We offer three courses - a 1 day introductory course (witch is a prerequisite for the 2nd and 3rd days) and 2 additional single day courses. None of these courses are designed to turn you into a diesel mechanic, but will cover the basics of how the internal combustion diesel engine operates, all of the systems that are in place on a typical cruising sailboat, troubleshooting procedures that will help you diagnose grumpy engines and suggested spare parts and tools. None of the days are brand specific, the knowledge leaned applies to all marine diesel engines - you will be working on a 3 cylinder Universal engine (often used in Catalina sailboats) and a 2 cylinder Yanmar (often used in Hunter and french sailboats).
Each engine is mounted on a cart and is a fully functioning (running up to 3500 rpm) engine with all of the systems found on modern cruising sailboats.
You can register for any of the days individually, but Day 1 is a prerequisite for either days 2 or 3.
Day 1 of 3 days - Introduction to Marine Diesels: Designed to familiarize the student with all the systems on a marine diesel engine and the pros and cons from different manufacturers.
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.
More detailed information is available at Day 2 Troubleshooting
Day 3 of 3 days - Advanced Diagnostics: Designed for graduates of the 1 day course who wish to get a fuller understanding diagnose the general health of a marine diesel engine. This is the day we take the engines apart.
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