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Making Friends with Your Marine Diesel Engine

An introduction to evaluating small marine diesels.

  • Jon Bardo—May 30–June 5, September 19–25

Marine Diesel engine

Tuition: $825

Note: A copy of Peter Compton’s book Troubleshooting Marine Diesels will be provided to each student at the start of the course. This is a five-day course ending Friday evening.

Realizing that the diesel engine powers the world, we are offering this course to provide you an in-depth view of the small marine diesel engine. Despite their apparent complexity, diesels are quite simple machines that can be given an almost indefinite lifespan by painless preventive maintenance techniques and proper operation. Jon Bardo has had over 30 years of experience troubleshooting and rebuilding diesel engines from 16 hp to 2,400 hp, and has tailored a course that will meet the immediate needs of each student and his/her own engine.

During the week, students will be presented with a wide array of hands-on demonstrations and lectures designed to cover the care and repair of the small marine engine. Fuel systems, cooling systems, lubricating systems, electrical systems, exhaust and intake systems, and more will all be explored and thoroughly explained in layman’s terms. Mechanical problems are almost always the result of some human weakness or deficiency, and Jon will create a “survival guide” for owners of diesel-powered watercraft to properly maintain their own power plants and extend the lives of the engines.

Marine Diesel engine

You’ll get plenty of grease under your fingernails in this course as your instructor details correct operation of your engine from start-up to shutdown. Students will have a great chance to find out what to look for in troubleshooting common problems, and which repairs you can do yourself and which should be done by a professional mechanic. And if you should need repairs, Jon will teach you how to find and deal with a mechanic, and how to tell if you’re being taken care of or being taken for a ride. If you are one of the many boat owners who are interested in improving your understanding and ability and gaining confidence in dealing with your motor, then come join Jon Bardo for a fascinating look at the marine diesel.

Jon Bardo is patient, sensitive to different learning styles and experience levels, and very knowledgeable. Your course on marine diesel engines was just what I wanted and needed! I now have the confidence to work on my own boat!”
J.H., Taylors Island, Maryland
Jon Bardo created a perfect learning process. Lectures were clear and understandable, there were plenty of hands-on, trial and error exercises, and every question was answered in the simplest detail. A great course!”
P.T., New Castle, New Hampshire