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RYA Marine Diesel

We'd just finished an overnight race around Port Phillip and were pulling into Brighton to drop off a crew member. We were motoring into harbour when the engine alarm went off. “Not good” I thought, we'll have to check it out. “Hoist the main and shut down the engine” I said, preparing to hand over the helm to an appropriate crew member.
Wait a minute! Michael did the diesel engine course a few weeks ago, “Michael, go below please and check the strainer and the sea water intake.” “OK” responds Michael and disappears below. A few minutes later, as we safely sail around outside the harbour, Michael returns and reports “Nothing obvious in the strainer and I tested the intake – there's plenty of water flowing in when I open the sea cock. I reassembled everything, shall I give it another go?”

When things go even a little wrong with your engine at sea you need to have some idea how to help yourself. There is no RACV and you can't just pull over and stop. Even if you know what to do, who's going to keep the boat off the rocks while you have a tinker? - Perhaps you should encourage a crew member, spouse or offspring to enrol as well?


Learn how to recognise the basic components of your diesel engine and how to check for the main causes of minor engine trouble. By the end of this course you should be able to locate the important components of the various systems on the engine and to carry out basic fault finding and rectification.


No prior knowledge is expected or assumed and participants will be placed into groups of similar standards. However, this is a hands on course – if you are not comfortable using a screwdriver, spanner …. and sometimes a hammer :) please ask your instructor for advice … and gloves.

What to Bring and Wear.

  • Pencil and eraser

  • Working clothes, including closed toe shoes please.

Course Materials.

All participants wil be provided with -

  • RYA diesel engine course pack.

  • A number of handouts relevant to certain topics

  • Some references to supporting information online.

Course Outline.

This is a hands on course in a practical environment using marine diesel engines mounted on engine stands. You will disassemble the engines to examine the workings.
Candidates will become to familiar with -

  • The basic operation of a four cycle and two cycle engine.

  • The various systems which make up an engine. 
  1. Fuel system
  2. Air system
  3. Cooling system
  4. Lubrication system
  5. Exhaust system
  6. Electrical system
  • Useful Tools and spare parts.

  • Faultfinding 

  • Daily maintenance 

  • Basic repairs and servicing


Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive the RYA Diesel Engine certificate.  The certificate is recognsed both internationally and also as a part of the commercial certification of RYA sailing qualifications.

Course Duration and Times -

The Course is held over two evenings or a single day.  For evening sessions this would normally be the same night over two consective weeks.
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Sail Escapade's Wyndham Harbour training centre or HBYC
St Kilda Boat Sales
Quay Blvd
Werribee South  3030

(Per session description, some courses are held at Hobsons Bay Yacht Club).

Contact Details:

Robert Bradley


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