Diesel seminars for voyagers

Diesel engines are an omnipresent part of voyaging, both for sailors and for power voyagers. Who — other than Nigel Calder — doesn’t feel that they should know more about their diesel engine? Mack Boring is now offering diesel seminars to help bring you up to speed.

From the press release: Committed to educating its customers, Mack Boring & Parts Company again offers its informative one-day Basic and two-day Hands-On Marine Diesel Maintenance engine seminars.  Running now through June 2008, the seminars instill boaters with confidence by teaching necessary maintenance and repair skills.

Proper and periodic maintenance is the first step to preventing engine troubles.  The popular one-day Basic Diesel Engine Seminar covers fundamental components and operation.  Participants will learn how to maintain the lubrication, fuel, cooling and electrical systems.  Winterizing and owner questions will also be addressed.

Held in a classroom setting, the one-day seminar uses textbook examples to concentrate on theoretical materials.  The subject matter applies to numerous engine makes and models, including Yanmar, Westerbeke, Volvo, Perkins, Nanni, Kubota and Detroit Diesel.  This seminar is a pre-requisite for those wishing to take Mack Boring’s two-day hands-on seminar.

Tackling essential maintenance and emergency repairs on the operation systems, the two-day Hands-On Diesel Engine Seminar allows boat owners to familiarize themselves in a working environment.  The thorough class is over 60% hands-on and participants will work exclusively on Yanmar engines.  Work clothes are recommended.

The sailboat hands-on seminar focuses on engine models QM, GM, HM, YM, JH and LH while the powerboat course covers the LH, LY, LP and CX series.  Owners with engines other than Yanmar should check with the registrar to see if the class is right for them.  Early registration is encouraged as classes are limited to 10 people and fill up quickly.

The fee for Mack Boring’s one-day seminar is just $205, while the two-day costs $520.  The Basic and Hands-On can be taken consecutively for a three-day comprehensive training package.  Convenient weekend sessions are also available at slightly higher prices.  All classes run from 8am to 5pm and include training literature as well as a continental breakfast and lunch.

They take place at Mack Boring’s training facilities in Union, New Jersey; Middleborough, Massachusetts; Wilmington, North Carolina and Wauconda, Illinois.  Mack Boring recommends that attendees bring their engine owner’s manual.  For more information or to register, call 1-908-964-0700 ext. 213 or visit www.mackboring.com/training.

Contact Mack Boring & Parts Co., 2365 Route 22, Union, NJ  07083.  800-622-5364.  www.mackboring.com.

By Ocean Navigator