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Old 24-08-2016, 06:45   #1
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Diesel engine maintenance class in Fort Lauderdale area?

Hello,

My new (to me) boat, a Morgan 462, has more and more complex systems than I've generally had to deal with before with, amongst other things, a Westerbeke 82B engine and a Northern Lights 8kw generator. While I'm comfortable doing basic things like oil changes, I feel a bit out of my depth when it comes to keeping both engine and generator operating in tip-top form.

This got me thinking that taking a general diesel maintenance and troubleshooting class would be of great benefit, and would give me the knowledge and confidence to tackle most jobs on the engine, and, perhaps more importantly, know when to call in reinforcements ;-). Does anyone know of any training like that in the Fort Lauderdale area? I know there are some more professionally-oriented courses available, but I don't think that these would be particularly helpful for a cruising sailor.

Alternatively, if anyone knows a good independent diesel mechanic (in the same area) who does not mind teaching me the basics, and then being my go-to-guy for more complex issues, that could be a good option too.

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Old 24-08-2016, 07:15   #2
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Re: Diesel engine maintenance class in Fort Lauderdale area?

Can't help you in Fort Lauderdale, but there is usually a two day course for cruisers at the boat show">Annapolis Boat Show twice a year. Alternatively there is possibly a tech school in your area that gives night courses?
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Can't help you in Fort Lauderdale, but there is usually a two day course for cruisers at the Annapolis Boat Show twice a year. Alternatively there is possibly a tech school in your area that gives night courses?
Just looked up the info for the Annapolis Boat Show in October, and they do indeed have a 2-day class, but it's full already :-(.

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Re: Diesel engine maintenance class in Fort Lauderdale area?

Call the Diesel Doctor, she is good and can teach about your systems and help you maintain the engine and generator.
She is in the yellow pages:
Diesel Doctor/Sherry Ouellette
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Call the Diesel Doctor, she is good and can teach about your systems and help you maintain the engine and generator.
She is in the yellow pages:
Diesel Doctor/Sherry Ouellette
Just looked up her website, looks perfect for my needs. She can come teach my wife and me how to maintain and troubleshoot our engine on our boat! I'll call her today.

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Just looked up her website, looks perfect for my needs. She can come teach my wife and me how to maintain and troubleshoot our engine on our boat! I'll call her today.

Thanks, CSY Man!
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She don't remember me, it has been a long time, but she was good.
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