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Old 16-11-2013, 21:10   #1
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Diesel Maintenance Classes

I live on the central coast of Connecticut and am looking to learn more about maintenance and repair of marine diesels found in sailboats (eg universals, westerbekes, etc). Does anyone know of classes being offered in this part of the country? thanks
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Re: Diesel Maintenance Classes

There are classes by Mack Boring in Nj though they look like they are mostly focused on Yanmar's Mack Boring & Parts Company - Reliable Power. Everywhere.

A bit further away is the Annapolis School of Seamanship Marine Diesel Engine Classes at Annapolis School of Seamanship Ive taken the diesel class through them a few years back and learned a lot.
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There is a diesel engine course offered by Norwalk Sail and Power Squadron starting 2/8/14, running for 6 Weeks on Saturdays. They have excellent courses and knowledgable instructors.
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Old 17-11-2013, 06:58   #5
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Re: Diesel Maintenance Classes

Hansen Marine does a course on Westerbekes
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Check out your local community college
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A bit further away is the Annapolis School of Seamanship Marine Diesel Engine Classes at Annapolis School of Seamanship Ive taken the diesel class through them a few years back and learned a lot.

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Re: Diesel Maintenance Classes

Appreciate all of the information from the numerous responses. i will check out each to find which makes most sense for me...current catalina 27 has a 2-cylinder universal diesel, but would assume most of the systems between westerbeke and universal are similar. And looking to move to a larger boat in 2014, so a Westerbeke may be in my future. Many thnks, Dave
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The wooden boat school in maine offers one. I had a great time there learned alot. I really liked that it was a week long. Lots of hands on we worked on 4-5 differant engines.
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Old 17-11-2013, 18:34   #10
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Re: Diesel Maintenance Classes

+1 on Maine Boatbuilding School. I missed the class last year, hope they offer it again next spring. Here's the 2013 schedule, don't know when they post 2014's:

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The Great Lakes Cruising Club will offer a diesel maintenance webinar in 2014. Not scheduled yet.
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The wooden boat school post the classes in December and start signing up in January. The classes are small and most fill up fast, so call early. I have been several times. A great vacation. They have moorings so you can bring your boat if you want. Great people great food I wish I could go every year.
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Re: Diesel Maintenance Classes

I took the Mack Boring 3-day class couple of years ago. It was taught exclusively on Yanmar's, and we have a Perkins 4108. However, I still found the class extremely useful. Small boat diesel engines are sufficiently similar so that the lessons learned on one are fairly easily translatable to another. Our instructor was more than willing to help me sort out the specifics of our engine.
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Old 17-11-2013, 20:06   #14
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Re: Diesel Maintenance Classes

Appreciate the additional information regarding diesel engine classes. I am beginning w/ a 6 wk diesel class through the norwalk sail&power squadron beginning early next yr. I checked Ct community colleges, but unfortunately they do not offer diesel classes. Boring offers classes in Union, NJ so might follow up the Norwalk program with one of those..thanks again, dave
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Dave,
I'll see you in the Norwalk class in January.
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