Engineers

First step in good maintenance? Know how diesel engines work

Diesel engines are the mainstay for both propulsion and generating electricity aboard yachts. Understanding how they work is the first step to knowing how to maintain diesel engines. Comparing the…

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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 presents itself in a multitude of…

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Do your due diligence before diesel fuel fill-up

Chances are that when a yacht ties up at a fuel dock, the captain asks how much does the diesel cost per gallon, and is there enough fuel to fill…

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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 gets a lot less attention, but…

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Diesel Digest: Water is diesel fuel’s worst enemy

Diesel Digest: by Capt. Jeff Werner Diesel fuel is the lifeblood of a diesel engine. If left unmanaged, diesel fuel quality can degrade rather quickly rendering it harmful, rather than…

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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. Regardless of…

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Managing diesel engine emission gases complicated

For more than a century, the diesel engine has been the workhorse for many industries around the world powering large trucks, farm tractors, locomotives, construction and mining equipment and vessels…

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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 action items should be addressed…

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Worldwide demand remains steady for diesel fuel

Turning petroleum into diesel fuel is called refining. Refining is the process of converting crude oil into high-value products. The most important are transportation fuels: gasoline, jet fuel and diesel…

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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 with wet exhaust systems,…

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