How to Cut the Bunker Bill: Preparing for IMO 2020

How to Cut the Bunker Bill: Preparing for IMO 2020

Ready or not, here it comes! No matter who you talk to, IMO 2020 promises to be a time of uncertain fuel prices. If fuel prices will go up, your fuel consumption needs to go down. Here are eight practical ways to reduce your fuel consumption.

How to Make a Boat Propeller

How to Make a Boat Propeller

I love to learn how industrial equipment gets created.  Boat propellers are especially interesting.  Unlike ship propellers, these smaller propellers go on leisure craft and other small vessels.  The emphasis is on mass production.  That mass production requires an...
Propellers By the Numbers: Propeller Dimensions

Propellers By the Numbers: Propeller Dimensions

How Propeller Dimensions Affect You Quick!  Name all the different propeller dimension terms you need to specify the exact shape and size of a propeller: Propeller diameter Number of blades Pitch Blade area Blade skew Blade rake Propeller section series Rotation speed...
Understanding Steering Gear in Ships

Understanding Steering Gear in Ships

How many different ways can you turn a rudder on a ship?  Quite a few!  It becomes dizzying to navigate the various options for steering gears.  This article on Marine Insight provides a succinct overview of steering gear options.  Definitely worth a five-minute read....