Cruisers College April Seminars

Cruisers College April Seminars 2017

Hands-on Diesel Engine Training

with Mike Beemer

Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $150

Register here.

Having your Diesel engine fail while underway can ruin your day. Worse, it could put you and your crew in a dangerous position. In general, marine diesel engines are incredibly reliable. They seem just to need, air, fuel, and water for cooling. You could add electrical power for starting, and you have covered the range of needs for a diesel engine. Most engine problems are due to fuel issues or keeping the engine cool.

Using the Marine Tech Centers diesel engine lab, we will work with live diesel engines running where you can walk around the engine and see the different systems. You can look at the injectors and even learn to bleed the engine before starting.

Here is an example of the areas covered:

Annual and Regular Maintenance:

  • Changing the oil and oil filters
  • Changing Fuel filters
  • Overheating can kill a diesel engine. Make sure your cooling system is maintained including flushing the heat exchanger every 3-4
  • There is no warning for salt water incursion in your transmission cooling system. Inspect it annually and replace it every 3-4 years.
  • Impellers should be inspected annually and replaced every 1-2 years depending on use.
  • Replacing hoses and belts every five years.


  • Learn how to troubleshoot electrical systems on your engine for starting or charging.
  • Learn how to install a vacuum gauge in your fuel system after the primary fuel filter to tell you if the system has a blockage or if the primary filter is dirty from bad fuel or a problem in the tank.

This is one of our most popular courses, and it frequently fills up in two days. After this one-day course, you will have a good understanding of how your diesel engine works and the basic areas for good maintenance and troubleshooting.

Register here.

All seminars are held at the NW Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology in Anacortes.

Address: 1606 R Ave. Anacortes, WA 98221

Take the R Avenue exit off of Highway 20. Proceed North for about 1 mile. The MTC will be on your right noted by the stainless steel sculpture of two joggers (across from The Market grocery store). Make the next right on Seafarers Way, then the next right into the parking lot for the MTC. There are restaurants and motels nearby.


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