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Properly Breaking in your Generator and Why this is Important

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  For most users, little thought is given to properly breaking in a generator...   Stories about marine diesel engine longevity are legion and it seems to...

July 2016 Newsletter

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Copyright © 2016 Ask Steve: July 2016 Steve, I just bought an Ocean Alexander 42 Sedan with CAT 3208s in it.  They do not have air cleaner filters, just...

April 2016 Newsletter

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Text and photos copyright © SDMC, Inc. 2016 Photo Essay While it may be cliché, the first words that come to mind when I see this image...

The Importance of Professionalism

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The Importance of Professionalism   Texts and photos by Steve D'Antonio Copyright 2013     Professionals who work within the marine industry must possess several attributes, chief among these is a curious...

Conventional Wisdom for Conventional Stuffing Boxes

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Text and photos by Steve D’Antonio Copyright © 2017 From the Masthead I recently wrote an editorial for a marine industry publication, lamenting the lack of a formal marine...

Taiwan Log Book

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Taiwan Logbook By Steve D’Antonio Photos by Steve D'Antonio and Ta Shing Ta Shing Skilled and experienced staff are a prerequisite for any successful boat building operation. The...

October 2020 Newsletter

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Text and photos © 2020 Steve D'Antonio Marine Consulting, Inc. Photo Essay: Please Remove Your Shoes… It’s a veritable right of passage for those working on...

Choosing Chain: Challenging a Maritime Myth

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From the Masthead "Killed by a filing cabinet", that was the title of a story I read a few months ago, written by a Coast...

June 2017 Newsletter

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Text and photos by Steve D’Antonio Copyright © 2017 Photo Essay: Battery Lugs Reliably connecting batteries to their associated cables sounds easy.  In practice, however, it can be fraught...

Diesel Fuel Additives – Part I

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From the Editor For nearly my entire three-decade marine industry  career I’ve encountered a phenomenon, one I hoped would wane with the proliferation of the...