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Load your diesel and get it to normal operating temperature as quick as possible
Vehicle engines are subject to continuously varying RPMs and loads. Boat engines by contrast tend to remain at static revs for long periods and are often unloaded. They spend much of their lives ticking over and a large proportion of this is immediately after a cold start. The latter lifestyle is far from ideal for a diesel engine and a vehicle offers a much healthier environment. This is because a diesel engines inherent design is to be loaded. As a result they tend to slightly over-fuel when lightly loaded as only a small percentage of its output is being consumed at any given RPM. This over-fuelling cause's incomplete fuel combustion and a resultant build up of carbon deposit or coating on the piston, rings and bore/liner of the engine. When the engine is cold, or running at less than the normal operating temperature of 185 degrees F, it is a time when it is completely subject to incomplete combustion.

Securing a continuous-line roller headsail in heavy weather conditions
Roller-reefing/furling headsails offer excellent reefing potential. They make it possible to reef the headsail to the precise amount of sail required for most every condition by effortlessly turning in-and-out sail. A problem however we found with continuous loop furling systems is they rely on friction to hold the sail in place. After a little wear we found that the rope’s purchase became unreliable, occasionally causing it to slip free under load.


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