DRAFT Extracts from

Marine Diesel Basics 2 - How Things Work, Installation Guidelines

#15 Lithium Battery Basics 1

part one of a larger chapter


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publ. November 2023

#16 Exhaust Risers



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publ. February 2024

#13 Batteries A

part one of a large chapter


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publ. Sept 2023

#14 Flywheels, Ring Gears and Drive Plates


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publ. October 2023

#11 Starter Motors and Alternates


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11 pages

publ. May 2023


#12 Propeller Shafts

part one

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publ. July 2023

Extract #9 p1 from Marine Diesel Basics 2 How Things Work

#9 Diesel Engine Basics part 1 


20 pages
publ. May 2022




2 MB file

#10 Fuel Hoses


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10 pages

publ. March 2023


MDB2 Extract#7 Engine Mounts Cover

#7 Engine Mounts & Flywheels


12 pages
publ. September 2021



2 MB file

MDB2 Extract #8 Stop Solenoid p1

#8 Engine Stop Cables and Solenoids


4 pages
publ. October 2021



2 MB file

Marine Diesel Basics2 Extract #5 Fuel Senders

#5 Understanding Diesel Fuel Tank Senders


9 pages
publ. August 2021



2 MB file

MDB2 Extract#6 p3

#6 Understanding Engine Alarms and Gauges


26 pages
publ. August 2021



2 MB file

draft Extract #3 from Marine Diesel Basics 2 - About Diesel Fuel

#3 About Diesel Fuel


8 pages
publ. October 2020



2 MB file

draft Extract #4 from Marine Diesel Basics 2 - Raw Water Pump

#4 Raw Water Pumps


5 pages
publ. October 2020


1 MB file

Extract 1 from Marine Diesel Basics 2 - How Diesel Engine Work

#1 How Diesel Engines Work


3 pages


Extract 2 from Marine Diesel Basics 2 - Free Surface Effect

#2 Free Surface Effect


4 pages




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.


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Maintain, Winterize and Recommission

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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

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