Engineers

Agents Corner: Check electronic I-94s to catch, correct errors

Agent’s Corner: by Deb Radtke U.S. Customs and Border Protection  is steadily working to streamline its  processes. This includes going paperless with I-94 records. The I-94 is a foreign visitor’s…

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Engineer’s Angle: Energy efficiency may damage generator; load banks help

Engineer’s Angle: by JD Anson As climate change has a growing effect on our planet, we try to do the right thing by becoming more energy conscious. The most popular…

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The Agent’s Corner: Navigate the alphabet soup of US visas

The Agent’s Corner: by Deb Radtke It’s the time of year when many large yachts are heading to the United States and we are getting a lot of inquiries regarding…

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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, depending on the environment. If you’re dealing with…

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Engineer’s Angle: Keep on top of boat’s bloodwork to save engine’s life

Engineer’s Angle: by JD Anson For days on end, machinery on board runs nonstop. Myriad parts are constantly rubbing together under incredible pressure, separated only by a film of oil…

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Engineer’s Angle: Shore power connection can be stressful, but new adapters help

Engineer’s Angle: by JD Anson Modern shore power converters have made dock power connections a breeze. You say you have 400VAC 3phase 50Hz at the pedestal? No problem. I’ll just…

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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 reality, O-rings and gaskets are found in many of…

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Diesel Digest: Choose fuel additives carefully

Diesel Digest: by Capt. Jeff Werner Diesel fuel additives are an important part of a yacht’s fuel preventive maintenance program. There are many brands of diesel additives with a variety…

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Diesel Digest: Inverter generators power up some ‘new school’ advantages

Diesel Digest: by Capt. Jeff Werner The phrase “old school” is heard so often now in the yachting industry that older captains and engineers sometimes feel out of sync with their…

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Agent’s Corner: The Great Lakes are America’s un(der)discovered cruising grounds

The Agent’s Corner: by Deb Radtke Five quick facts to get started (five facts because there are five lakes): If you drained the Great Lakes, they would cover the lower…

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