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Old 16-09-2013, 12:00   #1
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Are The OMC saildrives Junk?

I did a search and found only enough info to learn that a couple folks here have a healthy dislike for the OMC saildrives. I am looking at a Chrysler 26 with a 2cyl/2cycle OMC saildrive that's overheating after a pump replacement.

Are these saildrive units really the big pieces of garbage that has been suggested here on the forum? Can a different saildrive unit be swapped in its place or are all saildrives 4 letter words in the sailing community and I'm simply wasting my time?

I have a strong interest in the boat but the saildrive has me concerned.
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Old 16-09-2013, 12:17   #2
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It's not that sail drives are bad, it that the OMC version of the sail drive is bad. It has a place, lake boats (seasonal or dry storage) but is the worst thing going anywhere else.
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Old 16-09-2013, 15:09   #3
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Re: Are The OMC saildrives Junk?

Is it economical, or even possible, to swap in a different brand unit?
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Re: Are The OMC saildrives Junk?

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It's not that sail drives are bad...
Bad of course is a matter of opinion. I have found myself walking away from some boats only because their builders had decided it easier to use a saildrive solution instead of a proper propeller system.

But that's just me.
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Any thing is possible, the problem with the OMC unit is that it's essentially an outboard with a rubber skirt around it.
As far as economical, it's a boat, by definition not economical.
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....As far as economical, it's a boat, by definition not economical.
True statement.
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