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Old 18-07-2010, 14:34   #1
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Class on Diesel Marine Repair and Trouble Shooting

Anyone come across a class or seminar on trouble shooting, maintenance, and repair that a cruiser could take to be a little better prepared to deal with the problems that occur.

I have been around Cats (tractor) and know how to do some things, but would not mind investing some time now to get up to speed. I have read the various books, but nothing like a little hands on.

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Old 18-07-2010, 14:54   #2
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Mack Boring puts on seminars I believe. At least they did at one time. Trawler fest usually runs a diesel maintenance seminar although it is geared towards the trawler crowd.

http://www.mackboring.com/training/B..._Training.aspx
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Old 18-07-2010, 15:30   #3
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That is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for posting.

Does anyone have any personal expereince with Mack Boring before I sign up?

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Old 20-07-2010, 12:24   #4
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took the mack boring yanmar 3 day owners maintenance class on my yanmar 2GM20F. (not offered for any other engine as they a re the east coast yanmar distributor..) best $600 i ever spent. 1st day is routine change your oil/impeller/antifreeze stuff. 2nd and 3rd days are troubleshooting and adjusting timing and valve stuff etc. hands on, working on your own model engine, with a trained tech wizard standing by to supervise,,,after that 3 day class --taken 2001-- i have NEVER had to call a mechanic for anything on my boats AND have correctly diagnosed a fair number of diesel related problems for friends and neighbors. i do all the routine maintenance antifreeze/impeller stuff plus mixing elbow swaps, valve adjustments, alt belt replacements, cooling pump replacements, engine mt replacements, and the like. probably saved $5K in mechanics fees over the last 10 years..
with mechanics getting $110 an hour plus travel time , the cost of the course $600 is about 1/2 what other people pay each year to have a mechanic do routine maintenance and winterize the boat... do yourself a favor , buy and read the service manual and parts manual for your specific engine from your local yanmar dealer BEFORE coming to the course...

next course is at mack boring headquarters, union NJ the week of nov 1 thru 5. 2010. MTW is a 3 day basic followed by a 2 day advanced. there may also be a more convenient course for you idahoeans running out of chicago, call mack boring 908-964-0700.

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Old 20-07-2010, 18:31   #5
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Thanks for your post. I called them. Their Great Lakes site has not been set yet. So I am going to do it, or something like it on the West coast.

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well heck if you are coming east to union NJ for any of the the nov 1 to 5 courses, let me know . i will have a car as i'm driving from PA . i dont think mack boring works west of chigago as they are the 'east coast distributor. a course out west would likely be run by the 'west coast distributor...' and MER marine seatlle might know where.

you a re lucky to be living near Sun Valley great skiing there.
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