Manuals for Vetus Drive Train Equipment

(incl. Couplings, Propeller Shaft Seals)

Dennison Berwick at launch of Marine Diesel Basics 1 in Toronto, Canada

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3 simple steps to make your diesel system reliable and robust

STEP ONE  - Get the manuals for your equipment

Owner, Workshop and Parts Manuals are important documents that should be part of every vessel's library. They contain the detailed information necessary for safe operation, maintenance and correct servicing.  

The manuals on this page are provided for public information and education and can be downloaded for free.  All copyrights belong to copyright holders stated in the documents.

congratulations - by downloading these free manuals you are taking an important step towards making your engine more reliable and robust.


STEP TWO - regular maintenance

Simple, regular maintenance is the easiest, quickest and cheapest way to avoid problems and accelerated engine wear. Most expensive repairs start from a lack of basic maintenance or ignoring small warnings. The work is not difficult - it just needs to be done.

The purpose is so that we can enjoy our boat for all the reasons we bought her. Trust yourself. Do the work regularly and be methodical.


Download free checklists here

if you need clear, easy-to-understand help

300+ drawings

Seeing is Understanding

Marine Diesel Basics 1
Maintain, Winterize and Recommission

•  explains all parts of the marine diesel system - fuel,
lubrication, breathing, electrics, stern gland, propeller etc.
•  140+ tasks, 300+ drawings, 222 pages
•  tasks are fully explained with clear drawings and minimal text
•  all tools & supplies needed are illustrated for each task
•  paperback US$15.99 £10.99 €12.99
•  ebook (kindle, kobo, ibooks, google, epub) US$9.99


STEP THREE - keep a Maintenance Logbook

Keep a detailed and accurate record:

  1. all the work done on your diesel system - what, when  & by who
  2. inventory of serial numbers, component descriptions
  3. early warning of potential problems
  4. time and details of any changes in performance

Use a notebook or use your iPad, tablet or desktop and record the information in an editable PDF directly as you work.

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Maintenance eLogbook

If you've every struggled to keep a logbook, this editable eLogbook may be exactly the help you need.

- "fillable form" PDF
- clickable checklists
- write, edit  details of all tasks completed
- 40+ drawings to help inspections
- all common measurements with live calculators
- just $7.99 196 pages

"the Perfect Logbook" - verified purchaser



Vetus Drive shaft Coupling Installation Instructions

Installation Instructions

Drive Shaft Coupling


56 pages
publ. February 2013


10 MB file

Vetus Combiflex flexible shaft Coupling Brochure

Information Sheet

Combiflex flexible shaft coupling


1 page
publ. June 2015


< 1 MB file

Vetus Combiflex flexible shaft Coupling Installation Instructions

Installation Instructions

Combiflex Flexible Shaft Coupling


24 pages
publ. December 2014


3 MB file

Vetus Bullflex flexible shaft Coupling Installation

Installation Instructions

Bullflex Flexible Shaft Coupling


16 pages
publ. March 2010


4 MB file

Vetus Uniflex 13 shaft Coupling Installation Instructions

Installation Instructions

Uniflex 13
Uniflex 16


16 pages
publ. July 2009

3 MB file

Vetus adaptor Flange Uniflex 13 Drawing


Adaptor Flange 1 for Uniflex 13 flexible coupling


2 pages
publ. October 2010


< 1 MB file

Vetus Adaptor Flange 2A Drawing


Adaptor Flange 2A for Uniflex 13 flexible coupling


1 page
publ. October 2013


< 1 MB file

Vetus adaptor Flange 3 Drawing


Adaptor Flange 3 for Uniflex 16 flexible coupling


1 page
publ. October 2013


< 1 MB file

Shaft Seals

Vetus Shaft Seal ZWBH25 Installation Instructions

Installation Instructions

Propeller shaft seals



8 pages
publ. 2018

< 1 MB file

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