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Would like to find some type of general Diesel classes in the ft lauderdale area.
Would like to get some instruction on doing maint on my boats Universal.
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Hi Steve,

2 years ago I was trying to do the same thing you are, in Tampa; find a basis diesel course to help me and my wife learn to maintain our engine, troubleshoot and do minor repairs. It was difficult. I called trade schools, marine stores,etc and most do not offer marine diesel courses and the ones that do are very expensive, generally geared to teach certified mechanics. I even called the engine company to no avail.

I was finally successful by calling local marine diesel companies that "repower" boats. Many of these companies have learned that there is a real marketing advantage in offering these courses.

Even though I could not find a course for my engine (Perkins), Mastery Engine company in ST. Pete has a one day course for the Yanmar. I attended the one day course for $150.00. It was excellent. I learned a lot and the teacher was a nationally recognized marine expert. It really didn''t matter that my engine was a different make. Diesels are diesels.

So I would recommend you start by calling this type of company.

Good luck.

Tony
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Tony, I happened to read your posting, and thanks. I am also in Tampa and was starting to think about a diesel course. I also have the Perkins (4-108). I might call Mastery and do the same thing.....
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Glad my information was timely. Ask to speak to Suzie in the parts department. She sets up the classes. By the way, Chuck Hosick, is the teacher. He is a world famous sailor and you can read his tech articles in the reference section of the Boat/US webpage.

Darn, wish I was getting paid for all this free advertising. Tell Suzie I said hi.

Tony
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