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February/March 2019 — Table of Contents


Magazine cover

On the cover: Like fireworks, an arc occurs during ignition of the two torches used for parallel welding on a 12m (39.4′) aluminum workboat built by Ophardt Maritim in Duisburg, Germany. Story on page 22.
Photograph Alexandra Harin/Ophardt Maritim.


Courtesy Ophardt Maritim

Teaching robots to weld. Page 22.

22  Robotopia
by Dieter Loibner
Ophardt Maritim, a German builder of aluminum boats, bets on robotic welding for improved quality and production efficiency.

Nigel Calder

Repairing a composite rudder. Page 38.

38  Emergency Rudder Repairs en Español, Part 1
by Nigel Calder
Making an unexpected repair overseas, a marine professional manages his own project in less-than-ideal working conditions and a tight timeline.

Warwick Control Technologies Ltd

Troubleshooting networked systems. Page 54.

54  CAN Bus at Sea, Part 1
by Richard T. McLaughlin and Chris Quigley
A technical review of CAN bus technology and a diagnostic case study of some faulty networked onboard systems.

Kelly Vaughn

Cloud-based manuals. Page 64.

64  Manuals in the Cloud
by Kelly Vaughn
For component documentation and technical information about the installation and maintenance of onboard systems, make the simple move to Dropbox.


4  Letters, Etc.
Readers comment on overcurrent protection on every battery; hidden costs of 3D-printed tooling; and the long-term impact of bad design.

10  Rovings
compiled by Dan Spurr
The Petestep hullform; Jensen’s disappears from Seattle waterfront; new abrasives from Festool; vacuum-bagging at IBEX; getting the pink out of upholstery; High Strain Dynamics; and SAY sets electric boat record.

72  Parting Shot
by George Robson
An engineer for high-speed boat experts Norson Design Works turns to automotive and aerospace designers to develop custom CFD software for marine applications.


66  Innovative Product Showcase

67  Connections

69  Classified Advertising

71  Index to Advertisers