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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Diesel Digest: When did yachts start using diesel engines?

Diesel Digest: by Capt. Jeff Werner The 1890s were heady times for Rudolf Diesel. He was a successful young engineer living in Berlin with his wife and three …

Law intended to clean exhaust unintentionally hurts engines

The worldwide effort to combat global warming is part and parcel to the daily operations aboard a yacht. Both the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and …

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 …

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The Triton partners with Refit show

The Triton partners with Refit show

Ft. Lauderdale-based The Triton, a monthly news magazine for captains and crew, is partnering with organizers of the 2018 Refit …

Veteran yacht captain Rick Lenardson dies

Veteran yacht captain Rick Lenardson dies

Veteran yacht captain Richard (Rick) Lee Lenardson died on April 13 of a liver metastasis. A cancerous tumor at the esophagus and stomach …

Stew Cues: A lesson in porcelain

Stew Cues: A lesson in porcelain

Stew Cues: by Chief Stew Alene Keenan Yacht stews care for numerous ceramic and porcelain items, including dishes, decorative tiles, art …

Crew Coach: Get comfortable taking those first steps in a new direction

Crew Coach: Get comfortable taking those first steps in a new direction

Crew Coach: by Capt. Rob Gannon We all go through change and transitions in our lives. Some get thrown in our faces suddenly, and others …

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