JD Anson

JD Anson worked for more than 20 years as a chief engineer on yachts. He is project manager at Fine Line Marine Electric in Fort Lauderdale.

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Engineers Have the Edge in Refits

It’s up to the engineer to know what a yacht needs and what a yacht wants — and to clarify the difference.

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It Takes Creativity to Keep a Yacht Running When Supply Falls Far Short of Demand

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With economists and supply chain experts predicting one to three years before supply catches up with demand, engineers and service techs have had to become nimbler and more creative.

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Supply shortage calls for creativity in the engine room

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Nimble engineers know there is more than one way to skin a cat. Despite some setbacks, the world is slowly emerging from the depths of the COVID pandemic. Nations are…

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Engineer’s Angle: Antiviral action starts at home – especially when home is a yacht

Engineer’s Angle: by JD Anson The world has awakened to a new day, a new normal. Worldwide pandemic is now a real thing, and it calls for real measures. Governments…

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Engineer’s Angle: Rush of repairs courts disaster

Engineer’s Angle: JD Anson Many times during repairs, engineers are rushed to complete the task and get the system running again. Unfortunately, this means that often safety systems and protections…

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Engineer’s Angle: Engine room checks not just for engineers

Engineer’s Angle: by JD Anson Yachts are lovely examples of craftsmanship and luxury. They are also, frankly, slow. Thus, a trip that would take but a few hours in the…

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Engineer’s Angle: Tow, tow, tow your boat gently ’cross the (Gulf) stream

Engineer’s Angle: by JD Anson The recent arms race in tender size has begun to present some interesting challenges. For all but the very largest of yachts, gone are the…

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Engineer’s Angle: Transition to LED system easy

Engineer’s Angle: by JD Anson Years ago, yacht designers and builders had a range of lighting choices, bulbs of every shape and size – but always incandescent. This is where…

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Engineer’s Angle: Fuel for both yacht, tender attractive

Engineer’s Angle: JD Anson Whether taking the boss shopping in St. Tropez or dragging kids for miles on a banana in the Bahamas, tenders are indispensable to today’s yachting scene.…

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Engineer’s Angle: Center hurricane prep on self-sufficiency

Engineer’s Angle: by JD Anson The premise of yachting for owners and guests is to experience the beauty of the world and disconnect from stress. But while our “Instagram society”…

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