Engine Room

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

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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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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

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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

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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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