Diesel Digest

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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Like medicine, fuel additives can treat specific engine issues

Cybersizzle, Hot Stuff, TNT-Ultra, The Force, Greased Lightning all sound like the names of energy drinks that should be part of the roll call that includes Red Bull, Monster and…

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Fear of violation guides oily water separation technology use

  The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) was developed in response to the major oil spills caused by the wrecks of the oil tankers Torrey…

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Science and physics say magnets positively affect diesel fuel combustion

OK, I admit it. I was skeptical at first. During one of my first jobs as a yacht captain back in the early ’90s, I flew to Mallorca where a…

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Onboard fuel polishing serves as dialysis for your diesel

The cornerstone of a diesel fuel maintenance program aboard a yacht is installing an onboard system that will polish the fuel and clean all the tanks. Fuel polishing systems can…

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Tier 4 diesel engines require cleaner fuel

If you have been to any major boat shows in the past few years, and lurked around the tents and booths of companies that make the engines for yachts, you…

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Even well maintained fuel tanks have microbial growth

Microbial contamination of diesel fuel is a fact of life. It is not a matter of “if”; it is just a matter of “when”. As a general rule, whenever diesel…

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Biodiesel and petrodiesel may be in your yacht’s future

“I have never had a large yacht request biodiesel,” Larry Lawrence said. “Most yachts would not want to use straight biodiesel due to microbe and water issues.” Lawrence should know.…

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