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Ford Lehman Diesel Engines

Lehman Manufacturing Company produced marinizing components for the Ford Industrial Power Products 4 cylinder and 6 cylinder diesel engines… Engine Specifications … Manuals … “Fixes” that need to be accomplished before the engine suffers catastrophic … Go To Article!

Lehman 120 (Model 6D380) marinized from Ford 2715E base engine.
Be sure to check out our article titledFord Industrial Power Products Diesel Engines
for the complete history of the Ford of Britain engines that dominated marine propulsion
during the last half of the 20th Century especially in Asian Trawlers. This article includes
specifications and links to SpecSheets, Manuals, Parts Catalogs, and much more.

Ford Diesel Engine Models

This Model Chart by Range & Years of Production covers the Ford Industrial Power Products diesel engines and is an excellent aid to understanding the chronology of the various Ford of Britain engines from the “Dagenham” 4D though the popular Dorset and Dover 2700, 2710 & 2720 Range, and up to the most recent Transit lorry models marinized for marine service. … Go To Article!

Be sure to check out our article titledHow to Identify Ford Diesel Engines

Detroit Diesel 8.2 Liter “Fuel Pincher” V8 Engine

Detroit Diesel introduced its first 4-stroke-cycle engine, the 500 cubic inch 8.2L “Fuel Pincher” diesel engine in 1980. The 8.2 engine utilized several design features found in some automotive gasoline engines… This in part led to the popular misconception that the 8.2 was an adaptation of an existing gasoline engine. … Unfortunately, due to its misguided design and light build the 8.2 proved to be quite troublesome especially in marine service as it was prone to “blowing” head gaskets and… These shortcomings are discussed in detail… Go To Article!

Detroit Diesel 8.2 Engine Block with One Cylinder Head Removed, Showing Evidence of “Blown” Head Gasket.

The “Open-Deck Free-Standing” cylinder design was this engine’s most detrimental shortcoming as It triggered frequent head gasket failures that often resulted in serious hydrolock damage.

Havórn Marine Survey and Shipwright School

Havórn Marine Survey and Shipwright School offers a course called The Art of Marine Surveying. The five-part program includes hands-on and classroom instruction, plus an optional private apprenticeship w…. Upcoming Class Schedule …. L&I Retraining funds …. Continuing Education (CE) credits are accepted for these programs by SAMS …  and NAMS .… Go To Article!

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Report: Viking Storm collision with Maverick – One Fatality

On 28 September 2012, at approximately 0430 Pacific Daylight Time, the Canadian fishing vessel Viking Storm collided with the drifting American fishing vessel Maverick in thick fog, thirty nautical miles off La Push, Washington. The Maverick capsized and sank immediately after the impact; Three crew members on board survived and were rescued by the Viking Storm. The fourth crew member was never found and is presumed drowned. … Surprisingly, the Canadian Transportation Safety Board report does not mention the Viking Storm’s speed as a cause or even a contributing factor. Apparently it’s ok to run on autopilot at nearly full speed through thick fog at night without anyone in the wheelhouse. … Please comment… Go To Article!

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Glen-L Boat and Trailer Plans for the Do-It-Yourselfer

“Our BOAT TRAILER PLANS feature the most modern, up-to-date, and technologically advanced … to give you a boat trailer that’s equal or superior to those you can buy.” … Go To Article!

Glen-L designed Titan Tug on a Trailer Series 5000/6000 built by Doug Harrison

Video: Going Aloft with Brion Toss

Sailors, yacht owners, and charterers will appreciate this hour long lesson in working aloft. Don’t wait until an emergency to learn the proper safety routines and teamwork for climbing the mast. Get details on methods, and related knots, gear … Go To Article!


About Boats

Boats have a wide variety of shapes and sizes and construction methods due to their intended purpose, available materials or local traditions. … Go To Article!

At 17 metres long, the Severn-class lifeboats are the largest class of UK lifeboat.

Des Moines Yacht Club

Charles E. (Mac) McCurdy and his wife Toni founded the Des Moines Yacht Club in 1957 as the Vagabond Outboard Boating Club, with eight charter members. Waterfront property, approximately 50′ X 350′ was purchased late that year providing … Go To Article!

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Cummins Diesel Engines

The Cummins Engine Company was founded in 1919 by namesake Clessie Cummins, … History … Cummins first diesel was the 1.5 to 8 hp HVID … 60% of production in that first year was marine. … In 2002, Cummins entered into a 50/50 joint venture with Brunswick’s Mercury Marine division … Cummins sells in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of more than 600 company-owned and independent distributors and approximately 6,000 dealers. … Click on Model (Link) in engine specification table … to view Spec Sheet. …Go To Article!

Cummins 5.9L. Note the huge seawater-cooled charged-air Aftercooler.

Modern Types of Vessel

Modern vessels types are many, so they are first categorized by their general function (recreational, commercial fishing, passenger, cargo, warfare, enforcement, research, recovery,+). Recreational vessels are further grouped by … Go To Article!

North Pacific 43 foot Pilothouse trawler yacht.

US Coast Guard Guides to Federal Requirements

The USCG produced the following handbooks to help recreational boaters and commercial fishermen comply with the Federal Requirements. … The Inland Navigation Rules (part of Navigation Rules – far right) must be carried on each self-propelled vessel 12 meters (39.37 feet) or more in length and ‘readily’ available …within 2 minutes of the need … Go To Article!

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Boat Building Statutes and Regulations

Nations around the world have developed statutes and regulations that effect boat construction, and the design and manufacture of boat equipment; and have participated in international conventions, treaties, and agreements that apply … Go To Article!

New Hans Christian 41 Traditional receiving final fitting out at Pantawee Marine Co., Ltd. near Pattaya, Thailand. Courtesy of BlueWaterBoats.org and Francis Mertens.

US Coast Guard Boatbuilder’s Handbook

The USCG produced the following handbook to help boatbuilders comply with the Federal Requirements. Recreational boat owners, refitters and repairers will also benefit from the information contained in the handbook. … nearly 600 pages … FREE DOWNLOAD … Go To Article!

Engine Oil Analysis: Taking a Proper Sample

Taking a Proper Engine Oil Sample for Analysis: Vacuum Extraction is the most recommended method of taking an oil sample if the engine is not equipped with an oil sampling probe valve. With vacuum extraction, a length of plastic tubing is inserted into the oil sump (usually down the dipstick tube/hole) about half way into the oil and the oil is drawn up the tube into the sample bottle by the vacuum created in the bottle by a hand operated vacuum pump. The equipment needed include … Step-by-step process, 1-12 … Precautions … Manuals and Videos … Go To Article!


ZF Marine Gears

ZF Marine was founded in 1915 in Friedrichshafen, Germany by Ferdinand von Zeppelin, to produce gears for Zeppelins and other airships. ZF is now the largest supplier of marine transmissions, propellers, surface drives, and controls in the world. … Click on Model (Link) in Marine Gear specification table below to view Spec Sheet. … Go To Article!


Marine Surveyor – Lynne Reister

Lynne Reister is an inspector of vessels no matter what the materials, size, or age. Looked to as a specialist in wooden vessels she is often sought for advise and service due to her willingness to help her clients.  Lynne is known for her thoroughness and … Go To Article!


Drowning Danger – Electrocution

Dock tragedy shows danger of fresh-water marinas: The danger of fatal electric shock in fresh water was all but unknown when an American child from Oregon, Lucas Ritz, just 10 at the time, was electrocuted …  Read Kevin Ritz’s riveting story of his family who did everything right from a safety perspective, yet lost their son in a tragic incident. …  Multnomah County River Deputies … We found 13 boats leaking potentially lethal electrical current into the water. … Go To Article!

Overheated 12 volt DC wire laying on 120 volt AC wire – Melted insulation and shorted

Boatyard Blues

Avoiding The Boatyard Blues – Costs And Fees: The next time you sit down with your boatyard manager to discuss a repair, maintenance, refit, or installation project, be prepared with a few questions … Go To Article!


Blue Creek Marina – Lake Martin, Alabama

Blue Creek Marina is located on beautiful Lake Martin in east central Alabama. “Though it says marina in our name, the Blue Creek Marina experience is so much more.” … Go To Article!

Singleton Marine Group at Blue Creek Marina on Lake Martin

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Detroit Diesel 8.2 Liter “Fuel Pincher” V8 Engine
Cummins V-555 & VT-555 “Triple-Nickel” V8 Diesel Engine
Lehman 120 (6D380) Diesel Engine (Ford 2704C & 2715E)
Ford Industrial Power Products Diesel Engines
How to Identify Ford Diesel Engines
Ford 2715E Diesel Engine
Lehman Mfg. Co.
Perkins Engines
Universal Atomic 4
Sears Boat Motors: Motorgo, Waterwitch, Elgin, etc.
Chrysler & Force Outboards
Eska Outboard Motors
Allison Transmission
ZF Friedrichshafen AG
Marine Surveyors by Country
American Marine Ltd (Grand Banks)
Boat Inspection (Types of Marine Surveys)
Boat Builders: (A∼Z) (w/Vessel Types, Locale & Years Active)
USCG NVIC 07-95 Guidance on Inspection, Repair and Maintenance of Wooden Hulls
American Boat and Yacht Counsel (ABYC)

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