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Vol. 1, 2009

Cruising with class in a Real Ships 77

New John Deere marine engines pack more power

Sail through tough times on a Dutch Lemsteraak

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Cover Story 3 The popularity of Dutch lemsteraken sailing vessels makes them a solid investment in The Netherlands, even during economic downturns. Boat builder Chris Beuker Lemsteraken builds these fast, seaworthy vessels for touring and racing enthusiasts. Although each vessel is custom designed, the PowerTech 4045TFM marine engine serves as the standard source of auxiliary power, offering responsive and reliable performance — and a competitive edge for those who enjoy the spirit of competition.

Boat Builders 4 Jet Tern Marine’s new Selene 66 knows how to host a good party 5 Wayne Shibley pours his passion into wooden boats


6 The LeBlanc brothers turn a lobster hull into a luxury yacht 7 Attract attention in a Dutch-designed Bonker motoryacht 8 Real Ships blends beauty, strength, and power into one fine passagemaker

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12 An Alaskan yacht navigates toward modern efficiency 13 John Deere earns high marks from a school superintendent


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Technology 14 Check out our three new power-dense John Deere marine engines 16 Why your captain needs the John Deere HelmView™

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10 A century-old steam-powered fireboat gets transformed into a recreational motoryacht

17 Engine maintenance courses give you more cruising confidence 18 Protect your engine investment with John Deere oil and coolant


Fuel Efficiency and Speed 19 Sturier motoryachts put relaxation into recreational yachting 20 An Australian fisherman creates a fast, fuel-efficient catamaran 22 The Hansens head for more adventure aboard the Orca Blue

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When the going gets tough… Dutch luxury flat-bottom sailing craft withstand the financial tide In an economic downturn, sectors like the recreational boating industry are usually amongst the first to be hit. Boat sales drop as consumers cut luxury spending. Young shipyard owner Chris Beuker Lemsteraken in Groningen, The Netherlands, however, delivered his first six luxury flat-bottom sailing craft this year, and is looking at an impressive order book for 2009.

force of the craft is the 100-kW (135 hp) PowerTech 4045TFM engine. “For this type of vessel, we prefer a dry exhaust and closed cooling system. This requires an engine that delivers high torque at low rpm, like the 4045TFM,” Chris explains. “The engine also provides optimal performance under any circumstances. It’s solid, reliable, and good value for the money.”

A solid investment. Chris called on his extensive experience in the marine industry when he started building his own “lemsteraken” craft two years ago. “A ‘lemsteraak’ is considered a solid investment in The Netherlands,” he says. The traditional design – round bilge, lay boards, and heavy pine wooden deck – and seaworthy, steel construction appeal to a wide public. “Our customers love the authenticity and traditional look, but expect state-ofthe-art technology to support those good looks,” smiles Chris. “We pride ourselves on building fast and seaworthy craft that retain value even in challenging financial times.” The shipyard’s two models are suitable for touring or racing, with speeds varying between 7 and 10 knots. The “fisherman” sports a large tub (like a fishing boat) with sleeping and living quarters mainly under the bow, while the “deckhouse” has less tub space but larger living quarters. Both are built to order, and available in lengths from 12 to 16.5 meters (39 to 54 ft.).

Raising the standard. For some of the larger craft, the shipyard opts for a PowerTech 6068TFM engine. Local John Deere dealer de Jong supplies the engines and prepares them for installation. “We were convinced when we first saw how the PowerTech 4045TFM complemented our lemsteraak,” Chris concludes. “In fact, we’ve now made John Deere our design standard!” Engine Model Displacement Rated Power Cylinders Aspiration Distributor


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Lemsteraken are a great asset to charter companies. They are used for incentive trips and sailing courses.

Racing popularity. If you’re into racing, the “fisherman” model guarantees a speedy start and finish. It can be easily handled by a crew of only two, which is quite unusual for a craft of this size – 15.75 meters (51 ft.) long and 5.20 meters (17 ft.) wide. Based on the ZA 1 lemsteraak that led Dutch champion Erik Hermans to victory three times in the Dutch sailing championships, it’s amazingly popular. When you’re going for gold, a responsive and reliable engine gives For more details visit or call 0871 8732404 you a competitive edge. The driving


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Are you ready to party? The new Selene 66: party animal and ocean trawler all-in-one Finding an ocean-worthy trawler with plenty of room to socialize while cruising can be a challenge. Jet Tern Marine’s new Selene 66, however, is definitely up for a party with its semi-open saloon and pilothouse. And thanks to its rugged construction and range, crossing the Atlantic is child’s play. With a length of 21.77 meters (71.5 ft.) and a beam of 5.7 meters (18.7 ft.), the Selene 66 is a heavy-displacement, long-keel trawler. Its three outside seating areas and semi-open saloon are great for entertaining. “With rising fuel prices, many owners of speedy planing fly-bridge boats with speeds of 20 to 30 knots are making fewer trips at slower speeds,” says Jet Tern CEO and chief designer Howard Chen. “Our Selene 66 is a great alternative when you’re willing to forgo a bit of speed. It’s very practical, easy to get around, stable on ocean waters, and has a truly elegant design.” Despite its size and 68.6-ton displacement at full load, a single PowerTech 6125SFM engine drives

the vessel. “The PowerTech 6125SFM handles the maximum speed of 12 knots beautifully, and is very fuel efficient,” says Howard. “Customers who prefer maneuverability over fuel economy can opt for twin PowerTech 6081AFM engines.” A Selene 66 with twin 280-kW (375 hp) PowerTech 6081AFM engines was recently tested in the USA. Fitted with ZF smart control systems at each helm station, the engines drive 4-blade propellers (36x26) through two ZF 360 transmissions with a ratio of 2.917:1. During the test, the vessel’s cruise speed was 9 knots and each engine only consumed 23.5 liters per hour (6.21 gph). Family matters. While the Selene 66 may be the family party boat, Howard and his designers work hard to expand their offerings. Next on the horizon is the Selene 75. Howard has just finished its design. This 24-meter (75 ft.) trawler will cruise 13 knots with twin 455-kW (610 hp) John Deere engines. “This is our 10th year working with John Deere distributor ETML, and we certainly have something to celebrate,” Howard says. “Selene trawlers and John Deere engines are proving to be a perfect match!” The Selene 66 is another fine example of Taiwanese shipyard Jet Tern Marine’s “grace and strength” design philosophy.

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Wayne Shibley caulks the seams of the hull.

Crafting with care Wayne Shibley blends beauty and practicality in a John Deere-powered wooden trawler Wayne Shibley pours passion into wooden boats. If he’s not sailing or rowing one, he’s repairing, restoring, building, and designing anything made of wood with the potential to float. “A well-designed, well-constructed wooden boat is the finest combination of the beautiful and practical that I know,” says Wayne. “Working on any wooden boat, new or old, to make it as perfect as possible is the most satisfying occupation I know.” Having honed the art of custom boat building in Nova Scotia, Wayne can construct a vessel using traditional methods, such as carvel planking, or more contemporary methods like cold molding. And he can turn about any stack of wood — from pine and locust to Tai teak and Honduras mahogany — into a finely finished hull. In fact, he’s known to artfully craft as many as six different woods into something as simple as a dory or skiff. His latest work involves turning a pile of Douglas fir into a Diesel Duck, an 11.6-meter (38 ft.) George Buehler-designed trawler that Wayne lengthened to 12 meters (40 ft.) for a client wanting to live aboard. The 16-metric-ton (35,000 lb.) vessel features a 3.9-meter (12 ft., 9 in.) beam and a 1.5-meter (5 ft.) draft. The 12-meter (40 ft.) hull is carvel planked using Douglas fir and bronze screws.

“For a 40-foot (12 m) boat, there’s a lot of room,” relates Wayne. “It’s not fast, but comfortable, solid, and dependable.” The Diesel Duck will hatch this summer with two sails and a single PowerTech 4045DFM marine engine. “I never installed a John Deere engine before, but a lot of boats that I like have John Deere engines.” Wayne will pair the 60-kW (80 hp) engine to a ZF transmission with a 2.78:1 reduction that will turn a 28-inch (71 cm), 3-blade propeller. “I wanted an uncomplicated, lowspeed, high-torque engine that could turn a big propeller, and the John Deere engine was the best engine that I could find for that,” says Wayne. “A slower-speed engine should last longer and be more reliable. John Deere is also a good name; it’s well known and parts are available almost everywhere.” The John Deere global service network could prove valuable when the vessel eventually heads offshore for its passage-making adventures. After three summers of construction, the Diesel Duck is expected to splash in Chicago, Illinois, this summer. She will then begin her travels throughout the Atlantic and Caribbean, with future destinations to the Cape Verde Islands off of the West African coast. Powered by the John Deere engine, the trawler will be economical to operate and should have good range, says Wayne. “I’m expecting between 1 to 2 gallons per hour (3.8 to 7.6 L) at cruising speed running 6 to 7 knots,” he says. “The vessel should easily cross the Atlantic with 500 gallons (1,892 L) of fuel. Going slow, you can go far.” Engine Model Displacement Rated Power Cylinders Aspiration

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Security on the seas

Sporting a lobster-boat hull, the luxury vessel is safe and stable.

The LeBlanc brothers use their seaworthy lobster-boat hull to build the luxury yacht When Tom Wadsworth and his wife, Sandy, set out to find a yacht design that would give them comfort and security on the open blue, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, couple looked to the same tried-and-true hull that’s won the favor of North Atlantic commercial fishermen for generations. “My wife has no use for tippy and fast,” relates Tom. “Those are two very bad words. Our top priority was to find a hull that would be extremely seaworthy and very safe.” That quest would lead them to the Mai Pehn Rai, a wide, heavy 15-meter (50 ft.) commercial lobster-boat hull that would be built into a luxury yacht by LeBlanc Brothers Boat Building in Wedgeport, Nova Scotia. There, brothers Neil, Leo, and Kevin design what they believe is the perfect hull for anyone venturing out into the North Atlantic. Inside and out, the Mai Pehn Rai summons the message of its translated name, which in Thai means “Don’t worry, be happy.”

“We built 75 hulls before we came up with one that suited us,” relates Neil. “So we made a new mold, and Tom’s hull is number 79. We know it will take all of the wind out there,” says Neil of the hard-chine, full-displacement hull. “When the fishing fleet leaves the wharf, most of our hulls end up being the first ones out there because they don’t pound on the water. They are very seaworthy.” Wanting the assurance of an extremely reliable diesel engine, the Wadsworths looked to Neil for his recommendation. His preference? The same proven engine that powers countless commercial and recreational vessels, not only in the Northeast, but also around the globe: John Deere. “It’s a single-engine boat, and it’s too big to paddle or row,” muses Tom. “So dependability was at the top of our list. In all candor, Neil picked the engine. He knows the product, and I’ve had no problems with the engine.” That engine is a PowerTech 6125AFM purchased from Eastcoast Power System in Truro, Nova Scotia. The John Deere Inside the pilothouse of the Mai Pehn Rai.

engine distributor performed the installation, marrying the 339-kW (455 hp) engine to a ZF transmission with a 2.5:1 gear ratio and a 4-blade, 32x28-inch (81x71 cm) propeller. With fuel economy being more important than speed, the Wadsworths are satisfied with the speed and performance of the 45-metric ton (100,000 lb.) vessel under full load. Cruising 7 knots at 1100 rpm, the engine consumes 11 liters per hour (3 gph). “That’s the sweet spot for this engine,” says Tom. “We don’t expect to get much more speed because you shove around so much water.” With 4,531 liters (1200 gal.) of fuel onboard, Tom estimates that the Mai Pehn Rai will have a 3,218-kilometer (2,000 mi.) range. And that will more than likely lead this couple out of the Chesapeake Bay. “I’m very in favor of green water, white sand, and 85 degrees of the Bahamas,” says Tom. “For us, the Mai Pehn Rai is just a floating condominium that will allow us to crank up the engine and cruise to someplace new.” Engine Model Displacement Rated Power Cylinders Aspiration Distributor

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Like a duck to water It’s smooth sailing for the Bonker launch at Holland’s international in-water boat show At the 2008 HISWA boat show in The Netherlands, some 500 new vessels were introduced to over 31,000 boating enthusiasts. Among the craft unveiled was Pieter Beeldsnijder’s latest creation, the PB 66 Bonker. The 20-meter (66 ft.) twin-screw diesel motoryacht generated a lot of interest from press and visitors at the show because of its unusual design. “I was actually inspired by a customer,” explains Pieter. “He is confined to a wheelchair but loves cruising long distances. I designed the Bonker so it provides plenty of space to move around freely. And the built-in lifts allow people in wheelchairs to move between decks.” Before being shown, the Bonker was tested off the Dutch coast in rough weather conditions. “Even with Force 7 winds it was smooth sailing from start to finish,” Pieter confirms. “The design, construction, and engines all worked perfectly together.” Driving the Bonker are twin John Deere PowerTech 6081AFM engines, which Pieter chose because they are silent, vibration-free, and easily integrated into the boat’s design. In combination with the 4-blade Exalto propeller, they ensure a comfortable cruising speed of 12.5 knots/hr. Plain sailing. M. de Jong Scheepsmotoren in Hardinxveld Giessendam, The Netherlands, installed the engines. “Pieter had some quite specific requests for the engine, recalls Martin

de Jong, company owner. “First, we built a frame to support the hydraulic pump construction for a smooth configuration with the boat’s hydraulics,” he says. “We also replaced the cool-water pumps with centrifugal pumps. To speed up the charge time for the 24-volt battery, we installed larger dynamos (generators). This resulted in a capacity of 150 ampere/hr.” To facilitate engine readings anywhere on the craft, Martin de Jong designed a wiring harness in cooperation with Dutch John Deere engine distributor Louis Nagel BV. “We fitted three dashboards: one on the flying bridge, one in the wheelhouse, and one in the machine room,” explains Martin. Pieter was impressed with the level of support and flexibility he received from Martin de Jong. “Designing a craft involves various parties, each with their own perspectives and ideas. A good understanding and appreciation of each other makes the whole production process much more pleasant,” he says. “Living and working on my own yacht has given me inspiration for new Engine Model PowerTech 6081AFM75 designs,” says Pieter, Displacement 8.1L “and of course, I can now Rated Power 224 kW (300 hp) @ 2200 rpm speak from personal Cylinders 6 experience when I Aspiration Aftercooled recommend John Deere Nagel Power Systems B.V. Nijmegen, The Netherlands engines to my customers!” Distributor


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Passage-making cruises to a whole new level aboard a Real Ships 77

Real Ships combines beauty, safety, and strength into its high-end custom trawler yachts. Just as the company’s name implies, these ships are true passage-making vessels designed to punch through tough seas. Yet inside, you’ll be pampered with a finely appointed interior that would rival any fine-grade luxury yacht. In this issue, company president Joe Johnson gives us a glimpse into the company’s recently launched Aventura, a luxurious custom trawler propelled by twin PowerTech 6125AFM marine engines. Please step inside and take a peek — but do take off your shoes. PowerSource: A while ago, your company introduced a Real Ships 68 called the Kokomo, propelled by twin PowerTech 6081AFM engines. Now you’ve just completed your second John Deere-powered ship, the Aventura. She’s a true blend of beauty and strength. Give us some quick facts on her. Joe: Measuring 77 feet long (23.4 m) with a 22-foot (6.7 m) beam, the Aventura is the grown up sister of the Kokomo. She features a steel hull and aluminum superstructure. Not only is the vessel tough, she’s tougher than most. We exceed ABS rules for commercial and yacht construction. It’s probably overkill, but overkill is good when you’re heading to the four corners of the world. PowerSource: What makes the Aventura such an ideal passage-making vessel? Joe: Our mindset is redundancy and safety. Most all of my employees are experienced boaters who tend to integrate systems that are safe and make sense. For example, there’s two of almost everything, including two hydraulic PTOs, 8 PowerSource

along with redundancy in air-conditioning chilling units, hot-water heaters, fresh-water pumps, seawater pumps. In some cases, there’s a third back-up system. PowerSource: Plus, many of these systems are electronically linked for easy monitoring and diagnostics, correct? Joe: Yes. There are five flat-panel screens at the helm linked to a SiMON system that constantly monitors many data points from all of the ship’s systems and sensors. This system generates a wealth of data on status and performance. The owner will be able to pull up navigation charts and radar. All engine parameters — temperature, pressures, fluid levels — are on an analog display. Everything can be monitored from the helm and in the master stateroom. PowerSource: Tell us about her interior. Joe: The boat has four full staterooms, plus four-and-ahalf bathrooms with 7 feet (2 m) of headroom throughout the ship. The owner wanted the boat to have classic appeal. She features marble galley counters, a marble-tiled steam shower, a hot tub with mosaic tiles, and has onyx in most sinks. The boat also has teak and Maple wood floors and a ceiling of painted birch. PowerSource: Even though the engine room is spacious with 7-foot (2 m) ceilings, it doesn’t overwhelm the layout of the boat. How did you do it? Joe: These John Deere engines are keel cooled, and we have a unique keel-pod system that allowed us to position the engines deep into the stern. The shafts are only 7 feet (2 m) long. Keeping the engines low and in back of the boat gives the people the best real estate in the vessel.

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Water laps against the luxurious Real Ships 77, the Aventura.

PowerSource: The vessel holds 5,400 gallons (20,435L) of fuel, and this is no ordinary fuel-filtering system. Joe: We installed an ESI fuel-filtration system to filter fuel for contaminants before it goes to the day tank. As a result, the John Deere engines get beautifully polished fuel. PowerSource: Any idea how much polished fuel these engines sip a day? Joe: We ran the boat in rough water and achieved 10 gallons per hour (37.8 L/hr) per engine. I think that’s great when you’re pushing 120 tons (109 metric tons) through the water. PowerSource: What type of marine gear are you running? Joe: Twin Disc transmissions with Quick Shift gears using a 3:1 reduction. It’s turning 42x35-inch (107x89 cm), 5blade Nibral propellers. The boat cruises 10.4 knots running 1400 rpm. It’s really vibration free. In addition to propelling the vessel, the engines also hydraulically power the bow thruster, anchor winch, and boat davit.

Deep in the hull of the Aventura, a gleaming white engine room with 7-foot-tall (2 m) ceilings houses twin PowerTech 6125AFM marine engines.

PowerSource: Of all the marine engines on the market, you chose John Deere for the Aventura. Why? Joe: It’s a good strong engine. John Deere offers more displacement for the horsepower. As a result, the engine works less. At 1400 rpm, it’s barely awake. When you run at continuous duty, the M1 is going to last a long time at 1400 rpm. PowerSource: What engine characteristics are most important to you, as a builder of high-quality yachts? Joe: Reliability. You want to put the engines in and have them run, run, and run. Dealer support is important, too. These boats will be in very remote locations, so we need to know that you can get the boat worked on when you have problems. We have a client in Thailand who requested a John Deere engine because of the local support he receives there. PowerSource: What did you like most about building the Aventura? Joe: The owner of the Aventura is someone who wants the best of the best, with top-of-the-line systems and components that make sense. When you’re a boat builder and have an opportunity to build a boat like this, it’s heaven.” Engine Model Displacement Rated Power Cylinders Aspiration Distributor


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From steam power to clean power A former British fireboat cruises into the 21st century as a recreational motoryacht

When Malcolm Harker heads out to sea aboard the Motor Yacht (MY) Sarah Elizabeth Banks, an interesting historical family legacy comes along for the ride. A century ago and an ocean away, the former fire/police boat once patrolled the River Wear in Sunderland, England, under the name The Fire King. Carrying two tons of coal and eight tons of water, the 1906 riveted-hull vessel was designed by his great-grandfather, who along with his three sons, also built and installed the engines. Those original twin Harker compound

steam engines turned 4 ft. (1.2 m) bronze propellers and pushed the 18-meter (60 ft.) vessel at 5 to 7 knots. Malcolm says horsepower was calculated differently for steam engines, so he can’t vouch for it when he estimates that each of the original steam engines might have produced 26 to 30 kW (35 to 40 hp). When Malcolm learned of the whereabouts of this historical boat, he purchased the vessel and set out to refurbish, repower, and rename her in honor of his wife. To his surprise, he discovered his greatgrandfather’s original ink-on vellum

drawings in the archives of Harkers Engineering. Today, the Sarah Elizabeth Banks takes on a more pleasurable role as a seaworthy live aboard, now powered by twin John Deere 4045TFM diesel engines. For historical purposes, a lone Harker steam engine, almost identical to the original engines, is kept onboard for display, bolted forward in the lower level. Aft of the steam engine there appears to be a beautiful stainless-steel boiler. It’s surprising though, to walk back and turn around to find the boiler

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is in fact a cleverly disguised head, complete with shower. In the stern in the lower level you seemingly pass through a time warp when you step through the hatch door. That one step takes you through 100 years of time into a modern, gleaming white engine room, complete with the twin PowerTech 4045TFM engines. “The economical Deere 4045TFMs, together with 6,812 liters (1,800 gal.) of fuel capacity, should give the 54 metric-ton (120,000 lb.) vessel a range

of up to 4,023 kilometers (2,500 years of running coal-fired steam engines. Twin PowerTech 4045TFM engines now power the vessel. mi.), enough to get to Hawaii — and beyond,” says Malcolm. — all without having to top her off MER Equipment of Seattle, with coal. Washington, supplied the new engines. “‘Nothing runs like a Deere’ — apart The engines are coupled to ZF45-1, 3:1 from my grandfather’s engines, of marine transmissions turning 2-inchdiameter (5.1 cm) stainless-steel propeller course!” muses Malcolm. “There will always still be a Harker steam engine shafts. Mounted to the shafts are Hung on display below decks,” he adds, “but Shen 30x24-inch (76x61 cm), 4-blade to meet 21st century Seattle requirements, propellers. According to MER’s Bob it may be converted to an espresso Allen, the boat reaches 7.5 knots at machine!” 1800 rpm and a top speed of 9.8 knots

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The Nootka anchors down in southeast Alaska.

Navigating the Nootka toward modern efficiency An Alaskan couple’s beloved wooden yacht gets a new lease on life with John Deere electronic marine engines Some yacht owners believe that the only thing better than cruising Alaska is actually living there. That’s certainly the case for Marshall and Lois Lind, who took up residence in the state over 45 years ago. Not surprisingly, the Linds never tire of the state’s natural beauty. “We just love to go out and explore the bays and coves of southeast Alaska,” says the former university chancellor and retired Commissioner of Education. “That’s the finest recreational boating in America. We enjoy the beauty of the countryside, particularly the wildlife that we expect to see every day — whales, porpoises, sea lions, seals, bears, eagles. You can’t ask for anything more.” For the past 25 years, the Linds have made their maritime memories aboard a beautiful 15-meter (49 ft.) Alaskan called the Nootka. Three years ago, the Linds decided it was time to fit the 1972 yacht with a set of modern diesel engines. That meant changing out the original mechanical 6-cylinder engines and replacing them with a new set of John Deere PowerTech 4045TFM marine engines. “I wanted engines that were reliable, fuel efficient, and smoke free,” says Marshall. “It’s important that everybody do their part to keep pollution to a minimum. When you cold-start the John Deere engines, they are much cleaner than what we had before.” Hesitant about the thought of buying electronic engines, Marshall says he’s been extremely pleased with their capabilities. “What’s particularly helpful is the ability to monitor fuel consumption using the ECU,” says Marshall. “When diesel was approaching $5 per gallon this past year, it was helpful to monitor the rpm to maximize fuel economy. It’s a wonderful feature that allowed us to easily figure hourly operating costs.” 12 PowerSource

Marshall says the Nootka achieves her best fuel economy running between 1650 and 1700 rpm. Each 101-kW (135 hp) engine consumes about 7.6 liters of fuel per hour (2 gph). That’s with the additional small load of powering a hydraulic pump on the port engine that drives a 6-kW auxiliary generator. The gen-set supplies A/C to the vessel while underway. All in all, Marshall says as a result of the repower, the engines provide a combined savings of 7.6 liters per hour (2 gph). Marshall says another reason for choosing John Deere engines is the reputation of the engines with commercial fishermen. He’s also pleased with the service and support he receives from his local John Deere marine dealer, Mike Grieser of New Life Motors. Marshall says Mike and his employees did a good job of taking the old engines out and putting the new engines in, adding that the conversion was performed while the boat was in the water. New Life Motors paired up the engines with Twin Disc MG506 transmissions. “It’s pretty quiet,” says Marshall about the Nootka, now having cruised the Alaskan waters about 700 hours since the repower. “I don’t know how I could make her much better.”

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Rob and Carolyn Liebow

John Deere earns an A+ This superintendent of schools gives high ratings for his recent engine repower When Rob Liebow of Mt. Desert, Maine, visits various schools in his district, the superintendent doesn’t travel as most school officials do. He boards his 11-meter (36 ft.) Grand Banks trawler and boats to schoolhouses located on the Cranberry Islands off of the Maine coast. “The area has three island schools,” says Rob. “When we have our monthly school-board meetings, I’ll often use the Kitty Hawk III to boat to the islands from April through October. We will often bring school board members aboard the boat, as well as interview candidates for school positions.” Rob admits that work trips on the vessel are an ideal way to combine business with pleasure. And when he’s not working, he and his wife, Carolyn, and their two dogs enjoy vacationing on the Kitty Hawk III, traveling the Maine coast and into Boston. After six years of boating, however, the Kitty Hawk III began showing signs of needing a new engine, leaving the Liebows faced with the decision of either repowering the 1982 Grand Banks, or replacing her with a new boat. “I always liked the Grand Banks,” says Rob. “After consulting John Spofford of Downeast Diesel, he said ‘You have a nice boat, why don’t you put a new engine it?’ and he said the PowerTech 6068TFM would be a perfect engine.” Rob wasn’t surprised by the recommendation. For years, Rob owned and operated a John Deere-powered tour boat — the first vessel in the region to be powered by a John Deere engine. He later repowered the vessel — twice — with 6-cylinder John Deere engines after they had accumulated high numbers of hours. Now it would be the Kitty Hawk III’s turn. However, removing the old 90-kW (120 hp), 6-cylinder

The Kitty Hawk III runs along the Maine coast with a new engine and marine gear.

competitive engine and bringing the new engine into the Grand Banks would be a feat only accomplished by a skilled mechanic like John Spofford and his employees at Downeast Diesel. “Rather than cut a hole through the cabin, John rotated the engine sideways in order to get it The 6-cylinder PowerTech through the boat window,” engine horizontally passes recalls Rob. “John is just an through the window of the unbelievable mechanic. He is Grand Banks. everything you would want in a marine dealer: smart, fair, and honest. He uses the same care and understanding as a doctor would going into heart surgery.” And the surgery on the Kitty Hawk III was extensive. John removed the vessel’s failing steel fuel tank, replacing it with two new 662-liter (175 gal.) fiberglass tanks that were assembled by sections inside the boat’s hull. John then installed the 149-kW (200 hp) engine and all new marine gear, including a new Twin Disc 5011SC transmission, shaft, and 22x19 in. (56x48 cm), 4-blade propeller. Swinging a bigger wheel, the Kitty Hawk III today cruises faster and more efficiently, and is more responsive, too. “When we put her in gear, the response is instantaneous,” says Rob. “Running 9 to 10 knots at 2000 rpm is our sweet spot with a fuel consumption just under 3 gph (11 L/hr). It’s very quiet, too. We can stand in the cabin and easily carry on a conversation without noticing the engines.” Today, the superintendent of schools says he would give both John Spofford and the John Deere engine high marks after the repower. “It’s a fantastic engine,” says Rob. “I’m glad we decided not to buy another boat.”

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PowerTech 6068TFM50 4.5L 149 kW (200 hp) @ 2500rpm 4 Turbocharged Bell Power Systems, Inc. Essex, Connecticut (860) 767-7502 Downeast Diesel Southwest Harbor, Maine (207) 244-5145

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Introducing a new wave of power John Deere takes power density to a whole new level with three new marine diesel engines Boat owners longing for more power and speed in a compact engine package will take great interest in three new John Deere marine engines that will hit the water in the coming months. Make way for the PowerTech 6135SFM75, PowerTech 6090SFM75, and PowerTech 6068AFM75— all welcome additions to a great lineup of John Deere marine engines. John Deere Power Systems packed more horsepower per liter of displacement in these new engine models. We’re talking power density, folks. Just imagine the power behind the throttle. Charter boats will gain more speed. Towboats will push heavier loads. You’ll turn a bigger wheel, and your gen-sets will handle a larger load. The PowerTech 6135SFM75 is the company’s very first PowerTech 13.5L marine engine. This new addition will drive the John Deere horsepower range to an all-new level: 560 kW (750 hp) — a substantial leap from its predecessor, the 455 kW (610 hp) PowerTech 12.5L seawater aftercooled marine engine. The PowerTech 6135SFM75 is also available in other ratings, starting with an M1 rating of 306 kW (410 hp) at 2100 rpm. Recreational vessel owners will reap benefits, too. “This is the first time we’re offering an M5 recreational rating in a displacement package that is this large,” explains Dave Flaherty, marine market and product manager.

Seawater aftercooling cools the engine more efficiently and enhances horsepower. We also redesigned the watercooled exhaust manifold to enhance exhaust-gas flow and power output. Engineers also modified the cylinder head to enhance the flow of the coolant. Did we mention that this engine has four valves per cylinder? This provides excellent airflow, resulting in greater low-speed torque and better transient response. We also incorporated a High Pressure Electronic Unit Injector (EUI) to increase injection pressure. The EUI also offers variable timing control, multiple injections, and controls the duration of the injection. Our new PowerTech 6090SFM75 is another new seawater aftercooled engine that will soon hit the water. Up until now, the PowerTech 8.1L engine featured a 280 kW (375 hp) rating at 2400 rpm. Now — for the first time — John Deere offers 373 kW (500 hp) in a 9.0L seawater-cooled marine engine package. That’s more displacement and a whole lot more horsepower on the water. Like the PowerTech 13.5L engine, the new PowerTech 9.0L marine engine features a compact size, giving it an excellent horsepower/displacement ratio. More power density means lower installed costs. The engine is also available with a high-mounted turbocharger to give you more clearance for mounting generators.

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The PowerTech 9.0L engine features four valves per cylinder. It’s also electronically controlled and utilizes a High Pressure Common Rail (HPCR) fuel system that boosts fuel delivery and engine performance. A water-cooled exhaust manifold and integrated thermostat housing makes this engine reliable and durable in tough marine environments. We were able to achieve higher power and low ambient temperatures using a water-cooled casing on the turbocharger. We also reduce engine room air contaminants using a closed crankcase ventilation system. The heat exchanger is integral with the coolant top tank and features an easily serviceable thermostat housing. We also added features that make this engine easy to be around. There’s optional front-mounted fuel and oil filters for ease of service, and a non-metallic belt guard for an attractive appearance. A front SAE “A” auxiliary drive enhances application flexibility.

The PowerTech 6068AFM75 delivers high torque and low-rated rpm, giving you excellent vessel control and maneuvering. The lower rated rpm also limits vibration and noise. A quiet, cool engine room is also made possible because we use a water-cooled turbocharger and exhaust manifold. It’s a clean engine, too. Fewer external connections also eliminate hoses and fittings that can leak or break. New? Yes. Unproven? No. The fact is these three new engines are marine derivatives of well-established industrial engines. The John Deere PowerTech Plus 13.5L, 9.0L, and 6.8L industrial engines have proved themselves time and time again in countless applications across the globe. So check out the next wave of John Deere marine engines, and experience more power on the water. Just don’t be the one who is left in the wake!

PowerTech 6068AFM75. And speaking of flexibility, our new 246-kW (330 hp) PowerTech 6068AFM75 has it. With heat exchanger or keel-cooled options, this new compact engine provides reliable and durable power for your propulsion, generator, and auxiliary power needs.

PowerTech 6068AFM75 Engine Model Displacement Rated Power Cylinders Aspiration

PowerTech 6068AFM75 6.8L 172 kW (231 hp) @ 2300 rpm to 246 kW (330 hp) @ 2600 rpm 6 Aftercooled

PowerTech 6090SFM75 9.0L 250 kW (335 hp) @ 2200 rpm to 373 kW (500 hp) @ 2500 rpm 6 Seawater aftercooled

PowerTech 6135SFM75 13.5L 306 kW (410 hp) @ 2100 rpm to 560 kW (750 hp) @ 1700 rpm 6 Seawater aftercooled

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Get integrated The HelmView™ offers a single-source display of vital engine and vessel functions When you’re cruising offshore, you want quick access to engine and vessel information without fumbling around with myriad of pilothouse displays. That’s why John Deere offers boat owners the convenience of the HelmView. The HelmView integrates six screens of critical engine and vessel data in a single color display. The beauty of this module lies in its ability to display information for up to three engines — two propulsion engines and a gen-set engine. Just imagine having trip information at the touch of a button, giving you the ability to quickly monitor fuel flow, instant fuel consumption, and trip fuel consumption. What’s more, the HelmView can also help you navigate with an optional GPS kit from FW Murphy. Other kits are also available to monitor depth, speed, tank levels, and temperature. Boat captains will find HelmView’s features invaluable. With engine data and diagnostics combined in one display — along with recommended corrective actions in plain, easy-to-understand language — the HelmView gives captains more information at their fingertips than ever before. Plus, there’s security in knowing that you have the right information you need, should you need to diagnose problems over the phone or radio with your John Deere marine dealer. In the past, LCD displays were hard to see in direct sunlight. The HelmView resolves this issue with a large display that’s easy to read, even on bright sunny days. And when the sun settles on the ocean horizon, the night setting engages with only a push of a button.

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Optional features include GPS utilities. With this accessory kit from FW Murphy, you can monitor satellite status, depth, and position. The waypoint manager makes it simple to go to waypoints, add or change descriptions, and to manage your navigational tracks by saving or deleting them. The HelmView also integrates with other devices that use the NMEA2000 data protocol, giving you the ability to link to depth/speed/temperature multisensors, as well as monitor tank levels

and even rudder angle. When you order the HelmView from John Deere, you get the display panel with a choice of six different kits, depending on the configuration of your vessel. From a single engine and single control station, to three engines and two control stations, the HelmView offers flexibility to fit your needs. For more information on the HelmView, contact your local John Deere distributor or service dealer.

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Cruise in confidence Marine engine maintenance classes give you the know-how to better maintain your engine while offshore Leaving homeport with a reliable John Deere engine certainly offers a sense of security while on an extended cruise. But wouldn’t you feel even better if you possessed the know-how to change a fuel-injection nozzle or clean a heat exchanger when you’re miles offshore? For many boat owners who choose to cruise the great blue alone, leaving the dock with some practical knowledge about engine maintenance is valuable. Bell Power Systems of Essex, Connecticut, offers a class that gives recreational boat owners valuable engine-maintenance skills. Less academic and more hands-on, the two-day course dives directly into the fundamentals of what boaters really need to know, giving them a chance to service live engines. Cascade Engine Center in Tukwila, Washington, is offering similar classes for recreational boaters on the West Coast this spring. “We go through some of the fundamentals in the John Deere engine Operation and Maintenance Manual and expand upon it with some good, hands-on training,” explains Bob Tokarczyk, Bell Power’s sales manager. Some of that hands-on wrench work includes changing a seawater-pump impeller, replacing a fuel pump, and learning to sample engine coolant. Bell Power also recommends a list of parts to stock on the boat for long-distance passages. Some handy items to have

aboard include an extra thermostat, fuel-injection nozzle, impeller, fuel pump, gaskets, as well as a stock of fuel, oil, and seawater filters. The class also covers information that direct you to over 4,000 service contacts who can offer customer support, should a need arise. Students also learn to crack the codes retrieved on the PowerView™, a multifunctional tool that serves as the “window” into modern electronic engines and transmissions. The tool makes diagnosing easier and provides the boat owner with useful information that can be passed along to a local marine dealer. Bob warns that the engine-maintenance classes are not designed for boat owners to take serious engine work into their own hands. “We’re not reaching boat owners to perform work that requires a properly trained mechanic,” explains Bob. Even changing oil and filters and repairs can be left to a John Deere marine dealer when you’re doing seasonal cruising. But if you’re miles from nowhere, having key engine parts on hand and some practical know-how is a good form of protection. “Our goal is to make people comfortable with their John Deere marine engine,” he says, “and to give them the knowledge and tools to perform required maintenance and to resolve minor problems on their own.”

Bell Power’s Tim Stevens conducts marine engine maintenance courses for recreational boat owners in Essex, Connecticut.

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Protect the heart of your investment John Deere Plus-50™ engine oil and Cool-Gard™ coolant are engineered to optimize John Deere engine performance and value Protecting your investments should be a top priority in today’s economy. Your investment in John Deere engines should be managed no differently. Extend the life and value of your investment by using the best engine oil and coolant in the marketplace.

Sheri Barta, product line marketing manager for John Deere Merchandise, states, “It’s our business to make sure John Deere equipment can operate at the highest level of performance. Plus-50 is a product that is constantly evolving to meet the emissions requirements of today and tomorrow.

John Deere Plus-50 oil. To get the most out of your oil between changes, choose John Deere Plus-50 engine oil. Plus-50 offers owners a formulation specifically created for John Deere off-highway engine users. Keep in mind, not all products on the market are optimized with off-highway in mind, explains Dr. Ken Chao, a senior engineer at John Deere Power Systems (JDPS) in Waterloo, Iowa. “There’s a big difference between on- and off-highway oils,” explains Ken. “Off-road applications are subjected to higher loads, higher crankcase oil temperatures and higher levels of sulfur, dust and moisture contaminants — all of which can lead to excessive wear on the engine.” There are products in the marketplace that meet off-highway API specifications. Then there is John Deere Premium Plus-50. Why settle for the minimum? Go for the best. Advantages include: • Reduced engine wear. Lab and field tests reveal that Plus-50’s superior anti-wear additives can significantly reduce engine wear, increasing the productive life of the engine. • Reduced piston deposits. Fewer deposits lead to a cleaner engine that will last longer and provide consistent power. • Extended drain intervals. Compared to other oils on the market, Plus-50 maintains its original viscosity longer than competitive oils and minimizes oil breakdown. It’s all in the name: Plus-50 oil provides a 50 percent increase in the drain interval over the engine operator manual recommendations. • And much more…

John Deere Cool-Gard coolant. Heavy-duty cooling systems require special care and year-round protection. “Not all antifreeze/coolants in the market provide the necessary protection a cooling system needs to operate efficiently under extreme pressures and temperatures,” says Bill Place, JDPS senior engineer. John Deere Cool-Gard is a fully formulated antifreeze/summer coolant, designed and extensively tested to protect our wet-sleeve-liner diesel engines from cylinder-liner cavitation erosion. This is especially critical for heavy-duty, off-highway applications that often endure punishing conditions and temperature extremes. The John Deere Cool-Gard formulation offers these competitive advantages: • Balanced inhibitor system. This protects against corrosion of aluminum, copper, and brass components, ensuring long system life. • Anti-cavitation additives. These prevent cylinder liner cavitation erosion, coolant leakage into the engine oil, and engine failure. • Pre-mixed formula. This ensures the optimum coolantto-water ratio, only using quality water. • And more…

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John Deere Cool-Gard is available in both ethylene-glycol and non-toxic propylene glycol formulations. See your local John Deere service location representative for additional information and a complete listing of the entire oil and coolant product line.

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Take the wind out of your sails… … and trade in your yacht for a John Deere-powered Sturier trawler When the desire for the sensation of sailing makes way for a craving for luxury and relaxation, many yachtsmen trade in their sailboats for a motorboat from Dutch shipyard Sturier Yachts. Its luxurious trawlers are proving a hit with ex-sailors and motorboat lovers alike. Sturier’s range is comprised of three series: the classic ocean cruiser (OC) series, derived from its fishing equivalent; the trendier center sleeper (CS) series, with the main berth at the center of the boat; and the fly-bridge (FB) series, which features a lot of space inside and out, and beautiful curves. Sturier builds yachts with a chic yet robust look, with an emphasis on good sailing qualities. “All our trawlers are round-bilged vessels,” says Auke van der Werff, Sturier’s company director. “The hull and superstructure are made of steel, which makes them resistant to abuse in locks, grounding on rock, or roughocean waters. A low wheelhouse ensures their sea keeping performance.” Perfect family getaway. The center sleeper (CS) series, in particular, has proven very popular with families. “We designed the CS series as

‘long distance travelers,’” explains Auke. “Locating the owner’s cabin in the center frees up a lot of storage space in the stern — essential for holiday items such as chairs, bikes, rubber boats, etc.” For the CS series, Sturier selected John Deere 6068TFM and 6081AFM engines. On all craft, twin engines run at 2500 rpm, turning 28x23-inch propellers through a ZF80 transmission with a 2.5:1 gear-box ratio. According to Auke, customers often ask for John Deere Compact John Deere 6068TFM engines add to the spaciousness engines themselves. “If they don’t, then of the engine room inside the we certainly promote them!” says Auke. Sturier CS 600 Center Sleeper. “These engines have enough torque to drive the hydraulic pumps and are easy 224-kW (300 hp) 6081AFM engines. to build in. We’ve also found John Deere’s At a speed of 10 knots, each engine wide range of engines from 60 kW to consumed 25 liters/hr. Both customers 455 kW (80 to 610 hp) to be very suitable agreed that, besides fuel economy, low for displacement boats such as ours.” noise and minimum maintenance are Rising fuel prices have raised fuel definite John Deere plus points. economy to the top of any customer’s The Sturier CS 600 requirements. One CS Center Sleeper cruises in 600 ST customer peaceful Dutch waters. commented that each of the two John Deere 6068TFM engines uses 15 to 17 liters/hr (4 to 4.5 gph) while readily pushing the boat up to a hull speed of 9.2 nautical miles per hour (kn). Another customer described a recent Engine Model PowerTech 6068TFM75 PowerTech 6081AFM75 cruise from the Displacement 6.8L 8.1L Netherlands to Malta Rated Power 150 kW (201 hp) @ 2600 rpm 224 kW (300 hp) @ 2200 rpm aboard an ST 675 Cylinders 6 6 CS, equipped with Aspiration Aftercooled Aftercooled Nagel Power Systems B.V., Nijmegen, The Netherlands twin John Deere Distributor

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The Sturier ST 675 CS slides through the water at a speed of 10 knots, powered by twin John Deere 6081A engines.

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From frustration to innovation An Australian fisherman creates a fast, fuel-efficient seaworthy catamaran A keen fisherman, James McCulloch from the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, attended many a fishing tournament with his 15-meter (50 ft.) sailing catamaran. Although it impressed other competitors because of its sea-keeping ability, James was frustrated with its limited speed of 8 knots. While others enjoyed a full day’s fishing, James could only fish for half a day to make sure he was back in time to return the tag cards and score points. With some 40 years of experience in the boating industry, James decided it was time he designed a vessel with the comfort and fuel efficiency of a catamaran, but with the speed of a traditional mono hull. He partnered with renowned multi-hull designer Bob Oram, and together they created the Allura 55 — a craft that would meet James’

dreams and those of other boating enthusiasts. “Australia has great fishing and cruising waters, but with fuel prices soaring, people are hesitant to invest in their own boat. Our aim was to create an affordable, ocean-worthy, fuel-efficient catamaran with a contemporary design and a cruising speed of some 20 knots,” explains James. “We started from my 50-foot (15 m) catamaran, and extended the beam to an unusual 7 meters (24 ft.). This gives you stability in ocean waves, but also creates space for roomy living quarters. To achieve the required speed, the duo opted for lightweight DuFLEX ™ composite end-grain balsa panels throughout the vessel. Combined with the specially designed narrow hulls, this allows the Allura to slice through the water with no bounce over.”

Narrow hulls, lightweight construction, and low fuel consumption all add up to a flagship of design and efficiency.

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The Allura features two 6081AFM engines, plus a ZF280-1A gearbox, 2-inch stainless-steel shafts, and Austral 24x31-inch, 4-blade, Nibral bronze 80 percent DAR propellers.

The PowerTech 6081AFM got the thumbs up thanks to its low-end torque, longevity, and fuel efficiency.

The driving force. The narrow hulls would ensure speed, but posed a problem for fitting the engines. So, during assembly, James, Bob, and Steve Shale of Steve’s Diesel Service (the John Deere Limited South East Queensland marine dealer) visited the John Deere Limited (JDL) branch in Brisbane to see which John Deere engine would meet their needs. “The 6081AFM engines matched our requirements perfectly but they were too wide to fit the hulls,” explains James. “So JDL reduced the width of the engines by changing the position of the alternator.” James was particularly impressed with Steve’s intimate knowledge of the engines’ computer and electronics. “His expertise enabled us to set up a first class package to complement the ZF Cruise Command control system and achieve true engine synchronization,” he says. In initial trials, the twin engines, combined, consumed 60 liters per hour (16 gph) at James’ target speed of 20 knots, with the engines running at 1650 rpm. “We were all amazed to see a boat this size accelerate as quickly and smoothly as it did over the full power range — really impressive!” exclaims James.

Impressing both public and industry. The Allura 55 was first introduced at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show on the Gold Coast in May 2008 with unfinished front cabins to show the cat’s top-quality construction. It received an excellent response, and has meanwhile been praised by many boating publications for being a true flagship of fuel efficiency and finish. There’s no question about it, this is a speedy cat that loves water!

The instrument panel gives the captain a quick overview of the status of both engines.

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PowerTech 6081AMF75 8.1L 280 kW (375 hp) @ 2400 rpm 6 Aftercooled John Deere Limited Crestmead, Queensland, Australia +61 2 4647 7867 Steve’s Diesel Service Capalaba, Queensland, Australia +61 4 01162677 Allura Marine

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Larry and Linda Hansen

Adventure on the Orca Blue A Washington couple selects John Deere power for their new Northwest 45 The Orca Blue anchors near the San Juan Islands of Washington.

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Larry and Linda Hansen enjoy a good adventure. Grabbing their cameras and boarding the Orca Blue, the Sammamish, Washington, couple relish excursions to the San Juan Islands of Puget Sound and the Inside Passage to Alaska to photograph wildlife such as bears and orcas. “I think it’s just an adventure going somewhere we’ve never been,” relates Larry. “We find that very interesting. There’s a certain challenge in navigating new waters. In Puget Sound, we can have a 14 feet (4.3 m) tide change in eight hours. That creates interesting currents, making the area look entirely different from one hour to the next.” With their sights set on remote destinations in the Pacific Northwest, the Hansen’s wanted a well-built, rugged vessel designed to handle potentially rough waters. They also wanted a reliable engine that would allow them to cruise very remote areas economically at a reasonable pace. All of this came packaged in a Northwest 45 built by Northwest Trawlers of Anacortes, Washington. The Orca Blue is hull #3 and is powered by a John Deere PowerTech 6125SFM marine diesel engine. “Hull #1 was powered with a 400-hp (298 kW) (competitive) engine and had a top speed of only 11 knots. That was not fast enough for us,” recalls Larry. “We came from a twin engine planing hull that reached 20 knots. So we looked at optional power plants, and kept coming back to the John Deere engine as the best choice for this application. The production manager at Northwest Trawler conveyed to us the success

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Calendar of the John Deere engines in commercial fishing boats. Talking with others, we always heard good things about John Deere.” The Hansens paired the 455-kW (610 hp) seawater-aftercooled engine to a ZF transmission, giving them a conservative top-end speed of 16 knots. Most of the time, however, the Hansens comfortably cruise at 8.5 knots at 1100 rpm. “We can spend time enjoying the scenery at that pace,” says Larry. They enjoy the fuel economy, too. Running at cruise speed, the 18-metric ton (40,000 lb.) Orca Blue consumes less than 19 liters per hour (5 gph), giving the vessel a range in excess of 1,609 kilometers (1,000 mi.) and providing the Hansens with plenty of opportunity to seek their adventures in the great Northwest. A single PowerTech 6125SFM engine propels the Orca Blue to a top speed of 16 knots.

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Look for John Deere engines and drivetrain components at these upcoming tradeshows, conventions, and exhibits.

SEATEC Carrara, Italy BOOT FEBRUARY 6-11, 2009 Leeuwarden, The Netherlands MIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW FEBRUARY 12-16, 2009 Miami, FL, USA SWISS NAUTIC FEBRUARY 14-22, 2009 Bern, Switzerland AUCKLAND INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW MARCH 5-9, 2009 Auckland, New Zealand SANCTUARY COVE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW MAY 21-24, 2009 Brisbane, Australia MACC JUNE 16-18, 2009 Norfolk, VA, USA SEAWORK JUNE 16-18, 2009 Southampton, UK SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW July 30 - August 4, 2009 Sydney, Australia SALON INTERNATIONAL DE LA PLAISANCE SEPTEMBER 9-14, 2009 Cannes, France SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW SEPTEMBER 11-20, 2009 Southampton, UK IBEX OCTOBER 12-14, 2009 Miami Beach, FL, USA SNAME OCTOBER 21-23, 2009 Providence, RI, USA FT. LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW OCTOBER 29 NOVEMBER 2, 2009 Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA METS NOVEMBER 17-19, 2009 Amsterdam, The Netherlands PACIFIC MARINE EXPO NOVEMBER 19-21, 2009 Seattle, WA, USA INTERNATIONAL WORKBOAT SHOW DECEMBER 2-4, 2009 New Orleans, LA, USA FEBRUARY 5-7, 2009

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When you can’t see the shore, reliability takes on a whole new meaning.

BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES When you’re cruising on your yacht or sport boat — worrying about your propulsion or generator engine is the last thing you want to do. That’s why recreational boat owners have been relying on John Deere engines for more than 30 years. John Deere PowerTech™ engines are quiet, reliable, and fuel efficient. And they are backed by a company you can count on for service and support — no matter where you explore. To learn more, call 1-800-JD-ENGINE or visit

John Deere Power Systems Usine de Saran, La Foulonnerie – B.P. 11013 45401 Fleury-les-Aubrais – Cedex – France Phone: +33 2 38 82 61 19 Fax: +33 2 38 84 62 66 E-mail:

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