NEW NORTHERN LIGHTS DEALER IN VIRGIN GORDA, BVI

NEW NORTHERN LIGHTS DEALER IN VIRGIN GORDA, BVI


On Feb 6th 2019, Parts & Power salesman, Tony Tuckett, met with the Caribbean’s most recent Northern Lights Dealer, CRC Engines and Fabrication of the Valley, Virgin Gorda.  Pictured are Tony and Geoff Cooke.  Behind the sign is company founder, Chris Cooke.  CRC was founded in 1993 on Virgin Gorda.  The company provides Marine and Industrial Engine & Generator service, as well as fabrication.  They are a major sub-contractor for the Boat Yard at Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour.

CRC are dealers for Yanmar, Yamaha, Algae X Fuel Conditioner.  With their expansion to Northern Lights, they now represent the preferred choice of most charter crews, and many bareboat fleets in the Caribbean.

For more information, please contact Chris Cooke at 284-495-5262, 284-547-8333 or Chris Cooke (chris@crcenginesbvi.com).

CATAMARAN GETS A DOUBLE HEART TRANSPLANT

Marine Maintenance Services based in Nanny Cay Tortola has just completed a double generator change aboard a Privilege Alliaura 62.  This yacht is used for Crewed Charter & relies on its generators to keep the whole show on the road.

The original generators were Onan.  When it came to decide on which option suited the boat for replacement, the crew chose the Northern Lights due to the reliability, simplicity & parts availability.  As a result, we installed 2 x Northern Lights M844LW3 16kw 50hz units.  They were mounted on secondary vibration pads & had sound shields installed.

The crew are super happy with the result.  The generators are whisper quiet and vibration free.  We hope they have a great 2019 season.

US EPA Tier III Compliance for Marine Generators

Questions about US EPA Tier III Compliance for Marine Generators?
Northern Lights Has Answers.

Understanding EPA Tier requirements can be a challenge for even the most experienced boaters. To clarify the issues around Tier III generator requirements, the experts at Northern Lights have prepared the following FAQ’s. Download the PDF from this link: Sales Bulletin – Questions about US EPA Tier III Compliance for Marine Generators?

Northern Lights Introduces Improved DC Logic

Starting in June, Northern Lights is changing their DC Logic for the first time in over 40 years.  The affected generators include marine units from M673LD3 through M944T sizes – including commercial marine sets through the M40C3.  The first difference you will see is that the generators will be coming with a different plug.

The connector will change from the black, round connector (known as the “Merc plug”) to a gray, rectangular Deutsch DT plug.

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Deutsch DT series connectors are rugged and weatherproof and are common to many transportation wiring systems.  Northern Lights DC Logic remains simple and easy to diagnose. The new relay logic will provide easier installation of advanced control panels being offered by the factory.  Below are links to the old wiring schematic versus the new wiring schematic.  A limited number of generators with the old DC wiring are still available. Contact Parts & Power in Tortola, or your nearest Caribbean dealer, for more information.

Northern Lights Visits Customers at Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting December 2015

From 5-9 December members from the Northern Lights family visited customers at the 54th Annual Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting (ACYM).

The Charter Yacht Show was very successful with 105 yachts ranging in size from 62 ft to 296 ft. In addition there were another 40-50 yachts in Falmouth Harbour which were not in the Show.

Mike Prado and Nils Nelson, from Deerfield Beach, Vice President/General Manager, Brian Vesely, from Seattle, and Tom Gerker from NL Distributor Parts & Power visited vessels on Falmouth Harbour Marina, the Yacht Club Marina, the Dockyard Marina and the Catamaran Marina.

They found many of the yachts had Northern Lights products on them, both generators and Lugger propulsion engines. In most cases they received nothing but favorable reports from Engineers and Captains. A few vessels had questions or problems on their equipment that the team was able to address. In many cases the NL representatives found a recurring theme that they had discovered at previous shows. Many of the NL customers simply needed advice on how to maintain their Northern Lights equipment, and where to go to get information. In some cases, issues that Engineers and Customers were having in the field were recorded by Brian so he could make changes in Production at the Factory to make Northern Lights products even better.

They found that, in some cases, customers were overhauling their generators prematurely. Because they had owned competitor’s products in the past who recommended overhauls at 10, 15 or 20,000 hours, they felt that they had to do the same on their NL product. Several customers had done overhauls or repairs at 10 or 15,000 hours to find so little wear that they questioned the value in having done the work. Brian and Tom recommended using oil analysis and valve adjustment measurements to monitor wear, as many Northern Lights generators run well past 30,000 hours with nothing but routine maintenance.

Northern Lights were, once again this year, the only engine or generator manufacturer who attended the show. They have been attending the Show for over 15 years, to meet their customers and get feedback on the performance of their equipment. Customers who attend the ACYM typically own generators that run for extensive periods of time, and are more often than not in distant locations far away from a repair facility. So their generators must run reliably.

Having the new General Manager at the show allowed Brian to hear the Voice of the Customer in order to make changes and improvements to the current product, and get an idea of what customers were looking for in future products.

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NL M1066A1 generator on board MY Odessa
Vice President/General Manager, Brian Vesley, with Chief Engineer Dan O’Rourke
Vice President/General Manager, Brian Vesley, with Chief Engineer Dan O’Rourke
SY Marine with 2 x NL M1064A generators on board
SY Marine with 2 x NL M1064A generators on board
Various yachts at the show
Various yachts at the show
Various yachts at the show
Various yachts at the show

New Boats – New Power! (from Northern Lights)

Two weeks ago, three factory-new Bavaria Monohulls arrived in the BVI to join a fleet of yachts for a major BVI yacht charter company.

The Bavarias arrived as basic yachts, but 7-days later they had full air conditioning, shore power upgrades & generators. Parts & Power dealer Marine Maintenance Services performed the installation work on all three yachts.

The generators chosen by the yacht charter company were the mighty 6kW Northern Lights M673L3. They were installed with sound shields and remote start using the S-3c remote panel.  These tough and compact units are quiet and easily handle the load requirements for the air conditioning & charging on the yachts for charter guests.

A tough but very satisfying installation.

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‘Foxy Lady’ Crewed Catamaran replaces Onan with Northern Lights

In advance of the Christmas charter rush, the luxury crewed catamaran Lagoon 620 “Foxy Lady” decided to remove the existing Onan generator and replace it with a new M844LW3 Northern Lights set.

The work was performed by Marine Maintenance Services (BVI). It’s always a difficult installation due to constrained access, but the generator is now installed and the crew report it is happily carrying all loads quietly & efficiently!

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BVI 11TH ANNUAL CHARTER YACHT SOCIETY AGM & CREW PARTY

On 8 November Parts & Power and Marine Maintenance Service, in cooperation with Northern Lights Inc, sponsored the 11th Annual Charter Yacht Society Annual General Meeting and Crew Party at Peg Landing Restaurant at Nanny Cay Marina. The Annual Event kicked off the 34th Annual BVI Charter Yacht Show. Over 125 members of the Charter Yacht Society (CYS) were in attendance.

Although Parts & Power had been sponsoring the Boat Show Crew party for well over 15 years, the format changed 11 years ago when CYS Executive Director, Janet Oliver, approached them with a novel idea. The CYS is comprised of members, who by the nature of their business, are transient. It was challenging to get a majority of members together to attend an AGM. So Janet proposed combining the AGM with the Annual Crew Party. The format proved to be very successful.

After welcoming remarks by CYS Chairperson, Ruth Ross, & Parts & Power MD, Tom Gerker, a financial appeal was made to membership by Phil Aspinall of VI Search and Rescue (VISAR). Following that, a buffet dinner was put on Peg Leg’s and the AGM was held. Among other issues discussed was the important role the CYS plays in promoting the Charter Yacht Industry with Government, and lobbying to prevent an increase in fees for their members. The Charter Yacht Industry contributes over $50 million to the local economy. Being comprised, in large part, by small single charter boat businesses, it is difficult for the owners or crew of those Charter Yacht Businesses to have their voices heard by Government. The Charter Yacht Society does an outstanding job of representing them.

Following the AGM, Tim Dabbs of Marine Maintenance Services and Tony Tucket of Parts & Power, held an entertaining Trivia Challenge for the CYS members. Winners were awarded promotional items supplied by Northern Lights Inc. Peg Leg’s Restaurant and Manager Luis Samuel did an impressive job of providing ample hospitality and refreshments in a beautiful, nicely set, facility. A good time was had by all.

On Monday, 9 Nov, the Boat Show began. The maximum capacity of 78 yachts were in attendance. Of those, there were 5 Monohulls, 6 Motor Yachts and 67 sailing catamarans, reflecting the changing nature of the Charter Yacht Industry. There were 135 brokers which is 30% more than the previous high. With more demanding qualifications to be a broker, and a nominal charge by the CYS, this is a significant comment on how important the BVI Boat Show has become.

Parts & Power, Marine Maintenance Services and Northern Lights were proud to be able support such an important organization as the BVI Charter Yacht Society, and such a successful event.

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