Engine Room

Refit Matters: Understanding world of refit can help crew avoid frustration

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Refit Matters: by Jon Wilson Refit shipyards are veritable industries in and of themselves, teeming with technicians involved at different stages of the refit process. From the first survey to…

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Engineer’s Angle: Tow, tow, tow your boat gently ’cross the (Gulf) stream

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Engineer’s Angle: by JD Anson The recent arms race in tender size has begun to present some interesting challenges. For all but the very largest of yachts, gone are the…

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Engineer’s Angle: Transition to LED system easy

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Engineer’s Angle: by JD Anson Years ago, yacht designers and builders had a range of lighting choices, bulbs of every shape and size – but always incandescent. This is where…

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Agent’s Corner: S. Florida airports best when flying in on B1/B2

The Agent’s Corner: by Laura Garcia-Bartenfelder There are so many different aspects to receiving and traveling on a B1/B2 for crew members that in this column we will just broach…

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Engineer’s Angle: Fuel for both yacht, tender attractive

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Engineer’s Angle: JD Anson Whether taking the boss shopping in St. Tropez or dragging kids for miles on a banana in the Bahamas, tenders are indispensable to today’s yachting scene.…

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Engineer’s Angle: Center hurricane prep on self-sufficiency

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Engineer’s Angle: by JD Anson The premise of yachting for owners and guests is to experience the beauty of the world and disconnect from stress. But while our “Instagram society”…

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Engineer’s Angle: Centrifuge fuel purifiers avert catastrophic engine damage

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Engineer’s Angle: by JD Anson There are two main ways dirt gets inside an engine. Each is bad. One is through the air intakes, hence the big filters before the…

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Balance Below: Surveys, alignments keep machinery in top shape

Balance Below: Rich Merhige Keeping vessel machinery aligned cannot be underestimated. Alignment on yachts typically refers to shaft alignment – the positioning of two machines so the shaft centerlines of…

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Engineer’s Angle: It’s gettin’ hot in here; check your connections

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Engineer’s Angle: by JD Anson Resistance is futile. Resistance is also dangerous when it comes to electrical connections. Some electrical resistance is by design and can be quite useful such…

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Stew Cues: Dusting not just for surfaces; it also scrubs the air you breathe

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan As comedian George Carlin once said, “Dusting is a good example of the futility of trying to put things right. As soon as you dust,…

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