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Old 17-07-2014, 07:15   #1
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I'm looking for textbooks regarding inboard/outboard engine systems and general knowledge textbooks for propulsion and marine engine systems, diagnoses, and repair. Something like a "Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics" for boat engines, both inboard and outboard. Technical Institute textbooks would be great.

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An excellent book that covers from very basic, introductory level mechanics up to a intermediate level is Nigel Calder's book Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual.

Covers just about everything you might install and use on a boat.
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Thanks! This looks great. Any suggestions for gasoline engines?
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Thanks! This looks great. Any suggestions for gasoline engines?
Sorry, in general no. All I can think of is to buy the shop manual for your specific engine. Since there's very little difference between auto gas engines and marine gas engines then for general learning any gas engine book would be appropriate. The main differences with a car engine I can think of are the cooling and exhaust systems and spark protection on alternators and other electrical components. Marine exhaust and cooling are the same gas or diesel so covered pretty well in Calder's book.
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Re: Textbooks/Self-Study Recommendations

This one shows promise for gasoline outboards. I downloaded the sample and it seems like a useful primer for the beginner.

http://www.amazon.com/Outboard-Engin...ngine+mechanic

I agree with Skip - Calder is a decent book for diesel boat engines.

I also agree that either of these books is a supplement to the "specific" repair manuals for you inboard diesel and outboard.
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This one shows promise for gasoline outboards. I downloaded the sample and it seems like a useful primer for the beginner.

Amazon.com: Outboard Engines: Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Repair, Second Edition: Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Repair eBook: Edwin Sherman: Books

I agree with Skip - Calder is a decent book for diesel boat engines.

I also agree that either of these books is a supplement to the "specific" repair manuals for you inboard diesel and outboard.
The outboard book looks very interesting. 14 reviews average 4.5 stars. Outboard repair is definitely one of my weakest areas in boat repair stuff.
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