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RYA Diesel Engine Course

A one-day beginners’ course to help you prevent and solve diesel engine failure.

Mechanical failure is the main cause of rescue call-outs to cruisers. Basic maintenance and engine care will help ensure that you are not part of this statistic.

Most engine problems can be avoided by taking simple precautions, and you don’t need a detailed mechanical knowledge.

This course teaches you how your engine works, how to keep it healthy by using basic checks and maintenance procedures, and how to get it started again in the event of a breakdown.

Whether you sail a yacht with an auxiliary diesel engine or are a motor cruising enthusiast, this course could not just save you money, but one day could save your life.

Course topics include:

  • the principles of diesel engine operation

  • the systems and parts of the engine

  • fault finding

  • rectification of common problems

  • bleeding the fuel system

  • changing the impeller

  • routine maintenance

  • winter lay up procedures


Pre-course experience: None


Assumed knowledge: None

Ability after course: Aware of the main systems of a marine diesel engine. Able to prevent breakdown at sea and rectify defects not requiring workshop support 

Minimum duration: 1 day

Minimum age: 16

Course price: €180 per person

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