I went on a one day Outboard Motor course at the Southampton Uni boat yard on Saturday.
It was taken by Fred, who has been in the marine trade for years, and at one stage owned three workshops, and seemed to know everything you needed to know about outboards. I thought he was a very good teacher, and always had time, and the patience to help you out. But he did make us laugh when he couldnt work out how to work a video, which he showed us to start off with on how outboards actually work. But hey we werent there for a video show, we were there to try and work out how to play around with outboard motors.
There were six of us on the course, with people coming as far away as Ipswich and Tinmouth. We had three engines to play about on, 'two' 2strokes and a four stroke which was still on the one of the university ribs. I got to play with the four stroke. We had a kit of things to change, which you would normally do for a service. A Thermostat, impeller, Fuel filter, spark plugs, and a couple of other things.
The course started at 9 in the morning, and finished at 5:15, with a short 20-30 min break for lunch and a couple of coffee breaks.
I learnt a lot from the course, and feel more confident in doing the basics, well ok not so basic stuff on my engine.
One thing I didnt realise that you must always check your spark plug gap with the manual when putting new spark plugs in. I naively assumed that the gap was pre-set correctly when they left the manufactor, but they aren't.
The course was well worth it for me.