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Northern Lights Announces Custom Generator Set for Fire Department of New York

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (USA) – Leading marine power generation and climate control products manufacturer Northern Lights, Inc. (NLI) is pleased to announce we have recently completed a 235kW Commercial Series generator set for the Fire Department of New York. The unit – M235C13.11NYFD – was built with a number of specifications unique to the requirements of metropolitan fire-fighting, including a nonstandard base pan, shutdown switches and USCG fuel lines plumbed to the base frame. The unit was completed to ABS and USCG standards and included a special “fire engine” red paint scheme. This unit will be used as an emergency back-up set to four Northern Lights generator sets currently in use on FDNY boats. Built by Eastern Shipbuilding Group and designed by Robert Allan Ltd., the 140- foot long fireboats are able to pump up 50,000 gallons of water per minute, the greatest pumping capacity of any boat in the world at the time of their delivery.

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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:

-High copper content within brushless generator enables motor starting

-Hand-wound, skewed stator makes electricity with symmetrical sine wave for today’s sensitive electrical equipment

-Corrosion-resistant epoxy coating protects against harsh marine conditions

-Designed for quick and easy maintenance

Important for keeping your Northern Lights generator up and running is an understanding of it’s parts, components, accessories, and replacements.

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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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Northern Lights Welcomes Jim Kelly to Gulf Sales Team

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 brings a wealth of knowledge and commitment to the needs of the inland waterways commercial operator. In addition to working closely with our Dealers, Jim will work with naval architects, shipyards and vessel operators on building Northern Lights and Technicold business. Welcome aboard, Jim!


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LR Foundation Launches Campaign to Identify Biggest Threats to Safety

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 2017, and asks industry, workers and consumers where is safety most compromised either from working with, or arising from poorly functioning infrastructure? Once it has identified these challenges it will ask ‘What can we do about them to make the world a safer place?’.

Dr. Ruth Boumphrey, the Foundation’s Director of Research, said: “Every day billions of people around the world need energy, water, food, transport and other services that make-up society’s critical infrastructure. These infrastructures and their supply chains rely on people to build, operate and maintain them. Our safety is threatened when these infrastructures fail and the safety of those who operate and maintain these infrastructures can be threatened by the environments in which they work .”

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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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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 in emission control technologies. This new partnership will allow customers to purchase Northern Lights’ line of marine generator sets and HUG’s selective catalytic NOx reduction (SCR) systems or particle filter (DPF) systems as one completely integrated solution. This engineered solution is fully IMO III Certified and meets the stringent performance and packaging requirements of the maritime industry. Ideal for the superyacht market, the SCR / DPF is available for Northern Lights units above 115kWe installed on vessels over 500 gross register tonnage.


“Northern Lights is well known for producing the world’s highest quality marine generator sets. Likewise, HUG Engineering is well known for producing the highest quality after-treatment systems,” says Northern Lights Vice President and General Manager Brian Vesely, “Both companies are wide-scope, market-driven manufacturers, dedicated to engineering solutions for the marine industry. This collaboration marks a significant milestone in the ability for NLI and HUG to offer off-the-shelf solutions for these new IMO III requirements, which gives customers an advantage when building or refitting a vessel under these new standards”

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Northern Lights Installed Aboard Jimmy Buffett’s Surfari 44


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 enhance on-board comfort, the set was installed with a Northern Lights sound enclosure and compound mounts, making noise vibration virtually non-existent.

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Making The Right Choice for Onboard Comfort

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, have been inevitable.

The Marine Climate Control Experts at Technicold recommend individual compartment controls.  This will maximizes crew comfort while minimizing management headaches.

A world-class line of chilled water and direct-expansion air handlers will be designed to fit easily in almost any berth or compartment. When specking climate control, look for features including vertical assembly and rotatable insulated blowers.

There are other ways to enhance onboard comfort and safety. Electric heat strips and immersion heaters provide cold environment solutions. Install a dash heater in the pilot house to defrost the window, enhancing safety. Anti-bacterial UV lamps eliminate odors and improve air quality.

And if that still isn’t enough to keep the peace on board, look for locking control panels – just set it and forget it.

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The experts at Technicold will help layout a complete climate control system through superior engineering and marine class components. For maximum onboard comfort the answer is simple: Technicold marine air conditioning.