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.
If your new year involves plans for sailing far and wide or hitting the water, you should start the year by upgrading your marine diesel engines. At Marine Diesel Specialists, we offer service, maintenance, repairs, and marine diesel parts. We know that making the investment to upgrade your boat or yacht’s engines can pay dividends in increased fuel efficiency, better vessel operation, and more enjoyable time on the water. So, start the new year by waving goodbye to your old engines and hello to new marine diesel engines!
While many yacht engine problems can be fixed with simple repairs, sometimes a repower might prove more beneficial. This is especially true if you’re working with a 2-stroke engine, or if you have an older engine that is become costly to maintain. At Marine Diesel Specialists, our marine engine rebuilders are here to make repowering a breeze. There are many benefits of a boat repower!
The EPA has varying regulations for engines of all sizes on land, air, and sea. In 2002, the regulations regarding marine diesel engines changed to include previously excluded recreational vessels. This means that the majority of vessels on the water, even smaller noncommercial vessels, must meet EPA standards. Our marine engine service experts are here to help you understand and meet EPA marine emissions standards.
When you’re repairing, repowering, or rebuilding your engine, your vessel deserves the best quality parts possible. This means one thing: OEM parts. OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer, which means these parts are made by the manufacturer who made your engine. At Marine Diesel Specialists, we know that OEM parts are the best choice for your marine diesel engine.
Without a quality marine diesel transmission, your yacht wouldn’t get anywhere on the water. With a variety of diesel transmission parts working in harmony, your vessel is able to operate properly. Your transmission is responsible for disengaging and engaging engines with your propellers, allowing for reverse and neutral functionality. Your transmission also sets the ratio between the propeller and engine RPM, making sure your vessel doesn’t encounter issues in movement. So though transmissions aren’t the showiest part of your vessel, our diesel specialists know that your transmission is still important. Here’s how to care for it.
As you’re using your MAN marine diesel engine, it can experience wear and tear through its working hours. Routine MAN marine diesel service and maintenance can help prevent bigger issues down the road. Even if you’ve recently repowered with our marine engine rebuilders, you need to maintain your new engine to ensure it runs at its best. Here are top tips for maintaining MAN diesel engines in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Punta Gorda, and anywhere else you may be.