Manuals for Sterling electrical equipment

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



Sterling Alternators Product Sheet

High Power Performance Alternators

12 volt - 200 amps
12 volt - 140 amps

24 volt - 150 amps


1 page
publ. - no date given


< 1 MB file

Sterling Alternator Protector Technical Sheet

Technical Information
Alternator open circuit protection unit and high voltage alarm relay

12 volt
24 volt


2 pages
publ. - no date given

< 1 MB file


Sterling AB1280 Charging Regulator Manual

Installation Instructions and Manual

Alternator to Battery Chargers
(intended for "modern engines and vehicles" - to not trigger ECU alarms)

12 volt 80-130 amp
24 volt 80 amp


27 pages
publ. - no date given

1 MB file

Sterling Alternator Regulator PDAR Manual

Installations Instructions and Manual



36  pages
publ. - no date given


2 MB file


Sterling AR12VD Alternator Regulator Instructions A

Installation Instructions and Manual

Pro Reg B


52 pages
publ. - no date given


3 MB file

Sterling AR12VD Alternator Regulator Instructions B

Installation Instructions and Manual

Pro Reg BW


40 pages
publ. - no date given


4 MB file

Sterling Alternator Regulator Pro Reg DW Installation & Manual

Installation Instructions and Manual

Pro Reg DW


54 pages
publ. 2004

9 MB file

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