Engineers

Diesel Digest: Hybrid propulsion helps yachts set course for a greener future

Diesel Digest: by Capt. Jeff Werner “AUGSBURG, Germany – Last year, the French submarine Aigrette was launched with diesel electric propulsion. MAN built the diesel engine for that underwater vessel.”…

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Diesel Digest: Diesel basics boil down to chemistry

Diesel Digest: by Capt. Jeff Werner The petroleum that is pumped out of the ground via an oil well is called crude oil. This crude can vary in color and…

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The Agent’s Corner: Yacht agents play vital role in U.S. ports

The Agent’s Corner: by Capt. Deb Radtke Who needs a yacht agent in Florida? I get asked this question a lot. The assumption is that there is no need for…

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Diesel Digest: A primer on compression ignition engines

Diesel Digest: by Capt. Jeff Werner Rudolf Diesel envisioned a new type of engine, one that would replace the available steam and gasoline engines. In 1895, he perfected the breakthrough…

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The Agent’s Corner: Summer great time to cruise national parks

The Agent’s Corner: by Capt. Deb Radtke Summer always gets me thinking of summer vacation, and for many in the U.S. that includes visiting a national park. In the U.S.,…

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Using biodiesel blends can mean cleaner seas for years to come

Diesel Digest: by Capt. Jeff Werner Working aboard a yacht should make every captain and crew member an environmentalist. After all, without clean seas what yacht owner or charter guest…

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The Agent’s Corner: Headed Down Under? Know the Aussie rules

The Agents Corner: by Deb Radtke This past month I had the opportunity to visit Cairns, Australia. We were hosted by the Superyacht Group Great Barrier Reef. This gave me…

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Diesel Digest: Frequent use of biocides negates its effectiveness

Diesel Digest: by Capt. Jeff Werner For most engineers and captains, the gospel when topping off a diesel tank is to mix the required quantity of the additive Biobor JF…

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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 two types of couplings: rigid or…

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Diesel Digest: The story behind dyed diesel

Diesel Digest: by Capt. Jeff Werner In Belfast, Northern Ireland, a man with a previous conviction for an IRA attack on police was found guilty of fuel laundering. Customs officers…

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