Engineers

One captain’s mission to ‘bullet proof’ his A/C system

After more than 30 years playing with, working on and running boats in several sectors of the maritime industry, one thing about yachting made Capt. Herb Magney nuts: how the…

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Machinery Matters: There’s a reason the squeaky wheel gets the grease

Machinery Matters: by Larry D. Rumbol Iconic singer songwriters are not known for their engineering wisdom, yet James Taylor put it rather succinctly: “I think it’s true what they say…

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Machinery Matters: Hydraulics without histrionics

Machinery Matters: By Larry D. Rumbol I once had a charming aunt who used the word hydraulics in place of far more colorful language when something had gone unexpectedly wrong.…

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Diesel company rebrands, offers membership maintenance program

South Florida-based TDW — formally known as The Diesel Workshop — has developed a proprietary software and new membership program to offer preventative maintenance for yachts in the 80-foot to…

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Owner’s View: The essence of command

Owner’s View: by Melvyn Miller The hardest thing to teach new managers is that the essence of management is to convince or coerce subordinates to do that which they would…

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Machinery Matters: Making a lab analysis report work for you

Machinery Matters: by Larry D. Rumbol Oil analysis is one of those tasks that should be de rigueur on a superyacht. Like brushing one’s teeth, there is no immediate benefit…

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Owner’s View: We are not all the same

Owner’s View: by Melvyn Miller I have found it difficult to describe an average owner of a crewed yacht, but I understand the temptation to stereotype minorities. There are approximately…

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Machinery Matters: Don’t let fuel FAME live forever

Machinery Matters: by Larry Rumbol The words from the musical “Fame” could almost have been written as a biodiesel mantra: “Fame! We’re gonna live forever”. That’s a reality if operators…

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Triton Survey: Most yachts have not cut salaries, half have cut jobs

By Lucy Chabot Reed Nearly two-thirds of the more than 100 captains who responded to this week’s Triton Survey indicated they have not cut salaries in the wake of COVID-19…

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Machinery Matters: Why condition monitoring is best practice

Machinery Matters: by Larry D. Rumbol “Condition monitoring” is one of those phrases one hears in conferences and learned corners of the dock. Those really familiar with it call it…

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