RYA diesel engine course

Why do the course

Most modern sailing yachts have auxiliary Diesel engines which skippers rely on heavily for close-quarters manoeuvring. For the motor cruiser, the marine Diesel engine is the prime source of power.

The most common reason for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s boats being called to assist yachts is engine failure, usually due to some cause that the skipper could easily have foreseen, such as running out of fuel.

The course introduces the basic theory of Diesel engine installation and maintenance.

The Club has its own demonstrator marine Diesel engine mounted on a carriage.

No prior knowledge of internal combustion engines, or mechanical engineering in general, is assumed.

Content

The one-day course covers: fundamental understanding of the cycle of four-stroke internal combustion engines; the provision of air, fuel and cooling water; exhaust systems; ensuring that fuel, air, lubricating oil, cooling water and exhaust components are kept freely flowing; cleanliness, basic fault diagnosis; simple maintenance and elementary repairs at sea.

The RYA’s standard handbook is included in the price and lunch is available.

The Club’s demonstrator engine is clean and ordinary clothing may be worn when attending the course.