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Best book on repairing marine diesel

I am getting ready to work on a Yanmar YSM8 which ran (with some troubles)for the last owner and has sat for some time. I would like to purchase a good book for working on marine diesel engines. I would enjoy learning what people have found to work for them. Below are some of the books that I have looked at on the web. It would be nice to narrow in on what would be best. I would like something that is detailed and offers more than the basics such winterizing an engine or changing oil.

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Seloc, Yanmar Inboards - doesnt' seem to cover the YSM8 but maybe most of the material would apply?

Trouble Shooting Marine Diesels by Peter Compton - seems to be a good at just what the title sais. One reviewer on Amazon recommend this to find the problem and then have another book to fix the problem.

Marine Diesel Engines: Maintenance and Repair Manual by Jean-Luc Pallas

Marine Diesel Engines, be your own diesel mechanic, by Nigel Calder
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I have the Compton book and like it. I have another more detailed, I think Calder. (it is, I just checked) They complement eachother well. I wouldn't give up either. I also have the manufacturer's shop manual, you need yours. With these books I've never needed any other.
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WS is right on the money: Calder is great as a general reference with pictures and comments on techniques, but you should also spend the money on the real shop manual from Yanmar. I also suggest the Yanmar parts manual - the exploded views are very helpful and it will be much easier to order anything you need.
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My new, favorite, maintenance book is Calder's Boatowners' Mechanical and Electrical Manual. This book has very deep coverage of all matters, weighing in at 804 pages plus a very comprehensive index. It's quite a bit cheaper through Amazon than purchasing at West Marine. Make sure you get the 3rd edition.
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I just picked up "How Boat Things Work" an illustrated guide by Charles Wing. The illustrations in this book are priceless it breaks down the complete engine and parts plus other working systems. It show the YANMAR 2GM motor and the YANMAR KM2 transmission.
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My new, favorite, maintenance book is Calder's Boatowners' Mechanical and Electrical Manual. This book has very deep coverage of all matters, weighing in at 804 pages plus a very comprehensive index. It's quite a bit cheaper through Amazon than purchasing at West Marine. Make sure you get the 3rd edition.
I bought Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual. It has Troubleshooting Marine Diesel Engines by Peter Compton as part of the book. I also bought Seloc's Yanmar Inboards as I have a 2GM20F.

Would Calder's book be of any value to me?
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I bought Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual. It has Troubleshooting Marine Diesel Engines by Peter Compton as part of the book. I also bought Seloc's Yanmar Inboards as I have a 2GM20F.

Would Calder's book be of any value to me?
I have Casey's Electrics Simplified, and Sailboat Refinishing, as well as Compton's Troubleshooting Marine Diesels. I now find Calder's book to be SO comprehensive. There are 17 chapters, dozens of troubleshooting charts, dozens of Tables; it's a really big book. Don't fall asleep reading it or you'll break your nose! I think the sub-head to the book captures the difference: "How to Maintain, Repair, and Improve Your Boat's Essential Systems." The Improve part is catered to with lots of planning examples. So it goes quite a bit further than the other repair books. My friend has been traveling the world for 3 years in his Catana 47 and he recommended it to me as his one essential manual. This, and the engine manual, are all you'd probably need.
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