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Re: Yanmar mounted on Volvo Bed
Wow, what a topic.
Changing sail drives from one manufacturer to another isn't for the faint of heart. Especially if both money and time are issues.
First, I have to ask why you picked this particular boat if you hated Volvos? Or why you selected a boat which utilizes a sail drive? Although the sail drive engine positioning allows boat designers more flexibility when laying out a boat (yeah you get more room), I don't know one single person who has one who has anything good to say about them. The maintenance on sail drives is a killer. The specs say you have to change the oil every 100 hours which means a haul out. Same when replacing the zincs....and those boots do fail.
Now you want to toss the Volvo for a Yanmar? Look, anything can be done if you're able to spend enough money or have enough time. You have apparently have neither.
The way I see it, in the end, you're going to have to construct your own fiberglass engine bed, which of course has to be flawless as the sail drive boot covers a hole in the water.... and strong as a 3GM has amazing torque for it's size and will tear cheesy glass work apart instantaneously.
I hope that boat was a real good deal.
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Last edited by TropicCat; 05-11-2013 at 05:15 AM.