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Marine Diesel & Smoke Colors

Marine Diesel

When firing up your Marine Diesel vessel for some fun this summer season in South Florida, you’ll want to be sure that you’re maintaining the proper level of vessel and engine maintenance before disembarking. For example, there are several safety procedures to consider, as well as the overall health of your vessel. While some of these aren’t readily apparent to the naked eye, some issues come with clear visible symptoms. If you see black, white, or blue smoke in your marine diesel engine’s exhaust? Anything other than smokeless, clear exhaust indicates that there is a problem with your engine. Depending on the color, it could…

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Marine Diesel Engine Overhauls, Part 2

The fact that this happens a lot more than you might think be careful. Choosing a reputable Marine Diesel Engine mechanic will solve the majority of these issues when dealing with your power plant history. RPM Diesel Engine Co has a good rule of thumb with a few extra fingers added in for good measure. RPM Rule 1 I’m sure everyone has heard the saying “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” and that saying will never hold more true for what I’m about to tell you. “There is no such thing as an overhauled or rebuilt marine diesel engine until such has been…

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Marine Diesel Engine Overhauls, Part 1

We get a common complaint from Yacht Brokers and private owners of larger marine vessels periodically. This has to do with a major discrepancy for their marine diesel engines’ overall health. When was the last time they had a certified marine diesel engine mechanic do routine maintenance? Lately I have seen owners and yacht brokers alike claiming complete marine diesel engine overhaul. Claiming that they have rebuilt marine diesel engines when they don’t is serious fraud. The fraudulent scenario can be fueled by different agendas. Maybe the owner selling doesn’t know the yacht broker is claiming a full marine diesel engine overhaul. So after the prospective…

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The Best Ways to Avoid & Cure Seasickness

Seasickness. For anyone who’s ever experienced it, even just the word is almost enough to make them want to lose their lunch. Seasickness, also known to mariners as Mal de Mer, is a form of motion sickness that can be particularly unpleasant and debilitating given the combined forces of the confining nature of boats and the unpredictably violent sea. It’s hardly a fatal condition to have, but the symptoms of nausea, stomach cramps, and dehydration due to excessive vomiting that are sure to accompany it make coming down with a case of seasickness a quick and sure-fire way to ruin any boating excursion. The condition…

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Cruise Myths, Part 1

Summer is here and many families here in Florida are using the season to escape for a vacation on one of the many cruise ships that find port here. The popular misconception about cruises of the past is that they were reserved only for the “newly-wed and nearly dead”, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth, at least of the modernized diesel-powered cruises of today. Indeed, we’ve now entered a new era of cruising. With larger cruise ships, higher occupancy rates, and more competitive pricing, cruises have actually managed to become the fastest-growing segment of the travel market in the past several years and…

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Electric Shock Drowning Awareness

Just one month ago in April 2016, Carmen Johnson, a 15 year-old cheerleader from Priceville High, Alabama, and her friend Raegan Gargis jumped from a family boating dock in Winston County after a day of picnicking in the warm Spring weather. But immediately, it was apparent to Carmen’s father, also present at the time, that something was seriously wrong. The girls screamed out for help but were completely submerged within seconds of hitting the water. Sadly, Carmen never resurfaced and her lifeless body was recovered an hour later. While authorities were initially apprehensive to determine a definitive cause of the young woman’s death, it has…

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Man Overboard!

Someone slipping and falling overboard is one of the most terrifying experiences one can have on your marine diesel vessel. While these unfortunate accidents do happen from time to time, the good news is that with some quick thinking and teamwork, chances are that you’ll be able to rescue your companion with ease. The first thing to do when you’ve noticed that someone has fallen overboard, regardless of their sex, is to yell “Man Overboard” as loud as you possibly can along the port or starboard sides of the vessel in an effort to alert the rest of the topside crew. Continue to yell until…

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Does Diesel Fuel Ever Expire?

Fuel is a necessary component for any diesel engine, so in the interest of cutting long-term costs, many businesses and individuals choose to buy their supplies in bulk. While this approach certainly seems to make financial sense in the short term, the excess fuel will of course require long term storage, a considerable expense in and of itself. Adding to the further cost of fuel storage is the risk of storing it for too long, leading to the fuel’s expiration. This liability does not just apply to diesel fuel stored in barrels for later use, but also applies to the unused fuel that sits stagnant…

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