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  • RYA Diesel Engine Handbook
  • Stress Free Engine Maintenance
  • Marine Diesel Engines.
  • Diesels Afloat
  • Adlard Coles Book of Diesel Engines
  • Marine Diesel Basics
  • Troubleshooting Marine Diesels
  • Outboard Motors. Maintenance and Repair Manual
  • Reeds Outboard Motor Troubleshooting Handbook
  • Diesel Companion
  • Refrigeration for Pleasure Boats
  • Propeller Handbook

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    By Andrew Simpson. Paperback. 0.34 kg. 170mm x 245mm, 94 pages, full colour drawings. Published 2022.

    The latest addition to the best-selling RYA Handbook series is written for the leisure boat owner. Easy to follow text and beautifully detailed colour illustrations enable the reader to develop the knowledge and confidence required by all diesel engine boat owners.

    The official course book for the RYA One-Day Diesel Engine Course, it is also invaluable for reference.

    It covers: how the engine works, fuel and air systems, engine cooling, electrical systems, lubrication, transmission, controls, maintenance and emergency procedures.

    NZ$60.00 + delivery.

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    By Duncan Wells & Jonathon Parker. Softback. 0.47 kg. 190mm x 245mm, 160 pages, full colour photos & Line Drawings. Published 2022.

    An accessible and practical guide to understanding what is going on with your boat's engine, how to look after it, spotting the signs when all is not well, and how to fix it. Learn how to change a filter and impeller, how to ensure the engine doesn't overheat, and much more...

    This visual and jargon-free book covers all the essentials for looking after your engine, in one place, including:

  • Basic principles of how an engine works
  • Fuel, cooling and air systems
  • Engine electrical systems
  • Gearboxes and drives
  • Checklists (e.g. before starting and once running)
  • Most common causes of breakdown
  • Troubleshooting

    Diagrams, quick reference tables, box features, QR videos, clear explanations, top tips and checklists, making maintenance and basic repair of your engine straightforward, and with minimum stress.
    There are also plenty of amusing anecdotes and useful lessons learned.

    If you find the prospect of fixing anything to do with the engine daunting, then this is the book for you.

    NZ$45.00 + delivery.

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    By Nigel Calder. Hardcover, 190m x 240mm, 294 pages, black and white photos, illustrations and diagrams.
    This book has been the bible for tens of thousands of do-it-yourself boatowners for more than 15 years. Now updated with information on fuel injection systems, electronic engine controls, and other new diesel technologies, Nigel Calder's bestseller has everything you need to keep your diesel engines running cleanly and efficiently.
    Marine Diesel Engines explains how to:

  • Cure overheating
  • Flush your cooling system
  • Change your oil
  • Maintain your electrical system
  • Replace fuel filters and bleed air from the fuel system
  • Troubleshoot virtually any problem
  • Perform annual maintenance
  • Retrofit a new diesel engine
  • Extend the life and improve the efficiency of your engine.

    NZ$60.00 + Delivery.

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    By Callum Smedley & Pat Manley. Paperback, 170mm x 240mm, 208 pages, full colour photographs.Published 2022
    Diesel engines are installed in just about every yacht and in most large motorboats and, while professional help is often at hand, sometimes it is not. Indeed engine failure is one of the most frequent causes of Coastguard callouts. Topics covered are:
  • How the diesel engine works
  • The air & fuel systems
  • Engine electrics
  • Propeller choice
  • Fault finding
  • Out of season layup and maintenance
    Armed with Diesels Afloat and your engine’s manual you can get the best performance out of your engine, be confident in dealing with any problem AND save money.
    This edition has been thoroughly modernized and updated by former course lecturer and currently chief engineer on merchant ships, Callum Smedley.

    NZ$55.00 + delivery.

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    By Mel Bartlett. Softback, 0.28kg 170mm x 245mm, 90 pages, full colour photographs, diagrams and drawings, 5th Edition Published 2018.

    The Adlard Coles Book of Diesel Engines is aimed at boatowners rather than experienced mechanics. In clear, jargon-free English it explains how a diesel engine works, how to look after it, and takes into account developments in engine technology.

    The book explains how the engine uses simple processes to covert fuel to power, and then looks at the various sub-systems that allow those processes to take place. She also advises on tools, winterizing and provides hints, tips and helpful fault-finding tables. Systems covered include: fuel, air, cooling, oil, electrical, propeller and transmission and control.

    This fifth edition has been thoroughly updated and illustrated with new full-colour photos and diagrams.

    NZ$35.00 + Delivery

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    By Dennison Berwick. Softback. 0.28 kg. 151mm x 230mm, 212 pages, Line Drawings. Published 2017.
    The visual guide to marine diesel systems.

    Clear and simple - see how things work, how to select, install, maintain & troubleshoot. Seeing is understanding! With more than 300 illustrations, this explains:

  • All basic maintenance tasks of the marine diesel system - fuel, lubrication, cooling, breathing, electrical, and drive train (coupling, shaft, shaft seal, propeller)
  • The tasks to winterize the complete system and to prepare for tropical storage (high heat and humidity)
  • All the tasks to recommission (“summerize”) the system to ensure reliable and trouble-free service
  • step-by-step instructions in clear, simple drawings
  • Explains all parts of the system
  • Lists all necessary tools and supplies to get each task done
  • Covers sailboats, motorboats and narrowboats
  • Indirect and direct cooled diesel engines
  • Saildrives – maintenance, lay-up, recommissioning

    Comprehensive, practical and useful. This book is recommended for anyone using a diesel engine, for students and for general understanding of the basics of the technology.

    NZ$40.00 + delivery.

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    By Peter Compton. Paperback, 0.36 kgs, 190mm x 235mm, 176 pages. Monochrome drawings.
    This is one of the excellent Sailboat Library series published by International Marine in hard back format, for use one-the-job.
    The text is written and illustrated in the best operator workshop-manual style. The chapters cover:
  • Maintaining the diesel,
  • Troubleshooting, basic first checks.
  • The mechanical and lubrication systems,
  • The raw water and coolant circuits,
  • The fuel system, the intake and exhaust systems,
  • The electrical system, the controls and instruments,
  • Recommendations for tools. Altogether a most useful reference book to have on board.

    NZ$50.00 + delivery.

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    Repair and Maintenance Manual By Jean-Luc Pallas. Softback. 0.39 kg. 210mm x 295mm, 125 pages, full colour photos and Line Drawings. Published 2006.

    The aim of this book, with its step by step photographs and detailed diagrams is to enable every owner to understand the workings of an outboard motor (2 or 4 stroke) and be able to fix it with relative ease. It includes an explanation of the different parts that make up the engine and how they interact; how fuel is transformed into propulsion; regular maintenance and repair worksheets to help even the most mechanically ignorant to work on their outboard engine with confidence; the most common causes of breakdown; troubleshooting tables to allow you to diagnose and fix the most common engine problems and advice on how to winterize your outboard in one short afternoon.

    NZ$80.00 + delivery.

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    By Barry Pickthall. Paperback. 0.13 kg. 101mm x 160mm, 128 pages, full colour photos. Published 2013.
    Most outboard engines will develop a problem at some point in their lives, but armed with the knowledge contained in this book, you needn't worry.
    The Reeds Outboard Motor Troubleshooting Handbook is a compact, pocket-sized guide to finding solutions to all of the most common outboard problems, and many of the less common ones too. The perfect format for quick reference on board, this book will help you fix your troublesome engine yourself, avoiding costly engineer fees if the problem is simple to sort out, or allowing you to effect an emergency patch-up for a more serious problem until you can get back to port.
    Each topic addresses a particular outboard motor problem, and gives clear step by step instructions with helpful colour photographs to show exactly what to do. Straightforward and accessible, this book should be an essential part of your DIY toolkit.

    NZ$25.00 + delivery.

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    By Pat Manley. papercover, Spiral-bound, 80mm x 223mm, 23 pages, 2nd Edition.2019
    The book covers the parts of the engine and has checklists for monthly, weekly and daily checks. It outlines what to do if the engine won’t start, or stop, if it overheats or there are problems with the fuel system. It tells you about servicing, the electrics and winterisation.

    Splash-proof and spiral bound – (allowing you to lay it out flat beside your engine) – this little book stands up to frequent use and will be a valued companion when the engine doesn’t behave.

    NZ$25.00 + Delivery

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    By Nigel Calder. Hbk, 195mm x 240mm, 148 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
    Nothing beats an icy cool beer after a day’s hard racing, however the running of refrigeration units aboard are fraught with problems. This book explains the essentials for installing, maintaining and repairing an efficient refrigerator on your boat without the need for shore power. The author explains how and why the theory behind refrigeration works, how the different components work together, how to keep them going, and what to look for when it all starts to go wrong. Another excellent do-it-yourself book.

    NZ$65.00 + Delivery

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    By Dave Gerr. Pbk, 215mm x 275mm, 154 pages, monochrome drawings and plans.
    For the enthusiastic sailor this well know classic is still the most thorough treatment of propeller design, from both a theoretical and practical standpoint. The book is primarily a fitting and fault finding manual with a great deal of advice in the selection of propeller pitch, size and form. Included are such matters as achieving top rated boat speed and engine RPM, dealing with shaft vibration, decsions relating to folding versus fixed and the number of propeller blades.

    NZ$40.00 + Delivery

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