RYA Diesel Engine Course (EN)

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Both KNRM and RNLI tell us that the most common reason for call-outs is machinery failure. Many of these call outs would be avoided if more yachtsmen (sail and power alike) had a better understanding of how the engine works and how to:

  • carry out regular checks
  • carry out routine maintenance and
  • perform basic, “get you home” maintenance

This course teaches you how your diesel engine works, how to keep it healthy by using basic checks and maintenance procedures, and how you might get it started again in the event of a breakdown. Whether you sail a yacht with an auxiliary diesel engine, are a motor cruising enthusiast or operate a workboat, this course can save you money, and one day could save your life.


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Required experience

None. No previous mechanical ability or knowledge of engines is required. You will be surprised at just how straightforward most of the checks, fault finding and adjustments are.


There is no need to study beforehand.

Course contents

The course is a mixture of theory and practical sessions. Course topics include:
- The principles of diesel engine operation
- The systems and parts of the engine
- Fault finding
- Rectifciation of common problems
- Bleeding the fuel system
- Changing the impeller
- Routine maintenance
- Winter lay up procedures

Course includes

- Coffee & Tea, Lunch
- RYA Diesel Engine Course Notes
- RYA Diesel Engine Certificate

Course location

The RYA Diesel Engine Course is held in our building in Harlingen.

De Zeezeilers | Zuiderhaven 57 8861 CK Harlingen


Parking in Harlingen is restricted, we advise to park at Parkeerterrein Spoorstraat.