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The Adlard Coles Book of Outboard Motors [NOOK Book]

The Adlard Coles Book of Outboard Motors

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Aimed at boatowners rather than experienced mechanics, The Adlard Coles Book of Outboard Motors
is a boon to anyone who puts to sea with an outboard engine. Covering
both 2 and 4 stroke engines, the book explains how even the
most sophisticated of modern outboards use simple processes to convert
fuel to power, and then looks at each of the sub-systems that allow
those processes to take place:

- the fuel system

- the ignition system

- cooling and lubrication

- the electrical system

- transmission and controls

The book includes sections on routine maintenance and fault finding,
and even has a photo sequence showing the vital first aid required to
save the life of an outboard engine that has been dropped overboard!

‘Explains in clear, jargon-free English how an outboard works and how to look after it' Kelvin Hughes

‘An excellent book, well thought out and well written' Motorboats Monthly
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Explains in clear, jargon-free English how an outboard works and how to look after it."—Kelvin Hughes

"An excellent book, well thought out and well written."—Motorboats Monthly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408156063
  • Publication date: 11/30/2012
  • Series: Adlard Coles Book of
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 96
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Tim Bartlett is a former Naval Officer, professional yacht skipper and Yachtmaster Instructor who is now a freelance yachting journalist specialising in navigation, communications, and electronics. He also trains RYA Radar Instructors and Powerboat Instructors, and is an SRC (radio licence) Assessor. He writes regularly for boating magazines worldwide and is the author of The RYA Book of Navigation, The RYA Book of Diesel Engines and The RYA Book of Outboard Motors, all published by Adlard Coles Nautical.
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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

1 …and all because the lady loves ice-cream 1

The main parts of an outboard 1

Sizes and types 2

Why this book? 3

2 The Basic Process: Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow 4

Four-stroke petrol engines 5

Valves 6

Two-stroke petrol engines 6

Diesel engines 11

Things to do 11

3 Fuel System 12

Fuel tanks 12

Primer bulb 13

Filters 13

Fuel pump 15

Carburettor 16

Fuel injection 17

Things to do 18

4 Ignition System 20

Electrical basics 20

Magnetos 21

Timing 23

Spark plugs 23

Kill switches 25

Stop switches 25

Things to do 26

5 Cooling System 28

The thermostat 29

The water pump 30

Things to do 30

6 Lubrication 33

Four-stroke lubrication 33

Two-stroke lubrication 34

Oil types and classes 36

Grease 37

Things to do 38

7 Starters and Electrics 42

Recoil starters 42

Motors and generators 42

Batteries 44

Electrical systems 45

Things to do 46

8 Transmission 50

Gearboxes 50

Propellers 51

Things to do 56

9 Control Systems 58

Throttle and gear controls 58

Steering controls 59

Trim and tilt systems 60

Things to do 62

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