Originally Posted by seagrub
I think anything over 30ft you would want inboards, you are going to either have or will be installing alot of electrical
thimgs and you need to recharge your batteries.
I had sail drives on my 40ft cat that got sunk they were ok, required alot of maintnce, the intakes kept getting closed with barnicals and such. I have a privilege
12m now stright shaft, most excellent. Lot less maintance and I can replace a shaft with no problem, not so a sail drive.
I don't want to take the thread too far off topic, but I must ask some Saildrive
questions, since I now have a couple Yanmar
1) What maintenance
did your saildrives on the 40ft cat require?
2) I have thru-hull intakes for my Yanmar diesel engines, which are attached to the saildrive units. I saw some type of intakes on the saildrives during my survey
, but they don't supply the engine. Do saildrives have intakes for cooling
purposes or something?
3) Does anybody use a long tube and pump to suck the old gear oil
out of their saildrives through the top fill hole, rather than the underwater drain hole?
4) Do you keep them in gear
while sailing? I noticed quite a bit of racket in the engine room (normal gear noise
, not something broken) when I kept them freewheeling on my last leg of the trip.