Unfortunately they are here to stay. It use to be any idiot with money
could by a boat and get out on the water
. Buyers now have confidence to purchase
larger boats because they think they will be able to handle them with the magic stick. So now any idiot with money
can get out on the water with a bigger boat.
The resale value is much higher in boats equipped with IPS over conventional shafts. Most don't care that much about the fuel burn, but get one heck of a shock when they find out what the routine maintenance cost. Some go sideways nicely and some do not. It depends on how well the hull
and unit were integrated by the manufacturer.
The only good thing I have to say about them is they are awfully smooth and vibration free, making for a much quieter ride.