Marine Diesel Basics

the first visual guide to marine diesel systems

simple and clear

see how things work, how to install, maintain & troubleshoot


Marine Diesel Basics checking the impeller

Most "engine" trouble can be avoided by using quality components, installing them correctly and servicing them regularly (and avoiding collisions)  My aim with Marine Diesel Basics is to help all boatowners become familiar and confident with their diesel system - from the fuel deck fill & engine to the shaft & propeller:

  • help boatbuyers assess the health of a vessel's engine (typical boat surveyors will not do this!)
  • help new boatowners "learn the boat" with straightforward instructions and clear explanations of tasks, tools and technical jargon
  • develop confidence around the boat's machinery and components -everything from cost effective fuel filtration to why oil needs to be changed etc.
  • marine mechanics can deepen their knowledge of best practices and international standards
  • these books cover explain the complete basic system - from the fuel fill on the deck to the cotter pin aft of the propeller.

Publications coming in 2017

Join Me for regular updates as infosheets and books become available

Maximize the joys of being out on the water in a motor or sailboat without the worry of problems or expensive breakdowns of the diesel system. Know your diesel system is reliable and robust in all conditions - Marine Diesel Basics publications show you how - components, procedures, tools, techniques and troubleshooting.

These new publications use:

  • engaging infographics
  • clear illustrations
  • easy-to-follow explanations
  • tables in both metric and English
  • comprehensive illustrated glossary
  • full glossary and hyperlinked index (ebooks)
  • responsive on all platforms (ebooks)
Marine Diesel Basics 2 - Lay-up, winter Protection, Tropical Storage & Recommissioning

Lay-Up, Winter Protection, Tropical Storage & Recommissioning

  • preparing all components of the system for prolonged lay-up
  • protecting the engine and system from freezing damage
  • protecting the system in tropical conditions where heat and humidity can wreak serious damage
  • optimizing the entire system to be reliable and robust after a lay-up

Coming in early 2017

Got a question that can't wait? - ask me now