Diesel Engine Maintenance is a beginner’s RYA course to help you maintain your boat’s
engine and solve many of the common problems that might have stopped you getting
home unaided. Mechanical failure is the main cause of rescue call outs to cruisers.
Basic maintenance and engine care will help ensure that you are not part of this
This RYA course teaches you how your engine works, how to keep it healthy by using
basic checks and maintenance procedures and how to get it started again in the event
of a breakdown. Most engine problems can be avoided by taking simple precautions
and you don’t need a detailed mechanical knowledge.
RYA Course topics include:
The principals of diesel engine operation
The systems and parts of the engine
Rectification of common problems
Bleeding the fuel system
Changing the cooling impeller
Winter lay-up procedures
Whether you sail a yacht with an auxiliary diesel engine or are a motor cruising
enthusiast, this course could not just save you money but one day could save your
The price of the course is 150€ per person or 250€ per couple. Further group discounts
RYA Diesel Engine Course 250€ for 2 people on own boat
This day long course is a special version of the RYA Diesel Engine course run on
your own boat at any marina on the Catalonian coast and tailored to you own engine
and systems rather than just being a general overview.
The option exists then to take this further with you performing a full engine service
and maintenance exercise on your boat in the presence and under the instruction of
a qualified RYA diesel engine instructor.
The price of the course for up to 2 people on your boat is 250€. Discounts are available
for additional boats within the same marina. We are prepared to attend marinas along
the Spanish Catalonia coast and distances further afield can be considered with a
contribution to expenses.
A second day to try out the procedures for yourself and perform a full service on
your engine under the supervision of a fully qualified RYA Engine Instructor is 200€
which is probably less than you would pay for an engine service performed by a mechanic
and without you learning how to do it yourself!