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 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 …

Water is diesel fuel’s worst enemy

Diesel fuel is the lifeblood of a diesel engine. If left unmanaged, diesel fuel quality can degrade rather quickly rendering it harmful, rather than helpful to …

Managing diesel engine emission gases complicated

For more than a century, the diesel engine has been the workhorse for many industries around the world powering large trucks, farm tractors, locomotives, …

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Bridge repair to close New River navigation in February

Bridge repair to close New River navigation in February

UPDATE Dec. 6 A planned repair of the railroad bridge in downtown Ft. Lauderdale will close navigation to the city's major shipyards for …

Hiring yacht crew challenges captains

Hiring yacht crew challenges captains

Hiring crew is one of yachting's biggest challenges, according to some captains. They aim to pick the right candidates, but often …

There’s one more step after selling a boat: Take care of the crew

There’s one more step after selling a boat: Take care of the crew

The goal of most of the exhibitors at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is to sell boats. From the anecdotal stories I heard …

Government officers clarify policies for yachts in U.S. waters

The rules for yachts and crew in U.S. waters can all be found in written regulations, but there are often questions as to interpretation. …