Mechanical failure is the main cause of rescue boat callouts to yachts. The day includes basic maintenance and engine care, which will prevent most cases of engine failure.

The aim of the course is to give you an awareness of the main systems of a marine diesel engine and the ability to take simple measures to prevent mechanical breakdown at sea and rectify defects which do not require workshop support.

  • Previous Experience

    None necessary

  • Course Duration

    One Day

  • Certificate Upon Completion

    RYA Diesel Engine Course certificate

A great place to learn all things about sailing, experienced Captains who are only to happy to answer any and all questions, a great experience,

Michael MacCormack 2021
Michael MacCormack

Well organized with a wonderful team and instructors. Completed my Comp Crew and looking forward to doing the Day skipper next.

N Dashti 2020
N Dashti

We were lucky enough to spend a day with Jamie on Moreton bay and can’t speak highly enough about it. Three of us with varied previous experience of sailing joined with a father and son to share in a day of learning the ropes. The day was tailored to our varied needs and at all times we were able to ask questions and glean experience from Jamie’s wealth of knowledge. We would highly recommend signing up for a course if you’re interested in getting back on the water after a hiatus. Thanks so much guys! It was a priceless day!

Maria Bukala 2021
Maria Bukala

We cannot express how wonderful our experience was with Jamie . He is very professional and patient in teaching us how to handle our new acquisition. Whether you are a seasoned sailor or a novice, it’s well worth spending time with a calm and knowledgeable instructor from Southern Cross. Thanks Jamie

Lee-Anne Savin 2021
Lee-Anne Savin

What you will learn:

  1. Introduction
  2. Principles of the diesel engine
  3. The four-stroke cycle
  4. Naturally aspirated engines
  5. Turbocharging
  6. Intercooling / aftercooling
  7. The fuel system
  8. The basic system
  9. The tank
  10. The water-separating pre-filter
  11. Fuel lift pump
  12. The engine fine filter
  13. Injection pump
  14. Injectors
  15. Bleeding the system
  16. The cooling system
  17. Seawater cooling
  18. Freshwater cooling
  19. Temperature control
  20. The thermostat
  21. The seawater impeller pump
  22. The air systems The airway in The airway out
  23. Engine electrical systems
  24. The basic system
  25. Battery capacity and care
  26. Drive belts
  27. The alternator
  28. Spares and tool requirements
  29. Basic spares and tools
  30. Importance of winterisation and servicing
  31. Engine lubrication
  32. Transmission lubrication
  33. Winterisation and servicing
  34. Service schedule
  35. Fault finding