RYA Diesel Engine Basics, or "Why won't it start?"
We'd just finished an overnight race around Port Phillip and had dropped sail to pull into Brighton and drop off a crew member. We were motoring into harbour as the crew secured the sails 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, 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?
This course is provided by Sail Escapade, an ORCV training partner.
Too often we take the engine for granted. Of course it starts everytime, and you get it serviced regularly by a marine diesel mechanic so it should be fine, right? You don't need to be an expert but it can be useful if you know how to do some basic procedures and fault finding.
What would you're response be to the following - “Yep” or “WTF?”
“Sounds like your pump impeller might be shot, whip it out and have a look” says your mechanic over the phone.
“Have you tried bleeding the fuel system?”
“Check the strainer, it might be blocked.”
“Have you been draining the water from the separator?”
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
Notepad, pencil and eraser.
Working clothes including closed toe shoes please.
This is a hands on course. Most of the learning will be done 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.
Basic repairs and servicing
Progressive assessment will occur during the course via the practical nature of the course. The workbook contains a number of questions to help assess the level of knowledge you have acquire.
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive the RYA Diesel Engine certificate. The certificate is recognised both internationally and also as a part of the commercial certification of RYA sailing qualifications..
All participants will be provided with -
RYA Diesel Engine course pack.
A number of handouts relevant to certain topics.
References to supporting information online.
Dates, Locations, Times, Duration
Course duration is approximately 7 hours.
Tuesday, Mar 1st 2016
9:00am – 4:30pm
ORCV members $210
Non-ORCV members $240
Cost includes course pack and lunch.
Online enrolment is available here, payment is required when enrolling.