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Maintaining Marine Diesels for Individuals
Class to be held at Miami Boat Show this week

Posted Sunday, February 13, 2011

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Join us at the Miami Strictly Sail show for DIY Boat Owner's Skills Class on the basics of diesel engine maintenance, from oil and filters to changing an impeller.

See a hands-on demonstration of simple maintenance techniques that can prevent wear on your engine, save time and money, and enhance your understanding of a primary system on your boat.

Unlike traditional schools, which take days and cost hundreds of dollars, Skills Classes are designed to take just a few hours – at a price that won't sink you.

The diesel maintenance class will take place from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 20 at the Miami Strictly Sail show.

The cost is $45 for individuals and $75 for couples – and that includes a two-day ticket to the boat show. Sign up online below, and you'll also get DIY's Marine Electrical Systems eBook for FREE at the class (it sells for $20). And that's not all . . .YOU WILL GET . . .

  • A two-day ticket to the Miami Strictly Sail Show.
  • A gift bag with a stainless steel deck key and products, samples, gear and discounts worth more than $100.
  • The chance to talk one-on-one with these experts and ask questions about your boat and engine.
  • The chance to win free boating gear in the Skills Class raffle.
  • How to change oil and filters the easy way.
  • The basics of fuel filtration, what you should be using and how you should be using it.
  • How to change your impeller with a minimum of effort.
  • Other important maintenance items, from belts to batteries.
  • Which tools you will need – and which you do not.
  • Common mistakes to avoid when performing routine maintenance on your own engine.

Veteran technicians from Mastry Engine Center, which has been handling marine installations for more than 40 years. The Mastry techs will teach basic engine maintenance using Yanmar diesel engines. The engines are likely to be smaller models (they are easier to transport to a class), but the principles that you learn will generally apply to any marine diesel.

Instructors from ValvTect Petroleum Products, a leading manufacturer of fuel additives, will also be on hand to discuss fuel issues, including insights on ultra low-sulfur diesel, biodiesel and ethanol.


Colligo Marine
Mastry Engine Center
Davis & Company Ltd.
Chicago Yacht Rigging
American Boat & Yacht Council
National Marine Manufacturers Association
ValvTect Petroleum Products
Star brite
West Systems

Canada Metals
Edson Marine
Nature's Head
Cobra Marine

IMPORTANT NOTE: You will not be mailed any tickets – and you will not need any! We have a system that makes things easier. When you sign up, you will receive an email receipt for the transaction. Simply print and bring it to the event to be admitted. You will not need boat show tickets to get into the class. Rather, you will receive your free two-day ticket to the show at the class, and you can use it to enjoy the show afterward. We will provide you a map to the exact location of the class via email in coming weeks.

For more information on the class visit the Mad Mariner course description page:

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