DATUM was founded by Andrew Lynskey and Stephen Hughes in January of 2013.

Andrew is a former British Royal Navy Marine Engineer who is also a highly qualified vibration analyst. Stephen is a former shipyard machine shop foreman and Rolls Royce/Kamewa field service engineer.

Andrew and Stephen bring to the table over 45 years of combined marine engineering experience, 20 of which were gained here in South Florida. Both individuals are well known and respected in their field in the South Eastern US.

"There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."

Kenneth Grahame

Over 45 years of combined marine engineering experience

Andrew Lynskey - Owner

Andrew brings over 20 years of rotating machinery experience to DATUM as a Manager and a multi faceted Field Service Engineer. He is a certified ASNT level 3 - ISO category IIIA vibration analyst, he has certifications in Field Dynamic Balancing of rotating machinery and Cathodic Protection.

Andrew also holds a MCA Y3 Chief Engineer STCW 95 A-III-2 license, NVQ Level 3 in Electrical & Mechanical Maintenance and a NVQ Level 3 in Leadership & Management. Andrew's specialties include the computerized precision laser alignment of large drive trains; propulsion and pumping machinery; the precision optical alignment of marine shafting arrangements, in addition to vibration analysis and diagnostics. Prior to starting DATUM, Andrew was a Service Manager at a well-known South Florida marine engineering company.

He also served as a Chief Engineer on several super-yachts and proudly served in the British Royal Navy as a marine engineer for 13 years.


Stephen Hughes - Owner

Stephen brings over 20 years of rotating machinery experience to DATUM as a Manager and a Field Service Engineer. He is a Level I Vibration Analyst ASNT-TC-1A certified, trained on ABS shaft alignment modeling software and his specialties include laser & optical alignment, Naiad Stabilizer Service & Maintenance, water-jet propulsion and vessel piping & plumbing systems.

Stephen’s extensive background in the marine industry has given him a thorough knowledge of the removal and reinstallation of major onboard ship equipment such as main engines, reduction gears and shafting systems.

He has over 15 years of experience in the removal, installation and repair of WARTSILA seals and KAMEWA water-jets. Additionally, he is a trained machinist and fitter. Prior to starting DATUM, Stephen has been a Service Manager and a Foreman at some of South Florida’s most well-known marine engineering companies and shipyards.