Technology

Yacht repower like a heart transplant

When a megayacht needs a new engine, it is nothing like opening an automobile hood to install a new one. It’s a big job that often entails cutting a car-sized…

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Optimize practice drills for safe yacht and crew

The recent sinking of a South Korean ferry prompted us to wonder how yacht crew prepare for emergencies. Most captains and flag states require fire-fighting, first-aid and survival skills taught…

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HF radar lets mariners see tidal currents

A new NOAA National Ocean Service website will provide mariners near real-time coastal ocean surface current observations and tidal current predictions in coastal waters using high frequency (HF) radar.  …

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USCG tests virtual navigation aids

The U.S. Coast Guard is testing 25 electronic aids to navigation (eATON) to augment existing physical aids and mark unique and potentially hazardous navigation features in the San Francisco Bay…

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All options welcome to combat fires onboard

Fires on yachts are dangerous, costly and messy, and this keeps the firefighting industry innovating new technology. As an introduction to both high- and low-tech options, captains and first officers…

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Chock gets patent

Ft. Lauderdale-based Yacht Repairs & Maintenance (YRM) has received patent approval for its tender/Jet ski chocks. Each chock is made from marine grade aluminum, custom fitted for each boat, with…

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Virtual aids to navigation a reality

The age of virtual, electronically produced aids to navigation (ATONs) is upon us. The new AIS ATON is being tested and deployed in many areas of the world.   Unlike…

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IMO delays diesel emission controls giving yachts until 2021

The looming deadline for large diesel-powered recreational vessels to install emission controls has been delayed five years.   The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has delayed the implementation of a U.S.…

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Biofuel doesn’t impact engine

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has recently completed tests of renewable biofuel onboard the training ship State of Michigan that determined it reduced air emissions without any significant difference in engine…

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Recorder meets new rules

Denmark-based Danelec Marine has introduced its third-generation marine Voyage Data Recorder (VDR). The DM100 meets all the new VDR requirements as defined in MSC.333(90) and IEC 61996-1 Ed. 2 that…

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