Learn how to Diesel Engines run, how to diagnose issues, and fix them!
Our Diesel Maintenance courses will teach you the skills you need to fix your engine in times of trouble. We have 2 working marine diesel engines that students will tear apart and learn how to fix by the end of our 3 courses.
Want to learn the basics of diesel engines? Our Basics Class is perfect for you!
Save extra by registering for both the Basic Keelboat and the Basic Coastal Cruising at the same time. Register for both the Basic Keelboat Sailing and the Basic Coastal Cruising course and qualify for a discount. Upon completion of the course, both the ASA (American Sailing Association) Basic Keelboat and Basic Coastal Cruising certifications are available. The price includes a Basic Keelboat Course, a Basic Coastal Cruising Course and a West Marine life jacket - a $99.99 value for each student.
After you have complete our basic engine class you can complete our advanced troubleshooting
and diagnostics classes.
Day 1 of 3 days - Introduction to Marine Diesels: Covers the basics of how all internal combustion engines work and the specific differences between gas and diesel engines. We will also cover all of the different systems that are typically installed on a modern cruising sailboat reviewing the pros and cons of different models. This day also covers the basics of using a multimeter to diagnose battery and electrical issues. We will finish the day by going through the procedures for winterizing a marine engine and how to configure the engine to operate as an emergency bilge pump.
More detailed information is available at Day 1 Basic Maintenance.
Day 2 of 3 days - Troubleshooting a Marine Diesel: Designed for graduates of the 1 day course who wish a greater understanding on the intricacies of a diesel engine and gain more experience in troubleshooting problems. When the students arrive, neither of the 2 diesel engines will be running - each one of them will have numerous issues. It is the students job to go through the engines, diagnosing the problems and fixing the issues. It typically takes about 3 hours to get each engine working properly and the problems are divided evenly between electrical and mechanical issues and we try to have issues that are "common" issues.
More detailed information is available at Day 2 Troubleshooting
Day 3 of 3 days - Advanced Diagnostics: This is the day we take the engines apart, using compression testers, leak down testers, pop testers to diagnose the general health of a marine diesel engine. We will take the cooling system heat exchanger apart, disassemble the fuel injectors, modify the shim packets in the injectors and generally and discuss how to test the timing of the engine.
More detailed information is available at Day 3 Advanced Diagnostics
All 3 days: If you take wish to take all three days - a discount is available, more information is available at All Days Diesel Maintenance