Adventurer and long-term liveaboard Dennison Berwick has put together this very useful basic guide on how best to maintain your diesel engine. With easy to read diagrams and its step-by-step approach to each task this is a useful book to have at hand throughout the cruising season. It covers maintenance, lay-up, winter protection, tropical storage, and spring re-commissioning. The book is a small paperback, so not very robust, and the text on the small side. It does lend itself however to photocopying certain tasks and enlarging and laminating the instructions for convenience. Marine Diesel Basics is a new series of VISUAL guides to the complete marine diesel system on sailboats, powerboats, and narrowboats – fuel, engine, breathing, cooling, lubrication, electrical, transmission, stern gland and propeller, troubleshooting, mechanic’s know-how and boat buyer’s guide.

Posted November 2018.