Perspectives on Diesel Repower
by Monte Richardson
On the evening of September 28, 1913, a mail steamer departed the Belgian port of Antwerp bound for London. On board was an engineer who had a deep seeded knowledge of thermodynamics and the practicalities of fuel efficiencies. In a life of harder times, he had battled typhoid fever and the environments of a disrupted Europe on its way toward the Great War.
Bound for continuing opportunity in London, he retired to his cabin quarters after dinner. He was never seen again. Ten days later, the corpse of a man was found floating in the North Sea. Personal items recovered from the body indicated a name synonymous with the roaring purr of industry throughout the globe—the man’s name was Rudolph Diesel.
From the burgeoning times of the industrial revolution until modern day, this engine has been counted upon as a stalwart of ability. There is not one facet of development in the modern world, from agriculture to World Wars, from trains to trucks that has been untouched by the promising reliability of the diesel. Such accountability rings true in our world as well–the realm of offshore fishing.
Beautifully designed modern hulls that range far and wide in search of creatures of the deep blue, are most commonly powered by the diesel engine. With such vast ocean to cover between the world’s many ports, reliability and efficient power are of central concern for any boat owner or captain. Such themes are of utmost importance for consideration when repowering vessels as well. Accounting for these factors and the costs associated are paramount long before ever placing a boat in the water.
Capt. Karl Anderson is a well-known and seasoned operator. As a consultant, Anderson has left footprints on many gunwales throughout his career. An additional dimension of Karl’s expertise is his knowledge of the current boat ownership demographics—accumulated through years of boat brokerage at Merritt Boat and Engine Works in Pompano Beach. “The last fifteen years or so, builders have been focused on larger sixty-five foot boats. Many people are not wanting the super sized sportfishermen of this type, so they are turning to repowering, updating and refitting boats in the forty to sixty foot……………………………………….. Click Here to continue reading this article.