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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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Crew use COVID downtime to make a difference

Crew use COVID downtime to make a difference

By Lucy Chabot Reed Yacht crew all over the world have found interesting and creative ways to make a difference during the COVID-19 …

Owner’s View: Not the recommended procedure for captain, crew career in yachting

Owner’s View: Not the recommended procedure for captain, crew career in yachting

Owner’s View: by Melvyn Miller Decades ago, I was berthed in Cape May, New Jersey, next to a flush-deck motoryacht run by a mature …

FLIBS19: Show’s economic impact jumps 50 percent

FLIBS19: Show’s economic impact jumps 50 percent

The 60th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, held Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2019, generated $1.3 billion in economic impact in the state …

Yacht bosun chooses to think like an owner, not spend like one

Yacht bosun chooses to think like an owner, not spend like one

By Bosun Alex Kempin I know, yet another article about personal finance and someone telling you to do something you will never do. I …

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