I have a ZF MIV 150 v drive on Redemption and I don't find it that noisy or vibration compared to a regular zf/straight shaft gear
I have heard on other boats. Only thing that surprises me is the clunk when going into gear
. The dealer by me said that's normal. Freaked me out though. We have two v drives on our caterpillars on our shrimp boat that have years of service
Also it allows me great access to the front (aft of the boat) of the engine
which is nice. They take up less room in a boat as well.
I have a Tide Marine shaft seal
under mine with a spare seal on the shaft ready to go. I didn't want any drips regardless of how easy or bad I could get to it. Only water
I get in my bilge
is rain water from the mast(and right now leaks
They do have their pros and cons for sure, but I think with modern shaft seals
these days, V-drives make quite the contender.
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