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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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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.


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

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.

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CONSIDER THE ENVIRONMENT

With a chilled water cooling system, both electric and reverse cycle systems are available to provide heat to your boat. However, there are many factors that go into choosing the right solution, including one that may not be obvious when considering the comfort of your interior – your exterior.

Electric heat is produced through your boat’s internal power source. Reverse cycle, however, is powered by a heat pump which transfers heat from one source to another. In the case of at an-sea environment, that external source is the ambient water.

Reverse heat has a limited range of operating conditions. Its ideal condition is in water that is 60o Fahrenheit. You may never encounter a problem with reverse heat if you can guarantee a water temperature of 60o – say, in the world’s largest bath tub!

Real world conditions, of course, are not that accommodating. Problems can manifest with reverse heat systems that are exposed to temperatures above 60o, or below 40o. Because there is not enough heat available in water temperatures below 40o, the reverse cycle system can short cycle on the low pressure switch. This leads to coil freezing and liquid slugging in the compressor. In extreme cold, the raw water condenser coil can even freeze and rupture. In other words, during the times when you need interior heating the most, reverse cycle heating is most vulnerable to failure.

Electric heat, on the other hand, is powered by the boat’s main AC source, and is therefore not subject to the variances of external temperature. The electric system design prevents the wear and tear on the compressors and raw water pump associated with the on and off cycling of a reverse heat system. Electric heat is also a much quieter option – there is no compressor or reversing valve noise as is present in a reverse heat system.

OPTIMAL VERSATILITY

Electric heat on chilled water systems is available through two different conveyances: immersion heat or heat strips. For immersion heat, a heat core is added to the condenser, which heats the entire loop. This is a good option for smaller boats, or scenarios where the entire boat must be kept at a consistent temperature. Heat and cooling is controlled through a single central control panel.

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Heat strips provide another heating option. Each air handler on a chilled water system can be equipped with its own heat strip, which can then be individually controlled by separate control panels. Each space on a boat can be temperature controlled as required. Heat strips are a good option for larger yachts and charter vessels. Grandma can turn up the heat in her berth, while the kids bouncing on the beds in their cabins remain cool.

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DON’T BE LEFT HIGH AND DRY

Another scenario where electric heat is preferable is when the boat is out of the water. During refit or repair work – or even in winter storage – it is not possible to heat a dry boat with reverse heat. There is no seawater for the pumps to draw from. Because electric heat is provided by the boat’s AC power, it can be turned on at any time the generators are operating. Since most repair work is done in off-peak (winter) months, the work crew, engineers and anyone else on board will appreciate a heating option.

Your choice of climate control is important. Selecting a heating solution that is independent, versatile and efficient will provide long-term value and enhance your boating experience. Contact your nearest Technicold representative or visit our web site to learn more about the state of the art in marine heat, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration.

 


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TCSM – The Controller Tough Enough for the Commercial Marine Environment

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 the TSCM “Tough Series” marine controller. With a backlit LCD screen and large, easy to read push buttons, TSCM is uniquely suited to the commercial operator’s engine room.

Currently available on Northern Lights commercial units up to 65kW, TSCM puts engine and electrical data at your fingertips. RS485 and J1939 protocols connect to a remote monitoring system. Because simplicity is always welcome in a commercial vessel, monitoring is available through a single data and power cable, up to 30 meters in length.

Northern Lights factory programs TSCM with pressure and temperature warnings and shutdowns to protect your power source. Other standard displays include battery voltage, run hours, operating status and an event log. Additional alarms and warnings can be added to meet your project’s specific needs.

Voltage and current monitoring is available on units 40kW and smaller. ECU codes are read on units from 50-65kW. All units can plug in with no additional adaptors required.

When you think Northern Lights you think simple durability. Our Tough Series of controllers make the industry’s best built products an even better value.


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MARAD Awards $4.9 Million in Small Shipyard Grants

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 what are unquestionably some of the best built vessels in the world,” said Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen. “The grants awarded today will help ensure that ‘Built in America’ remains an international shipbuilding standard.”

In order to qualify for the grants, the shipyards had to meet a number of eligibility requirements. Eligible shipyards must be in a single geographical location, located in or near a maritime community, and may not have more than 1200 production employees. The shipyard facility must repair, construct, repair or reconfigure vessels 40 feet in length or greater for commercial or government use; or reconfigure vessels 100 feet in length or greater for non-commercial vessels.

The requirements for project eligibility include capital improvement projects that foster efficiency, competitive operation and quality construction, repair and reconfiguration. Also considered are training projects that foster employee skills and enhancing productivity in communities whose economies are related to or dependent upon the maritime industry.

Of the 118 grant application received, these nine yards received awards:

  • Gravios Aluminum Boats, LLC of Jeanerette, LA for a big top portable shelter and transporter
  • Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, MD for a mobile rough terrain crane and infrastructure improvements
  • Eastern Shipbuilding Group of Panama City, FL for a precision cutting system
  • Marine Group Boat Works of Chula Vista, CA for a gantry crane and metal working equipment
  • Diversified Marine of Portland, OR for boom lifts, scissor lifts and welding equipment
  • Conrad Orange Shipyard of Orange, TX for LNG tank building equipment and pipe welding equipment
  • Yank Marine of Dorchester, NJ for a 70-ton rough terrain crane
  • Yager Marine of Owensboro, KY for a 1,200-ton dry dock
  • American Shipyard Company, LLC of Newport, RI for a 200-ton travelift

As a US-based manufacture of industry-best commercial solutions, Northern Lights congratulates all of the grant recipients.


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Installation Tips To Keep Your Generator Running Smoothly

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 cooling systems are used almost exclusively. Heat exchangers and seawater pumps are to be avoided because of the likelihood that in-water abrasives (sand and silt) and fouling materials will plug water strainers and damage the pumps.

 

It is important the plumbing to the keel cooler is arranged to self-vent, can be easily filled and drained, and that the system includes a properly sized expansion tank. If the cooler is based on surface channels, it must be adequately sized for the worst possible operating conditions. For example: if the cooler is located on the side of the vessel and is held up against another hull or bulkhead, the generator engine must not overheat and shutdown. Proper coolant must be used, and service intervals must be followed, to avoid possible corrosion and freeze damage.

 

To ensure proper working condition, each generator set must have its own dedicated fuel supply and return lines to the tank, as well as progressive filtration. Use a coarse (30 micron) duplex pre-filter before the engine mounted final filters. Each generator set should also have its own dedicated cooling system, exhaust system and starting batteries (if it is an electric start application). Multiple redundant gensets are common to minimize downtime.

 

When designing the engine room, it is wise to ensure adequate space for standard generator service and maintenance requirements. When selecting a generator, therefore, it is helpful to choose one that has major service points on a single side. Make sure that ample space is available above and around the generator set to allow access for potential overhauls and equipment replacement.

 

If the generator is to be installed with a PTO, ensure that the base and brackets are strong enough to support the power take-off hardware without damaging it.

 

Interested in learning more about the state of the art in marine power technology? Contact Northern Lights Gulf at (504) 360-2180 or visit our web site at www.northern-lights.com.


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