Engineers

Diesel Digest: When did yachts start using diesel engines?

Diesel Digest: by Capt. Jeff Werner The 1890s were heady times for Rudolf Diesel. He was a successful young engineer living in Berlin with his wife and three children. After…

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The Agent’s Corner: Rules about clearing in, PWCs in Spain

The Agent’s Corner: Deb Radtke Welcome to The Agents Corner, where I strive to answer pressing questions about yachting. Each week I present information from yacht agents around the globe…

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Law intended to clean exhaust unintentionally hurts engines

The worldwide effort to combat global warming is part and parcel to the daily operations aboard a yacht. Both the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency…

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Puerto Rico entry, charter rules nuanced, involve paperwork

Welcome to the first installment of The Agent’s Corner. Local knowledge is invaluable when running a yacht, but finding the correct local knowledge is not always easy. With The Agent’s…

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Fuel turnover does not ensure cleanliness

Diesel Digest: Capt. Jeff Werner Fuel degradation is commonly associated with the amount of time fuel has been sitting in a yacht’s tank. The assumption is that a “dock queen”…

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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 be applied in some…

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New technology lets engineers test fuel onboard

The cornerstones of a diesel fuel preventive maintenance program are: sampling and testing to assess the quality of fuel in the tank, separation to remove water from the fuel, filtration…

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Fuel is a valuable asset; treat it that way

High-pressure common rail (HPCR) engines are now the norm for all new diesel engines that are installed aboard yachts. The need for HPCR engines has been driven by strict emission…

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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 similar to the propulsive drive…

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Various ways to remove water all amount to same thing: Do it during regular maintenance

By Capt. Jeff Werner Water is the most damaging contaminant found in diesel fuel. Growth of bacteria, mold, yeast or other types of fungi in a diesel fuel tank cannot…

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