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Old 29-11-2008, 21:24   #1
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Any Catamarans with Shaft Drives, Not Saildrives ?

Wonder if any out there use shaft drive to the engine. Anything but
saildrives which can give lots of problems.
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Old 29-11-2008, 21:51   #2
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That's been around the block in this thread

Cruising Cat with Shaft Drive

In sum,
Saint Francis 50 has it as an option,
Mooring/Leapord (same boat),
PDQ 42 or 44 (now rebranded as the Anteries 44 in a new company).

Were you looking around at a strictly owners boat, I'd look more at the PDQ 44 or the SF 50.
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Old 29-11-2008, 22:53   #3
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Our Privilege 39 has shaft drives. We now have about 4500 hours on each engine, we have changed our shaft seals only one time in 14 years, and we changed the cutlass bearing three times in 14 years. We have a flexible driversaver on each shaft, and they have never required replacement.

Many of the Privilege catamarans had shaft drives, but you have to check each boat individually to find out whether it has a saildrive or a shaft drive.
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Thanks for all the replys

I will take a look at the diffrent models.
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Old 30-11-2008, 00:32   #5
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In sum,
Saint Francis 50 has it as an option,
Mooring/Leapord (same boat),
PDQ 42 or 44 (now rebranded as the Anteries 44 in a new company).
Only the old Leopards/Moorings R&C boats designed by Simonis had shafts - the newer Morrelli & Melvin 40's and 46's have saildrives. Not sure what the new 38' that is due for release next year has. Most likely saildrives as well as it is also a M&M design.
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older Lagoons are also shaft driven
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Old 30-11-2008, 07:35   #7
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Endeavour Catamarans, both their SailCats and PowerCats, use shaft drive because they put the prop in a tunnel to protect it.

To see this go to: EndeavourCats Home Page
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Keep in mind that Endeavourcats move to shaft drives on the sailing versions is a recent development. Older Endeavourcats have saildrives and some of the very old ones used outboards.
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Old 30-11-2008, 10:49   #9
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Older Lagoon 41 had hurth V drives with shafts, not sure about the 37.
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Old 30-11-2008, 12:31   #11
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Old 14-12-2008, 07:50   #12
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The Dean catamarans have shaft drives. In combination with a Seatorque vibration system you get a pretty perfect picture.



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Crowther 33ft cat Seafires

Owned Crowther 33 for 5 yrs.
Equipped with pair of Yanmar shaft drive 2GM20's (actually 18 HP's) No problems for that time. Now have a Tennant 47 with 3GM 30's & saildrives. Because of shaft drive the engines were under the bunks - so far from ideal.

The seals were well back and rather difficult to get out. With sail drives the engines are out the back in their own engine "rooms" and easy to get at. However what one does to a sail drive that has failed will require more reading and prayer.

More room to work but still getting used to the setup. Only donw 660 hrs at the moment.

Happy with the crowther & its shaft drives. Just means that engine is a lot further forward.

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Catalac 8M and 9M have shaft drives with the inboard option, Catalac 10M and 12M had sail drives
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Lagoon 42 has wide open engine rooms, heck you could sunbathe in there!
Use V drives. Access to the Tranny's is under the aft bunks, but the engines are wide open for access.
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