Diesel Engine and boat maintenance
This two day engine and boat maintenance course covers all the essential maintenance tasks that can be completed by the average boater without the use of specialist tools. The result is that you will be able to keep your boat in good order and in the long run save money.
The course covers all of the basic maintenance tasks on the engine, drive train, stern gear, domestic water system and basic electrical systems as well as some simple fault finding. More detailed courses for Electrics and Plumbing are available for those who want to expand on the content of this course. (see below)
Not only do we encourage students to discuss their own boats and any issues they may have with them during the course but also encourage student to contact their instructor after the course for advice on maintenance issues. Please bring along any documentation or pictures of your boat to help with discussions.
As the course has a number of “hands on” workshop sessions we generally suggest you should wear overalls or other suitable clothes that can get dirty. Stout footwear is essential. Protective gloves are provided.
We restrict student numbers to six students obviously ensuring that everybody gets sufficient hands on experience.
The Engine and Boat Maintenance course covers the following topics:
1: Diesel Engine, Theory and Operation
2: The fuel system, operation, service and maintenance
3: The Air System, requirements and maintenance
4: The cooling system, types, operation and service
5: Lubrication system, service and maintenance
6: Other engine adjustments
7: Basic electrical system, operation, service, maintenance, basic fault finding and testing.
8: Basic tools and spares
9: Drivelines and stern gear, service and maintenance
10: Domestic water systems fault finding and maintenance
11: Hull Protection, Paintwork Maintenance and leaks through fittings
We hold the engine and boat maintenance course in our dedicated classroom at Debdale Wharf. It is a mix of classroom and practical sessions.
Included in the Course cost are:
The RYA Diesel Engine booklet and certificate of attendance.
We have two more comprehensive books available. The RCR Narrowboat Engine maintenance and repair @ £17 and the RYA Diesel engine book and DVD @ £18.00. Both are very good books but as it is aimed at Narrowboat owners we would recommend the RCR book.
We provide hot and cold drinks throughout the day and also a light lunch. Please inform us in advance if you have any special dietary requirements.
Another advantage is that if you are attending the course on your boat the instructor will be available after the course to look at any problems you may have and make recommendations on how to fix them.
Our other practical Courses include