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    Default I need to learn about maintenance..

    OK.....time to confess: I'm completely ignorant about 'things wot make boats work'.

    I know my boat has an engine; I know where to put fuel and oil and how to flush the head after use and how to fill the fridge with beer.

    However I know bugger all about engines apart from the fact that I need one and it needs maintaining.....which is why I pay people who know how to do it properly, to do so.

    Can anyone suggest a decent place to start in terms of learning the basics?

    Is there a Haynes Manual for boats?

    Should I do local evening class on diesel engine maintenance?

    Answers on a postcard please.
    oops.....is the water supposed to be coming in there?

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    electronic post card coming up.


    Seek and ye shall find:-

    http://uk.search.yahoo.com/search;_y...p-qrw-corr-top


    There is also a very well recommended electrics chap used by many forum members. Tony ? ???????
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    Is there a Haynes Manual for boats?


    Believe it or not ....Yes there is .........and its quite good as well.


    http://www.haynes.co.uk/webapp/wcs/s...atalogId=10001

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    Bisham Abbey do a one day diesel maintenance course which I found quite useful.
    What make is your engine? Most VileVo's have a user maintenance manual available for a few quid.

    Electrics - ah, nightmare country ! This book may help you get a basic understanding:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Essential-Bo.../dp/1904475175

    Also http://www.ybw.com/forums/showpost.p...4&postcount=20

    Engines are rarely modifed by boat owners. Wish I could say the same for electrics which get b*gg*r*d about with something rotten.
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    Some very good info here:

    http://www.tb-training.co.uk/

    On line free information and he also does courses.

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    didnt check the link but is that to help YOU with electrics paul?

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    Er, no. Just a link to help the OP out.

    There is loads of good stuff on the oily bits there too.....


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    Default Thanks for the tip

    I was unaware of the Haynes manual for boats and have just ordered one. It will give me something to read while I sit on the boat in the rain for the rest of the summer.

    It's a little cheaper from Amazon than through the link posted above.

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    I did an RYA Outboard Maintenance course last summer... they also do a Diesel Engine course I think...
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    egad, if reading a Haynes won't cure you of any interest in marine maintenance nothing will.

    http://www.mez.co.uk/haynes.html


    Personally i am a fan of Don Casey's writings on boat maintenance. I think "This Old Boat" should be in every sailor's library.

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