades in yachting

By Dorie Cox Capt. Peter Weekes Badeau, who was as skilled in the engine room as in the wheelhouse, died on Feb. 6 at the Veterans …

Crew Coach: Age, experience make captains more desireable, not less

Crew Coach: Age, experience make captains more desireable, not less

Crew Coach by Capt. Rob Gannon A subject has come up recently with a couple of captains I have been working with in my coaching …

Owner’s View: Boat shows can build a crew member’s career

Owner’s View: Boat shows can build a crew member’s career

Owner’s View by Peter Herm As always, I am counting down the days until the start of the Miami Boat Show and Yachts Miami Beach. It …

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