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Re: Basic Diesel Course

D,

I can't make any recommendations on a formal course, but here are a couple of options you might want to explore.

Find a fellow boater who would be willing to spend a couple of hours showing you the ropes. You might need to spring for beer, but that's a fair trade. Of course, the best would be to find someone who has the same engine that you do, but generally diesels are all very similar (and relatively simple.)

Another alternative would be to hire a good, reputable diesel mechanic to come to your boat and do the same thing. Of course, that'll cost you more than a couple of beers and some Fritos.

For basic maintenance stuff, all you are talking about is actually doing the things that the owner's manual tells you to do:
- Check fluid levels.
- Change fluids.
- Bleeding the fuel system.
- Adjusting belt tension.
- Winterizing (which even in FL is good to know if you ever need to work on your cooling system.)
- Battery maintenance.

All of the above could be covered in an afternoon.
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