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Marine Diesel Engines
Marine Diesel Engines

Marine Diesel Engines, 3rd Edition

ISBN10: 0071475354 | ISBN13: 9780071475358
By Nigel Calder
© 2007

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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

List of Troubleshooting Charts

Preface to the Third Edition

Preface to the Second Edition


OnePrinciples of Operation

Compression Ignition

Converting Heat to Power

Expansion and Cooling

Gasoline Engines

Cost and Power-to-Weight

Types of Diesels

Principal Engine Components

TwoDetails of Operation

Section One: The Air Supply

Volumetric Efficiency
Naturally Aspirated Engines
Superchargers and Turbochargers
Intercoolers and Aftercoolers

Section Two: Combustion

The Importance of Turbulence
Injector Spray Patterns
Techniques for Creating Turbulence

Section Three: Fuel Injection

Jerk (In-Line) Pumps
Distributor (Rotary) Pumps
Unit Injectors
Common Rail Systems
Lift Pumps

Section Four: Governors

Simple Governors
Vacuum Governors

Section Five: Electronic Engine Controls

Limping Home

Section Six: Keeping Things Cool

Raw-Water Cooling
Heat Exchanger Cooling
Keel Cooling
Wet and Dry Exhausts

ThreeRoutine Maintenance: Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness

Section One: Clean Air

Routine Maintenance

Section Two: Clean Fuel

Fuel Handling
Fuel Filters

Section Three: Clean Oil

The API "Donut"
Oil Changes
Changing Filters

Section Four: General Cleanliness

Clean Water
Clean Electrical Systems
A Clean Engine
Scheduled Overhauls

FourTroubleshooting, Part One: Failure to Start

Section One: Failure to Crank

Water in the Engine
Starter Motor Does Not Crank
Inertia and Preengaged Starters
Circuit Testing
Motor and Solenoid Disassembly, Inspection, and Repair

Section Two: Failure to Fire

An Unobstructed Airflow
Achieving Ignition Temperatures
Fuel Problems

FiveTroubleshooting, Part Two: Overheating, Smoke, Loss of Performance, and Other Problems



Loss of Performance

Oil-Related Problems

Inadequate Turbocharger Performance

Problems with Engine Instrumentation

A Do-it-Yourself Engine Survey

SixRepair Procedures, Part One: Cooling, Exhaust, and Injection Systems

The Cooling System

Water Pumps

The Exhaust System


Fuel Injection Pumps



SevenRepair Procedures, Part Two: Decarbonizing

Preparatory Steps

Cylinder Head Removal



Pistons and Connecting Rods

Piston Rings

Replacing Pistons and Connecting Rods

Replacing Cylinder Heads

Retiming an Engine

Accessory Equipment

EightMarine Transmissions

Planetary Transmissions

Two-Shaft Transmissions

Variations on a Theme

Shaft Brakes

Transmission Maintenance

Troubleshooting and Repairs

NineEngine Selection and Installation

Section One: Engine Selection

Matching an Engine to Its Load
How Much Horsepower Do You Need?
BHP, SHP, and Auxiliary Equipment

Section Two: Propeller Sizing and Selection

Propeller Sizing
Propeller Selection

Section Three: Connecting the Transmission to the Propeller

Engine Alignment
Constant-Velocity Joints
Shaft Seals

About the Author

Nigel Calder

Niger Calder is the author of Marine Diesel Engines (1987, 1991) and Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual (1989, 1995), the success of which has made him the most sought-after marine how-to writer in the U.S. and U.K. He has published more than 800 magazine articles in SAIL, Cruising World, Ocean Navigator, Yachting World, etc., and lectures on cruising to sell-out crowds. He is also the author of The Cruising Guide to The Northwest Caribbean (IM, 1991) and Cuba: A Cruising Guide (Imray, 1996). He will be testing his newest ideas with his family during a six-month cruise to the Caribbean and South America this winter.

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