Engineer

The Agent’s Corner: Headed Down Under? Know the Aussie rules

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

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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