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I was a diesal mechanic in the Army. Mostly troubleshooting, maintenance and parts replacement. I don't own a boat yet, but sail on club boats with diesal.

I want to become more familiar with diesal marine engines. I am in Beverly MA. Does anyone know of any kind of continuing ed course or weekend type training available in this area. Or should I learn the way I learned auto engines: Find an old engine and pull it apart and put it back together.
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The main difference between a marine diesel and a terrestrial diesel is the cooling system. There's no raw water side on the terrestrial engines. Volunteering to help with diesel engine repairs, possibly on the club boats that you sail on, would be a good way to get some experience.

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A good book to have is Nigel Caulder's "Boatowners Mechanical & Electrical Manual" if you don't own it already. Lots of specific info on marine diesel engines that you would readily understand.

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I just signed up for a one day basic diesel class at Mass Maritime tomorrow. I let you know how it goes.
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Great class. It consisted of about one hour of classroom explanation using handouts, cut out demonstration models and diagrams. Then maybe another hour looking at various diesels, some pretty big. Some of the engines were taken apart to show its mechanisms others had sections cut out to show their inner workings.

Then we spent the rest of the day tearing apart and rebuilding the top end of a Westerbeke 4-107, taking out the piston and sleave.

The insturctor was Bill Dunn. He was very knowledgable,patient and answered all our questions. They have a class for outboards next week that I think I will attend. In the future I would like to take the welding class too.

All classes are limited to eight students. Here is the link to the Mass Maritime Continuing Ed site: Massachusetts Maritime Academy
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