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By: Brad Marsden | April 18, 2016


We are often asked why our grilles are aluminium and not stainless steel. As operators in a marine environment we can easily get fixated on the qualities of stainless steel and dismiss aluminium as the proverbial lightweight.

 

There are many factors as to why we use which material for each of our products, which I will address below. However our main focus has always been not Stainless Vs Ally, but to use the metal that is most suitable for the application.

 

Stainless steel  has a lot of great qualities. Its very tough and it has a much higher melt temperature than aluminium, however it can also be hard to work, it's not extrudable and the cost is significantly higher than aluminium. Add to that we are always challenged with trying to produce...

By: Brad Marsden | April 04, 2016


We've all experienced it. Moisture in your engine room, seeping into every little component and crevice. It truly is the silent killer especially in a marine environment and frequently remains hidden costing a fortune by the time its dealt with.

 

Apart from the obvious corrosion of your electronic components, the damage to your machinery and increasing your maintenance costs, the biggest challenge can be the unseen damage corrosion can cause. Salt water corrosion to boats can be like termites to timber framed structures.

 

Engine rooms in particular can be at the most risk. Salt mist infused air can invade spaces you can't even see with the naked eye.  Apart from the obvious damage you can see, it can creep into wall cavities and behind insula...

By: Brad Marsden | March 21, 2016


As a general rule, ideally your engine room operating temperature should try to be maintained at no higher than 10 degrees Celsius above the ambient temperature. So, for example, if its a 32 degree day, in a perfect environment, your engine room temperature should ideally not get above 42 degrees Celsius.

 

In the real world these parameters can be harder to achieve, however it is possible to take measures that will reduce your engine room temp in a cost effective and easy to manage way.

 

The cooler air is, the more dense it becomes which by default, offers better operating conditions, which in turn means that you burn less kilograms of fuel per horsepower. Apart from extending the life of your equipment, greater fuel efficiency is a great rea...