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Hydraulic systems offer benefits, as long as maintenance followed

The mechanical systems of vessels are designed so that many of their processes necessitate the movement of something from one location to another, or a force …

Adding jet propulsion to yacht requires weighing pros and cons

Water-jet propulsion can best be described as the propulsive force provided by the jet-reactive thrust of high velocity water ejected through a nozzle. This is …

To get the most out of valves, know their type and check them often

When it comes to vessel maintenance, valves aren’t always appreciated for the vital role they play in a vessel’s functioning. In reality, it’s vital that …

Engine misfire largely to blame for vibration onboard

Vibration is easily attributed to misalignment, a bent shaft or a deficiency with a propeller. Often, though, none of these assumptions are true, and the true …

Check your vibrations this summer

Before we know it, fall will be here. For the South Florida yachting industry, when fall hits, it’s time to focus on maintenance and, for some, time on the …

Shaft coupling, keys or keyways could be root of vibration

When it comes to vibration, the devil’s in the details. While it’s pretty easy to pinpoint misalignment, propeller issues or a bent shaft, less conspicuous …

Pay attention to struts when choosing propellers, engines

Struts play a very important part in the design of a vessel. They support the propellers, and also affect the way water hits the propeller, which can have a …

Vibration, poor performance, higher fuel use signs of misalignment

No matter how diligent you are with your maintenance plan, almost all captains or crew will experience misalignment at one point or another. Misalignment …

Strain gauge alignment allows for shaftline measurement while afloat

Aligning shafts using optical and laser techniques is pretty common when it comes to yacht maintenance.  There’s another form of alignment out there that …

Corrective maintenance saves money in the long run

The old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” holds a tremendous amount of merit, especially when it comes to the maintenance of vessels. …

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Editor’s Picks

YMB17: Captains, brokers view Yachts Miami Beach with patience, optimism

YMB17: Captains, brokers view Yachts Miami Beach with patience, optimism

By Dorie Cox and Lucy Chabot Reed Big changes came to the yacht show in Miami Beach this year. Throughout the 29-year history of the …

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 …