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Marine Diesel Maintenance Tips Part 3

3. Fire It Up equals Electricity A typical marine diesel engines DC (direct current) electrical systems are a frequent area of concern. Although the electrical system has the least impact for causing detrimental damage to your marine diesel power plant. That doesn’t mean that your electrical components should be ignored. You should be prepared if your electrical system is compromised and decides to quit working properly. Sometimes you’re lucky enough to have your electrical system take a dump at the dock. What happens after a day of fishing when you go to crank the engine up? How about a full boat of divers just getting…

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Marine Diesel Engine Maintenance Tips Part 2b

Another area of concern with the fresh water system is the pressure cap. This might seem trivial but having the pressure cap correctly sealed is another vital aspect to a properly functioning marine diesel engine. A conventional seal increases the pressure enough to raise the exact boiling point of water from 212° Fahrenheit to 250° Fahrenheit. If not properly sealed the water from inside your engine will boil causing your system to overheat. The caps on your raw fresh water cooling systems tend to get know around since they generally stick out like a turtle neck. I have seen boat detailers use them as a…

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Marine Diesel Engine Maintenance Tips Part 2a

2. Room Temperature (Cooling) The single largest catalyst for Marine Diesel Engines mechanical issues is not technically a part of the engine. The fact that this integral aspect of your power plants operation is not ever covered by warranty should help you understand the importance. Impeded and clogged sea strainers are without a doubt the absolute #1 cause of failed marine diesel engines. Fouled and dirty strainers impede raw water from their natural abilities to properly cool the fresh water system. This single aspect causes the whole system to get thrown out of whack and will overheat your engine in a heartbeat. Just as water is vital…

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Marine Diesel Engine Maintenance Tips Part 1

1. Oil & Water equals Lubrication Diesel Services of America is going to share some basic tips that will increase the life and performance of your Diesel Powerplant. Preventive maintenance is of the utmost importance and should be exercised regularly unless you don’t mind hefty repair bills. We will cover four separate but important topics (Lubrication, Cooling, Electricity & Fuel). Remember these are just tips and you should always consult a professional like Diesel Services of America. If you have any questions please give us a holler. 1. Oil & Water equals Lubrication The reason lubrication is bullet point 1 is because that it’s truly…

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Why Use a Personal Safety Beacon?

Last Summer on July 24th, 2015, two young and wealthy teens from Jupiter, Florida decided to take one of their family boats out for a fishing trip. Sadly, neither Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, both just 14 years old, ever made it home. Little did they know that they were heading directly into the path of a powerful storm. Then two days later, a local pilot reported seeing their capsized boat from the air with what may have possibly been one or both of the boys clinging to the capsized vessel for dear life. The boys’ latitude and longitude were immediately reported to the local…

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Top Movie Boats

Pop culture is full of unique and memorable vessels! Join us at Diesel Services of America as we count down some of our favorites! JAWS – Orca “We’re gonna need a bigger boat.” It’s a classic movie line that’s ingrained in all of our memories forever and has led the Orca to its place as possibly the most famous fishing boat in film history. Originally a lobster boat known as the Warlock before being purchased for the film’s production, she was eventually shipped back to Universal Studios Hollywood after filming wrapped in 1974, where she was apparently purchased by a Los Angeles fisherman. However, when…

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Fear & Boating in South Florida – The Woman’s Touch

As we previously discussed in a past article, there are a litany of strange superstitions that many fishermen still hold true today. To some, anything from idle whistling to someone eating a banana onboard could spell doom for their fishing haul or worse. However, these superstitions don’t just border on the insane and bizarre by today’s social standards – some are downright offensive. Much like today, people of the past feared most what they didn’t understand. If something bad happened, then certainly it must be caused by the only thing physically out of the ordinary. For this reason, many people who were considered “different” became…

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Uber Expanding to Yachts?

The widespread popularity of smartphone apps has made getting from point A to point B easier than ever. Companies like San Francisco-based Uber, have revolutionized the world of transportation with their popular travel apps that make booking and paying for rides possible with just a few taps of the screen. Uber has expanded their services from cars, to boat rides in Instanbul, and even helicopter rides in California. And now, they’ve gone one step further, entering the world of larger marine diesel vessels. Launched just a week ago, the UberYACHT service allows residents of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to book a full yacht party experience…

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