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Engine misfire largely to blame for vibration onboard

Vibration is easily attributed to misalignment, a bent shaft or a deficiency with a propeller. Often, though, none of these assumptions are true, and the true …

Check your vibrations this summer

Before we know it, fall will be here. For the South Florida yachting industry, when fall hits, it’s time to focus on maintenance and, for some, time on the …

Shaft coupling, keys or keyways could be root of vibration

When it comes to vibration, the devil’s in the details. While it’s pretty easy to pinpoint misalignment, propeller issues or a bent shaft, less conspicuous …

Pay attention to struts when choosing propellers, engines

Struts play a very important part in the design of a vessel. They support the propellers, and also affect the way water hits the propeller, which can have a …

Vibration, poor performance, higher fuel use signs of misalignment

No matter how diligent you are with your maintenance plan, almost all captains or crew will experience misalignment at one point or another. Misalignment …

Strain gauge alignment allows for shaftline measurement while afloat

Aligning shafts using optical and laser techniques is pretty common when it comes to yacht maintenance.  There’s another form of alignment out there that …

Corrective maintenance saves money in the long run

The old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” holds a tremendous amount of merit, especially when it comes to the maintenance of vessels. …

Rudders and their function can fall victim to vibration trouble, too

Even though a rudder is part of a vessel’s steering system, which is obviously an important mechanism, it usually doesn’t get that much attention. What …

Wet exhaust systems help neutralize vibration on yachts

Over the past few years, more and more frequently, exhaust systems have been identified as the source of vibration on yachts. Today, most yachts are equipped …

Look beyond alignment to props to find source of vibration

When a vessel is plagued with vibration, alignment isn’t always the issue. Propellers can often be a source of serious vibration for many reasons. Here’s a …

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Monaco20: Yacht show to go not-for-profit for 2020

Monaco20: Yacht show to go not-for-profit for 2020

The Principality of Monaco and Informa announced this morning that they are working together to deliver a not-for-profit Monaco Yacht Show …

Top Shelf: My go-to final meal for difficult charter or life

Top Shelf: My go-to final meal for difficult charter or life

Top Shelf: by Chef Timothy MacDonald At or around 6 a.m. on the 25th of April, people gathered in their driveways in Australia to pay …

Yacht yard gets busy as COVID quiet wears off

Yacht yard gets busy as COVID quiet wears off

Story by Lucy Chabot ReedPhotos by Tom Serio A recent walk around Universal Marine Center in Fort Lauderdale gave the impression of a …

Yachts at UMC can be shown for sale in new FTZ

Yachts at UMC can be shown for sale in new FTZ

By Lucy Chabot Reed Universal Marine Center in Fort Lauderdale has received authorization from U.S. Customs and Border Protection to …

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