There may never be a definitive answer to the petrol vs. diesel marine engines debate. While a growing number of boats and yachts come with diesel engines already installed, some models still come with gasoline-powered engines. In fact, several yacht and boat manufacturers still offer the choice between a gasoline engine and a marine engine to customers for some of their medium to large-sized models. If you ever end up in a position where you are presented with such a choice, consider the advantages of a diesel engine over a petrol engine.
Just like you would never go on a long road trip without a spare tire in your trunk, you should never go on a yacht trip without carrying a few essential spare parts for your boat. There are obvious spare parts that you should bring such as lightbulbs and a second anchor.
As tough and long-lasting as yacht engines are, nothing can last forever. Regular marine diesel engine maintenance provided by certified professionals can go a long way to extend the life expectancy of your marine engine. However, sooner or later, MAN yacht engines, Detroit Diesel marine engines, John Deere marine engines, and engines from all other brands will need to go through a major overhaul, be rebuilt, or even replaced.
The end of the decade is coming up fast! 2019 has been a year of ups and downs and 2020 promises to be just as eventful. If you are a boat owner, now’s as good a time as any to start drafting up your New Year’s resolutions list.
The fuel filter on your boat is there to ensure water and other contaminants do not leak into your fuel system. To ensure your marine diesel engine and fuel system continue to work effectively, boat fuel filters need to be regularly replaced. The question then becomes, how often do you change fuel filters on a boat? Typically, you should replace boat fuel filters semi-annually, sometimes more often depending on how much you use your boat.
In an effort to help customers all over the world sustain new market needs as well as meet global emissions regulations for marine engines, John Deere Power Systems has introduced new marine diesel engine ratings. As the brand continues its expansion in specific global markets, the company wants to ensure John Deere marine diesel engines continue to accommodate customers’ demands and market regulations even as these things change in the coming years.
Many people consider buying a used yacht, as the price for a used boat can be considerably less than a new one. And if the yacht is maintained properly and passes important inspections, a used yacht can bring all the joys of yachting for a fraction of the cost. At Marine Diesel Specialists, we have seen far too many first-time boat buyers take the leap into a vessel that’s just too much of a fixer-upper. Before completing your purchase, explore our used yacht buying guide to make sure you’re choosing the right yacht.
Generators are responsible for creating electrical power within your yacht, acting almost as a second engine that focuses on powering your appliances and other electrical features. They work by transforming fuel, typically diesel fuel, into electricity. This is similar to traditional generators you may use on land, but marine generators need extra maintenance and upkeep to ensure their proper functionality. Here are some signs that your generator is not working at its best, along with tips for marine generator maintenance.
So, you’re looking to buy a used boat, but you’re not sure about the hours it has. Or, you’re taking care of your new boat and you have no idea what hours mean in terms of intervals for diesel engine maintenance and repairs. Marine engine hours are the hours your engine has been running since it was new. Many newer engines have a gauge for hours, much like one that shows you miles sailed. For older boats, you will need a computer to pull the marine engine hours.
Yachting in the winter can be a rewarding experience when there are so many incredible destinations and sights that are best enjoyed this time of year. At Marine Diesel Specialists, many of our clients enjoy winter yachting and sailing. We share winter yachting tips to ensure safety and enjoyment of everything winter has to offer for yachting and adventuring.
Wintertime can be harsh on boats and yachts, which is why it’s important to perform yacht troubleshooting to avoid potential issues. At Marine Diesel Specialists, we offer repairs, maintenance, repowers, and more for vessels throughout Florida. Though we don’t experience many wintertime boating troubles ourselves, we do know how bad these common boat problems can be. Below are common boat issues and what can be done to prevent such challenges.
The start of a new year is a great opportunity to assess your boat or yacht maintenance plan. At Marine Diesel Specialists, we help with sales, service, and OEM parts for marine diesel engines, transmissions, and generators. With our expertise in the industry, we understand your vessel’s needs. Here are some New Year’s resolutions all yacht and boat owners should make.