Engineers

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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Strict rules on fuel cleanliness mean more work for filters

It is a common belief that the diesel engine fuel filter, installed by the engine manufacturer, will provide the required level of contamination protection to achieve reliable operation. This is…

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Look beyond alignment to props to find source of vibration

When a vessel is plagued with vibration, alignment isn’t always the issue. Propellers can often be a source of serious vibration for many reasons. Here’s a brief look at what…

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Polishing fuel first step to keep maintenance costs at bay

Have you ever heard anyone say this: “We don’t have problems with our fuel because our boat is always moving, and we burn through the diesel in our tanks very…

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Vibration analysis provides clues to maintenance, details, history

With boat show season comes lots of sales and new commands. A vibration analysis survey is always a prudent investment. In a transaction, it can be a testament to the…

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Injector damage, corrosion, clogs are effects of poor quality fuel

Good housekeeping of diesel fuel requires constant attention to detail to avoid both short-term and long-term engine problems. If a preventive maintenance program for fuel is not begun and followed,…

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Common rail engine delivers power, less emissions at a price

Diesel engines aboard yachts have featured common rail fuel injection since the late 1990s, but common rail engines are not new to marine applications. In Great Britain in 1916, Vickers…

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History of diesel, from sperm whale to compression-ignition engine

RED: Motoring Rhode Island was a thriving British colony in the mid-1700s, and the hub of its wealth was the city of Newport. It was one of the five largest…

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Online condition monitoring takes preventative maintenance to another level

One of the most stressful situations a crew can encounter is an unexpected outage, especially if a charter or owner’s trip is coming up. The biggest concerns are how long…

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