Re: V-drive propulsion - advantages and drawbacks?
The major downside of most V drive installations is that the stuffing box/shaft log are usually tucked in tight under the oil pan and access is not very good. Also if it's leaking/spraying that can lead to some issues with the pan itself if it's not been protected.
Whether or not general engine access is improved or not with V drives depends on the individual boat, interior layout and access panels provided.
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"