I had a boat with a Buhk saildrive. I thought that Buhk did a very nice job with the design of the saildrive unit itselk, particularly since they elected not to use the outdrive to intake or expell cooling
water as is the case some other saildrive manufacturers.
The real negative with the Buhk, (besides rediculously high prices on parts
, especially their proprietary zincs) and the one that I would say is a deal breaker for me is that you can only use a Gori propellor with the Buhk Saildrive. I found the Gori propellers to be unreliable, short lived and to have worse than horible customer service
The other problem that I ran into with Gori and to a lesser extent with Buhk is that they do not have facilities in the US that are permitted to authorize warentee work so I ended up up having to ship failed parts back to the Gori factory in Denmark
to get them covered. This was expensive and time consuming.
To correct some perhaps accidentally seemingly misleading bit of information, Yanmars also have double diaphram with alarm
and I believe that all newer Volvo's do as well. The last time I looked the CE regs for sail-drives require this.
Also, You may be the "only BUKH U.S. Master importer" but Waterway Diesel
just south of Annapolis
, is a direct importer and stocker of Buhk parts and equipment
and a real pleasure to work with. If you were the only Buhk importer that would be a good reason to avoid Buhk in the first place as compared to a manufacturer like Yanmar
or Volvo whose parts are available through numerous dealers in the states.