Every year the rescue statistics published
by the RNLI show that the most common
cause of Lifeboat launches to pleasure craft
is machinery failure. In the case of motor
cruisers this does not come as any great
surprise; one might expect loss of motive
power to figure high in the list of prob-
lems. The fact that engine failure is also
the most common cause of sailing cruiser
rescues is less predictable and serves to
confirm just how important it is to keep
the engine in good running order.
In response to these statistics, the RYA
introduced a one-day course on diesel
engine operation. The syllabus is, very
broadly, the material covered in this book,
although the depth into which it is possible
to go in such a short course is inevitably
rather limited. The aim of both the course
and of this book is not to create instant
diesel mechanics, but to provide boat
owners with a better understanding of how
their engines work and what they must do
to keep them working.
While it would be great if everyone
could carry out all the  servicing  and
repairs on their own engines, this is not a
realistic proposition; few boat owners have
the time to become skilled mechanics and
not many boats carry the tools, spares and
equipment to provide the full workshop
support needed for complex repairs.
What is achievable by every owner is an
understanding of the importance of routine
engine management, how to rectify the
most common and relatively simple prob-
lems which occur and how to recognise
the warning signs that an engine needs
expert attention.
Fortunately, most diesel engines are reli-
able and relatively trouble free in operation,
so boat owners do not spend a high pro-
portion of their time confronted by smoky
exhausts, screeching temperature warning
alarms or engines that obstinately refuse
to start. Hence much of the knowledge
acquired on a diesel engine course is
seldom put into practice. This reinforces
the need for a clear comprehensive refer-
ence book, both to back up the knowledge
gained on a course and to provide a guide
for those who prefer to teach themselves

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