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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: A primer on compression ignition engines

Diesel Digest: by Capt. Jeff Werner Rudolf Diesel envisioned a new type of engine, one that would replace the available steam and gasoline engines. In 1895, he …

Using biodiesel blends can mean cleaner seas for years to come

Diesel Digest: by Capt. Jeff Werner Working aboard a yacht should make every captain and crew member an environmentalist. After all, without clean seas what …

Diesel Digest: Frequent use of biocides negates its effectiveness

Diesel Digest: by Capt. Jeff Werner For most engineers and captains, the gospel when topping off a diesel tank is to mix the required quantity of the additive …

Diesel Digest: The story behind dyed diesel

Diesel Digest: by Capt. Jeff Werner In Belfast, Northern Ireland, a man with a previous conviction for an IRA attack on police was found guilty of fuel …

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 …

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