Do they not allow copper based bottom paints in europe
anymore? Props are a different issue but when we were in south florida
a quick scrub while swiming every month or two was enough to take care of the issue. I doubt the med has that much more growth.
As far as outboard powered, that's our prefered option. The propeller
is only in the water when it's driving the boat. Simple reliable and worst case a few thousand and you have an entirely new drivetrain in an afternoon. It's completely outside the living space and you can do any work on the back deck
. Assuming the boat was designed for outboard power, cavitation shouldn't be much of an issue. With the advances in solar
power, the big alternator
of a diesel
is no longer the big advantage it used to be.
I would personally avoid the stillette outdrive. Those do appear to be maintenance