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post #4 of Old 03-28-2013
Stu Jackson
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Re: Basic Diesel Course

Basic diesel courses are good for people who learn better from seeing than by reading. The issue most common is that one ends up learning on an engine that is different than the one on your own boat. I find that counterproductive. For example, Yanmars do NOT have glow plugs, but my Universal does, so it wouldn't have helped me a lot to learn on a Yanmar.

Diesels are pretty simple. Have you considered starting with a book?

And please understand that this is written by a guy who put off buying a bigger boat with a diesel engine for many years - it was easier for me to lug the outboard into a shop for service!

But a few days after we bought our boat, I read, and read, and read and repaired an overheating problem the PO had had for five years!

You CAN do it.

Stu Jackson, Catalina 34, 1986, M25 engine, Rocna 10 (22#), Maple Bay, BC, Canada
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