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Northern Lights Parts & Accessories For Generators (Guide)

CitiMarine, one of South Florida’s premier marine service and sales outlets, recently shared these thoughts about Northern Lights quality:

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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 when it comes to marine generators.

Elements of the Northern Lights generator that make it one of the most reliable, durable and simple to use power solutions on the market:

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Why Northern Lights Generators Beat The Competition

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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.

Technicians who work on marine diesels and gensets for a living will tell you, Northern Lights are the best by far… simple and very well built.

Northern Lights generators have the best heavily dipped/insulated generator windings, as well as simple electrical wiring/engine harness/controls.

They are lower RPM engines (turn fewer RPMs than Onans or Westerbeke) leading to a longer-life and less problems.

We have received multiple reports of people using NL gensets season after season without so much as a hiccup, as well running the generators for 8,000 hours+ are common.

All that is needed is the occasional changing of oil and filters, and you’ll have a strong, dependable power-source on the waters that will never fail you.

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Project Spotlight – Award Winning ‘Hunt 72’

Hunt 72When 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 of 2017” at the 2016 Newport International Boat Show, the Hunt 72 won top honors from industry experts for innovation, consumer value and aesthetics.

The panel of judges released this statement about the Hunt 72:

It is impressive to see a boat this size that can be operated by the owner. This boat has over 80,000 man hours in its build and every hour was well spent. There is not one detail that hasn’t been addressed. Fit and finish are immaculate. The builder and owner were able to work together to build a spectacular boat. Not trying to sound cliché, but this is a timeless design.”

The Hunt 72’s pair of M864W3 25KW generators exemplify many of these same attributes. The attention to detail and innovation that impressed the judges is apparent in the design and performance of every Northern Lights marine generator.

At Northern Lights, user friendly operation and ease of use is a key focus when designing our generators. All service points are located on one side of the gen set making maintenance tasks easy to perform. The unique Northern Lights DC logic system allows owners to easily troubleshoot and repair the DC power system, while a 30 amp AC circuit breaker in the junction box provides added protection to sensitive electronics.

By providing generators engineered for simplicity and reliability, Northern Lights is proud to have contributed to the success of this project.

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The Hunt 72 maximizes comfort, space and efficiency while evoking the signature style and exceptional performance that defines the Hunt brand. Featuring the legendary performance of the authentic Hunt Deep-V, the ride is smooth, level and dry whether seas are calm or rough. Exceptional passagemaking ability delivers an easy 32 knot cruising speed. The luxurious layout features three spacious ensuite staterooms, expansive varnished cherry saloon, gourmet galley and an extended flybridge with dinghy storage and lift. As with any Hunt, the 72 offers many opportunities for customization from propulsion to arrangement plan to interior design and outfitting.


The Hunt 72 features the latest in helm technologies to make maneuvering a breeze and ensure that you are in complete control at all times. Bow and stern thrusters, automatic trim, list and turn controls, joystick handling and wireless remote control gives you the tools necessary to achieve optimal performance and efficiency.


Custom décor package includes linens, pillows and duvets for all staterooms. Granite countertops and top of the line, full-sized appliances. Cedar lined closets. Gorgeous teak deck chairs and tables. No detail is overlooked. Work with our interior stylist to bring the amenities you enjoy ashore to your life aboard.


The custom engineered flybridge has been extended to support a dinghy and features a hydraulic tender lift for quick and easy storage. Access the flybridge from the aft deck or via the interior saloon. The ergonomically designed helm station includes dual Stidd helm seats and a teak accented dash. Teak decking, varnished teak table, comfortable seating and two teak lounge chairs encourage relaxation or entertaining.

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Virgin Islands Winter Escape

US Virgin Islands Aerial Photo

Steve Simonsen Photography

Tom Richardson

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 Airport, where the temperature was so cold it had caused the tow bar of our plane’s pushback tractor to snap like a strand of uncooked spaghetti. As the crew waited for a replacement tractor to arrive, an entire jetload of dejected passengers was thinking the same thing: We shall never leave this cursed land!

Yet here I was, with friend Jonathan Craig, heading toward bluewater adventure off St. Thomas and St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The six- to eight-foot seas heaving beneath the hull were a parting shot from the big storms that had pummeled my home coast nearly every week since mid-January, but we didn’t mind. For once, it wasn’t snowing.

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Better Boating: How to Safely Run Ocean Inlets

Jim Hendricks

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 challenging sea conditions.

A combination of ­factors can turn inlets nasty in a hurry, says Bill Cordes, director of sales and marketing for Opa Locka, Florida-based Invincible Boats. Cordes has run inlets all of his adult life, and witnessed breakers so tall you couldn’t see over the top.

“A powerful outgoing tide streaming through a narrow channel and a strong onshore wind tend to pile up steep seas,” Cordes explains. “Combine these two factors with shoaling, and you have big, breaking waves at the inlet, resulting in very ­dangerous conditions.”

Cordes and others offer the following tips for staying safe when running an inlet, with special advice for tackling entrances that are new to you.

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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 of your generator set’s diesel engine.


Blue Smoke


What It Means – Oil is present in the combustion chamber or is leaking into the exhaust turbocharger.


What To Do– Oil consumption will be high, but the generator may continue to run surprisingly well.  Schedule a service call.


Grey/White Smoke


What It Means – Grey or white smoke can be caused by a number of factors: Operating temperature too low for proper combustion; low compression; bad fuel which can damage the valves and injectors; worn or poorly adjusted valves; problems with the fuel injector(s); a leaking aftercooler or head gasket.


What To Do – If the smoke continues after warm up you can eliminate operating temperature as a cause.  If the diesel fuel in the engine is dirty you’ll have to flush the fuel system thoroughly.  If valves, injector or an aftercooler is compromised; or if the engine compression is low, call for service immediately.


Black Smoke


What It Means – More fuel is being delivered than can be efficiency burned, which leads to unburned or partially burned fuel in the engine.  This may indicative of a clogged or wet air intake, carbon plugged wet exhaust elbow, overloading or bad injectors.


What To Do – Contact your servicing dealer right away.




What It Means – Steam sometimes resembles white smoke but evaporates quickly. It usually signals an overheated engine.  It may also indicate a failing seawater pump or plugged sea strainer.


What To Do – Check the exhaust temp and look for problems in the cooling system.  The muffler and wet exhaust system hoses should not be hot to the touch in normal operation.  If the exhaust and cooling systems check out okay, check the seawater pump and sea strainer.  Clean or replace as necessary.


Soot on the Transom


What It Means – Soot on the transom can be a sign of excessive light load operation.  It can also indicate that the air filter is plugged, that there is an issue with the injectors, or that the propeller is not matched.


What To Do – The generator should be run at 40-50% of its rated kW load at all times to prevent underloading.  Air filters can be cleaned or replaced.  Issues with the injector or propeller should be addressed by an authorized servicing dealer.


We hope these tips were helpful.  Northern Lights is already ready to help.  You can contact our Service Department at or by calling 1-800-762-0165.

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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 your reminder along with some links to tackle care tips.

We all wash our reels down after a day of fishing. If not, you’re an idiot. Having said that, hitting a reel with a high pressure water hose can force salt inside your reel. A gentle spray is all you need. If you have to use a hose, be sure to lock down the drag to avoid this problem. Don’t forget to back the drag off for storage to prevent excess wear on drag washers.

Be cautious when it comes to applying solvents. If some of these harsh chemicals come in to contact with your line, they can compromise line strength and integrity. Limit use of the heavy duty stuff to annual disassembly, cleaning and maintenance. Dockside, stick to a simple rinse.

If you are a serious tournament angler consider having your reels rebuilt annually.

Don’t forget to check they eyelets and rollers on your rods. Periodically run a cotton swab over these surfaces to check for knicks and burrs.

Here are some general tackle care and storage ideas from Saltwater Sportsman.

Check out this winterization guide from Captain John Galvin courtesy of <>

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