I believe that BSAC run a course (1 day) on basic O/board maintainence - might be worth looking at their syllabus and working out what to drop.
Originally Posted by Dry Run
The number for SeaStart!
SeaStart doesn't cover ClydeOutboard's likely customers - but Clyde Sea Recovery (or something like that) does. Might be worth a chat to them to see what their most common faults at sea are. They may even be interested in a "joint" course to promote themselves - i.e.
- CO says here are the 'planned' maintainence things
- CSR says here are the quick fixes at sea
- CO reminds everyone how important proper servicing / winterising etc is, and how they should hand over much £ to him to do it.
- CSR reminds everyone how difficult it will be to fix anything that isn't trivial at sea and how they should hand over much £ to him to be on standby...
Originally Posted by Nos4r2
Type of 2 stroke oil, checking 4stroke oil, checking lower unit gear oil, checking engine mounts, bolting/clamping on, setting up remotes (cable adjustment), grease points, flushing,spraying under cowling, which way up to put it when you put one in a car, not getting the skeg higher than the powerhead....
On my PB2 course we covered some very basics: how to drain water from fuel / carbs; how to remove and clean fouled spark plugs on 2 strokes.
Probably also a very simple "flow chart" for "it won't start". Is it in gear? Is the kill cord connected? Is the battery isolator off? I'd also possibly want to cover - how to diagnose and disable a faulty kill cord (maybe less of an issue on newer engines?) and how to pull start an engine using the emergency rope. If its small 4 strokes where someone will inevitably store it wrong at some point - how to clear the oil from the cylinder(s).
Finally, Dave, do you have experience in training? I would say at least 50% of the value in such a course would come from the quality / expertise of the trainer in training rather than his expertise as a mechanic. To be confident doing any of those things months later bobbing up and down in the sea - the student needs to get hand on with it - not sit in a classroom.