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Canoe Motor and Motor Mount Buying Guide


Canoe

Canoe


A lightweight canoe motor lets you travel against stronger currents and carry more weight. It also comes in handy if you get tired of paddling. Regardless of your boat’s design, it is usually possible to use a canoe motor, sometimes with the aid of a special canoe motor mount.

A few canoes have a flat back which allows the owner to mount an outboard motor the same way it would be mounted on a regular motorboat. In this situation, no special canoe motor mount is needed. A small, low-horsepower electric or gasoline engine should be used.

Less than four horsepower is usually the right amount for canoes, with some variation depending upon the boat size and number of passengers. Old Town recommends using a three horsepower or smaller engine. However, certain Old Town canoe models can handle a maximum of five horsepower.

For most canoes, a special canoe motor mount is needed to use a motor. This device connects to a typical canoe and holds an outboard in place. Some are made of wood, others of aluminum, stainless steel, or a combination of these materials.

You can buy a motor mount from Cabela’s, Sports Authority, Amazon.com, or Olympia Sports, among others. Such mounts generally cost about $40 to $130 dollars. A lower cost option is to make your own outboard engine mount, if you’re good at that sort of thing.

For example, L.L.Bean sells canoe motor mounts for $49 dollars (as of February 2010). The mounts are made of stainless steel and wood. They can hold trolling motors, electric outboards, and gasoline-powered motors with four horsepower or less.

A somewhat more expensive type of mount is the “sidesaddle” motor mount. As its name suggests, it mounts to the side of the canoe, near the back. This makes it easier to control the engine when you’re looking toward the front of the boat, regardless of whether you’re left or right handed.

Another option is to buy a used mount or a canoe that already has such a mount installed. Both show up in newspaper classifieds and web sites like Craigslist occasionally. A few people sell used canoes with an appropriate outboard motor included as well.

Keep in mind that not every mount fits every boat, so it’s important to check that it is designed for your canoe’s measurements and material. Mounts from the brand that made your boat are more likely to fit, and the dealer may be able to assist you in choosing the correct model.

For most people, buying a small used outboard engine and a canoe motor mount is the best method for motorizing canoes. At the same time, making a mount from scratch or purchasing a boat that is ready to use a motor is preferable for others. Either way, it’s important to take the time to choose the right product.

SOURCES:
1. L.L.Bean
2. Google Product Search
3. Craigslist
4. Old Town
5. Cabela’s

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Boating Homeland Security Rules You Need to Know

Boating Homeland Security Rules
Boating Homeland Security Rules You Need to Know

As the U.S. Department of State recently issued a Travel Alert citing the possibility of European Terrorism, now is the perfect time to review your knowledge, and ensure you’re following security procedures when it comes to boating.

Naval Vessel Protection Zone

As part of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and Maritime Transportation Act that was introduced in 2006, it is illegal to pass within 100 yards of any U.S. Naval, cruise ship, or commercial vessel.  Within 500 yards of these vessels, your boat must be operated at minimum; both of these rules apply to vessels that are under way, docked, or anchored.  Violators of the 100 yard approach law could be charged with a Federal Felony Offense punishable by up to $250,000 in fines and six years in prison.

USCG Security Zones

Boating security zones have been established at high risk water locations including beneath bridges; near locks, dams, and cruise ship docks; power plants; along with chemical, oil, and fueling depots which includes any commercial port activity.  Under security zone regulations, you cannot anchor or dock near any of these areas as you’ll be in strict violation of USCG law.

Suspicious Boating Activity

When you’re operating an automobile, you have the duty to report an accident or potentially dangerous situation that develops on the road – the same applies to boating.  If you suspect suspicious boating activity, it’s your obligation as a responsible boater to report those actions to:

•    Local law enforcement at 911
•    USCG on Marine Channel 16
•    local port or marinaclick here to locate contact info
•    National Response Center 1-877-24WATCH

America’s Waterway Watch (AWW), advises boaters to remember that “people are not suspicious, behavior is.” 

Below are some scenarios which suggest attention is advisable:

  1. A boat not following general USCG navigation rules which could point to a Boater Under the Influence(BUI) or possibly a potential security risk
  2. A vessel that seems to be conducting surveillance of a security zone or one that is seemingly taken too many photographs
  3. Unattended vessels
  4. Vessels anchored in an unusual location
  5. Boaters who are diving in an unusual location
  6. Boaters tossing and retrieving articles from the water
  7. A vessel transferring cargo or people with another vessel
  8. A person running from a security zone that seems out of place

When boating, it’s important to also be aware of the current USCG Maritime Security (MARSEC) levels as designated by Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS) as part of the Department of Homeland Security.  A Level 1 rating corresponds to HSAS Threat Condition Green, Blue, and Yellow; Level 2 to Threat Condition Orange; and Level 3 to Threat Condition Red.

Part of being an international boater is complying with local Customs and Immigration Regulations.  If you’re looking for this information about the Caribbean, Latin America, and northern South America, Seaworthy.com is a great reference source.

Sources:
U.S. Department of State
Suite 101
America’s Waterway Watch

Flickr.com Photo Credit: Police Boat by Thomas Brightbill

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Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 101

Only one event could offer five locations, its own transportation system, and over three million square feet of exhibit space – it’s the 51st Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 28 to November 1, 2010.

Presented by Show Management and as one of the most anticipated boating events in the southeastern U.S., the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show brings an economic boast to the area of approximately $500 million through it’s more than 100,000 expected visitors during its five day run.

What’s On Exhibit at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show?
The ‘Yachting Capital of the World’ lives up to its reputation by offering a range of exhibits with everything from inflatables and canoes, to sport cruisers and trawlers, catamarans and sailboats, to luxury sailing and motor mega yachts; boating apparel, accessories, purchasing and financing are also available.

Special Events & Featured Attractions
•    13th Annual Kid’s Fishing Clinic (ages 5 to 16) will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. (included in the general admission cost)
•    The Blue Wild Dive and Travel Show is a show within a show presenting ongoing seminars, workshops, product demos, all relating to scuba diving, underwater photography, conservation, and more
•    IGFA School of Sportfishing will host sixteen mini-sessions featuring speakers like Captain Tony DiGiulian (IGFA co-founder) and licensed fishing guide, Captain Mike Holliday of Stuart, FL
•    Hook the Future is a television show designed as an introduction to fishing for kids featuring host and fishing expert, Don Dingman, who will be on hand during the show

Where is the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show?
It actually takes place over five different locations with a themed exhibit at each venue:

  • Bahia Mar Yachting Center (801 Seabreeze Boulevard) – featuring inflatables, family sport cruisers, trawlers & sport boats, brokerage boats, sailboats, high performance, motor and super yachts
  • Hall of Fame Marina (1 Hall of Fame Drive) – featuring brokerage boats, high performance, trawlers, and super yachts
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center (1950 Eisenhower Blvd.) – will feature vessels under 40’ including outboards, fishing, and flats
  • Las Olas Marina (240 E. Las Olas Circle) – featuring catamarans, brokerage boats, yachts and mega yachts
  • Fort Lauderdale Grande Hotel & Yacht Club (1881 SE 17th Street) – will host an intimate gathering of elite mega yachts

Find Marinas near the Show - click here!

Where can I buy a ticket and what does admission cost to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show?
Visitors to the show can pre-purchase their tickets online or onsite at the ticket box offices located at Las Olas Marina, Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, and Bahia Mar Yachting Center or offsite at Los Olas Riverfront.  General one-day admission is $18 for adults, $5 for children aged 6 to 15, while children aged 6 and under are free; two day passes are also available for $34.
Insider Ticket Tips:

  • purchase, print, save $2, and avoid the line ups by buying your tickets online through Show Management; the two day pass is also eligible for this discount
  • consider purchasing a Prime Time Preview ticket ($32) to attend the show on October 28 before it opens to the public on Friday

What are the hours for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show?
Thursday, October 28, 2010 – 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Prime Time Preview only)
Friday, October 29, 2010 – 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (open to the public)
Saturday, October 30, 2010 – 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 31, 2010 – 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Monday, November 1, 2010 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where do I park at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show?
This year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show incorporates parking improvements over last year along with a network of shuttle options ranging from busses (free) to water taxis ($10 all day pass) and riverboats (free).  Parking is available at:

  • Northport Parking Garage (Port Everglades) ranging from $3 for one hour to $15 all day
  • Las Olas Riverfront Lot
  • War Memorial Auditorium
  • Bahia Mar Yachting Center
  • Pier 66 Marina
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center

For more information, visit the Show Management Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show website or by telephoning (954) 764-7642 or toll free at 1-800-940-7642.

Sources:
Show Management – Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Show Management – Ticket Purchase
Sun Sentinel

Photo Courtesy of Show Management Press Release Photo Galleries/PiersonGrant.com

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Houseboat Manufacturers with Comfort on the Water

Houseboat Manufacturers

Houseboats

Houseboats are designed specifically to provide all the comforts of traditional residences on the water and are generally described as either 1) moored, non-motorized dwellings, or 2) cruising, live aboard pleasure crafts.  Typically, they are stationary, flat-bottom boats with a house-like superstructure, tethered to land for utilities access.

Recreational houseboat manufacturers are very popular on the large lakes and waterways of America. Popular lake destinations like Lake Powell, bordering Utah and Arizona, are hot spots for houseboats because of their comfortable temperatures and calm waters.

Houseboat Manufacturers Structure and Design Focus on Comfort

Houseboats are typically built on barges, wide stable hulls of pontoon, catamaran or full hulls of aluminum or fiberglass. Propulsion options include outboard engines, inboard/outboard setups or stern drives. Houseboats typically range in size from 26 ft. to around 80 ft.

With space for full sized furniture in every room, all major appliances in the kitchen, satellite TV and home entertainment equipment in the living room, hot tub and large rooftop decks and gas BBQ grills for outdoor recreation; one might say the houseboat lifestyle comes with little to no sacrifice of land-based living luxuries.  You can even be “green” by adopting energy saving practices, and incorporating alternative energy features.

The popularity of houseboat manufacturers has produced a wide range of used boats for sale, as well as a large number of manufacturers offering new houseboats. Used houseboats can be found in the print and online classifieds, and often provide the best value. All-about-houseboats.com has a top ten list of reasons to buy a new, versus a used houseboat, but it really just depends on how much you want to control the custom features.

Choosing Houseboat Manufacturers

Reviewing all the options available through the many different houseboat manufacturers will keep you busy for a while as you evaluate which one is best for you.  Manufacturers can generally be categorized as standard, custom, or luxury houseboat manufacturers; each with their individual benefits and design innovations.  To begin your search, check out online resources such as All About Houseboats and Houseboat Magazine for lists of manufacturers.  The annual National Houseboat Expo, sponsored by Houseboat Magazine, also offers houseboat shoppers an opportunity to explore living on the water firsthand.

Sources: All About Houseboats, Houseboat Magazine

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Inflatable Boat Motor Buying Guide


Inflatable Boat Motor

Inflatable Boat Motor


Buying the right inflatable boat motor makes it easier to travel long distances in your inflatable boat. Such motors are relatively small, light, and affordable. It’s also less difficult to move against a current or wind when you have an inflatable boat motor, rather than only oars.

Adequate Horsepower

An inflatable boat motor should not exceed the boat manufacturer’s recommended maximum horsepower. Depending upon the boat’s size, this limit may be as little as two HP, or many times higher. Usually it’s adequate, safer, and less costly to purchase an outboard with fewer than the maximum horsepower.

However, you generally shouldn’t choose a two-stroke motor with fewer than 4/5ths of the maximum power, unless you don’t mind moving very slowly. To some extent, the right amount depends upon how much the inflatable boat will carry and how it will be used. Because of their heavier weight, four-stroke engines should always have fewer HP than the maximum.

Choosing Electric or Gas Motors

Because of the light weight and size of inflatables, both gas and electric outboards are popular options to power them. Most electric outboard motors cost substantially more than gas, but they don’t need as much maintenance.

Two main advantages of using an electric inflatable boat motor is that it’s quieter and it doesn’t directly release any pollution. They are also allowed in some ponds and bays where other outboards can’t be used legally.

Electric trolling motors can move some small inflatables at low speeds, especially if they aren’t carrying much weight. They don’t cost as much as gas outboards or their electric equivalents; prices for electric trolling motors remain as low as $75 dollars new.

Outboards that run on electricity still need to get their power from somewhere, so they’re not entirely pollution-free. However, the lack of fuel leaks and exhaust in the marine environment reduces the negative impact of this pollution on the earth, animals, and other boaters.

An advantage of gasoline-powered outboard motors is that gasoline fuel is available for them at most marinas, and you can bring extra fuel onboard. If you decide to buy a gas inflatable boat motor, it should have an integrated fuel tank.

Engine Weight Concerns

The weight of an outboard engine becomes more important with an inflatable boat. Since the boat doesn’t weigh very much, the motor can create an imbalance if too heavy. A heavy engine will also make it more difficult to use the oars if fuel runs out or you want to get some exercise for part of the trip. As with any boat, a lightweight motor will be easier to transport and maintain. Outboards typically start at around 20 pounds; the weight quickly rises every 2HP or so.

Where to Buy Inflatable Boat Motors

Boaters may purchase a small outboard inflatable boat motor at Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops, Amazon.com, or Dick’s Sporting Goods, among others. You can also try a local marina or marine dealer. CraigsList, eBay, and Kijiji list many used motors.

SOURCES:
1. BoatsToGo
2. MarineEngineDigest

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Marine Fuel Gauges on Boats



Marine Fuel Gauges

Marine Fuel Gauges


Like their automotive counterparts, marine fuel gauges keep boaters be aware of how soon they need to return to land or refill their tanks at a marina. Not all marine fuel gauges have the same level of accuracy, and some offer better readability than others. There are also some alternatives to using a regular gauge.

Marine fuel gauges typically measure the amount of fuel by using a sending unit that floats on top of the gasoline or diesel. According to the BoatUS Foundation, marine fuel gauges usually work better when the meter and the sending unit are made by the same company and paired with the right tank shape.

Most marine fuel gauges have a black or white surface and markings for each quarter tank. Some are lighted, providing better readability at night (such as the Faria FAR12801 or FAR13101). The majority of these marine fuel gauges have an analog readout; a few more expensive models are digital.

However, boaters should be more concerned with the marine fuel gauge’s ability to work with the installed sending unit than its style or lighting. A compact magnifying glass or flashlight can always be used to compensate for the shortcomings of small or unlighted gauges.

Some portable gasoline tanks come with built-in gauges, such as the Mercury Marine 859065A1 or the Moeller 003780. Most large tanks require a separate gauge, like the Moeller 035727-10, which costs around $30-50 dollars. A less costly model is the Teleflex 57902P, at about $20-30.

The above-mentioned sending unit typically costs another $25 to $45 dollars. Some companies offer a gauge and sending unit combination, such as the Teleflex 56948P, which costs around $45-70. Purchasing a combination package like this greatly helps to ensure compatibility between the two parts.

For boaters with vessels that have marine fuel gauges which no longer work, it’s a good idea to get them fixed or replaced. Engine efficiency can vary depending upon speed, passengers, cargo, and other factors, so it can be hard to predict exactly how long a tank of gas or diesel will last.

In a relatively small boat, one way to compensate for the lack of an accurate gauge is to keep a container of extra fuel onboard. This way, gasoline may be added to the tank if it runs out unexpectedly, and the boater can go in search of the closest marina fuel dock before the extra fuel is consumed.

A more sophisticated alternative is to use an electronic marine fuel gauge computer. These provide a very accurate, precise digital readout of the tank level and consumption. Such units aren’t affected by waves like typical marine fuel gauges. However, they usually cost over two-hundred dollars new.

Generally, the larger the vessel, the more advantageous it is to have an accurate marine fuel gauge. The most important goal is to possess a properly functioning fuel detection mechanism that works with the gauge and provides a useful measurement.

SOURCES:
1. West Marine
2. BoatUS Foundation
4. Floscan

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Types of Life Rafts

Life rafts become a useful safety device when boats capsize due to storms, collisions, mechanical failures, natural disasters, and other unforseen events. Most modern life rafts are inflatable, but different types of life rafts exist; each type has its own pros and cons…

Coastal Life Raft
Manufacturers design these rafts for short-term use. Compared to other types, they generally cost less and take up a smaller area on-board. However, they should only be utilized near the coast. Some offer canopies at extra cost. They usually have a single layer floor and sides. Some coastal inflatables can still be very expensive if they have many extra features.

Offshore Life Raft
These rafts are designed for longer term survival and do not capsize as easily. The offshore type typically has a canopy, which reduces exposure to bright sun and harsh weather. These models are more likely to have an inflatable floor and dual wall air chambers. They come with additional survival gear as well. An offshore raft will cost more than most coastal raft types.

Ocean Life Raft
Ocean-going rafts are made for surviving even longer periods of time at sea. These types of rafts usually have a canopy and plenty of survival gear, along with the features of the above-mentioned offshore rafts. Vessels that travel long distances across the ocean should carry such rafts. Ocean or offshore rafts with two-layered floors help keep passengers warm and prevent injury.

In addition to the above-mentioned types, life rafts also come in different sizes. It’s important to choose a raft that’s large enough for all passengers, equipment, and supplies. It should also be possible to store the raft in an easily accessible location where it will not be damaged. Passengers should have some extra room on the raft, especially if the vessel is operated far from land.

Even within a certain category, life rafts have many differences. Some are designed for on-deck storage, others below deck. There are different types of inflation pumps, and canopy designs vary. BoatUS recommends purchasing a life raft with a hand pump (to use if additional inflation is needed while inside the raft). It’s good to use a life raft that is easily visible from both the air and the sea.

Boat owners can buy these types of life rafts from West Marine, Overton’s, Turtle Marine, and several other retailers. New inflatables usually cost at least $1,000 U.S. dollars. Major brands include Switlik, Plastimo, and Revere Supply Co. Some dealers offer “rescue pods”; these are smaller than rafts and designed for coastal use. Another alternative is a floating anti-exposure (immersion) suit.

It’s best to purchase, supply, maintain, and store a life raft with actual use in mind; don’t treat it as something you will never need. If you travel at sea or in large lakes, acting to obtain an adequate life raft could be the best decision you ever make.

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Hurricane Safety for Boaters


Hurricane Safety for Boaters


Every year from June 1 to November 30, the eastern and Gulf coasts of the US and Caribbean are on hurricane alert.   Even weak Atlantic Ocean hurricanes can cause havoc and devastation on whole cities and communities.

While on some occasions the storms are so strong that there is little that anyone can do but wait it out, in most cases some simple hurricane preparedness can severely limit the amount of damage caused to your home – and your boat.

The most important thing to remember about hurricane preparedness and boater safety is to plan ahead.  Don’t wait for the last minute, after hurricane warnings are already in effect for your area, to start your storm safety plan.

The hazards of a hurricane are: high winds, storm surges, flooding, and the risk of tornadoes.  The major threat to boats tied up in a marina slip is the rising waters and waves, which could cause the boat to be forced over the dock. It’s always best to remove your boat from the marina by trailer and store it in your garage or somewhere else far inland.

Tips for Anchoring During a Hurricane

If your boat is large enough that it can’t be trailored away from its dock and stored in a garage or storage unit, you will need to plan ahead.  The Coast Guard recommends that you try to get your boat out of a coastal marina and as far inland as possible.  This means seeking anchorage in rivers, canals, bays or bayous if possible.

Your best hope is try to find a place to drop anchor where you can also tie lines to something solid on land, like trees (just make sure they are really big and pose little threat of being uprooted).  Be sure to wrap your lines with anti-chafing gear wherever they are tied and make contact with the boat or land object.  With the intensity of the winds and power of the wave surges, ropes can break from constant and intense friction.

If you plan to anchor your boat, your basic hurricane preparedness supplies are:

  • At least four anchors, one an oversized storm anchor
  • Extra nylon lines, extra long in length (200’ each recommended by USCG)
  • Anti-chafing gear for ropes (can be made out of strips of leather or rubber hose)
  • Full fuel tanks
  • Spare parts and batteries for the important systems onboard

Tips for Staying at a Marina

If you have to keep your vessel at the marina, then you will need to make some preparations to your boat at the earliest threat of a hurricane.

One of the most important steps is to remove all unsecured items, including canvas, sails, deck gear – anything that could be blown away by the winds or cause wind load problems.  Depending on where you live in relation to the hurricane forecasts, you may want to make it a habit to limit your storage of these items on your boat throughout the season.

You will need to use extra lines with extra knots and anti-chafing gear at contact points.  Be sure to tie high on the pilings to account for rising water levels.  You will want to use extra fenders installed all around the boat.

Disconnect your shore power, and ensure that you have enough battery life to run your bilge pump throughout the storm.  Seal hatches and windows with duct tape, and put plugs in your engine ports.

You should also ask your marina operators what their hurricane preparedness plan is, and whether they have any additional suggestions or requirements for preparing your boat in the slip.

Most importantly be sure you have copies of your boat registration and insurance; if you normally keep these on your boat, it’s best to remove them and keep them somewhere at home instead.


Resources:

National Hurricane Center

USCGA: How to Prepare Your Boat for a Hurricane

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Seaworthy.com for Caribbean Adventures

Seaworthy.com is a wealth of information for the cruising yachtsman in an easy to navigate format that offers daily tropical weather updates and the latest island news of interest to the cruising boater.

The list of features is long and offers such valuable information as Customs and Immigration regulations for each island or island group, basic information and sample charts (from the Pavlidis guides) for each island, a hurricane preparedness primer and a very thorough list of hurricane holes, sections on Caribbean cultures and gastronomy, several live weather pages that are especially helpful during hurricane season, pages of updates that one can download to update their copies of the Pavlidis guides, and a Community Forum.

The information on the site is loaded with color photos of marinas, anchorages, and hurricane holes to give you an idea of what to expect when you arrive at your destination.

The Seaworthy.com online nautical bookstore contains over 3,000 titles ranging from cruising guides to how-to books to nautical adventure stories.  Visitors who register with Seaworthy.com receive an email coupon giving them 15% off their first purchase.

About SeaWorthy.com

In April, 2010, cruising guide author Stephen J. Pavlidis joined forces with his publisher, Seaworthy Publications, Inc., to create Seaworthy.com – Your Bahamas and Caribbean Cruising Advisory. Pavlidis combined his popular IslandHopping.us site with Seaworthy’s online nautical bookstore and the result was a very informative and in-depth Web site designed for those who cruise the waters of The Bahamas and Caribbean.

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Yacht Fuel | Yacht Fuel Systems in Review

Most vessel owners know and understand the importance of using high quality yacht fuel in their diesel engine for performance purposes.  However, not everyone knows the effect of yacht fuel quality on your marine fuel system.  Understanding the basics about your yacht fuel system will help you avoid poor fuel efficiency, or worse, engine failure.

Yacht diesel engines have some major advantages over marine gasoline engines.  First of all, they burn less yacht fuel than a marine gasoline engine.  Diesel engines also adapt to damp environments very ywell due to the fact that they lack a high-tension electrical ignition system.  And the really attractive thing for boat owners is that the diesel engine has a much longer life span than most gasoline engines.  See more about diesel vs. gasoline.

Or rather, diesel engines have a longer life span if they are properly cared for.  So what must you do in order to ensure the best quality and longevity for your yacht diesel engine?  Simply put, you have to take care of your system.

Fuel Injection

The fuel system in a diesel engine is primarily affected by your fuel injection.  Fuel injection plays a major role in everything about your yacht diesel engine: how well the diesel engine runs, the cleanliness of your exhaust, and your fuel efficiency.

Mechanical and electrical fuel injectors operate in different ways.  Older style diesel engines use mechanical fuel injection; newer yacht diesel engines utilize electrical fuel injection. It’s important to keep up with your yacht engine maintenance to assure that your fuel injection system is optimized.  Electronic fuel injection systems have sensors and computerized parts that are usually so sensitive they can alert you just before you begin to have problems.

Emissions

The color and quantity of the smoke your exhaust emits can tell you a lot about how your fuel system is operating.  A cloud of black smoke tells you that your fuel injection metering system is not operating correctly.  A cloud of blue or white smoke is also a signal that there are issues with the length and timing of fuel injection system.  If you are noticing a lot of exhaust emissions, it’s important to have your engine serviced.

Quality

Diesel engines are recognized as being cleaner to run than gasoline engines as well as less volatile.  When it comes to boating, these are two excellent qualities of a marine engine.  The use of bio-diesels can really help with your fuel efficiency and emissions.

You also want to be sure to purchase yacht fuel from a high quality source.  Using a fuel bid service like MarineFuel.com’s Fuel Bid Desk™ will assure you that get the best possible yacht fuel at the lowest price delivered directly to you.  Using poor quality fuel will affect not only your fuel efficiency, costing you potentially thousands of dollars, but will also limit the life of your diesel engine.

Knowing and understanding how your engine works is an important component to maximizing your overall fuel consumption and engine performance.  Be sure to regularly service and maintain your engine as well as always use high quality yacht fuel.

Resources:
Fuel Systems 101
Fuel for Thought
Diesel Engine

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