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Balance Below: Surveys, alignments keep machinery in top shape

Balance Below: Rich Merhige Keeping vessel machinery aligned cannot be underestimated. Alignment on yachts typically refers to shaft alignment – the …

Balance Below: Online condition-monitoring technologies transport data, not people

Balance Below: by Rich Merhige Has equipment failure cost you a charter or owner’s trip? When it comes to yacht maintenance, failure to plan results in, …

Tips to optimize a yard period

By Rich Merhige When it comes to yacht maintenance, one recurring pattern that results in lost time and money is the lack of pre-planning. All yachting …

Engineer’s Angle: Corrosive forces unavoidable, but manageable

Engineer’s Angle: by Rich Merhige Corrosion happens. On yachts, there’s a perfect storm of different metals, forces and particles that water contains, …

Engineer’s Angle: Maintenance prevents O-ring, gasket failures

Engineer’s Angle: by Rich Merhige When maintaining running gear and propulsion systems, O-rings and gaskets aren’t always considered a priority. In …

Engineer’s Angle: New maintenance systems easy, economical

Engineer’s Angle: by Rich Merhige Reliability of marine diesel propulsion and generator engines is critical, yet regular maintenance of engines and …

Engineer’s Angle: Choose correct coupling for the job

Engineer’s Angle: by Rich Merhige Couplings are used to connect two rotating pieces of equipment together at their ends for transmitting power. There are …

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 …

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The Triton photographer takes photos of Grand Bahama from airplane

The Triton photographer takes photos of Grand Bahama from airplane

David Reed, founding publisher of The Triton, arrived at Abaco, Bahamas, with M/V True North, which left Fort Lauderdale on Sept. 8 for a …

The Triton on island after Hurricane Dorian tears through Marsh Harbour

The Triton on island after Hurricane Dorian tears through Marsh Harbour

David Reed, founding publisher of The Triton, stepped ashore at Marsh Harbour on Sept. 11 and shared these photos, noting he had never …

Pacific Hope brings medical and more to northern Bahamas

Pacific Hope brings medical and more to northern Bahamas

By Dorie Cox; Photos by Josh Ritchie The 182-foot M/V Pacific Hope left the Dominican Republic on Sept. 5 to head toward the northern …

Crew Compass: Social media offers community for chefs

Crew Compass: Social media offers community for chefs

Crew Compass: by Lauren Loudon Although all yachts are different, there’s generally a basic pyramid that makes up the crew. Needless …

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