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Diesel Book for Rookie

Discussion in 'Ask All Sailors' started by Macmanjams, Jan 12, 2018 at 7:25 AM. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Macmanjams

    Macmanjams

    Joined Jul 6, 2017
    4 posts, 0 likes
    Cal 2-29
    US Pleasant Hill Alameda
    Hi all,
    My last post was on having too many Captains on board. Your comments were great.
    I'm One & One Half years into owning my first boat with two friends.
    1975 Cal2-29 We are Sailing the S.F. Bay and one of my goals is to start doing some Coastal Sailing. Not yet though. I know we need more sea hours for sure.
    In order to venture beyond the Bay I need to know our engine. Yanmar 2GM20F
    I'm not a mechanic, I've changed oil, plugs, etc. on my car.

    What Book would you recommend to me? I'm thinking of purchasing one of these three. Is there a better one?
    Yanmar Inboards, 1975-98 (Seloc Marine Manuals)
    Marine Diesel Engines: Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Repair by Nigel Calder
    Troubleshooting Marine Diesels by Peter Compton

    thanks, Jeff
     


  2. Sandy Stone

    Sandy Stone

    Joined Jun 2, 2007
    302 posts, 17 likes
    Beneteau First 375
    US Slidell, LA
    Hard to beat Calder's book.
     


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  3. dlochner

    dlochner

    Joined Jan 11, 2014
    1,288 posts, 332 likes
    Sabre 362
    US Fair Haven, NY


  4. Ralph Johnstone

    Ralph Johnstone

    Joined Jan 4, 2006
    2,404 posts, 241 likes
    Hunter H-310
    CA West Vancouver, B.C.
    The ultimate combination is Yanmar Inboards, 1975-98 (Seloc Marine Manuals) as you've said, and the Yanmar shop manual (over $100.00 by now) but worth its weight in gold.

    Yanmar Shop Manual.JPG
     


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  5. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    7,739 posts, 1,457 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI


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  6. kloudie1

    kloudie1

    Joined Nov 6, 2006
    7,470 posts, 371 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Mandeville Louisiana
    All above are good.. Nigel's book is pretty good.. The cheap way to go would be to click on "Owner Resources" in the Sailboat Owners front page, then click on "General Downloads" then scroll down to the Yanmar GM shop manual.. you can put that onto a flash drive for reference, or take that drive to someone like Kinko's and have them print the thing for ya. ? I dunno..
    The thing that ya don't want to neglect is setting the valve clearance.. Probably has not been done in a while on that engine .. I don't know your engine, but that is a piece of maintenance that is normally overlooked on the old Yanmars..
    Lots of other great info on that page:
    https://sbo.sailboatowners.com/dl/downloads.php
     


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  7. Ward H

    Ward H

    Joined Nov 7, 2011
    1,522 posts, 106 likes
    Catalina 30 Mk II
    US Barnegat, NJ
    Thanks Jack. Downloaded and on my iPad.
     


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  8. Roland5048

    Roland5048

    Joined May 12, 2004
    831 posts, 191 likes
    Hunter Cherubini 30
    US New Port Richey
    Thanks, JD. If I need to do much maintenance besides what was written there, I'm probably going to have to call in the cavalry.
     


  9. Macmanjams

    Macmanjams

    Joined Jul 6, 2017
    4 posts, 0 likes
    Cal 2-29
    US Pleasant Hill Alameda
    Thanks for the great advice everyone. Keep it coming!! :) I had downloaded the Yanmar Operation Manual, Yanmar Workshop Manual perviously !! Thanks for the tips the books. Thanks Jack, I've saved it!! Looks great. I have a general Mantainance Set Up for Feb. Replaceing the Mixing Elbow/riser. I will ask about the "Setting the Valve Clearance".
     


  10. Mickstr

    Mickstr

    Joined Jun 1, 2007
    121 posts, 7 likes
    O'Day 322
    US Mt.Sinai
    Agree with what's been said, and I have most of them (I have an O'Day 322 w/Yanmar 2GM20F). But Good Old Boat recommended Marine Diesel Basics, by Dennison Berwick. This is one of the best boat books I've ever had. Give it a look...
     


  11. agprice22

    agprice22

    Joined Aug 3, 2012
    1,771 posts, 242 likes
    Performance Cruising Telstar 28
    US Upstate New York Watkins Glen


  12. Warren Milberg

    Warren Milberg

    Joined Dec 1, 1999
    2,316 posts, 74 likes
    Hunter 28.5
    US Chesapeake Bay
    I'm not so sure about Calder. When he bought a new boat some years back, he decided to install all the electronics himself in order to avoid a commissioning fee. When he was done, he hit "start" on his panel and promptly fried all his new electronics, probably due to reversed polarity. But unlike us, the manufactures of all his equipment sent him new components for free. I'll stick with the Service Manual per Ralph's comments above....
     


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  13. dlochner

    dlochner

    Joined Jan 11, 2014
    1,288 posts, 332 likes
    Sabre 362
    US Fair Haven, NY
    Well, that's one way to learn. One that I have used too many (expensive) times. :cuss:
     


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  14. Ralph Johnstone

    Ralph Johnstone

    Joined Jan 4, 2006
    2,404 posts, 241 likes
    Hunter H-310
    CA West Vancouver, B.C.
    No one ever said that education was cheap :wahwah:
     


  15. Ralph Johnstone

    Ralph Johnstone

    Joined Jan 4, 2006
    2,404 posts, 241 likes
    Hunter H-310
    CA West Vancouver, B.C.
    There is NO ONE who can explain a subject better that Nigel and I think he is excellent for explaining how an engine works. I have heard him lecture in person and he makes brain surgery sound like a walk in the park.
    However, when it comes to tools on the engine, the manufacturer's manual is still best.
     


  16. dlochner

    dlochner

    Joined Jan 11, 2014
    1,288 posts, 332 likes
    Sabre 362
    US Fair Haven, NY
    Thinking about this some more....

    The answer is probably at least 2 books. One specific to your diesel, i.e., a shop manual and one generic diesel book. The shop manual will tell you how to take it apart and put it back together again, but won't say much about the theory of diesels. The generic book, like Calder's or Cole's won't tell you much about your diesel but will give a good overview of diesels in general.

    So, to the OP, get both.
     


  17. Kings Gambit

    Kings Gambit

    Joined Jul 27, 2011
    2,427 posts, 366 likes
    Bavaria 38E
    US Alamitos Bay
    I agree; he is an excellent writer.:thumbup:
     



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