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Diesel Digest

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 …

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 …

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PBIBS17: European builders increase presence in Palm Beach

PBIBS17: European builders increase presence in Palm Beach

By Dorie Cox The 32nd annual Palm Beach International Boat Show weathered several squalls on opening day. The first that hit about an …

PBIBS17: Show opens under stormy skies

PBIBS17: Show opens under stormy skies

Yacht crew made the best of a wet and windy opening day for the 32nd annual Palm Beach International Boat Show. Photos by Dorie

New restrictions to affect travelers to U.S., UK from eight countries

New restrictions to affect travelers to U.S., UK from eight countries

By Dorie Cox New restrictions on airplane travel to the United States and United Kingdom from several countries in the Middle East may …

General manager at Miami Beach Marina, Jorge Kates, dies

General manager at Miami Beach Marina, Jorge Kates, dies

By Dorie Cox Jorge E. Kates, general manager of Miami Beach Marina (MBM), died March 18 at home in Miami. He was 63. "He was the face …