LED Strip Lighting

Everyone wants to add that additional wow factor to their boat.  One of the easiest most cost effective way to do this is through LED lighting.  I have been getting a lot of requests for accent lighting under gunnels and in other nooks and crannies.  For projects like this I use LED strip lighting.  There are a couple of different types that I have found work really well.  The first one is Sea Master (http://www.seamasterlights.com/).  These lights range from 5 inches to 40 inches.  They are a little pricy but definitely perform well.  The next type are the “cut to length” strips from Super Bright LED’s (https://www.superbrightleds.com/).  These lights are cheaper but still get the job done with plenty of lumens.  The last place is Coastal Night Lights (http://coastalnightlights.com/)  These are the cheapest of the three but still are able light up whatever you need.  Ultimately the main difference is longevity.  LED’s will burn for thousands of hours so even if you spend a little more upfront you wont have to do it again for a long time.

Chris Karras

Environmentaly safe parts cleaners

Everyone knows in the boating world, a clean bilge is a happy bilge.  The environmental officials tend to agree with this.  We enjoy trying new products with the different jobs we come across.   One area that we are always looking to improve is cleaning after cooler cores and heat exchangers.  To find a product that is durable, yet respects the different metals that make up a cooler core actually turned out to bee more difficult than we had anticipated..  We have settled on a product called Barnacle Buster.  It seems to speed up the process and time period it takes to clean a core.  This product is environmentally safe and tough enough to eat its way through the hardest grease, grime, and soot deposits we would throw at it.  However, if you choose to use this product DO NOT USE on steel.  It results in a chemical reaction leaving nothing but a disappointed look on your face. I myself recommend testing a small portion of this product on any parts that may be questionable.  We found this product to work in an outstanding way to flush the raw water side of A/C systems.  https://www.trac-online.com/

Lukas Smith

Welcome to our blog!

Diesel Smith LLC is a Cape Cod, MA based business started in October 2014. We are a mobile diesel engine repair and service company that also specializes in electronic lighting and navigational installs. Being based on beautiful Cape Cod, gives us an endless amount of opportunity in such a maritime environment. This blog will allow us to do product reviews, write about our experiences in the industry, as well as tie the maritime community together by sharing similar interests.