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rperret 02-12-2009 08:05 AM

Mack-Boring Diesel Seminar...
Anyone recently attend one of these one-day seminars (Larry Berlin is presenting)?

In looking at agenda - it sounds on the surface interesting - but currently I already do my own basic maintenance (oil and filter, impeller, winterize, and zinc). Does the seminar go into more detail? Or just designed for someone who's never done maintenance. I already own a service manual.



aa3jy 02-12-2009 08:14 AM

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I've attended Mack Boring's 3 day seminar in NJ a few years back..worth the price of admission..get to work on the engine of choice..basically simple mx and simple trouble shooting..also get to stock up at their parts counter without dealer intervention..:>



Pamlicotraveler 02-12-2009 08:28 AM

I attended one in Wilmington, NC. Larry does a great job and it was really nice to have working Yanmar engines on the floor to take apart and put back to gether. They had our specific engine, so we were able to really see everything up close.

I'm still no diesel mechanic, but it was well worth the time and expense.

Rockter 02-12-2009 11:39 AM

Get into diesels. You will get to like them. Treat them well and they will run and run. They really need very little maintainence. The odd oil change for sump and gearbox, the occasional fuel filter change, and keep that fuel clean. A fuel tank inspection hatch does wonders for that.

kdg_dean_austin 02-12-2009 01:52 PM

Shortly after we bought our boat two years ago, I took that class - absolutely worth it for me! I frequently refer to the class materials each Spring and Fall when working on the engine. That said, if you are already somewhat comfortable around diesel engines, the class may be too basic for you. I think the one-day class is mainly targeted at the total newbies like me. The three-day class, however, is hands on and gets into much more detail. For your experience level, that class might make more sense.

HerbDB 02-12-2009 06:30 PM

I took both the one day seminar and the three day shop course a few years ago. The one day is excellent for the new boat owner who wants to understand how the engine works and to be able to diagnose simple problems. Good info on the care and feeding of a diesel engine. If you are new to boating it is really great. For a long time boat owner, not so much.

The three day shop course is excellent for anyone interested in working on their own engine. After attending the course, I felt that I could accomplish any normal repair using the manual as a cookbook. There is nothing like working on your engine model on a test stand in a shop with an instructor to give you confidence.

You change all fluids, belts, filters, dismantle and reassemble pumps, remove and replace injectors, adjust valves, torque the head and dismantle and reassemble the heat exchanger.

I enjoyed it and learned a lot.

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