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Intro book about sailboat diesels

This has probably been cover before, but is there a good introductory reference book about diesel engines. I am planning to purchase a boat in the future (hopefully near) and wanted to start reading up on what care and maintence of a diesel engine will involve.
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Marine diesel Engines: Maintanence Trobleshooting and Repair (Nigel Calder)
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Nigel Calder's book seems quite comprehensive, while Troubleshooting Marine Diesels by Peter Compton seems simpler to understand, and I usually go to it first.
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I started at google, but that can be " too much of a good thing". For some topic like sailing and rum selection I find personal input to be more helpful than the "all knowing" google algorithm. So thanks for the helpful posts here.
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I have both, and also find Compton's book more user friendly.
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There are only a few vitals you really must keep up with :

Engine oil changes.
Gearbox oil changes.
Fuel cleanliness.
Make sure your coolant does not freeze.
Watch your motor temperature constantly.
Fit a smoke alarm to your engine room.

Personally, I favour the circumstances where the engine compartment is as open as possible, so I can see a problem early rather than later. As we motor along, I have my ear-defenders on with my head in there lots of times, constantly checking.

Once the motor has settled down, it really does not need much maintenaince, but it does need the vitals.
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Not a book, but I've just discovered a handy app. Might be useful...
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