Course details

Diesel Maintenance - 1 Day


This class is designed for both the recreational user of small diesel engines and the professional user of these engines.  Class size is limited to a maximum of 8 students.

Upon Completion:

You will understand the dynamics of how your marine diesel engine works, all of its different systems, how those systems interact and all of the different maintenance procedures to keep the engine in tip top running order.


The 2022 sessions set up at this time are - January 28th, March 11th, June 24th and October 7th FULL. December 9th.

2023 sessions - January 14th FULL, March 3rd, June 16th, September 22nd, December 8th.

If neither of these dates work, please send us an email - and we will try to set up a class that will work for you.


  • The textbook - Marine Diesel Engines:  Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Repair by Nigel Calder.
  • All tools and safety gear.
  • We will supply coffee & water, pastries for breakfast & pizza or sandwiches for lunch.

General Description:

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.



Dates include the classroom session. You can start the online portion instantly after purchase.