RCR announce more maintenance courses

Published: Thursday, 07 December 2017

WITH its maintenance courses proving so popular, River Canal Rescue (RCR) has announced that it is providing them monthly from February to December in 2018.

These boat and engine maintenance and electrics courses cover diesel engines, transmissions, boat plumbing, boat electrics, lay-up and refit procedures, with their dates for next year now decided.

The dates

These are: 24-25 February, 24-25 March, 7-8 and 21-22 April, 9-10 June, 8-9 September, 6-7 October, 3-4 November and 1-2 December. Electrics course dates are: 17-18 March, 12-13 May, 22-23 September and 17-18 November.

Held at RCR’s Baswich head office (by bridge 101 on the Staffordshire & Worcester Canal), the courses are ideal for owners keen to learn more about basic boat engine maintenance and electrics as they combine the theory with practical demonstrations and participation.

A two-day weekend boat and engine maintenance course costs £120 and is run by RCR engineers Jay Forman, Kerry Horton and Dave Bull on a rotational basis. The boat electrics course is £150 and run by electrical specialist Howard Williams.

Personal engine maintenance course

RCR is also running a personal engine maintenance course with one-to-one tuition from an engineer/qualified trainer who will visit the boat and advise on how to undertake a basic service and help with engine familiarisation.

Instruction includes how to; change the engine oil and filter, gearbox oil, air and fuel filters and water traps, check the alternator belt, raw-water pump impeller and stern gland and top-up and test batteries, alternator performance, coolant and anti-freeze strength.

Prior to booking the one-to-one support, RCR recommends owners familiarise themselves with engines and systems by attending the boat & engine maintenance course. Booked together they cost £250; a separate personal engine maintenance course is £170 plus parts.

RCR can arrange additional courses upon demand and offers discounts to boat clubs who want to host their own sessions. RCR members’ gift vouchers can be redeemed against any products or services, including courses.