Wooden Boat Festival – All Day Seminars
Understanding Marine Diesel Engines by Nigel Calder
September 7, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Pope Building
Understanding Marine Diesel Engines
Understanding Marine Diesel Engines starts with a brief introduction on how a diesel engine works will be followed by a detailed description of the key systems on a diesel engine – fuel, oil, air, cooling, and the transmission to the propeller – with associated maintenance. The goal is to identify and facilitate the maintenance that can be done by a boat owner and those that are best done by a professional mechanic. The seminar will provide simple troubleshooting procedures, focusing on the most commonly experienced problems. We will define optimized operating modes that will maximize efficiency and engine life, and minimize maintenance. We will round out the day with a do-it-yourself engine health check for older engines.
No previous experience is required. Attendees will come away empowered to carry out all normal maintenance on their engines and to troubleshoot some of the more common problems experienced at sea. Topics will include:
Often overlooked critical installation issues, core maintenance and how to do it:
- Testing starting and charging circuits
- Techniques for starting recalcitrant engines
- Overheating engines and how to find the source of the problem
- Troubleshooting miscellaneous engine problems
>>Looking for more boating seminars? Check out our fall classes at Cruisers College. <<
About Nigel Calder
Nigel Calder got into motorcycles and sailing dinghies as a teenager, and has never been far from mechanical things and boats ever since. In a varied career, before becoming a full-time sailing writer he worked on an automotive assembly line, in a foundry and machine shop, and on offshore oil production platforms. He and his wife, Terrie, built a couple of 70-foot canal boats (on which they lived aboard in Oxford), and a 39-foot Ingrid cutter. They then sailed a Pacific Seacraft 40 for 5 years, following which they had a Malo 45 built in Sweden. This was replaced by the same boat but with custom experimental electrical and propulsion systems. It was used by the European Union HYbrid MARine (HYMAR) project, of which Nigel was the Technical Director, for extensive testing of hybrid propulsion systems. Nigel is a member of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Electrical Project Technical Committee. Nigel and Terrie have sailed in the North Sea, Scotland and points further north, the US east coast and Bahamas, and extensively in the Caribbean, with Pippin (now aged 28) and Paul (27) augmenting the crew along the way. Nigel is best known for his book Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual, and his book Marine Diesel Engines, both in their third editions, and both considered the definitive works in their field and a must-have on every cruising vessel. In addition to over 200 magazine articles, he has also authored a ‘Cruising Guide to the Northwest Caribbean’, ‘Cuba: A Cruising Guide’, ‘Nigel Calder’s Cruising Handbook’, and ‘How to Read a Nautical Chart.’