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Northern Lights Marine Generators

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Northern Lights Parts & Accessories For Generators (Guide)

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CitiMarine, one of South Florida’s premier marine service and sales outlets, recently shared these thoughts about Northern Lights quality: Courtesy of CitimarineStore.com Northern Lights Marine Generators range in output from 4.5 to 545 kW. Powered by Lugger diesel engines and popular in commercial fishing, yachting and passenger vessel applications, Northern Lights has come to be known for their quality and reliability

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Why Northern Lights Generators Beat The Competition

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Courtesy of CitimarineStore.com CitiMarine, one of South Florida’s premier marine service and sales outlets, recently shared these thoughts about Northern Lights quality: Northern Lights Generators set the bar when it comes to marine generators. If look up Northern Lights Generators on boating forums, such as The Hull Truth), you’ll see why Northern Lights is ahead of the pack.

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Project Spotlight – Award Winning ‘Hunt 72’

When designing their new sport motor yacht, the Hunt 72, Hunt Yachts wanted to combine legendary performance with functional luxury and incredible craftsmanship. When it came time to choose a generator they knew they could rely on the performance, ease of maintenance and rugged reliability of Northern Lights marine generators. Recently awarded “Best New Powerboat

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Northern Lights Welcomes Jim Kelly to Gulf Sales Team

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Jim Kelly has joined the Northern Lights sales team in the role of Area Sales Manager. Jim will be based out of the Northern Lights Gulf Branch with a territory including the Western Gulf of Mexico and Inland Waterways. Prior to joining Northern Lights Jim was a Regional Sales Manager for Thrustmaster in Texas. Jim

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LR Foundation Launches Campaign to Identify Biggest Threats to Safety

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The Lloyd’s Register Foundation aims to make a real difference in improving the safety of the critical infrastructure on which modern society relies. It recently launched a consultation to identify the grand challenges to safety at the Lloyd’s Register Foundation International Conference in London. The consultation to identify the challenges will open today until January

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Virgin Islands Winter Escape

Tom Richardson http://www.sportfishingmag.com/virgin-islands-winter-escape Steve Simonsen Photography As our 35-foot center-console rode the big Caribbean swells, I couldn’t believe I had actually pulled off my escape from the snowiest winter ever recorded in New England. Just two days earlier, on February 15, I had been gazing at the barren, wind-blasted tundra purported to be Boston’s Logan

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Northern Lights and HUG Engineering Partner to Provide IMO III Compliant Diesel Exhaust Solutions

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (USA) – Leading manufacturer of marine generator sets Northern Lights, Inc. (NLI) is pleased to announce a newly formed partnership with HUG Engineering of Switzerland to provide complete, IMO III certified clean air power generation solutions.   HUG Engineering is a leading manufacturer of exhaust after-treatment equipment with over 30 years of experience

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Northern Lights Installed Aboard Jimmy Buffett’s Surfari 44

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Northern Lights is proud to be the generator set of choice for the brand new Surfari 44, built for musician Jimmy Buffett. Currently under construction, Surfari 44 is being built by Pacific Seacraft, from a design by Friendship Yacht Company. The performance motor sailer is powered by a 9kW Northern Lights M773LW3 generator set. To

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Making The Right Choice for Onboard Comfort

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It’s a story as old as manned sea-craft itself – how do you provide climate control that is suitable for the entire crew? Crew comfort is a key consideration for retention and regulation. Your crew works hard, but disputes about the amount of air conditioning or heating, and when and where to turn it on,

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Technicold Condensing Coils – How a Small Detail Makes a Huge Impact

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In the world of vessel design, climate control is an important factor. But one of the most critical factors in the quality of the air conditioning system is one that is easy to overlook – the condenser coil. Many manufacturers use copper coils that are subject to failure from sitting coolant and corrosion. The Marine

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Better Boating: How to Safely Run Ocean Inlets

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Jim Hendricks http://www.sportfishingmag.com/better-boating-how-to-safely-run-ocean-inlets From the shifting Outer Banks of North Carolina to the tempestuous coast of the Pacific Northwest, boating anglers regularly face potentially hazardous inlets. Entrances such as those at Florida’s Boynton and St. Lucie inlets, Oregon’s Columbia River bar, California’s Golden Gate, and North Carolina’s Oregon Inlet host some of the world’s most

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Electric and Diesel – A Match Made in Heaven for the Commercial Operator

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Courtesy of Power and Motoryacht By George L. Petrie Rising fuel costs are always a concern.  As a result, achieving improvements in fuel economy has become a high priority throughout the marine industry, as it has in many other segments of business. Engine manufacturers have risen to the challenge, delivering sophisticated new power plants that not

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Northern Lights congratulates Hunt Associates on 50 Years

New Bedford, MA – C. Raymond Hunt Associates, a boat design firm that continues to expand on the legacy of its founder, C. Raymond Hunt, to produce innovative boats with rugged seaworthiness, is now celebrating its 50th year. “Ray Hunt was a genius, able to intuitively know how boats work and with the courage to

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Don’t Be Left Out in The Cold – Electric Heat Solutions from Technicold

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When it comes to on-board heating solutions you have a choice. Technicold – producers of the state of the art in marine climate control systems – recommends a safe, reliable electric heat solution. See below to learn more about the advantages electric heat enjoys over reverse cycle. CONSIDER THE ENVIRONMENT With a chilled water cooling

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Technicold Presents: The Commercial Operator’s Monthly HVAC Checklist

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Downtime is never an option in the commercial marine industry.  But working with poorly functioning air conditioning in the summer months is unpleasant at best and a legitimate safety hazard at worst.  The marine HVAC experts at Technicold have the tips you need to make sure that your AC unit is ready for long summer

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Electric and Diesel – a Match Made in Heaven

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Courtesy of Power and Motoryacht By George L. Petrie Rising fuel costs are always a concern.  As a result, achieving improvements in fuel economy has become a high priority throughout the marine industry, as it has in many other segments of business. Engine manufacturers have risen to the challenge, delivering sophisticated new power plants that not

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TSCM – The Controller Tough Enough for the Yacht Market

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As onboard power systems become more sophisticated, so the way that we interact with them must evolve. The yachtsman has a unique challenge – finding controllers that are tough enough to withstand the marine environment, yet able to provide important data when you need it the most. To address these needs, Northern Lights provides the TSCM “Tough

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TSCM – The Controller Tough Enough for the Trawler Operator

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As onboard power systems become more sophisticated, so the way that we interact with them must evolve. The trawler operator has a unique challenge – finding controllers that are tough enough to withstand the marine environment, yet able to provide important data when you need it the most. To address these needs, Northern Lights provides the TSCM “Tough

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TSCM – the Controller Tough Enough for the Sportfish Market

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As onboard power systems become more sophisticated, so the way that we interact with them must evolve. The sport fisherman has a unique challenge – finding controllers that are tough enough to withstand the marine environment, yet able to provide important data when you need it the most.   To address these needs, Northern Lights provides the TSCM

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First Yacht Engaged in Trade Certified

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Courtesy of SuperyachtNews.com By Rory Jackson Mark Robinson Maritime Consultants (MRMC) has completed the first Compliance Verification of a superyacht classified as a Yacht Engaged in Trade. The Yacht Engaged in Trade (YET) initiative is the brainchild of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Registry (RMI) and was announced at the Monaco Yacht Show (MYS)

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Good, Better, Best: How to Get the Most Value Out of Your Marine Systems

We’ve heard the old sayings: “You get what you pay for” or “Buy the best you can afford.” The most recent NMMA report showed that consumers spent $35.4 billion in boats, engines, accessories and related costs. How much of that money was yours and was it spent wisely?   If you are outfitting your new

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Smoke Signals – What Smoke from Your Diesel Generator Is Trying to Tell You

All marine diesel engines create smoke.  But it should be virtually invisible in an otherwise healthy engine.  If you do see smoke, though, you can learn a lot simply from the color of the smoke.  The following is not intended to replace the diagnosis of a registered technician.  It should, however, give you a guide to the health

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Reel & Tackle Maintenance

We all know that nothing on a boat is maintenance free but we are happy to provide you with a couple of free tips to keep your offshore tackle in good working order. For reel maintenance, follow the manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations. For some, remembering to actually perform those tasks is sometimes a challenge. So, here’s

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TCSM – The Controller Tough Enough for the Commercial Marine Environment

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As onboard power systems become more sophisticated, so the way that we interact with them must evolve. The commercial operator has a special challenge – finding controllers that are tough enough to withstand the marine environment, yet able to provide important data when you need it the most. To address these needs, Northern Lights provides

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MARAD Awards $4.9 Million in Small Shipyard Grants

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The U.S. Maritime Administration has awarded $4.9 million in grants to support capital improvements at nine small shipyards located throughout the United States. Made under the Small Shipyard Grant Program the grants will fund a variety of projects including infrastructure improvements and equipment upgrades to increase operational competitiveness and quality vessel construction. “U.S. shipyards produce

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Northern Lights Generators – Noise Reduction Video

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Northern Lights generators are so quiet, our owners say they can hardly hear them running. We’ve put a lot of effort into producing reliable power in the harshest conditions with very little excess vibrations or engine noise. Ideal for the recreational and commercial marine industry, our marine diesel engines are the industry leader for ruggedly

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Northern Lights Generators- Value and Quality Video

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We decided long ago that we can deliver the best value to our customers by focusing our attention on quality. At Northern Lights we’ve always prided ourselves in building our products to a high standard and not to a cost level or a price level. For us, having a reliable and durable product is more

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Marine Diesel Generator Components – Air Intake Video

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Air intake in any engine is critical. At Northern Lights, we have engineered some significant improvements into the way that a normal diesel engine breathes. The result is a more easily maintained and significantly quieter engine when compared to our competition. The air filter in a Northern Lights marine diesel generator is unique in that

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Marine Diesel Generator Components – The Stator Video

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Northern Lights manufactures a complete line of 50 and 60 Hz marine generator sets from 4.5 to 500 kW. Powered by rugged Lugger diesels and proven in commercial fishing boats, high-performance yachts and passenger vessels, Northern Lights generators provide unmatched quality and reliability. It’s the meticulous craftsmanship that makes Northern Lights power the industry’s most

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Marine Diesel Generator Components – Base Engine Video

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Northern Lights customers count on our reputation for rugged reliability.  In order to maintain this reputation, we begin our manufacturing process with very heavy duty, very simple and extremely rugged ISM base engines. Originally manufactured as a reliable and efficient Japanese tractor engine, these units are marinized at our factory in Seattle and converted for use in a marine

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Installation Tips To Keep Your Generator Running Smoothly

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You have done your due diligence, analyzed your loads, talked to your friends and neighbors. You have selected the generator set for your commercial vessel. But the selection process isn’t done yet. Installation must be considered. Among the most frequent service issues encountered relate to cooling and fuel systems. In the commercial waterways market, keel

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USCG SUB-CHAPTER M: HOW CREW COMFORT AND SAFETY ARE AFFECTED BY THE GENERATOR SET

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As the inland towing market gears up for the implementation of USCG Sub-Chapter M, a number of issues are coming to the forefront for naval architects and marine engineers. With Sub-Chapter M primarily addressing safety and crew comfort, designers are looking for equipment with reduced noise and vibration signatures. Long term statistics show that noise

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Troubleshooter: Shake Hands with Solenoids

Like the proverbial tail wagging the dog, a $50 solenoid can stop a $3,000 windlass from raising the anchor or prevent the engine from starting. Knowing how these simple devices work may save your cruise.

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Tale Of Two Tugs, From The Otherside

Tempting The Sailor’s Heart: Our Intrepid Editor-in-Chief tries to lure a life-long sailor to the power-side by delivering the newest Ranger Tug to the world’s largest rendezvous.

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Analyzing You Load: Ensuring Generator Longevity For The Commercial Operator

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When it comes to the selection of a generator set, a number of factors should be considered, and none more important than a thorough and accurate load analysis. In general, the continuous load should be at least 50% of the generator capacity.   The right generator is determined by the total wattage of all equipment

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Downtime is Deadtime: Reliability In The Commercial Marine Market

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A commercial marine operator will put many hours on his generator set, often at high average load factors. In addition to regulatory, environmental and safety concerns, a commercial generator must work exceptionally well, and be easy to service and maintain.   Down time can be crippling for the tug operator. A hiccup in any system,

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Predictions for the Future of Boatbuilding

Courtesy of Marlin Magazine Q: Where do you see the state of boatbuilding in the next decade? Courtesy of Viking Yachts Pat Healey, Viking Yachts Sport-fishing boats will be lighter, faster and more expensive in years to come. Vendors supplying raw materials and equipment to builders will need to have more skin in the game

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Video: Dock Talk With Tranquilo Angler/Squidnation Entrepreneur Bill Pino

Welcome to our first episode of InTheBite’s new Video Show called Dock Talk. This edition features angler/entrepreneur Bill Pino fresh off a win in the Costa Rica Los Suenos Triple Crown Series, Leg 1 in January. The inventor of the “Flippy Floppy Thing” shares some tips on fishing. Join our Dock Talk conversation as we […]

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Philosophy of Keeping it Simple

Simplicity in any piece of machinery, particularly marine equipment, directly relates to service costs and reliability. The more complex a system is, the more likely you are to have a failure and the more costly it is to repair.  Complex systems have more expensive parts and require more labor to fix.  If it isn’t there,

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Cruising Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast

By Kevin Koenig  Courtesy of PMY 101 Dalmatias A family trip to Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast opens the author’s eyes to a gorgeous, versatile cruising ground that just may be The Next Big Thing. “In Croatia, they serve fish with the head attached, always!” our captain and tour guide Gogo proclaimed in an accent slathered with

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Study Releases Findings on Economic Impact of HMS Charter Fleets

Courtesy of Marlin Magazine The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently released a study on the economic output generated by the for-hire Highly Migratory Species (HMS) fleet along the Atlantic and in the Gulf of Mexico, excluding Texas. The study estimated a total of 9,449 trips taken between July and November 2013 by the 3,968

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Technicold Presents: Your Monthly HVAC Checklist

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Summer is right around the corner (here in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway).  That means warmer days, shorter nights and great cruising weather.  Is your marine air conditioner ready to keep you and your guests cool and comfortable?  The marine HVAC experts at Technicold have the tips you need to make sure that your AC unit

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The Ten Commandments of Troubleshooting in Your Commercial Vessel

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Despite the cliche’, time is not literally money.  However, when a vessel is out-of-service it wastes both.  Getting a problem solved efficiently minimizes down time and gets you back to work. There is no shortage of online opinions when it comes to vessel maintenance and repair.  Some of it is, simply put, terrible advice from questionable sources. At Northern Lights and

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Ten Commandments of Troubleshooting On Board Marine Systems

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Maybe you’ve been there.  Maybe it’s a client meeting, or a well-deserved vacation.  You’ve planned your trip for months.  And sure enough, right before it is time to splash, a problem with one of your on-board systems jeopardizes the whole event. There is no shortage of online opinions when it comes to vessel maintenance and

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Stress and Adrenaline In Sportfishing

Adrenaline: How and why we react the way we do. How it can effect your boating experience. The human body is preprogrammed with a variety of physiological and psychological responses designed to deal with an adrenaline dump.  Some of these responses will aid in achieving the desired outcome. Others must be overcome. Understanding how your

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What To Know When It’s Time To Select a Service Tech

Keep Your Northern Lights Generator Set Operating Smoothly with Authorized Northern Lights Dealers It isn’t easy to build something simple.  At Northern Lights, we have built our reputation on making our generator sets the best in the world.  Part of our commitment to our customers, is ensuring that Northern Lights sets are simple to operate and maintain. 

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Northern Lights Enhances Service to Gulf and Inland Waterways Customers With New Branch Office in Louisiana

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 SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (USA) – Leading marine power generation and climate control products manufacturer Northern Lights has opened its fifth branch office, in Kenner, Louisiana to enhance service to Gulf and inland waterways boat builders and vessel operators. The new Northern Lights Gulf branch will employ a full-time sales, parts and service staff.  The branch will

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Industry Outlook 2016

Industry leaders say new boats with advanced propulsion and innovative technology are keys to fueling sales. Courtesy of Soundings Trade Only (Click Here For The Full Article) Industry leaders give us their forecasts for the new year and most expect it will be much like 2015 — they say that type of slow, steady growth

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“Things That Work For Us” – Customer Testimonial

At Northern Lights we love hearing success stories – our customers’ triumphs are our own!  Our friends at Crystal Blue posted this on their blog.  Thanks, guys! “It’s really hard to speak when you are on hands and knees, your face buried against the cabin sole, happily worshiping your genset  …. a  Northern Lights unit. 

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New Miami show site called an island paradise

Courtesy of Trade Only Today Written by Jim Flannery MIAMI — The ink was barely dry on the last permit needed for the Miami International Boat Show to move to Virginia Key when NMMA president Thom Dammrich made it official at a packed meeting Thursday of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida. “The show is

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Free Seminar at CruiserPort, Yachts Miami Beach

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Boats run on more than gasoline or diesel fuel. You can’t buy one without reading the fine print, and you can’t keep its systems running without some basic knowledge. That’s why the people that bring you TrawlerFest are offering four free seminars at the Yachts Miami…

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Adrenaline, Boating & Survival

Adrenaline: How and why we react the way we do. How it can effect your boating experience. The human body is preprogrammed with a variety of physiological and psychological responses designed to deal with an adrenaline dump.  Some of these responses will aid in achieving the desired outcome. Others must be overcome. Understanding how your

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Don’t Get Burned – Keep Your Electronics Safe under Shore Power

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This photo has been making its way around boating message boards, as some poor soul wound up with fried extension cords when he connected to shore power at an unnamed marina. Northern Lights, the marine industry’s power production experts, offers some hints and tips to help ensure that this doesn’t happen to you. The damage

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Northern Lights Enhances Service To Gulf and Inland Waterways Customers With New Branch Office in Louisiana

    SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (USA) – Leading marine power generation and climate control products manufacturer Northern Lights will open its fifth branch office, in Kenner, Louisiana early next year to enhance service to Gulf and inland waterways boat builders and vessel operators.

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PMY’s Northern Lights Install Video

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Technicold provides the AC for the Pirate’s Cove Tournament Pavilion

Through the generosity of Technicold by Northern Lights our The Pirate’s Cove Tournament Pavilion (known to you old-timers as “the tent”) will be air conditioned this year!!! #thecoolesttournamentever Read More 

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GlobalRefit.com

Northern Lights to Introduce Innovative Global Refit Program At the 2015 Miami International Boat Show, February 12-16 Interactive demo at booth P100, Miami Beach Convention Center

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Generator Base Frame – Video

The Northern Lights marine generator base frame is a critical component and directly contributes to the reliability and quality of our equipment. There are two versions of the generator base frame.  The 5-6 kW units utilize a solid, stainless steel, one piece frame. Larger generators,  7kW and higher, use a powder coated steel fabricated base

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Born In Alaska – Video

Northern Lights was started in  Alaska in the harsh environments of places like the Bering Sea.  Alaska is known for some of the most challenging environments on the planet.  These are environments that most boats, commercial or recreational, are not going to see on a daily basis, if ever!  Nonetheless, at Northern Lights, we use

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The Marinization Process

When you’re talking about the marinization procedure, what you’re really doing is taking a heavy-duty industrial engine and making it suitable for the marine environment. One of the things that we are often is asked is, “how do you marinize a diesel engine?” At Northern Lights, we start out with a good quality heavy-duty engine,

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Our Customers, Our People

Northern Lights is driven by our people and we’re driven by our interaction with our customers. We are solely focused on marine power generation and marine HVAC systems and we carry that focus out in to the marketplace.  Our connection to our customers is evident in our product development, our personalized approach to customer service

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Victron Energy Generator Test Results: Northern Lights sets are the quietest.

Northern Lights|Lugger, a world-renowned manufacturer of marine generator sets is pleased to report the results of a major marine generator test that included the world’s most prominent builders. The conclusion regarding noise: Northern Lights sets are the quietest.  (Released: March 1, 2008) In 2007, an independently certified test (by TUV-EPS) was commissioned by Victron Energy.

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