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Old 11-11-2013, 13:00   #1
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Aquadrive Installation

I would like to install an Aquadrive unit (CV-05.10) in my C&C 37 but have not enough room between coupler and sterntube. The only option I see is to modify the hull to allow for a bulkhead install and a sterntube about 8" aft of its present location. This would entail major fiberglass surgery. Just curious if anyone has tackled this issue before and would like to share their experiences.

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Old 17-12-2013, 21:17   #2
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Have yo looked at alternative manufacturers ? Maybe you just use a simpler device like a flexible coupling?

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Old 17-12-2013, 23:12   #3
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Re: Aquadrive Installation

We have an Aquadrive unit and like it very much, but it is not worth the amount of work you are proposing.
Moving the motor forward would be easier, but still too much work.

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Re: Aquadrive Installation

Take a look at Pythondrive. They are a bit shorter and that's why I went with them.

Pythondrive The ideal flexible and vibration-free drive unit

Most of the components are the same. The shaft coupler is different.
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Re: Aquadrive Installation

If you can't move the engine forward (and this may be, if somewhat counterintuitively, easier to extend the stringers, move the mounts, and rebuild the companionway to be a little shallower), why not a simple DriveSaver? It's a reasonable compromise unless you motor consistently in rough waters, which in B.C. is perhaps the case.

Another thought is perhaps there is a shorter transmission you might use that gives you sufficient space, but eight inches is a lot of stern tube to compensate for.
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