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Praise for this boating classic:

“The most up-to-date and readable book we've seen on the subject.”―Sailing World

“Deserves a place on any diesel-powered boat.”―Motor Boat & Yachting

“Clear, logical, and even interesting to read.”―Cruising World

Keep your diesel engine going with help from a master mechanic

Marine Diesel Engines has been the bible for 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 engine running cleanly and efficiently. Marine Diesel Engines explains how to:

  • Diagnose and repair engine problems
  • Perform routine and annual maintenance
  • Extend the life and improve the efficiency of your engine

Nigel Calder is widely acknowledged as the world's foremost writer on boat systems maintenance. A diesel mechanic for more than 35 years, he has also been a boatbuilder, cabinetmaker, and machinist. Calder is the author of How to Read a Nautical Chart, Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook, and Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual.

Learn how to:

  • Cure overheating
  • Fix your transmission
  • Retrofit a new diesel engine
  • Flush your cooling system
  • Change your oil
  • Clean your electrical system
  • Replace fuel filters and bleed air from the fuel system
  • Troubleshoot virtually any problem

About the Author

Nigel Calder, a diesel mechanic, boatbuilder, and machinist, is widely acknowledged as the world’s foremost writer on boat systems maintenance.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 3 edition (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071475354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071475358
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By N on August 13, 2013
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Just got this book and a week later, while stuck in a windless bay, my engine suddenly died. Of course this only happens when you are anchorless, motoring through islands and shoals with a nice hunk of shore that is covered in rocks, and half a dozen icons on the navigation chart of sunken boats. (Somehow the fates know when you are trying to sneak by unnoticed.)

Luckily we happened to start drifting through a cargo channel that was blessedly void of any cargo ships, or anyone at all except a small pod of porpoise. We had a good thirty minutes to break open this book and trouble shoot the engine. This book gave us the guide lines we needed to quickly and successfully diagnose our problem and get the engine back to limping. Not only that but this book has guided us through the month of repairing all sorts of things, fixing the starter, along with recognizing a few things that previous owners have jerry-rigged. In a month this book has already paid for itself many times over and now our old crusty engine sounds better and runs better. This book is a must, without it, my first mate and I would have never been able to turn a potentially deadly trip into just a few minutes of stress.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Art W on February 8, 2013
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A good reference, but a bit too technical. I was a machinist and would not even dream of attempting some of the repairs suggested. Removing, cleaning and replacing internal engine components is something I would only attempt if I was broken down in the jungle, many miles from civilization.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard Frehs on June 12, 2008
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This is another fine reference book from Nigel Calder! I think that this book along with a good factory type manual would be all you needed to maintain your diesel engine. I have yet to purchase a book that Calder has authored that was not worth the money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr BigEars on June 3, 2014
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This is a good intro to small diesels, especially outdated ones you find on old boats. The writing is readable and easy-to-follow. The pictures could be much better. A mechanic friend who uses it to teach seminars said it contains several pieces of inaccurate info in the troubleshooting tables. Overall, his other books (Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual) is a better deal since it contains most of the same material and then some.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John S Haley on December 19, 2014
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Very comprehensive treatment of the topic. How to guide for the big repairs on diesel engines. You may not be contemplating these type of repairs yourself, but knowing how they are done teaches one alot about how the engines work. Plus, you are prepared in case you find ourself in a remote location with a non-working engine.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Norman on May 30, 2011
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I BORROWED THIS BOOK SO OFTEN FROM THE LIBRARY THAT I THOUGHT I SHOULD OWN A COPY. SIMPLE EASY TO FOLLOW LANGUAGE , GIVES YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT TO BE LOOKING FOR WHEN LOOKING AT THE ENGINE. GOOD PHOTOGRAPHIC PLATES MAKE THINGS CLEARER, GOOD WRITTEN INSTUCTIONS INTERSPERSED WITH WRY HUMOUR, I LOVE THIS BOOK AND WILL KEEP IT ON BOARD JUST "IN CASE".I BELIEVE IT HAS SAVED ME QUITE A LOT OF MONEY AS WELL AS BREAK DOWN "TRAUMA"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AlkiBeach on January 2, 2015
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Needs to be renamed, "PhD level Marine Diesel Engine ...."
Great book many details, it goes overboard on them to be honest, but its fun reading in some odd way. You can figure out how many millionths of a gallon of diesel your engine burns on each stroke, not that its useful, but...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Antony Dalton on May 11, 2014
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Great, detailed explanation of the principles, operation, and troubleshooting of marine Diesel engines. The book is very helpful with connecting observed symptoms to engine conditions. I highly recommend this book for anyone with an inboard Diesel engine or two!
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