Diesel Digest

Annual ‘physical’ spares yacht’s diesel a preventable ‘illness’

By Capt. Jeff Werner We all understand the importance of completing an annual physical with our doctor. It is longevity. We all want to live as long as possible. Parts…

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Fuel p­roduction often source of diesel engine problems

Over the past few years, there has been a sudden, dramatic and worldwide increase in filter clogging tendencies in engines. What has changed? Oil supply and environmental concerns have resulted…

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Diesel Digest: Diesel fuel algae might be sign that water has entered tank

Diesel Digest: by Capt. Jeff Werner One of the first things a tyro engineer learns when working aboard a yacht is to watch out for algae growing in the yacht’s…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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